– Senior attack Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) scored two goals as the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day against America East rival Boston University on Saturday afternoon, but the visiting Terriers fended off the Wildcats to record a 7-5 victory at Memorial Field.

UNH, with its third consecutive loss, is now 6-8 overall and 3-2 in America East; it marked the Wildcats’ first loss of the season in six games decided by one or two goals. Boston University extended its winning streak to five games – as well as its win streak vs. UNH to five – to improve to 9-5, 5-1.

The Wildcats trailed 5-2 at halftime and neither team added to its score in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. UNH pulled within two goals, 5-3, at 14:18 when Webster netted her second of the game (18th of the season). Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) entered the game for the first time in place of Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), who was forced to the sideline by injury after being awarded a free position. Talbot made the pass on the left-wing free position to the middle, where Webster caught and shot the ball in one motion to score the goal..

BU had a quick response, however, as Erica Baumgartner (1g, 2a) caught a pass on the left side of the fan and cut across the middle before firing a shot that bounced into the net at 13:30.

New Hampshire had an even quicker response to that tally with a goal 26 seconds later to trim the deficit to 6-4. An unmarked Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; 2g) at the right post swept Talbot’s pass from behind the net into the goal at 13:04.

Durepo struck again – this time on a free position – when she drove from the top of the fan and placed a shot inside the right post to pull the ‘Cats within 6-5 at 9:27.

BU called time out at that point, but UNH earned possession on the ensuing draw control. Terriers’ goalkeeper Jenna Golden (13 saves) denied Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) on a shot from the top of the fan to preserve the one-goal lead.

Both teams committed a turnover before BU was awarded a free position and Angie Martin (3g) netted her third goal of the game at 5:29 on a drive from the top of the fan to give the visitors a 7-5 lead.

UNH won the draw control once again – the ‘Cats had a decisive 5-1 edge in second-half draws after BU recorded a 6-2 advantage in the opening 30 minutes – but Golden once again turned aside the Wildcats with a save against Durepo at 4:45.

Martin, looking for her fourth tally of the game, was denied by UNH goalie Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.; 11 saves) at 4:00. BU retained possession, however, but Sarah Dalton (1g, 1a) had her shot blocked and Milley picked up the ground ball to give the Wildcats possession with 3:20 remaining.

With another chance to cut into the two-goal deficit, the ‘Cats were again denied by Golden in net, as she stopped Von Bargen’s attempt at 2:40. BU then went into a perimeter attack to preserve its lead but turned the ball over with 1:15 to play. UNH’s Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Vt.), in her first game of the season due to injury, was awarded a free position with 35 seconds on the clock, but she too was stopped by Golden. The Wildcats controlled possession off the rebound but quickly committed a turnover to seal their fate.

Milley made eight of her season-high 11 saves in the first half. Golden had a relatively even split of six first-half saves and seven in the second.

Martin opened the game scoring with a free-position goal at 24:14 of the first half to give Boston University a 1-0 lead. Webster, on a drive from the left wing on a free position, tied the score at 21:30.

The Terriers regained the lead, 2-1, at 17:14 when Lauren Morton converted Baumgartner’s pass into a goal at the top of the fan. UNH pulled even – again on a free position – when Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) fired a low shot inside the far post from the right wing at 11:46.

BU netted three goals in a span of 2:15 to take a 5-2 lead late in the half. Martin gave the visitors its third lead of the game, 3-2, when she sliced through the left side and fired a high shot into the net at 5:32. Sarah Dalton (1g, 1a) converted Baumgartner’s pass into a goal just 32 seconds later, then Dalton set up Molly Collins’ tally at 3:17 to give BU a three-goal lead heading into halftime.

Senior Day also marked the last home game for senior defenseman Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.), who recorded one caused turnover and one ground ball.

New Hampshire concludes the regular season with two road games next week. The Wildcats play Harvard University on April 25 (4 p.m.) and Binghamton University on April 28 (12 p.m.). The America East Championships are May 4-6 at the site of the highest seed.
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