UNH won its third consecutive game – all within seven days – to improve to 4-3. The Retrievers, ousted by the Wildcats in last year’s America East semifinals, lost their fourth consecutive game to fall to 3-6.
Talbot (two goals, one assist) was one of six Wildcats with a multiple-point game. Senior captain Alexa Webster (
UNH goalkeeper Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) recorded three saves in both halves for a total of six, while UMBC counterpart Susie Sweeney stopped eight shots.
In a game that featured seven ties and five lead changes, Von Bargen converted a pass from Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) into a goal at 11:56 of the second half to even the score, 8-8, then Durepo then netted an unassisted tally at 9:57 to give the ‘Cats a 9-8 lead.
Jen Kasper pulled the home team even, 9-9, at 5:21 but Talbot struck at 3:47 to give
Sabiston won possession on the ensuing draw control, and UNH held possession until Durepo’s shot was stopped by Sweeney with just under two minutes remaining. UMBC was awarded a free position with under a minute remaining, but Jones preserved the one-goal advantage by denying Ali Levendusky and the ‘Cats ran out the rest of the clock.
Levendusky opened the game scoring with a strike at 26:55, but Durepo netted a goal at 23:39 and the game remained tied at 1 until Kaplan potted the first of her two goals at 8:47. Abbey Swift scored 55 seconds later, however, to level the score and Levendusky struck again at 5:54 to give the Retrievers a 3-2 lead.
Webster scored a free-position goal 31 seconds later to lift the ‘Cats into a 3-3 tie before Sarah Willis gave UMBC its third lead of the half, 4-3, at 2:57. The Wildcats once again had a quick reply, however, as Sabiston tallied a goal 20 seconds later to send the teams into halftime tied, 4-4.
UMBC then recorded the longest goal-scoring streak of the game – three consecutive goals – to take an 8-7 lead at 13:31. Kelly Fahey’s tallies at 16:41 and 13:31 surrounded Kasper’s goal at 14:41.
UNH then closed the game on a 3-1 run to record the victory.
The Wildcats’ defensive effort was led by Bailley Mazur (