AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (1-5) fell to the University of New Hampshire (5-4) this afternoon at Garber Field. Senior captain Tracey Drown (Nashua, N.H.) led the Minutewomen with six points (4g, 2a), but it was the Wildcats who came up with the heartbreaking goal in the second overtime.
UMass began the game on a high note as freshman Brianna Bubeck (Selkirk, N.Y.) hit the back of the net just 1:43 into the contest. UNH suddenly became alive however and lit up the scoreboard with four straigth goals, two each by Jill Albee and Katie Leland. Senior Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.) notched her first of the game at the 14:21 mark to end the Wildcat run. After another UNH goal, Zelinger found the cage once again, this time on a free-position shot at 8:43, marking the first of five consecutive Massachusetts goals. During that spurt, Bubeck tallied her second unassisted goal of the game, while Zelinger notched two more goals, both assisted by Drown. Drown then got a goal of her own at the 1:14 mark, as the Minutewomen took a 7-5 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats were able to begin the second half by tying the contest at seven each, as they scored goals at 26:39 and 25:37. Drown then brought the lead back up to two however, as an unassisted goal and a free-position goal made the lead 9-7 in favor of the Minutewomen. Kristin Blanchette's goal at 7:40 brought UNH to within one, but Zelinger widened the UMass edge back to two goals with her fifth of the day at the 5:42 mark. The lead would not hold up however, as Leland tallied goals at 3:51 and 1:19, to send the game into overtime.
The first overtime period saw Jess Burnap notch her first of the game, while Drown hit the back of the net for her fourth score of the game with just 1:24 left, to force a second overtime period. Just 16 seconds into the second overtime, UNH was awarded a free-position shot. Lauren Dosdall took it and shot it past UMass junior goalkeeper Joey Rubin (Yorktown, N.Y.) for the gamewinner.
Rubin came up with 11 saves in the game, while her Wildcat counterpart, Stacy Plati, made 11 as well.