DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) netted a goal early in the contest and the Wildcat defense stepped up the rest of the way as the 22nd-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team shut down 13th-ranked Boston University, 1-0, Friday evening at Memorial Field.
With the win, New Hampshire (8-7, 4-0) earns at least a share of the America East regular season title, while Boston dips to 9-6 overall and 3-1 in conference action.
Sophomore Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) registered nine saves for the Wildcats, including six in the first half, while Jess Maroney recorded a pair of stops for the Terriers.
The teams battled through heavy rain and wind throughout the contest, but UNH jumped on the board just nine minutes into the game as Lehman netted her fourth goal of the season. After UNH drove into Terrier territory, there was heavy traffic right in front of the net as several players on both sides tried to gain possession, but Lehman was able to push the ball past the dive of Maroney for the 1-0 advantage.
The UNH defense clamped down from there, despite several scoring opportunities by the opposition during the remainder of the opening stanza. Boston had three penalty corners in the final six minutes of the half, but Tarbell came up with a pair of big saves during the stretch to preserve the 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Terriers were on the offensive to open the second half, recording a pair of shots at the 37th and 40th minute marks, but both sailed just wide and high of the cage.
Following a 30-minute delay due to lightning, the teams returned to action with 21:46 left in the contest as UNH generated four scoring opportunities over the next ten minutes. New Hampshire's best chance came in the 62nd minute when Lehman and Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) posted back-to-back shots, the later turned away by a defensive save.
New Hampshire held the Terriers without a shot in the final five minutes to seal the victory.
BU won the battle for penalty corners by a 7-4 margin and also outshot the Wildcats, 15-10.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Oct. 21 when they take on Providence.