Flatley's Two Goals, Pohlmeyer's Two Assists Leads Field Hockey Past Harvard, 3-1
DURHAM, N.H. – Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) scored two goals and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) recorded two assists to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-1 victory against Harvard University at Memorial Field.
UNH won its fifth straight in the series vs. Harvard and fourth consecutive game this season to improve to 5-4. The Crimson is 2-4.
Flatley matched her career high of two goals as she tied the game, 1-1, in the 19th minute and scored the game-winning goal in the 39th minute. Pohlmeyer set up the Wildcats' first and final goals to equal her personal best of two assists. UNH's other goal was scored by Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.).
Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) finished with five saves, as did Harvard counterpart Jenn Hatfield.
Harvard took a 1-0 lead at 12:36 when Rachael Rosenfeld scored off her own rebound.
UNH scored less than four minutes later – at 18:13 – on a penalty corner. Pohlmeyer corralled the swing pass wide to the left side and her shot towards the near post was redirected into the cage by Flatley, who initiated the corner sequence as the push.
In the 21st minute, the Wildcats generated another corner and this time Pohlmeyer's shot from the left side ricocheted off the left post and out of bounds.
The Crimson called time out at 23:18 and neither team recorded a shot or corner for the next five minutes until Kaitlyn Boudah took aim at the cage but was turned aside by Tarbell.
Harvard generated a corner in the 33rd minute and Caitlin Rea's direct shot was hit low and hard, but stopped by Tarbell, who had dropped to stack her leg pads.
The teams entered halftime tied at 1 with the shots even, 5-5, and UNH holding a 5-2 edge in penalty corners.
Flatley struck again early in the second half to give the 'Cats a 2-1 advantage at 38:07. She carried the ball down the left side into the circle and, from eight yards, drove a low shot inside the far post for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
UNH gained another corner in the 43rd minute, and this time Pohlmeyer, as the push, sent the ball to Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) on the top-left. Woods' bounding shot toward the cage was kicked aside by Hatfield's left leg pad.
Four minutes later, Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.) controlled an entry pass at the top of the circle, sidestepped a defender and drove to the cage before lifting a shot towards the left post. Hatfield slid across the goalmouth, however, to stop the ball with her blocker.
In the 48th minute on another UNH corner, a series of passes set up a blast on the right side by Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) that caromed off the left post.
Harvard generated a corner in the 55th minute I which the battery of Noel Painter and Caroline McNeill set up a reverse-stick shot by Elizabeth Jacobson that was blocked by Pohlmeyer. The ball caromed to the left doorstep, where Painter jammed a shot into Tarbell's leg pads.
UNH advanced the ball to the other end of the field, where Woods attacked down the center and struck a shot that bounced wide left.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 3-1 at 63:12 off another corner. Emma Compagna (Canton, Mass.) initiated the sequence with the push to the top of the circle, where Bozek gained possession and sent the ball to Pohlmeyer on the left side. Pohlmeyer's diagonal pass was redirected into the cage by Richard.
The Crimson gained its fifth corner of the game with four minutes remaining. They did not record a shot, but were awarded another corner and this time Rea's shot was stopped by Tarbell. Moments later, Catriona McDonald's shot went wide right.
UNH kept the visitors at bay the rest of the way to preserve the victory. The Wildcats finished with a slight edge in both shots (11-10) and corners (8-6).
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 4 against intrastate rival Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 4 p.m.