|SARAH VON BARGEN|
DURHAM, N.H. – Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) scored a career-high six goals to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 16-5 non-conference victory against previously undefeated Harvard University at Memorial Field.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 4-2 overall. Harvard is 3-1.
Hardy, whose six points also marked a career high, netted all six goals in the first half and five in the opening 11:10 of the game to spark the Wildcats to a 9-0 lead en route to a 11-1 halftime advantage. Hardy also finished with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), who had missed the last three games, came off the bench to record season highs in both goals (three) and points (four). Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.), the reigning America East Player of the Week, extended her goal-scoring streak to six games with two goals and an assist. Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) also tallied two goals and an assist.
UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.), the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week, was credited with six saves and four ground balls. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) had a solid defensive game with four ground balls and five draw controls. Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) contributed four ground balls and one caused turnover.
The Wildcats received single-goal efforts from Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.), Maureen Wark (Yarmouth, Maine) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.).
Harvard starting goalie Katherine Martino exited 5:01 into the game with UNH leading 4-0. She reentered at the start of the second half for totals of 35:01, nine goals allowed and 11 saves. Kathryn Tylander surrendered seven goals with four saves in 24:59 of relief action. The Crimson offense was led by Kaitlin Martin (one goal, three assists).
Hardy opened the game scoring at 28:16 with an unassisted tally, then Wark scored on a free position shot at 26:04 to give the ‘Cats a 2-0 advantage. Hardy struck again at 25:32 and Piotrkowski potted a goal 33 seconds to extend the lead to 4-0. That prompted the goalie change, but UNH won the ensuing draw control and Hardy scored eight seconds later – at 24:51 – to continue the scoring barrage.
Durepo netted her first goal of the game at 23:12 to push the cushion to 6-0, then Hardy scored consecutive goals at 22:27 and 18:50. Kaplan’s free-position goal made it a nine-goal lead at 13:01 before Harvard’s Lauren Bobzin potted the Crimson’s first goal at 12:13.
Goals by Von Bargen at 9:11 and Hardy, from Durepo, with eight seconds remaining in the half gave UNH its double-digit halftime lead.
Harvard twice cut the deficit to single digits – at 11-2 and 12-3 – but then the Wildcats’ Durepo, Von Bargen and Piotrkowski scored in a span of 2:09 (at 17:32, 16:17 and 15:23, respectively) to extend the advantage to 15-3. The ‘Cats maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
New Hampshire returns to action March 15 at 10th-ranked Vanderbilt University. It will be the Wildcats' third game against a nationally-ranked team this season. UNH’s next home game is the team’s America East opener vs. UMBC on March 22 (12 p.m.).