September 8, 2013

No. 20 Field Hockey Upends Pacific, 3-1

STANFORD, Calif.  – Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.), Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) each scored a goal to propel the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-1 victory against University of the Pacific at Stanford University's Varsity Turf.

UNH, which controlled play to record the advantage in both shots (13-3) and penalty corners (9-1), won its first game to improve to 1-3. Pacific is now winless in four games. 

Flatley has recorded a point in all four games this season and has a team-high 10 points (4g, 2a). Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) was credited with one save and Pacific counterpart Molly Macierz stopped four shots.

"It was a great game on our part," UNH 23rd-year head coach Robin Balducci said. "The possession time was very much in our favor and the overall quality of our play was really high.

UNH generated a penalty corner in the second minute, but the shot off the stick of Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) was blocked by the defense. The 'Cats generated a second corner but not another shot. 

The Tigers quickly advanced the ball to the other end of the field. Emily Tregoning's initial shot ricocheted off the post, but she scored off the rebound to give Pacific a 1-0 lead at 3:21.

New Hampshire earned another corner in the 14th minute and produced a shot wide by Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.). The Wildcats tied the score, 1-1, at 16:34 on another corner in which Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) set up Flatley. 

UNH pressured again and gained another corner at 20:00, but did not record a shot. Then on the sixth corner of the half (at 30:30), Pohlmeyer struck a shot wide of the cage.

The 'Cats and Tigers were tied, 1-1, at halftime despite New Hampshire's decisive edge in shots (6-2) and corners (6-0). 

UNH scored on the first shot of the second half to take a 2-1 lead when Richard scored at 36:51; Joyce was credited with an assist. The Wildcats also scored on the next shot – an unassisted goal by Bozek – to extend the advantage to 3-1 at 40:31.

Pacific called time out, but the next shot was by UNH's Pohlmeyer, albeit saves by Macierz, in the 49th minute. Macierz also denied Flatley in the 58th minute. Tarbell recorded her lone save of the game when she turned aside Nicole Laskosky in the 61st minute, and the Tigers did not record a shot the rest of the way. 

The 'Cats pressured in the last five minutes with three corners and recorded one shot – a blocked shot by Bozek – in those opportunities.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 13 for its home opener against Providence College. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m. UNH also plays host to Northeastern University on Sept. 15 (2 p.m.).

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