Plati records career-high 17 saves for 'Cats
DURHAM, N.H. - Jenny Hauser's third goal of the game gave fifth-ranked Boston University a 10-9 lead 59 seconds into overtime, and it proved to be the only tally in the six-minute extra session to lift the Terriers to Sunday afternoon's America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
UNH ends the regular season at 10-7 overall and 5-1 in America East, and the Wildcats will be the second seed as they make their conference-record eighth consecutive appearance in the America East Championships. The 'Cats will face the University at Albany in a May 5 semifinal game at BU. The Terriers ended New Hampshire's conference winning streak at 11 games and extended their overall winning streak to 11 games to capture the 2005 conference regular-season crown by improving to 15-1, 6-0.
Trailing 8-5 with 18:25 remaining in regulation, the Wildcats called time out and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.; goal, two assists), with the assistance of Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.), scored 21 seconds later to pull the 'Cats within two goals. Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) converted a pass from Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass; goal, assist) into her fourth tally of the game to trim the deficit to 8-7 at 49:39.
It marked the fifth time in the game that the 'Cats pulled within a goal, but also for the fifth time the Terriers extended their advantage to two goals when Alyssa Trudel (two goals, assist) scored at 51:44 to give the visitors a 9-7 lead.
Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) scored a free position goal to once again make the goal differential one, at 9-8, at 53:57.
During the next four minutes, UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) made two of her career-high 17 saves to keep the Wildcats within one goal. BU goalie Anne Sheridan recorded one of her 12 saves on a Wildcat free position shot with 1:51 remaining in regulation to preserve the 9-8 BU advantage, but an errant outlet pass by a Terriers' defender was picked up by Blanchette in New Hampshire's defensive zone.
The Wildcats went into a transition attack with a pass to Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) at midfield, who in turn found Albee at the top of the fan. Her quick pass found Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) alone in front and she scored to tie the game, 9-9, with 24 seconds to play in the second half.
Following a UNH timeout, the Terriers gained possession and Kelly Trahon's low shot from the top of the fan was stopped by Plati with two seconds remaining.
Boston University won the opening draw control of overtime, which led to Hauser's goal at 60:59. The Terriers won the ensuing draw and generated two shots, both wide, by Mary Beth Miller before the teams changed sides.
BU again gained possession on the draw and held the ball until Kaitlyn Cuneo worked free in front, but her point-blank shot was stopped by Plati with 1:30 to play in the first overtime session.
The teams exchanged turnovers, giving the Wildcats possession deep in their end with 17 seconds to play. A long outlet pass sailed high, however, and the Terriers gained control and ran out the final nine seconds to secure the victory.
Albee opened the game scoring at 1:09 to quickly give UNH a 1-0 lead. Both teams were patient on offense and the Terriers finally evened the score, 1-1 on a Lauren Morton goal at 15:19. The Terriers built a 3-1 lead on tallies by Lindsay Lewis at 18:37 and Hauser (three goals, two assists) at 19:20.
Albee scored a free-position goal at 23:06 to pull the 'Cats within 3-2, but Trudel struck 1:34 later to re-establish a two-goal BU advantage. Albee's third goal of the first half made the score 4-3, and the Terriers took that lead into halftime.
Mary Beth Miller (three goals, assist) opened the second-half scoring 45 seconds after the draw to give the visitors a 5-3 advantage. Blanchette responded with a goal 19 seconds later, however, and then Hauser struck at 35:56 to create a 6-4 cushion.
Dosdall's unassisted tally at 39:26 cut the deficit to 6-5 and prompted a Boston University timeout. The Terriers responded with consecutive goals by Miller in a 78 second span -- at 40:17 and 41:35 -- to built their largest lead of the game, 8-5.
New Hampshire called time out and outscored BU 4-1 the rest of regulation to force overtime.
This marked the final game at Memorial Field for six Wildcat seniors. In addition to Albee, Burnap and Dosdall, Sarah Hutchinson (Portland, Maine), Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.) and Lauren Zerbinopoulos (Kennebunk, Maine) were also honored on Senior Day.
Albee and Burnap each recorded her 50th point of the season. Both players entered the game with 49 and Albee increased that number to a personal-best 54 while Burnap now has 52 points following Sunday's three-point effort.