DURHAM, N.H. — Freshman midfielder Ryan McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) punched in a pair of goals, propelling the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Dartmouth College on Tuesday evening at Bremner Field.
UNH finishes the regular season with a record of 7-9-2 and a mark of 1-4-2 in America East play, while Dartmouth drops to 7-5-3 with the loss.
McNamara registered four points in the contest, becoming just the second Wildcat to tally multiple goals in a game this season. Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) was the last 'Cat to reach the milestone when he registered a pair of goals against Binghamton on Oct. 8.
After a scoreless first frame, the Wildcats drew first blood when Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) notched his first goal of the season in the 63rd minute. Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) played a ball into the box and Dartmouth goalkeeper Sean Donovan misplayed it and Roche was able to get a foot on the ball, pushing it across the goal line at 62:43.
New Hampshire wouldn't wait long to add to its advantage, as McNamara tallied his first of two goals on the evening, finding the back of the net on an unassisted tally at 75:33. McNamara tracked down a through ball about 30 yards out and fired a shot that found the low corner of the net to push UNH ahead, 2-0.
McNamara would find the back of the net for his team-best fourth goal of the season just moments later when he put the Wildcats up 3-0, giving the home team a lead they would not relinquish. David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) ignited the play, advancing the ball deep on the right side, crossing a pass to the left and McNamara connected with the one-timer, putting it into the right side of the net at 79:24.
Dartmouth claimed the advantage in shots (10-9) and corner kicks (8-5) in the contest. New Hampshire held the edge in both shots (4-3) and corner kicks (3-2) in the first frame of play. Roche led UNH with three shots, including one on goal attempt.
Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) registered three saves, earning his fifth shutout of the season between the pipes for the 'Cats. Sean Donovan led the Big Green with three saves of his own for the visitors.