NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) matched her career high of three goals but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated 16-7 Tuesday afternoon by Vanderbilt University at the VU Lacrosse Complex.
UNH is now 1-4 on the season while Vandy improved to 4-3.
The Commodores built a 2-0 lead on goals by Jennifer Tapscott and Margie Curran at 4:53 and 6:29, respectively. Talbot, with the assistance of Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.; two assists) pulled the Wildcats within 2-1 at 8:20. Curran (four goals, two assists) struck again at 12:55 to reestablish a two-goal cushion, 3-1. Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored her fourth goal of the season at 15:23 to trim UNH's deficit to 3-2.
Vandy surged ahead 5-2 on goals 38 seconds apart by Ashley Paschall and Curran. Sarah Von Bargen (Setauket, N.Y.), the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, netted her team-leading 14th goal of the year to lift the 'Cats within 5-3 at 19:26,
Sparked by Kate Hickman (five goals, three assists), the Commodores closed the first half with three consecutive goals and also opened the second half with three straight tallies to build an 11-3 advantage. Talbot's second goal of the game made the score 11-4 at 35:33, but the 'Cats would get no closer the rest of the way.
Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) scored two goals for the second time in as many games to account for UNH's other second-half goals. UNH starting goalie Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) allowed eight goals and was credited with seven saves. Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) played the second half and made five saves.
VU goalie Brooke Shinaberry stopped six of 13 shots on target.
New Hampshire returns to action March 16 (3:30 p.m.) at Towson University. The next Wildcats' home game is March 29 vs. Brown University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.