Hannah Wellington scored her second goal of the season Sunday (Gil Talbot).
DURHAM, N.H. – Harvard field hockey found itself in its second-straight overtime game of the season Sunday, playing New Hampshire to a 1-1 tie after 70 minutes, but the Wildcats' Lindsey Nerbonne notched the game-winner at 77:46 to give UNH the 2-1 victory.
This marked the first time in program history that Harvard has played two overtime games to begin a season after beating Holy Cross in a shootout Friday. The Crimson last played back-to-back overtime games during a season in October 2007.
Harvard took the early lead Sunday, as Hannah Wellington notched her second tally of the season. The junior exhibited a strong individual effort, stealing the ball from UNH after a restart in the Wildcats zone, dribbling across the top of the circle and firing a shot into the back of the cage just 1:17 into the game.
The Crimson carried that 1-0 lead into the half, but less than four minutes into the second stanza, UNH tied up the game. Off a penalty corner, Ashley Mendonca was able to send a shot across the goal line to knot the game. The Wildcats continued to attack throughout the half, outshooting Harvard, 11-3, and taking eight penalty corners, while the Crimson had none during the period.
In the overtime frame, the teams traded opportunities early on, but it would be a UNH strike at 7:46 that would give the Wildcats the win. Nerbonne redirected an initial shot from Gianna Bensaia to seal the game for UNH.
Harvard is back in action Thursday evening at Berylson Family Field Hockey Field, hosting Pacific in a 6 p.m. matchup. Fans can watch the game live on the Ivy League Digital Network.