UNH, which would have climbed into a first-place tie with BU by defeating the Terriers, is now 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the league. BU won its ninth consecutive game, including seventh straight in the series vs.
With UNH trailing 7-4 at 18:00 of the second half, Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y.) drew a charge on the defensive end to gain possession for the ‘Cats Hardy then raced the ball the length of the field and cut from deep on the right wing to the front of the net before firing a low shot inside the left post. Hardy’s third goal of the game and team-leading 38th of the season trimmed the deficit to 7-5 at 17:11.
UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (
The Wildcats called their second timeout of the half at 9:31, but then lost possession on an unforced turnover. BU exhibited a patient attack, then McKinley Curro fired a shot wide of the right post that Milley gathered to give possession back to the ‘Cats.
BU went into a perimeter offense in which the Terriers were able to maintain possession despite a pair of Wildcat stick checks that forced loose balls within a 30-second span (from 4:20 to 3:40).
A stick check by Ashley Crook (
Hardy’s low shot from the center of the fan with 1:15 remaining bounced into the torso of BU goalie Rachel Klein and she controlled the rebound to keep her team in front.
BU advanced the ball to the offensive end and once again went into a spread offense, but the Terriers were whistled for an offsides infraction to give possession back to
Von Bargen was fouled cutting through the fan with 16 seconds on the clock, and her ensuing shot as she charged from the top-left side caromed off the turf and Klein’s left foot to go wide right of the goal. The Wildcats kept the ball in play behind the net, but were called for a charge while attempting to roll out to the left post with five seconds remaining.
Klein finished with five saves and BU’s offense was led by Curro (2g, 1a) and Erica Baumgartner (1g, 2a).
The teams played to a 3-3 tie in the first half. BU struck quickly when Molly Collins, from the top right of the fan, found Landi down low and she converted the pass into a goal at 29:21.
UNH produced its first dangerous scoring opportunity at seven minutes into the game when Hardy’s pass from the left wing connected with a cutting Von Bargen, but she was stopped from close range by Klein.
At the other end of the field, Milley denied Lauren Morton, but the Terriers retained possession and Curro scored on a shot from the left wing at 21:06 to extend the advantage to 2-0.
BU won the ensuing draw control, but Milley kept the deficit at two goals with a save against Collins.
The Wildcats, who demonstrated patience on the attack throughout the game, pulled within 2-1 at 17:21 when Hardy, from the top of the fan, beat the defense with a step to the left and drove down the middle before shooting low into the left side.
Von Bargen leveled the score, 2-2, at 13:55 on a free position shot. From the left wing, she cut to the cop of the circle and fired a low shot past Klein.
Shaunna Kaplan (
Kaplan was denied on a free position by Klein with 1:49 to play in the first half, but the ‘Cats retained possession and held the ball for the last shot of the half. UNH lost the ball in the closing seconds, however, to send the teams into halftime tied at 3.