Newark, Del. -- Brittany Campbell scored in the 41st minute to lift the fourth-seeded University of Delaware to Tuesday afternoon's 1-0 America East first round victory against the University of New Hampshire at Delaware Mini-stadium.
UNH, which earned the No. 5 seed in the conference tourney with a 5-5-1 league mark, ends the season at 6-11-3. Delaware (11-7-1), now 3-0 vs. the Wildcats in conference tournament play, advances to play top-seeded Boston University on Nov. 9.
New Hampshire, in its first tourney appearance since finishing as runner-up in 1998, controlled play through most of the first half with the aid of a strong wind. The Wildcats' best opportunity to score was in the 17th minute when Ana Tobon (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Chiara Best (rose Valley, Pa.) created a 2-on-1 rush on a Delaware turnover. Tobon drew UD goalie Andrea Lunn (two saves) out to the left and centered the ball to Best, whose right-footed touch sailed wide of the right post.
The Fightin' Blue Hens recorded their first shot on the 40th minute, when Sara Wilson's shot was knocked wide by UNH goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette (Simsbury, Conn.). On the ensuing corner kick, Megan McFadden's serve crossed through the box to the left side. Ginna Lewing trapped the ball and crossed the ball back to the right post, where Campbell touched the ball into the open net.
Delaware, which was outshot 6-2 in the opening half, generated a 10-0 shot advantage in the second half with the winds at its back. UNH did create pressure in the final five minutes, but was denied any attempt on a game-tying shot.
The end of the season brought the end of a career for five Wildcats - Meg Foley (Marlborough, Conn.), Sarah Sargent (Glastonbury, Conn.), Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.), Kristy Hemsley (St. Bruno, Quebec) and Farrell Swain (Bedford, N.H.).