Rausch Records 100th Career Point, Field Hockey Upends Holy Cross 5-0

DURHAM, N.H.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) recorded two goals and her 100th career point to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday night's 5-0 non-conference victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Memorial Field.

UNH remained unbeaten (7-0) in 2011 by improving to 12-2 lifetime against Holy Cross, which is now 1-6 this season. 

Rausch, who entered the game with 97 career points, inched closer to the milestone with her first goal of the game, which gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead at 23:11. She then became the fourth UNH Wildcat to eclipse the 100-point milestone when she capped the game scoring to give New Hampshire a 5-0 lead at 46:56. Rausch's career totals include 37 goals and 27 assists for 101 points.

Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) tallied a goal and personal-best two assists for a career high of four points. Mackenzie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), with her first collegiate goal, and Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) were UNH's other goal scorers. 

Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) and Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) combined to shut out the crusaders. Nagengast made two first-half saves and Tarbell, who entered at the start of the second half, was not credited with a save.

Holy Cross also split goalie duties by half. Kat Matchett made three saves and exited with the Crusaders trailing 4-0 at halftime. Kelly Sotsky also made three stops. 

UNH controlled possession in the opening minutes but did not generate a shot. Then in the fifth minute, a Wildcat turnover gave Mackenzie Peet possession outside the top-right of the circle. She charged toward the cage and struck a low shot past the oncoming Nagengast, but the ball bounded wide right.

The 'Cats scored on their first two shots of the game at 9:05 and 12:14. Rausch initiated a penalty corner to Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.), who stopped and then pushed the ball forward. Bozek shot the ball into the left side of the cage to mark the sixth time in seven games UNH scored the games' first goal. 

A strong individual effort by Joyce extended the advantage to 2-0. She gained possession 35 yards from the cage and attacked down the middle by maneuvering past three defenders to advance to the circle, where she used a reverse stick to score inside the left post.

New Hampshire then scored goals 49 seconds apart to quickly build a four-goal lead. In a transition attack, Erler shifted around the Matchett near the top of the circle, but the goalie's effort forced Erler wide left. She centered a pass that was redirected by Rausch, who entered the week ranked No. 3 nationally in both goals per game and points per game, into the open cage at 23:11 for a 3-0 score. 

The 'Cats continued to attack and Matchett turned aside a low blast from the middle of the circle off the stick of Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.). Erler, positioned off the left post, batted the ball out of mid-air into the open near side of the cage to give the home team a 4-0 lead at 24:00.

Holy Cross called time out at that point, and two minutes later Peet generated a dangerous scoring opportunity on a high shot from the right side that was blocked aside by Nagengast's blocker. 

UNH carried a four-goal lead into halftime with an 8-3 shot advantage. HC had a 2-1 edge in corners.

Rausch's milestone goal was the lone second-half tally. Erler advanced to the middle of the circle and moved the ball low to Rausch, who won the race to the ball, evaded Sotsky and redirected a slow-rolling shot across the goal line at 46:56. 

The Wildcats finished with an 18-4 shot advantage and 7-2 edge in corners.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 18 at home against 20th-ranked Northeastern University. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.

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