. – Despite a five-point effort by Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and three goals from Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.), the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team was defeated 19-7 by second-ranked University of Maryland at the Lacrosse Complex on Sunday afternoon.

UNH, which entered the game with a three-game winning streak, is now 5-2 overall. Maryland is 6-0.

Von Bargen extended her goal-scoring streak to 19 games – with 16 straight multiple-goal efforts – while Hardy finished with two goals an an assist vs. the Terriers. The duo of Von Bargen (nine shots) and Hardy (11 shots) accounted for 20 of the team’s 24 shots. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) contributed seven draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
UNH starting goalkeeper Nikki Hume (North Hampton, N.H.) played a total of 39:10 in two stints. She surrendered 14 goals and was credited with four saves. Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) totaled 20:50 of action and surrendered five goals with one save in her two appearances.

Maryland was led offensively by Caitlyn McFadden (3g, 3a), Laura Merrifield (5g), Brandi Jones (1g, 3a), Karri Ellen Johnson (3g) and Brittany Jones (3g). Brittany Dipper exited the game with the Terrapins holding a 16-7 lead with 10:21 remaining in the game; she was credited with 10 saves. Mary Jordan made one save to hold the Wildcats scoreless for 5:51, then Lynne Cooper stopped two shots in the final 4:30.

The home team built a 4-0 lead with goals at 26:11, 25:29, 21:20 and 19:39, but the Wildcats trimmed the deficit to 4-2 on Von Bargen’s free-position goal at 15:33 and her second goal, with the assistance of Hardy, at 11:12.

The Terrapins reestablished a four-goal lead, 6-2, with tallies at 8:02 and 7:40, at which point Hume entered the game in goal for UNH.

Von Bargen’s third strike pulled the ‘Cats within 6-3 at 6:48, but Maryland closed the half with a 3-0 spurt to take a 9-3 advantage into halftime.

The Terps scored four goals in the opening 6:25 of the second half against Hume, who had reentered the game when they took that 9-3 lead late in the opening half, to build a double-digit lead of 13-3.

Hardy scored an unassisted goal at 22:18 to end that seven-goal run, then struck again on a free-position shot at 21:52 to pull New Hampshire within 13-5.

The teams traded goals to push the score to 15-7 – Gunts began her second stint when the score stood at 14-6 with 15:40 to play – and Maryland outscored UNH 4-0 in the final 10:30 of the game to pull away.

Hardy now has 88 goals and 11 assists for 99 career points.

New Hampshire returns to action at home March 18 against regional rival University of Massachusetts. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.


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