DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire stayed with third-ranked Dartmouth College throughout the first half, but the Big Green held the Wildcats scoreless in the second half on their way to a 12-5 victory Saturday afternoon in women's lacrosse action at Memorial Field.

The Wildcats jumped on top two minutes into the game as Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) corralled a loose ball in front of the Dartmouth net and sent it past goalie Devon Wills for her third goal of the season. The Big Green tied the match at the 5:19 mark as Whitney Douthett set up Kristen Zimmer for her second tally of the season.

UNH took a 3-1 lead thanks to back-to-back goals by freshman Sarah Von Bargen (East Seatuuket, N.Y.), the second of which was set up by fellow freshman Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.). Dartmouth (1-1) tied the game on back-to-back free position goals by Jen Pittman and Kristen Barry.

Shortly after the second free position goal, the Big Green took the lead for good on an unassisted goal by Annie Leibovitz at the 13:38 mark. Whitney Douthett, the team's leading returning scorer from last season, notched the first of her three goals a minute later, followed by Barry's second goal of the contest at the 15:58 mark to give the Big Green a 6-3 lead.

Senior Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) converted on a free position attempt at 21:35 to cut the Dartmouth lead to two. After Kate Labrum scored for Dartmouth, Von Bargen completed her hat trick with just under two minutes left in the first half to bring UNH within two (7-5) at halftime.

The Big Green shut down the UNH offense in the second half, as Wills only needed to make three saves in the period. Despite giving up five second half goals, UNH goalie Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) finished the game with 12 saves, six in each period.

New Hampshire (0-2) goes on the road for the first time this season, traveling to New Haven, Conn., to face Yale University Wednesday, March 8, at 3 p.m. The next home game for the Wildcats is next Saturday, March 11, against Marist College at 12 noon.

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