– Junior attack Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) tallied her team-high third point of the game when she buried the game-winning goal with 30 seconds remaining to lift the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to a 10-9 non-conference victory over Cornell University on Wednesday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex.
Shaunna Kaplan

The Wildcats, who leave Nashville with two wins – they downed 10th-ranked Vanderbilt University on Saturday, 10-7, improve to 6-2 after their fifth straight win. The Big Red have lost two straight and are now 4-2.
Von Bargen was one of four Wildcats to record two goals in the contest, and also handed out UNH’s only assist of the day.
Von Bargen’s first goal came five minutes into the second half when she gave the Wildcats a 6-5 lead off a free position shot. Senior attack Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and senior midfielder Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Mass.) added consecutive goals over the next five minutes to provide UNH with a three-goal cushion with just under 20 minutes left.
Cornell scored four of the next five goals – two pairs of goals sandwiched around Susie Piotrkowski‘s (North Franklin, Conn.) only tally of the game, which was set up by Von Bargen – to tie the game at nine with 5:53 left, and set up Von Bargen’s heroics in the final minute.
The first half of the contest was a seesaw battle that ended in a 5-5 tie. Sophomore attack Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) opened the scoring with a free position goal just over two minutes into the game. After Cornell tied it nearly four minutes later, Crook netted her first of the game for the Wildcats to re-gain their one-goal edge.
After two straight Big Red goals gave Cornell a 3-2 lead at 14:35, junior midfielder Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Kaplan posted consecutive goals to put UNH on top 4-3 with 7:22 remaining in the first half. Cornell tied it just over a minute later before Hardy added her second goal of the game to close the first-half scoring for the Wildcats at 5:23. Noelle Dowd used her game-high third goal of the game with 1:04 left before the half to knot the game at five.
Senior goalkeeper and America East Defensive Player of the Week Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made nine saves, including six in the second frame, to earn her sixth win. Renee Hughes and Kristen Reese, who was tagged with the loss, each stopped three shots for Cornell.
The Big Red won the draw control battle, 13-8, but also had more turnovers (15) than the Wildcats (10).
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, March 22 at noon when they open their conference schedule by playing host to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County at Memorial Field.
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