UNH splits weekend series
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 01:09
The UNH field hockey team split its weekend series, losing 2-1 to Providence on Friday night before beating Northeastern 3-1 Sunday afternoon. After travelling to Philadelphia and California for their first four games of the season, the ‘Cats finally got a chance to play in front of a home crowd. Their record now stands at 2-4 for the season.
In the first game against the Friars, the ‘Cats had plenty of chances but were stonewalled by goalkeeper Deidra Clymer. UNH took 14 shots, only finding the back of the net once while Clymer made five saves, including four in the second half.
The Friars were the first to get on the board at the 11:21 mark of the first, when Steph Guglielmo took the ball along the end line and fed it to Daniella Bernasconi in front of the net. Mackie was able to tip the ball past goalie Carlie Tarbell for her seventh goal of the season.
The goal added to the frustration the Wildcats were feeling due to a questionable foul call that resulted in 2012 America East defensive player of the year, Megan Bozek, having to sit for receiving a green card.
Head coach Robin Balducci expressed her frustration with the officiating after the game.
“The style of the game was what I didn’t like,” Balducci said. “I didn’t like the fact that they gave us a card early, not the card [itself].That’s fine, but that [consistency] has to be carried through the whole game.”
Bernasconi added her eighth goal of the season just 2:28 into the second half when she took the ball between the defense and put a backhand shot underneath Tarbell.
UNH got on the board ten minutes later, when Bozek received a pass from Lynn Lehman and was able to get the ball past Clymer while falling to the ground.
The Wildcats were able to generate seven penalty corners in the second half, including five in a fifteen-minute span, but were unable to get anything past Clymer.
On Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats took on and defeated the Northeastern Huskies 3-1. UNH has won four consecutive games against Northeastern.
The Huskies were the first to score at the 8:51 mark in the first half. Natalie Stewart weaved through the Wildcat defense and chipped it over Tarbell.
The Wildcats answered when senior Melissa Woods got the ball from Lehman at the top of the arc and shot it past goalkeeper Becky Garner’s leg.
UNH’s second goal came on a long shot from outside the zone by Chandler Giese, which was deflected twice by the Wildcat attack, first by Kellie Joyce then tipped into the net by Hannah Richard. The goal was hotly contested by the Northeastern defense, who believed the shot wasn’t tipped inside the zone, but the call stood and UNH had the lead.
UNH added an insurance goal at the 31:36 mark when Meg Flatley drove the ball from the outside to Richard in front of the net, who put it through the five-hole on Garner.
“I give credit to the backs and midfields for entering the ball [into the zone],” Richard said. “We worked on using the baseline to build up [the offense] and our entry passes [from the outside] were better than they were last week.”
“For us, this is a huge win,” senior captain Casey Pohlmeyer said. “We don’t have a winning record right now and this is a huge regional opponent for us, so this win has really boosted our confidence for our games this weekend.”
UNH will take on Central Michigan on Saturday at Maine.