Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.), Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) scored two goals apiece for the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, but sixth-ranked Dartmouth College utilized an 8-1 run midway through the game en route to Saturday afternoon’s 19-9 non-conference victory at Scully-Fahey Field.

UNH, which opened the 2007 season Tuesday with a 14-13 overtime road win against College of the Holy Cross, is now 1-1. Dartmouth is 2-0.

The Wildcats took a short-lived 1-0 lead at 24:47 when Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.; 1g, 1a) converted an Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) pass into a goal. DC’s Whitney Douthett (7g, 1a) leveled the score on a free-position goal 40 seconds later and Katherine Chiusano (1g, 3a) put the Big Green ahead to stay, 2-1, at 22:36. Douthett capped the three-goal surge at 21:45 before Talbot scored on a free-position shot at 20:47 to pull the Wildcats within 3-2.

Douthett’s third strike of the game put the Big Green ahead 4-2 at 19:30. The teams continued to exchange goals as UNH’s Von Bargen scored a free-position goal at 17:22, Douthett struck again at 12:58 and Talbot potted her second of the game at 9:24 to lift the ‘Cats within 5-4.

Kristen Barry ignited a four-goal Big Green spurt – the start of the decisive 8-1 run – with tallies at 8:37 and 7:36. Margo Duke and Jen Pittman scored at 6:56 and 5:10, respectively, to give Dartmouth a 9-4 advantage.

Von Bargen, with Sabiston’s assistance, trimmed New Hampshire’s deficit to 9-5 at 4:18, but Douthett closed the first-half scoring at 1:58 to give the home team a 10-5 halftime lead.

DC’s 8-1 spurt continued in the second half with three consecutive goals to push the differential to 13-5. Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) scored at 21:29, but the Big Green netted the next three goals to go ahead 16-6.

UNH’s Kaplan converted a pass from Beth Stankus (Derry, N.H.) into a goal at 16:01 and Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.) scored at 10:16 to lift the ‘Cats within 16-8. The assist marked Stankus’ first career point.

After two more DC tallies, Kaplan struck again at 3:40 and the Big Green finalized the scoring at 1:03.

UNH goalkeeper Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) recorded four saves and surrendered 13 goals before yielding to Ashley Milley (Subury, Mass.), who was not credited with a save and allowed six goals in 21:59 of relief action. DC goalie Julie Wadland made four saves and gave up eight goals in 52:20. Chelsea Kirk went the rest of the way and stopped one shot.

New Hampshire returns to action March 7 for its home opener vs. Yale University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.
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