March 18, 2009

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No. 13 UNH Pulls Away from Upset-Minded UMass

from press release

DURHAM, N.H. - No. 13 New Hampshire used a 10-goal second half to escape the upset-minded UMass women's lacrosse team, 13-10, on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field. The Minutewomen held an 8-3 lead at halftime, but the Wildcats (6-2) came out strong in the second half and closed the game with a five-goal run over the last 11 minutes.

The Minutewomen (3-5) will return to action next Wednesday against No. 1 Northwestern at McGuirk Stadium (7 PM).

UMass freshman goalie Katie Florence made 17 saves, just one shy of her career-high, in the loss. Senior Holly Drown and sophomore Jackie Lyons both netted three goals to lead the Minutewomen.

Sarah Von Bargen, the nation's second leading scorer overall, netted four goals in the game - three of which were in the second half. Ashley Durepo also had a four-point game with three goals and an assist. Nikki Hume started the game but was lifted after making just three saves and allowing eight goals in the first half. Kate Gunts earned the win making two saves.

The game was a tale of two halves as UMass controlled play in the first half scoring eight goals despite being outshot 17-to-13. In the second half, however, New Hampshire took control of the game with advantages in shots (21-to-7), groundballs (12-to-5) and turnovers (16-to-3).

The Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Von Bargen and Durepo, but UMass responded with six straight, including all three from Drown, to take a 6-2 lead with 5:38 left in the first half. The Minutewomen tacked on two more going up 8-3 on an unassisted score by Lyons with just one second left on the clock.

Coming out of the halftime break, however, New Hampshire used a four-goal run after the team's traded opening salvos pulling within one, 9-8, with 17:35 remaining.

Lyons scored a free position goal to push the lead back to two goals, but the Wildcats closed the game with a five-goal run in the final 10:28 to seal the win.


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