The Wildcats, who entered the game with a nine-game winning streak, is now 10-3 overall and 3-1 in America East.
Michaela Hardy (
Ashley Crook (
Trailing 5-4, UNH pulled even, 5-5, on Hardy’s second goal of the game at when she was awarded a free position at the top-right side of the fan and fired a shot low inside the near post.
UVM won the ensuing draw control, but Piotrkowski’s caused turnover led to a Von Bargen goal – and UNH’s 6-5 lead – just 35 seconds later at . Von Bargen gained possession at the top of the fan and beat the defense with a step to the left, then scored with a shot inside the right post.
UNH’s Milley then made one of her four second-half saves – she finished the game with seven overall – to keep the Wildcats in front. At the other end of the field, Von Bargen executed the same play to beat the defense, but this time fired a shot inside the left post to give the visiting ‘Cats a 7-5 advantage at .
The visiting ‘Cats were held scoreless the rest of the way, however, with seven turnovers and just one shot in eight possessions.
UVM pulled within 8-7 at when Kristen Millar connected with Alison Haigh cutting across the fan and Haigh scored on a high shot. One minute later, Millar was found along in the middle of the fan, but she was denied by Milley.
With remaining, UNH’s Moira Talbot (
Still ahead 8-7 with remaining, the Wildcats were awarded a free position but elected to maintain possession. But the Catamounts regained possession within 25 seconds and a quick counterattack led to Kaitlyn Fuller’s goal from the right doorstep at .
The Catamounts gained possession on the draw and, despite temporarily losing control of the ball, ran out the remainder of the clock to secure the victory.
In the first half, UNH took a 1-0 lead on Hardy’s unassisted goal at 26:10. UVM’s Sarah DeStefano netted a free-position goal 61 seconds later to tie the score. Crook struck at to put the visiting ‘Cats back in front, 2-1, but
UNH regained the lead 46 seconds later on Kaplan’s first goal of the game, then Dale extended the advantage to 4-2 by finishing a pass from Von Bargen at .
In a bit of foreshadowing, the Wildcats would not score again the rest of the half and UVM took a 5-4 lead into halftime on goals by MacDonald (at ) and Fuller ( and ).
UVM recorded the advantage in shots (23-17), draw controls (10-9) and turnovers (15-18). Both teams tallied 11 ground balls.