August 31, 2012

Richard, Erler Factor In Three Goals Apiece To Propel Field Hockey To 9-1 Win at Brown

HANNAH RICHARD

PROVIDENCE, R.I.Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) recorded two goals and an assist and Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) finished with a goal and two assists to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 9-1 non-conference victory against Brown University at Erickson Athletic Complex.

UNH improved to 1-2 while this marked the season opener for Brown. The Wildcats have won each of the last four meetings (dating back to the 2008 season) by an aggregate score of 25-4. The nine goals matched UNH's highest goal output since Oct. 28, 2006 (9-1 win at UMBC).

The two goals and five points marked career highs for Richard, while Erler matched her personal bests in both assists and points as a total of 10 Wildcats recorded at least one point. Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) tallied a goal and an assist for a career-high three points.

Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.), Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) all scored their first collegiate goal and Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) tallied her first career point with an assist.

Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), who also had a defensive save, and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) struck for UNH's other goals and Mackenzie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) was credited with an assist.

UNH goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) made one save in both halves while Brown counterpart Shannon McSweeney made 15 saves, including nine in the second half.

New Hampshire generated the first pressure of the game on a penalty corner in the fourth minute. Erler inserted the ball and Pohlmeyer's shot was turned aside by McSweeney. UNH continued to pressure and Molly Heaney (East Kingston, N.H.) fired a shot wide of the cage.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 5:00 when Erler, from the top-left side, set up Kellie Joyce for a shot from the middle of the circle inside the left post. It marked the Wildcats' first lead of the year – they fell behind 1-0 in both the 2-1 overtime loss to the University of Massachusetts and 1-0 setback to Ohio State University.

In a player-up situation, Brown earned a corner in the 10th minute that resulted in a shot wide by Alexis Miller, another corner and another shot wide – this time off the stick of Clayton Christus.

UNH extended the advantage to 2-0 on Erler's first goal of the season at 13:21 when she flicked a shot from the middle of the circle over McSweeney. In the 17th minute, Tarbell preserved the two-goal lead with a save against Meghan O'Donnell, then Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) made a defensive save to deny Christus.

The Wildcats quickly advanced the ball to the other end of the field, but Carroll was turned aside twice by McSweeney. In the 20th minute, the 'Cats once again pressured with shots on target by Erler and Kellie Joyce that led to another penalty corner. Erler inserted the ball to Joyce and Bozek's direct shot from the top of the circle found the back of the cage to give UNH a 3-0 lead at 20:22.

Brown called time out, but another UNH flurry gave the 'Cats a 4-0 lead at 23:38. Mary Quill (Portsmouth, N.H.) fired a shot wide of the cage, then had a shot cleared off the goal line by Kelsey Grossman, but Richard's diving effort pushed the ball into the cage.

The Bears responded with an offensive surge. Christus' shot was off target in the 27th minute and three minutes later, a corner resulted in another shot wide by Christus.

Quill recorded consecutive shots wide of the cage and UNH sustained pressure to record another shot wide, this time by Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.). The Wildcats were awarded an untimed corner at the end of the first half and Pohlmeyer sent a shot wide.

UNH, which recorded a total of 13 shots in the first two games, had a 17-9 shot advantage at the half.

Brown trimmed the deficit to 4-1 at 37:20 on a penalty corner when Christus, who recorded five first-half shots, swung the ball from the top of the circle to the left side, where Alexis Miller fired a shot into the near side of the cage.

The 'Cats immediately regained momentum as Richard beat McSweeney, but Charlotte Small was in position to make the save and keep the margin at three goals. That led to a corner, however, and Bozek's blast that was turned aside by the Brown goalie.

Two minutes later, McSweeney denied Richard and UNH's sixth corner of the game ended with Pohmeyer's shot wide.

Carroll reestablished a four-goal lead of 5-1 when she drove along the end line on the left side and placed a shot inside the far post at 43:07.

UNH continued to generate chances in the next two minutes as Flatley, Carroll and Kellie Joyce all tallied shots wide of the cage. McSweeney then made four saves in a three-minute span on shots by Heaney, Pohlmeyer, Richard and Heaney once again.

Lehman gained possession behind the goalie and touched the ball into the open cage for her first career goal and a 6-1 Wildcat lead at 53:12.

The 'Cats scored three goals spanning 2:36 to quickly extend the advantage to 9-1. Flatley finished a feed from Richard for a 7-1 lead at 65:20, followed by Pohlmeyer's direct shot on a corner from Mackenzie Joyce and Giese at 67:05 and Richard's second tally of the game at 67:56.

UNH finished with a 39-11 shot advantage and a 11-5 edge in penalty corners. It marked the team's highest shot total since Oct. 13, 2002, when the 'Cats recorded 40 shots in a 13-1 win against the University at Albany.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 7 against Syracuse University. Game time at Memorial Field is 5 p.m.

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