HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) recorded her 100th career point with the first of her three goals, but a late rally by the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team fell short in an 8-7 loss to Hofstra University Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

It marked the season opener for UNH while Hofstra improved to 2-0. The game featured five ties – at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 – and three lead changes before the home team built a three-goal advantage of 8-5 in the second half.

Talbot reached her personal milestone when she gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 23:27 of the first half. The Pride netted the next two goals at 21:28 and 20:36 to go ahead 2-1., UNH’s Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) ended a long scoreless drought at 7:29 and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) netted a free-position goal at 6:12 to put the ‘Cats back in front, 3-2.

Corrine Ganfolfi (two goals, assist) knotted the score, 3-3, at 4:24 and Stephanie Rice scored with 10 seconds remaining in the half to give Hofstra a 4-3 halftime lead.

Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) pulled New Hampshire even, 4-4, at 26:30 of the second half. Lauren Whitcomb then netted the first of her two goals to give the Pride a 5-4 lead at 25:20. Von Bargen scored nine seconds later, however, to once again level the score.

Hofstra scored three goals in a span of 1:53 to quickly build an 8-5 advantage. Courtney O’Connor opened the surge at 24:58, then Whitcomb and Gandolfi potted their second goals at 23:59 and 23:05, respectively, to create the three-goal cushion and prompt UNH to call time out.

Talbot scored a free-position goal at 12:41 to trim the deficit to 8-6, then pulled the ‘Cats within one goal with 4:23 remaining in regulation. The Pride called a timeout at that point but UNH won the ensuing draw control. Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) was denied by HU goalkeeper Maise Osteen with 2:36 to play

Hofstra maintained possession for the last 1:47 to secure the win.

UNH goalie Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded three of her four saves in the second half. Osteen finished with eight saves, including six in the second half.

Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y.) tallied a team-high four ground balls for the ‘Cats. Hardy finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers in addition to her goal.

The Wildcats recorded a 16-13 edge in ground balls but Hofstra had the advantage in shots (22-20) and draw controls (12-5).

Talbot has career totals of 79 goals and 23 assists for 102 points in 54 games.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 27 (3 p.m.) for its home opener at Memorial Field against the College of the Holy Cross.

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