DURHAM, N.H. -- Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) scored two goals to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-1 non-conference victory against Northeastern University at Memorial Field.
UNH, which has won four consecutive meetings vs. Northeastern, is now 2-4 overall. NU, which entered the game with a two-game winning streak, is 3-2.
Richard, who matched her career high of two goals, broke a 1-1 tie in the 28th minute and struck again in the 32nd minute to give the Wildcats a two-goal lead. Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) recorded a goal and an assist to equal a personal-best three points.
Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) tallied an assist. Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) was credited with one save.
NU goalkeeper Becky Garner made five saves Natalie Stewart's unassisted goal gave the Huskies an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
Neither team recorded a shot or penalty corner until UNH generated a corner in the sixth minute and that led to Woods' shot that was blocked by an NU defender.
Northeastern scored on its first shot of the game to take a 1-0 lead at 8:51. Stewart stole the ball 35 yards from the cage and advanced down the middle of the field. She side-stepped a defender at the top of the circle and, from eight yards out, lifted the ball over a sliding Tarbell.
The Wildcats generated another corner in the 14th minute, and this time a knee-high blast by Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) was stopped by Garner. Pohlmeyer was once again denied by Garner in the 19th minute.
NU quickly counterattacked and Emma Lamison's low drive went wide left of the cage.
Wood tied the game, 1-1, at 21:08. Pohlmeyer initiated the scoring sequence on a restart at the 25-yard line with a centering pass to Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.). Bozek's entry pass into the circle was corralled by Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.), who executed a touch pass to the right for Woods. Woods split a pair of defenders before firing a shot inside the left post.
NU was awarded a corner in the 23rd minute, and Caroline Judge's direct shot was blocked aside by Tarbell.
UNH took advantage of another restart to take a 2-1 lead at 27:45. From 35 yards out on the right side, Giese swept a low entry pass into the circle, where a lunging Richard redirected the ball into the cage.
Giese also initiated the scoring sequence on UNH's third goal, which gave the 'Cats a 3-1 advantage at 31:36. From the 25, Giese's hit into the circle was double redirected by Woods and then Richard into the cage.
At the half, the Wildcats held the edge in the scoring column as well as both shots (6-3) and corners (5-1).
Northeastern generated a corner in the 40th minute, but Emmy Zweserijn's shot was deflected by a Wildcat defender.
In the 48th minute, UNH's pressure resulted in a corner, but Woods' shot was also blocked by a defender.
NU called time out at 51:17 and two minutes later Zweserijn eluded a defender at the top-right of the circle and then drilled a low, diagonal shot six inches wide of the far post.
With nine minutes remaining, Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) created a dangerous scoring chance for the 'Cats as she advanced along the right side and forwarded the ball to Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.). Flatley quickly made a centering pass, where Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.) settled the ball and sent a shot just wide of the right post.
The Huskies generated another corner in the 63rd minute and Lindsay Bennett, who pushed the ball into play, redirected a shot wide.
UNH kept the visitors at bay the rest of the way by not allowing another shot while recording two more shots – both stopped by Garner – and another corner.
The Wildcats finished with the advantage in shots (11-6) and corners (8-3).
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 21 (12 p.m.) against Central Michigan University in a neutral-site game at the University of Maine. The Wildcats' next home game is Sept. 29 (2 p.m.) vs. Harvard University.