PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) recorded three goals and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 6-1 non-conference victory against Providence College at Lennon Family Field.
UNH improved to 4-0 and has outscored the opposition 19-3 this season. PC is now 0-3.
The seven points marked a personal best for Rausch, who had established a career high of three goals Friday against Brown University. Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) were both credited with a goal and an assist. Katherine Nagengast (Wesborough, Mass.) made three saves and PC counterpart Kathi Weidman stopped five shots.
After falling behind 1-0 on Ashley Mulkey's penalty-corner goal at 8:34 – the first time UNH trailed in any game this year – the Wildcats tied the game two minutes later as the start of four consecutive goals spanning 11 minutes, 18 seconds to build a 4-1 lead.
Rausch scored back-to-back goals at 10:37 and 12:58 to transform the one-goal deficit into a one-goal advantage of 2-1. The game-tying goal, set up by Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), was struck from five yards in front of the cage and then the game-winning goal was scored on a low shot from the middle of the cage inside the left post.
The Friars called a timeout but could not slow down the 'Cat attack. UNH capitalized on penalty corners to extend the lead to 4-1. Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) put the Wildcats in front 3-1 at 18:19 off a pass from Lyons, and the corner battery of Rausch and Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) set up Bozek's goal at 21:55.
PC had an untimed penalty corner at the end of the first half but did not record a shot. New Hampshire generated an 11-5 shot advantage in the opening 35 minutes and the corners were even at 6-6.
"We gave up a goal early in the game but then we settled in and took control," 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci said. "In the second half only giving up one shot, we really put our game together."
UNH continued to control play in the second half and scored goals 27 seconds apart – at 56:17 and 56:44 – to build a 6-1 advantage. The team's fifth goal was also produced by a penalty corner in which Lyons scored with Bozek's assistance and then Rausch, positioned at the left post, redirected a pass from Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The 'Cats had an 11-1 shot advantage in the second half to finish with a 22-6 overall edge. They also out-cornered the Friars 7-0 in the second half, 13-7 overall.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 10 at home against Rutgers University. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.