PROVIDENCE, RI – Playing on the recently completed new field hockey field for the first time, the Bears field hockey team (0-1) fell to visiting New Hampshire (1-2), 9-1, in front of a record crowd on Friday afternoon. UNH, which had eight different goal scorers, built a 4-0 lead at the break, scoring five goals in the second half.
The Wildcats outshot the Bears, 17-9, in the opening half, though each team earned four corners during the first 35 minutes of play. Kellie Joyce put the visitors up, 1-0, just 4:58 into the game when she took a feed from Emma Erier and buried her shot to the left corner.
Just 10 minutes later, Erier flicked the ball up and over sophomore goalie Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) for a 2-0 lead, scoring what would eventually prove to be the game-winner.
Megan Bozek became the third goal scorer of the afternoon for the Wildcats, scoring off a direct shot on a UNH corner at the 20:22 mark, while Hannah Richard increased the lead to 4-0 just three minutes later.
The Bears came out of the break and quickly got on the board, converting their lone corner of the second half at the 37:20 mark. After the initial insert and stop, sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) pushed the ball over to freshman Alexis Miller (Caldwell, NJ) on her left. Miller fired a shot from the left side that beat UNH goalie Carlie Tarbell to the left corner for her first career goal.
However, that was as close as Brown would get, as UNH scored five unanswered goals, including three in a span of less than two minutes, to account for the 9-1 final.
Several members of the class of 2016 made their collegiate debut this afternoon, including Miller, Emily Arciero (Avon, CT), Anna Masini (Ann Arbor, MI), Katelynn Mudgett (Burlington, CT), Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA), and Galen Rohn (Darien, CT).
The Bears continue their season-opening three-game homestand tomorrow afternoon when they host Vermont in a 2:00 p.m. contest.