Hempstead, NY – Freshman Carissa Witmer
and junior Jonel Boileau
scored first half Pride goals but the Wildcats rallied with two goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation as 20th-ranked New Hampshire posted a 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Hofstra Sunday afternoon. UNH is now 6-5 on the season while Hofstra is now 5-8.
Hofstra opened the scoring 9:20 into the contest as Witmer (Ephrata, PA) grabbed a rebound in the goalmouth and put it behind UNH junior goalie Carlie Tarbell (7 saves). But Wildcat sophomore Lynne Lehman tied the game five minutes later, off a rebound, for her first goal of the season.
While the Wildcats were dominating the stat sheet, the Pride grabbed a 2-1 lead for 41 minutes after Boileau converted a rebound for her 11th goal of the year at the 17:36 mark that gave Hofstra the advantage through halftime and longer.
Boileau’s 11th goal tied her career-high set in 2012 while her 26th and 27 points of the season are a new single season, career-high for the Kelowna, BC, Canada native. UNH outshot the Pride, 21-10 and had nine penalty corners to Hofstra’s two. Only nine first half saves by Pride senior goalie Kaitlyn De Turo
(South Setauket, NY) kept Hofstra ahead at the break.
But New Hampshire picked up in the second half where they left off and dominated play but couldn’t get the equalizer until senior Casey Pohlmeyer scored her first goal of the year, with Megan Bozek picking up the assist off a penalty corner, at the 58:19 mark to tie the game at 2-2.
The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Pride and notched the game-winner with 1:36 to play in regulation. Senior Hannah Richard scored her sixth goal of the season, off a pass from sophomore Chandler Giese following a penalty corner for the victory.
UNH outshot Hofstra, 14-2 in the second half and 35-12 in the game. The Wildcats also had 16 penalty corners to the Pride’s five.
Hofstra will face its second of four consecutive top 20 opponents on Tuesday, October 8 when they travel to top-ranked Maryland for a 7 p.m. contest.