No. 19 Field Hockey Defeats No. 25 Maine, 2-1, to Finish Unbeaten in America East

CASEY POHLMEYER

ORONO, Maine – Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersvile, Md.) recorded a goal and an assist to lead the 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-1 America East victory against 25th-ranked University of Maine at Maine Field Hockey Complex.

UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 10-7 overall and reach double-digit victories for the fourth consecutive year. The Wildcats complete the America East conference undefeated (5-0) for the second time in three years. Maine is now 10-9 overall, 2-3 America East.

Wildcat goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.), the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week, made three saves while UM counterpart Alicia Frisch stopped eight shots.

UNH pressured in the opening minutes but Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) was denied by Frisch and the 'Cats did not record a shot off the ensuing penalty corner. In the eighth minute, Holly Stewart's shot ricocheted off the post and one minute later she struck a shot wide of the cage.

New Hampshire converted its second corner of the game into a 1-0 lead at 11:27. Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) inserted the ball to the top of the circle and Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) swung a pass to the left side, where Pohlmeyer fired a shot inside the near post.

The Black Bears tied the score, 1-1, at 12:46 on the game's next shot. Annabell Hamilton, from the center of the circle, sent the ball towards the left post and the ball was tipped into the cage by Cassidy Svetek.

UNH responded with immediate pressure and Frisch turned aside a shot off the stick of Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.). The 'Cats generated three corners spanning the 17th and 18th minutes. Pohlmeyer's shot was blocked by a defender on the first corner, then on the third corner her shot was blocked aside by Frisch. UNH sustained pressure and one minute later Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) sent a shot wide.

Maine earned its first corner of the game in the 20th minute and it resulted in Hamilton's shot that was saved by Tarbell. Neither team recorded a shot for the next 10 minutes until Becca Paradee's chance was stopped by Tarbell. The 'Cats closed the first half with an untimed corner, but did not record a shot.

The teams were even in both goals and shots (six) in the first half, and UNH had the 6-1 edge in corners.

Both teams struggled to generate offense in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, when UNH and UM had a corner but no shots. Maine was awarded another corner in the 47th minute and, with Zoe Adkins as the insert, Nicole Sevey hit a shot wide of target. Six minutes later, Tarbell kept the game tied at 1 when she denied Svetek.

The Wildcats recorded their first shot of the second half in the 54th minute, when Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.) was turned aside by Frisch. Less than one minute later, Bozek's shot was also blocked aside by the UM goalie.

That pressure produced another corner for the 'Cats, and once again the visitors capitalized on the set piece to take a 2-1 lead at 54:45. Erler once again inserted the ball into play, and Pohlmeyer's shot from the top-left of the circle was redirected by Richard inside the right post for her team-leading 12th goal of the season.

Maine threatened in the 61st minute, but Hamilton's shot on a corner went wide.

UNH went on the counterattack and sustained pressure for two minutes with four corners that produced shots on goal by Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and Bozek.

The Black Bears called time out at 66:05 and pulled Frisch in favor of an extra field player with 3:14 remaining. Maine penetrated the circle in the last minute and had an untimed penalty corner at the end of regulation, but did not record a shot.

The Wildcats had the advantage in both shots (6-3) and corners (6-4) in the second half to finish with the overall edge in both statistics – 12-9 in shots and 12-5 in corners.

New Hampshire concludes the regular season Oct. 28 (3 p.m.) at Dartmouth College. The three Wildcat seniors will be honored following the game.

UNH is the top seed of the 2012 America East Field Hockey Championship and will host the tournament Nov. 2 & 4 at Memorial Field. The Wildcats will play Fairfield University in a Nov. 2 semifinal; Maine will battle University at Albany in the other semi.

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