UNH dominates weekend action
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 01:10
The UNH field hockey team picked up two crucial wins this weekend, with two 3-0 victories over Albany on Friday and Bucknell on Sunday. The Wildcats have won eight of their last 10, owning a record of 9-6 and sit atop the America East conference standings with a 2-0 record.
Bucknell started the game well, outshooting the Wildcats 7-6 in the first half. Its best scoring opportunity came with 12:50 remaining in the half, when Kiersten Snydor led a 2-on-1 rush for the Bison. Snydor’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell, and the rebound was knocked out of the zone by backer Megan Bozek.
Melyssa Woods scored first for the Wildcats, netting her third goal of the season on a rebound attempt from Emma Compagna.
After the half, UNH came out and capitalized on its opportunities. Casey Pohlmeyer scored her second goal of the season on an assist from Bozek just 2:31 into the second frame.
On their second corner opportunity, Pohlmeyer ripped a shot from the outside that was deflected by Hannah Richard to bring the score to 3-0.
Pohlmeyer recorded her 50th career point on Sunday, and Richard recorded her 49th career point as well.
On Friday, UNH earned their second conference win of the season in a decisive 3-0 win over Albany. Meg Flatley scored two goals, giving her the team lead with 11 on the season, with Meg Carroll adding her first goal of the season.
“We played well, we played tough,” head coach Robin Balducci said. “We didn’t get out-of-sorts with their physicality, which has often happened in our play. … That’s an emotional game, there was a real energy around it which was not always positive.”
Tarbell recorded her first two shutouts on the season this past weekend, bringing her to a respectable 2.10 goals against average and a .793 save percentage.
“For the amount of possession we had, I would have liked to have seen us generate a little more attack,” Balducci said after the game on Sunday. “We’ve been too soft on defense, that’s what we’ve been focusing on. … We finally made some changes and have played consistently.”
The Wildcats will take on two America East foes this week, hosting UMass-Lowell on Friday night at home, and then traveling to Vermont on Sunday to face the Catamounts.