DURHAM, N.H. – Hannah Prince scored at 4:55 of the first overtime session to lift the University of Massachusetts field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 2-1 victory against 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire in the season opener for both teams at Memorial Field.
UMass carried play in the opening five minutes, but UNH created a dangerous scoring chance off a penalty corner in the 10th minute when Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) advanced from the top of the circle and lifted a shot from seven meters over the crossbar.
The Minutewomen took a 1-0 lead at 12:59 on a direct shot off a penalty corner. Kate Heineman insterted the ball to stick-stop Allie Sabia at the top of the circle and Kim Young flicked a low shot that ricocheted off goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) inside the right post.
New Hampshire leveled the score, 1-1, at 28:52. Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) charged down the right wing to the end line and fed a centering pass back to the middle of the circle, where Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) lowered herself parallel to the field and swept a low shot past goalie Sam Carlino into the cage. The assist marked the first career point for Flatley.
The score was deadlocked at halftime with UMass holding the advantage in both shots (8-3) and corners (3-1).
UNH generated another dangerous scoring chance off a corner 13 minutes into the second half. Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) inserted the ball to Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) at the top of the circle and she swung a pass wide left to Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.), whose low drive was blocked in front by a UMass defender. The ball ricocheted towards the left post and Erler pushed a shot wide on the near side of the cage.
Midway through the stanza, UMass also threatened on a penalty corner. Prince inserted the ball to Alexa Sikalis, who stopped the ball for Young and she struck a low, hard shot that rolled wide of the left post.
Two minutes later at the other end of the field, Bozek's direct shot on a corner went into the cage, but the shot was ruled illegal and the score remained 1-1.
With 11:30 remaining in regulation, UMass' Young drove to the top of the circle and blasted a low shot that bounded wide of the left post. The Minutewomen were awarded another corner with four minutes on the clock. Heineman inserted the ball to the near side, where Lauren Allymohamed slid a pass across the top of the circle to Thando Zono. Zono, from the top-right side, struck a low ball towards the far post but Heineman was unable to redirect a shot on goal.
Two minutes later, UMass had three consecutive corners that culminated in Zono's direct shot that was blocked in front and cleared away by Bozek.
Following 70 minutes of regulation, UMass led 13-6 in shots and 10-5 in corners.
The Minutewomen scored on the only shot of sudden-victory overtime when Prince drove deep on the left side and flicked a shot into the cage to end the game at 74:55.
Tarbell finished with four saves, including three in the first half. Carlino was not credited with a save in earning the victory.
New Hampshire returns to action Aug. 26 at home against 15th-ranked Ohio State University. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m. OSU plays UMass at Memorial Field on Aug. 25 (2 p.m.).