DURHAM, N.H. -- In a battle for first place in America East, the eighth-ranked University of Delaware women's lacrosse team outscored the University of New Hampshire 5-0 in the final six minutes of the game to record a 14-9 victory Friday afternoon at Memorial Field. UNH falls to 4-6 overall and 2-1 in the conference while Delaware improves to 10-1, 3-0.
UNH's Nicole Moore tied the game with 6:29 to play but, following a Delaware time out, the Fightin' Blue Hens won the ensuing draw control and Ashley Moderacki scored the go-ahead goal at 6:20. Tallies by Kelly Swift (at 5:38) and Liz Walton (4:31) increased the visitor's lead to 12-9. Corinne Shuck netted her second goal of the game at 3:04 to build a four-goal cusion and Swift potted her fifth goal of the game in the last minute to close the scoring.
UNH trailed 6-4 at halftime and fell behind 8-4 with 25 minutes remaining before rallying to tie the game. Junior midfielder Colleen Christopher (Hampton Falls, N.H.; four goals) sparked the comeback with free position goals at 24:05 and 18:04.
UD's Christy Buck made it 9-6 before sophomore Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine) netted back-to-back free position goals (at 14:53 and 13:08) to pull the Wildcats within 9-8. The game was scoreless for the next 6:38 until Moore tied the game.
UNH goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) recorded nine saves. Her counterpart, UD's Laurie Tortorelli, stopped 16 shots.
Christopher's first goal of the game gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead 2:19 into the game. Delaware answered with three consecutive goals to build a 3-1 advantage with 13:38 to play in the opening half. Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.), the reigning conference Rookie of the Week, trimmed the deficit to 3-2 at 11:44.
Swift gave the Fightin' Blue Hens another two-goal lead at 10:48 but Christopher answered at the other end 38 seconds later to make it 4-3. Steph Keefe (Newton, Mass.) netted the equalizer with 3:30 on the clock. Kate O'Connell and Swift scored 58 seconds apart - at 1:40 and :42, respectively - to give Delaware a 6-4 haltime lead.
UNH continues its four-game homestand Sunday against Towson. Game time at Memorial Field is noon. The Wildcats also play host to No. 16 Penn State (April 18, noon) and Boston College (April 20, 3:30 p.m) before hitting the road again.