Sarah Von Bargen (E. Setauket, N.Y.) scored five goals but the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team fell to Towson University, 12-9, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.

UNH lost its third consecutive game to fall to 1-3 overall. Towson improved to 2-1 by ending a four-game road losing streak that dated back to the 2006 season.

Towson was led offensively by Meggie McNamara (six goals) and Hillary Fratzke (two goals). Mandy Corry was impressive in goal with her 16-save effort.

In addition to Von Bargen, Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.; two goals, one assist), Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.; one goal, one assist) and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; two assists) recorded multiple points. Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) started in goal and surrendered seven first-half goals with seven saves; she was charged with the loss. Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) played the entire second half and also had a .500 save percentage with six saves and six goals allowed.

Fratzke quickly gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a goal one minute into the game, but Von Bargen netted goals at 26:15 and 22:12 to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage. Fratzke tied the score 20 seconds later, however, to ignite a 4-0 run in a span of 4:20 that gave the visitors a 5-2 lead at 17:32.

UNH pulled within 5-4 on Talbot’s unassisted tally at 9:24 and Von Vargen’s third strike of the game, this time off Durepo’s pass, at 9:24.

The game scoring then belonged to TU’s McNamara. She closed the first-half scoring at 5:36 to give the Tigers a 6-4 halftime lead. She then opened the second-half scoring at 29:16 and struck again at 26:02 to extend Towson’s advantage to 8-4.

UNH responded with three consecutive goals, however, to pull within 8-7. Kaplan began the spurt with an unassisted tally at 23:32, then Alexa Webster (Auroro, Colo.) scored five minutes later and Von Bargen netted her fourth goal of the game off a pass from Talbot at 17:45.

The teams then exchanged goals, as Britt Woodfield converted Nikki Marcinik’s pass at 13:46 and Talbot, with the assistance of Kaplan, struck at 11:58 to make the score 9-8 in favor of the Tigers.

The combination of a Towson’s patient perimeter offense, turnovers and strong play by the goalkeepers kept the score at that one-goal differential until McNamara scored for the fifth time at 4:51 to give the Tigers a 10-8 lead. New Hampshire called its second timeout of the game at that point, but Shannon Witzel gave the visitors a three-goal advantage, 11-8, at 3:52 and McNamara scored 30 seconds later.

UNH’s Von Bargen scored a free-position goal at 1:11 to close the scoring.

New Hampshire returns to action March 18 (1 p.m.) at Brown University. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 20 vs. UMass. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.
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