UNH women's lacrosse edged by Brown, 12-10, in OT

DURHAM, N.H. - Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) led the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team with five goals, but Brown University recorded a 12-10 non-conference overtime victory Tuesday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

UNH is now 1-3 on the season while this was the season opener for Brown.

With the game tied, 9-9, at the end of regulation, Christine Anneberg scored goals 12 seconds apart in the first three-minute overtime session, at 60:48 and 61:00, to give the Bears a 11-9 lead. A goal by Ashley Holden with 1:15 remaining in the second session extended the advantage to 12-9. UNH’s Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) trimmed the deficit to 12-10 at 65:10. The Wildcats gained control off the ensuing ground ball but could not score again.

UNH goalie Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) recorded 10 saves, including one in overtime. Brown goalkeeper Julia Southard stopped nine shots.

Burnap tied the game, 8-8, with her fifth goal of the game at 57:13. UNH won the ensuing draw control and held possession for one last shot, but turned the ball over with 30 seconds remaining. Brown quickly transitioned into offense and Anneberg made a crossing pass to Kate Staley, who shot the ball into the open left side of the net to give the Bears a 9-8 lead with 27 seconds to play in regulation.

UNH again won the draw control and Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) scored at the left post with six seconds remaining to force overtime.

The Wildcats opened the game with a 2-0 lead on tallies by Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Blaney. Brown netted three of the next four goals to tie the game, 3-3. Burnap, who had given UNH a 3-1 lead, struck at 25:27 to put the 'Cats back in front 4-3. Laurel Pierpont scored with 1:42 left in the first half and the scored was 4-4 at halftime.

Brown took a 6-4 lead in the second half, but UNH called time out and responded with two quick goals by Burnap and another by Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) to take a 7-6 lead. The Bears went back ahead with 7:15 to play before Burnap's final tally of the game.

New Hampshire returns to action March 15 at Vanderbilt University. The next Wildcat home game is March 24 vs. Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.

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