, Mass.Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) matched her career highs in both goals and points with a six-goal effort that led the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 19-4 non-conference victory against College of the Holy Cross at Hart Turf Field.

UNH, which opened the 2009 season Feb. 22 with a 19-2 victory against Bryant University, is now 2-0. Holy Cross is 1-2.

It marked the second consecutive six-point performance by Von Bargen, who was one of six Wildcats with multiple points vs. the Crusaders. Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.), Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) each scored three goals and Durepo also tallied an assist. Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) finished with two goals and two assists for four points and JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.) had three assists.

In her first collegiate start, goalkeeper Nikki Hume (North Hampton, N.H.) earned her first win with a four-save effort. HC starting goalie Amy Martin played the first half and was charged with the loss. Allison Donovan played the second half and matched Martin’s six saves.

After a slow start by both teams, UNH scored three goals in a 64-second span to quickly build a 3-0 lead. Von Bargen opened the game scoring at 22:23 with a sidearm shot from the middle of the fan. Kaplan scored 40 seconds later at 21:43 when she drove down the left side of the fan past three defenders and scored from close range. Von Bargen and Curro combined to give the ‘Cats a 3-0 advantage at 21:19. Curro, from behind the net, hit Von Bargen in the low fan for the goal.

The Crusaders called time out, which temporarily slowed the ‘Cat attack, but UNH struck again at 15:30 when Durepo’s pass across the low slot was one-timed into the net by Von Bargen at the right post.

Holy Cross trimmed the deficit to 4-2 on goals by Meg O’Leary and Katie Gardner at 15:00 and 13:34, respectively.

New Hampshire closed the half on a six-goal run to build a 10-2 halftime lead. Durepo opened the spurt with a free-position goal at 8:48. Hardy and Piotrkowski netted free-position goals at 5:07 and 2:55 to extend the advantage to 7-2. Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.), on a one-timer in the air near the right post off Curro’s pass from behind the net, scored 25 seconds later. Von Bargen curled behind the net to the left post to score her fourth goal of the half at 1:58 and Durepo, with a drive down the left side of the fan, struck at 1:18 to close the first-half scoring.

Ali Baird opened the second-half scoring at 25:57 but goals by Durepo, Hardy and Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) in the next 2:13 to push the lead to double digits at 13-3. Piotrkowski curled behind the net and passed to Durepo at the right post for a goal at 25:39, then Hardy drove down the right side of the fan and fired a hard, high shot into the goal at 24:47. Duclos hit the upper-right corner from the right wing at 23:44.
Baird’s second goal of the game made it 13-4 at 16:27, but the Crusaders did not score the rest of the way.

Hardy scored her third goal of the game at 15:39 on a shot from eight meters under the crossbar and Piotrkowski netted a free-position goal at 12:58. Curro set up another goal with a pass from behind the net when she connected with Kaplan at 10:08.

Von Bargen scored at 6:20 and 5:23 to push her season total to 10 goals and give UNH an 18-4 lead. Her final goal was an aerial catch and shoot low in the fan off a pass from behind the net by Piotrkowski. Kaplan scored a transition goal with 33 seconds to play to close the scoring.

Beth Sabiston (Bayshore, N.Y.) recorded four draw controls and five ground balls. Piotrkowski also contributed four draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover.

UNH finished with a 40-13 shot advantage as well as a 19-6 edge in draw controls and 18-9 advantage in ground balls. Holy Cross committed 19 fouls in comparison to UNH’s 7.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 28 (12 p.m.) at 15th-ranked Dartmouth College. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 4 against Yale University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.

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