DURHAM, N.H.-Sophomore forward Kelly McManus (Dedham, Mass.) scored the game winning goal to lift the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team over Princeton 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
McManus scored off a rebound by junior forward Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) to put the Wildcats ahead 4-3. Thornton put the game away 5-3 five minutes later on an empty net goal off assists from senior defenseman Jaime DeGriselles (Lakeville, Minn.) and senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.).
In the first period, Princeton struck first when Abbey Fox put one past UNH goaltender Alicia Roberts (North Muskegon, Mich.) for a 1-0 lead. Junior Kali Wilson (East Lansing, Mich.) evened the score 1-1 nine minutes later off an assist from freshman forward Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) and Carrabba. Annamarie Holmes gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead off an assist from Andrea Kilbourne.
Holmes struck again in the beginning of the second period with a high blast past UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.). Senior defenseman Kerry Maher (Clifton Park, N.Y.) cut the lead 3-2 off an assist from McManus. Senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) knotted the game 3-3 late in the third period off an assist from Thornton.
Huggon finished with 10 saves and Roberts tallied 5 for the Wildcats. Susan Maes stopped 27 shots for Princeton.
The Wildcats host Harvard in a rematch of the 1998 national championship game, Saturday at 3 p.m.. They take on Brown University on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.