DURHAM, N.H. – Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) recorded three goals and an assist and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored twice to propel the 12th ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 6-3 victory against seventh-ranked Stanford University at Memorial Field.
UNH extended its winning streak to four games and won its second game of the year against a top-10 team to improve to 12-2 overall. It is the Wildcats' best record through 14 games since the 1986 squad also went 12-2.
Stanford, which carried a nine-game winning streak into the game to match the longest in program history, is now 11-2 overall and 4-2 against nationally-ranked teams.
Stanford was led offensively by Stephanie Byrne and Courtney Haldeman, both of whom recorded a goal and an assist. Ale Moss, who was pulled in favor of an extra field player after the visitors climbed within 6-3 at 66:48, was credited with three saves.
The Cardinal generated the first dangerous scoring opportunity of the game in the fourth minute, when Becky Dru's direct shot on a penalty corner was drilled wide left of the cage.
Moments later at the other end of the field, Frates stickhandled into the left side of the circle and fired a reverse-stick shot that was turned aside by Moss. In the 11th minute, Frates' entry pass was corralled by Rausch at the top of the circle. Rausch struck a low shot under the sliding Moss, but the ball rolled wide left.
Haldeman led a 2-on-1 Stanford attack down the right wing in the 14th minute, but Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) raced back into the circle and batted the attempted centering pass to Devon Holman across the end line to negate the scoring opportunity.
Frates scored unassisted goals at 14:12 and 20:21 to give UNH a lead it would not relinquish. Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) helped spring Frates on the first goal when she advanced the ball along the right sideline. Frates gained possession at the 25, maneuvered around a pair of defenders and placed a shot from seven yards inside the right post. Frates' next goal was an individual effort in which she tackled the ball at the 25, advanced into the right side of the circle and chipped a shot from 12 yards over the sliding Moss inside the far post.
Stanford called time out at 22:57 and trimmed the deficit to one goal, 2-1, at 28:18. Byrne drove along the right baseline and executed a centering pass that eluded Nagengast, and Haldeman swept the ball into the open cage from five yards.
New Hampshire reestablished a two-goal advantage of 3-1 just 96 seconds later (at 29:54) when Erler's shot from 12 yards in the middle of the circle beat Moss.
UNH opened the second-half scoring with three consecutive goals to build a commanding 6-1 lead. Rausch scored back-to-back goals at 41:23 and 49:50 to extend her point-scoring streak to 14 games. Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) initiated the scoring sequence on the team's fourth goal with an outlet pass from the defensive zone to Frates along the right sideline. From 20 yards, Frates struck an entry pass to the top of the circle and Rausch redirected the ball over the sliding Moss, who had charged from the goal line. Rausch scored off her own rebound on the left wing to make the score 5-1 in the 50th minute.
Frates, positioned five yards from the center of the goal line, then gave the 'Cats a 6-1 advantage at 57:30 when she redirected a centering pass from Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.), who drove to the right post, into the open cage.
Stanford converted a pair of crossing passes into goals 97 seconds apart to close within 6-3. From the right side of the circle, Haldeman's pass to the far post was tipped in by Emily Henriksson at 65:11. From 25 yards on the right wing, Kelsey Lloyd's entry pass rolled towards the left side and Byrne redirected a shot into the cage at 66:48.
UNH called time out at that point and when play resumed, Moss exited the game. The Wildcats possessed the ball along the right sideline near the midfield line to effectively run out the remaining time.
Frates, who has factored in nine of UNH's 13 goals spanning the last three games with four goals and five assists, climbed into second place on the program's all-time points leaderboard with 120 (43 goals, 34 assists). She is one assist shy of tying the benchmark of 35 assists established by Becky Craigue (1995-98).
On UNH's list of single-season superlatives, Rausch is tied for third in points (44) and tied for fourth in goals (19).
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) at Boston University. The Wildcats' next home game is Oct. 16 against Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.