Balleza moved into 10th place on Harvard's single-season goals list (Gil Talbot).
CAMRBIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard field hockey team was undone by three first-half goals on Sunday as New Hampshire earned a 3-1 victory over the Crimson at Harvard Field Hockey Stadium.
Harvard (7-5, 2-2 Ivy League) outshot New Hampshire (6-8, 2-2 America East) 10-7 on the day but the Wildcats converted 3-of-6 in the first half to get out to a big lead. The first two scores came off UNH penalty corners, with Katie Audino picking up the rebound off Ashley Mendonca's attempt to an easy tap in to get the scoring started. Jackie Hozza followed with a one-timer from the top left of the circle off a feed from Ashley Mendonca.
Meg Flatley made it a three-goal game with a strong individual effort, regaining possession after her centering pass was blocked and slipping the ball past Issy Davies at the left post.
The Crimson turned up the pressure in the second half, peppering the Wildcat cage with eight shots. Marissa Balleza finally broke through in the 68th minute with her 10th score of the season, tying her for 10th place on Harvard's single-season list. The Crimson had another opportunity late, but Victoria Boylett's attempt was turned away to secure the win for UNH.
Harvard returns to action Saturday, Oct. 24 playing host to No. 20 Princeton at 12 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.