UNH, the tourney’s number three seed with a 4-2 conference record, ends the season at 7-10; the Wildcats, in their conference-record 10th consecutive tournament appearance, had advanced to the championship game each of the previous five years. Second-seeded BU, who shared the regular-season crown with a 5-1 league mark, extended its winning streak to eight games to improve to 12-5.
The Terriers, who recorded a 7-5 road victory vs. UNH in the regular season, took a 7-0 lead into halftime. The Wildcats recorded more turnovers (13) than shots (seven) and UNH starting goalkeeper Ashley Milley (
BU’s Sarah Dalton (3g) netted the first two goals of the game – at 26:40 and 24:35 – to give the Terriers an early 2-0 lead. UNH won the ensuing draw control and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) curled around the left post but was denied by BU goalie Jenna Golden. Angie Martin scored at 23:02 to extend the advantage to 3-0 and, following a UNH turnover, Traci Landy netted the first of her three goals for a 4-0 lead at 21:19.
McKinley Curro’s goal at 11:59 gave the Terriers a five-goal lead and Lauren Morton, with the assistance of Curro, struck at 9:37.
UNH’s Sarah Von Bargen (E. Setauket, N.Y.) was denied by Golden at 8:00 and Michaela Hardy (
BU capitalized on the Wildcats’ defense early in the second half by hitting open cutters and converting the passes into goals by Kait Gentry (at 29:34), Landy (28:12) and Molly Collins (27:26) to build a 10-0 lead.
Kaplan put the ‘Cats into the scoring column at 25:55 when she cut from the left side of the fan to the middle and fired a side-arm shot into the net. Collins struck again at 24:37 and 22:31 to give BU a 12-1 lead. Minutes later, Kaplan scooped up a ground ball near midfield and drove to the top of the fan before passing down low to Von Bargen, who scored from the right side at 20:01.
Collins scored her fourth and fifth goals of the half 64 seconds apart to push the advantage to 14-2, then Landy and Kelly Munroe tallied goals for a 16-2 differential.
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Kaplan netted unassisted goals at 3:55 and 1:04 to increase her season total to 23 and close the game’s scoring.
BU’s Golden finished with four saves and surrendered two goals in 50:01. Rachel Klein played the final 9:59 and had two saves.
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The end of the season marked end of UNH careers for seniors Alexa Webster (