UCD kept the pressure up on Monkstown at the EYHL summit with a hard-fought success at Loreto Beaufort. The students' sole reward for first-quarter pressure was a penalty corner that Louisa Healy repelled, the highlight of a first half mostly played between the 23s.
Loreto came out fighting after the half-time interval with Ali Meeke's pace causing UCD problems, but the breakthrough came at the other end in the final quarter when Orla Patton converted their second penalty corner.
The hosts pushed hard to claw back an equaliser and won a pair of corners, from which Hannah McLoughlin deflected the ball home. However, the goal was chalked off for an earlier infringement to leave Loreto empty-handed.