Field Hockey Falls To UNH, 5-2
Oct. 15, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. - Katie White scored three goals and Caitlin Gillen tallied two scores and set up another to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey (7-8) team to a 5-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts (3-11) tonight at Memorial Field.
White, who tied her career high with the three tallies and has seven goals in the past three games, scored the first three goals of the game to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. Jen Stamp set up the first goal by driving along the end line on the right side and centering the ball to White, who redirected the ball into the open cage at 9:32. The second goal, scored at 13:20, was set up exactly the same, albeit Gillen was the one who made the move and the pass. White again was alone in front of the net and redirected a pass from MacKenzie Stuart into the open cage for her team-leading 13th goal of the season and a 3-0 Wildcat advantage at 19:10.
UMass closed within 3-1 at 26:22 when sophomore Robin Dziedzic's (Palmer, Mass.) shot off a penalty corner from the middle of the circle went through traffic and into the cage.
Gillen re-established a three-goal lead of 4-1 for UNH when she scored on a rebound from close range at 28:47. The 'Cats took that lead into halftime and Gillen, who finished with a career-high five points, redirected a centering pass from Sam Carr into the open cage at 40:48 to give UNH a 5-1 advantage early in the second half.
The Minutewomen trimmed the deficit to 5-2 at 49:37 when junior Adrianne Monaco (Oxford, N.Y.) pushed the ball into the cage from a scrum on the left side. That was the final goal of the game.
UNH starting goalkeeper Christine Buckley made six saves in 51:26 to earn the victory. Julie Munson played the final 18:34 of the game and stopped all three shots on goal. UMass junior goalie Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) was credited with four saves.
UMass out-shot UNH, 15-12, and held the edge in penalty corners, 8-2, but was unable to overcome the early deficit. The Minutewomen return to action this Sunday, Oct. 19, for a key A-10 battle at Richmond. Game-time is set for 12:00 p.m. The Spiders are currently tied for first place in conference play at 2-0. UMass is in a tie for third place with a 1-1 record.