DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Ryan DiNunzio's first goal of the season with under 10 minutes remaining in the second half proved to be a big one as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team upended Hartford, 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field. UNH, which is battling for a playoff spot, improved to 5-5-3 and 3-2-2 in league play. Hartford, which had been tied with Towson atop the America East standings coming into the game, dropped to 9-3-2 and 5-1-1.
Sophomore Josh Hareld (North Kingston, R.I) set up the game-winner at 80:53 when he broke loose from a Hawks defender near the left corner flag and sent a crossing pass toward the Hartford net. Hawks goalkeeper Christopher Doyle couldn't control the pass and DiNunzio poked it home for the game-winner.
UNH trailed 2-1 entering the second half, but Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.) netted the equalizer at 72:13 when he connected for his first of the season after a long throw from Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.) into the Hartford penalty box.
UNH, which is 4-0-1 this season when it tallies the first goal, began the scoring on Hareld's team-leading seventh of the season at 16:01, assisted by Lawver. Hartford tied it just over a minute later when Easton Wilson headed an Alon Lubezky feed over UNH goalkeeper Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.). The Hawks took a 2-1 lead on Alon Lubezky's breakaway goal at 33:41.
O'Neil finished with five saves for the Wildcats while Doyle stopped three shots for the Hawks. The Wildcats return to action Friday (10/26) at Towson. Game time is 2 p.m.