DURHAM, N.H. – Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) scored a career-high four goals – and both Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) tallied three goals and an assist – to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 16-7 non-conference victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Memorial Field.
UNH improved to 1-1 overall in 2008 and 13-2 lifetime against Holy Cross while the Crusaders fell to 0-3 on the season.
Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.), Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) all recorded two goals and an assist for the Wildcats, who had a total of six multiple-goal scorers. For Kaplan, the three goals and four points matched career highs.
UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) was credited with six saves, five of which came in the first half as the Wildcats tallied a 15-11 shot advantage in the first half and a 24-4 edge in the second for an overall 39-15 shot advantage. HC goalie Amy Martin stopped 14 shots and had a team-high four ground balls.
The ‘Cats raced out to a 4-0 first-half lead. Kaplan opened the scoring one minute into the game with a free-position goal, then Talbot netted an unassisted goal at 25:16. Kaplan, with the assistance of Durepo, struck again at 24:07 and then Talbot set up Durepo’s tally at 19:54.
Holy Cross scored four of the next five goals to pull within 5-4. Ali Baird (goal, assist) put the visitors into the scoring column at 17:01 and Nikki Bolduc (two goals; four caused turnovers) trimmed the deficit to 4-2 at 15:07.
Hardy’s first tally of the game extended the cushion to three goals at 13:41, and Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) was credited with an assist for her first career point.
Bolduc scored a free-position goal at 8:42 and Meg O’Leary’s unassisted tally pulled the Crusaders within 5-4 at 6:15.
Crook, off a feed from Von Bargen, gave the ‘Cats a 6-4 advantage at 5:09 and Megan Fenton (goal, assist) closed the first-half scoring with a strike at 2:36.
UNH controlled possession through most of the second half on the strength of a 11-2 edge in draw controls – the ‘Cats tallied a 21-4 overall advantage in that stat with Duclos tallying seven. Durepo’s second goal of the game – directly off a free position – opened the second-half scoring at 27:18 to give the home team a 7-5 lead.
Neither team scored for nearly 10 minutes, then New Hampshire scored five goals in as many minutes to quickly build a 12-5 advantage. Talbot, off Kaplan’s pass, potted her fifth goal of the season at 16:36 to ignite the run. Crook scored at 14:19, then Hardy struck one minute later to give the ‘Cats a 10-5 lead. Von Bargen, who also netted two goals in the season opener, scored consecutive goals at 12:34 and 11:46.
UNH continued to pull away by scoring three goals within 41 seconds. Hardy extended the cushion to 13-5 at 9:51 and then set up Kaplan’s tally; Crook’s third goal gave the ‘Cats a double-digit lead of 15-5.
Katie Gardner ended the Wildcats’ run of nine consecutive goals at 6:43. Crook potted the last of her four goals at 2:45 and Kaitlin Nangle closed the game scoring with 50 second remaining.
In addition to scoring four goals, Crook led UNH in both ground balls (four) and caused turnovers (three).
New Hampshire returns to action March 2 at home against intrastate rival and 20th-ranked Dartmouth College. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.