WOMEN'S LACROSSE OUTLASTS #10 YALE, 8-7
ASHLEY MILLEY
BOXSCORE


NEW HAVEN, Conn.Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, N.Y.) recorded three goals and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 8-7 non-conference victory against 10th-ranked Yale University at Johnson Field.

UNH, which ended Yale’s 13-game home win streak, improved to 2-2. The Bulldogs, who had won 13 straight vs. the Wildcats, is now 2-1.

Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; 2g, 1a), Maureen Wark (Yarmouth, Maine; 2g) and Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.; 1g, 1a) also had multiple-point efforts and Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made eight saves, including six in the first half.

Yale’s Lauren Taylor finished with six goals and goalie Ellen Cameron stopped four shots.

With the Wildcats leading 6-4 at halftime, Allie Duclos (So. Windsor, Conn.) gained possession off the draw control and made a long pass to Hardy, who quickly passed the ball low to Kaplan for her second goal of the game at 29:32.

Kat Peetz scored a free-position goal at 18:23 to pull Yale within 7-5, then Johnson scored on a free-position shot at 16:29.

New Hampshire called time out at that point and won the ensuing draw control and held the ball four minutes before committing a turnover. Johnson’s sixth goal tied the game, 7-7, at 10:27.

UNH, which never trailed in the game, regained the lead just seven seconds later. The draw control was won directly to Kaplan just outside the offensive zone and she raced alone down the middle before firing a shot inside the right post at 10:20.

The Wildcats, who had a 10-7 edge in draw controls, again gained possession off the ensuing draw. The ‘Cats maintained control for two minutes before Yale forced a turnover. Bailley Mazur (Longmeadow, Mass.) drew a charge at the other end of the field to give possession back to UNH.

About a minute later, Hardy’s shot from the middle of the fan was stopped by Cameron, then with five minutes remaining Milley preserved the Wildcats’ 8-7 lead by denying Jenn Warden on her drive from the right side.

Yale regained possession with three minutes remaining and, with 1:51 remaining, Johnson fired a shot high from the left wing. The Bulldogs maintained possession but Duclos forced a turnover to give the ‘Cats back the ball with 1:41 to play.

Another UNH turnover gave the home team possession with 41 seconds on the clock, but the Wildcats regained control of the ball 10 seconds later. There was a loose ball in the following moments, but UNH picked it up and passed the ball downfield to secure the win.

The Wildcats scored the first three goals of the game and remained in the lead the rest of the opening half. Durepo netted a free-position goal on a low shot from the left wing at 22:59 to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead. Then from behind the net, Durepo found Wark low on the left side and Wark scored her first goal of the season for a 2-0 advantage at 18:51. Durepo potted her second goal of the game 31 seconds later when she executed a catch-and-shoot from the center of the fan; Ashley Crook (So. Burlington, Conn.) made the pass from the top-right of the fan to earn an assist.

Taylor netted the first of her four first-half goals at 17:09, but Wark’s second tally reestablished a three-goal lead (4-1) as Kaplan, from the top-right, found Wark low on the opposite side. Taylor scored off her own rebound at 12:06 to lift Yale within 4-2.

Hardy once again gave UNH a three-goal cushion, 5-2, when she caught a pass at the top of the fan and sliced to the middle to fire a high shot under the crossbar at 8:01.

That goal prompted Yale to call time out, but Kaplan gained possession in the circle off the ensuing draw control and charged past the defense through the fan to score her first goal of the game at 7:52.

Taylor scored goals at 5:14 and 3:01 to lift the Bulldogs within 6-4 and close the first-half scoring.

 New Hampshire returns to action March 7 at home against the University of Connecticut. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.

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