DURHAM, N.H. – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) recorded her 150th career point in a four-goal effort that propelled the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 12-4 non-conference victory against Yale University at Memorial Field.
UNH won its eighth consecutive home game to improve to 3-1 this season. Yale lost its second straight game to fall to 1-2.
Von Bargen entered the game with 147 career points and became the 10th UNH Wildcat to attain the 150-point milestone at 9:03 of the second half when she gave the ‘Cats a 10-4 lead. The senior attacker currently has 129 goals and 22 assists for 151 points.
Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) also tallied four points with two goals and two assists and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) finished with a personal-best three goals. Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.; goal, two assists) and Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass; two goals) also had multiple points.
UNH goalkeeper Nikki Hume (North Hampton, N.H.) finished with 10 saves, including seven in the first half. Her counterpart, Whitney Quackenbush, was credited with nine saves. Jenn Warden tallied three goals for the Bulldogs.
UNH established a 2-0 lead on back-to-back Piotrkowski goals – the second of which was set up by Kaplan – just six seconds apart at 22:31 and 22:25.
Yale pulled even, 2-2, when Warden scored at 20:24 and then netted a free-position goal 32 seconds later.
Von Bargen, who extended her goal-scoring streak to 16 games with 13 consecutive multiple-goal efforts, put the ‘Cats ahead to stay with an unassisted tally at 19:16.
Rausch scored on a free-position shot at 8:11 to give UNH a 4-2 lead and Von Bargen closed the first-half scoring at 3:39.
Warden’s third goal of the game trimmed the margin to 5-3 at 26:18 but Hardy responded at the other end of the field at 24:20. Yale’s Jenna Block potted a free-position goal at 22:58 to once again lift the visitors within two goals at 6-4 but UNH’s defense, which entered the week as the national leader at 5.33 goals allowed per game, surrendered just one shot the rest of the game and the ‘Cats steadily pulled away.
Rausch scored at 21:32 and 19:31 – first off a feed from Piotrowski and then in transition from Kaplan – to extend New Hampshire’s lead to 8-4. Hardy’s second goal of the game gave the Wildcats a five-goal advantage at 17:13.
Von Bargen, who entered the week ranked No. 4 in the nation in goals per game and 13th in points per game, scored back-to-back goals at 9:03 and 3:28 to push the score to 11-4. Kaplan closed the scoring at 1:16.
Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) was held without a point but did contribute three ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), the reigning America East Defender of the Week, was credited with two ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover.
UNH recorded a 28-16 shot advantage and a 13-5 edge in draw controls. The ground balls were even at 14 and the Wildcats committed two fewer turnovers (16-18).
New Hampshire returns to action March 7 (1 p.m.) at the University of Connecticut. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 18 (3 p.m.) vs. UMass.