The Wildcats’ three-game win streak was snapped as the Boston University Terriers handed them a 14-7 loss Wednesday night in Boston, Massachusetts. UNH’s overall record drops to 6-7 with just three games remaining in the regular season.
“I think we beat ourselves this game,” said head coach Sarah Albrecht. “We didn’t come out with the same energy and work ethic that we have had in the past few games. We have to continuously work hard through practice and the games to be able to compete in games. When you don’t bring that consistency then you have a game like we did against BU.”
Sophomore midfielder Carly Wooters notched two goals in the contest, increasing her team-leading total to 23. The White Plains, N.Y. native has scored in every game this season, and now has six multi-goal games.
The ‘Cats opened up the game with two quick strikes, with goals coming from senior attacker Laura McHoul and sophomore attacker Krissy Schafer. McHoul has recorded at least a point in every game this season, and leads the team with 39 points.
BU answered with pressure of its own, scoring three unanswered goals. The two teams repeatedly traded goals through the first 20 minutes, with UNH holding a 4-3 edge. The Terriers then took control of the game by scoring five straight goals to end the first half, taking an 8-4 lead and never looking back.
BU kept UNH from getting back into the game, adding another six goals in the second half to UNH’s three. The Terriers held a 32-16 shot advantage in the game. However, UNH goalkeeper Kate Clancy made nine saves.
Despite the loss, Albrecht’s message to her team remains the same as it has all season long.
“We need to execute the fundamentals, want to compete, and bounce back from our mistakes within the game,” she said. “If we believe in ourselves, then we can compete, but if we don’t bring that energy then we can’t. It’s that simple.”
The Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday when they head to Stony Brook University. The Seawolves currently sit atop America East with a 9-3 overall record, and will be a tough task for the ‘Cats. Albrecht wants to see a better effort out of her team as the season nears its end.
“We need to focus on our work ethic and execution of fundamentals,” she said. “It’s been the same message all season no matter who we play. Better teams will punish you more for the lack of confidence and work ethic. That is our singular focus right now.”