ALBANY, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team outscored Boston University, 5-2, in the second half but the Terriers recorded the 10-6 victory in an America East Championship semifinal game at the University at Albany's John Fallon Field.
UNH, which entered the tournament as the third seed by virtue of a 4-2 league record, ends the 2010 season with a 10-7 overall record. Second-seeded BU improves to 10-8 and will play fourth-seeded UMBC in Saturday's title game.
Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.), JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored two goals apiece for the Wildcats. Kaplan also had an assist to finish with a team-high three points.
Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) was credited with five saves, including four in the first half; she also had one caused turnover and one ground ball. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) finished with two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control. Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) tallied an assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
BU was led offensively by Xan Weitzel (goal, three assists) and Traci Landy (three goals). Rachel Klein made five saves, four in the second half.
New Hampshire recorded a slight advantage in most of the statistical categories—ground balls (12-10), draw controls (9-8) and turnovers (13-14). The Terriers had a 20-15 shot advantage, including 13-3 in the first half.
BU built a 3-0 lead just more than five minutes into the game. Weitzel, behind the goal line on the left side, found Mandy Rogers cutting down the middle and she fired a high shot into the net at 29:09.
Kaplan weaved through three defenders on the left wing to maneuver to the middle of the fan, where her shot caromed off the crossbar and landed on the netting behind the goal to keep the score 1-0.
McKinley Curro increased the lead to 2-0 at 24:53 when her shot ricocheted off the left post into the goal. BU controlled the ensuing draw and quickly created a 3-on-2 attack in which Curro moved the ball to Weitzel at the left doorstep for the goal at 24:43.
O'Keefe kept the 'Cats within three goals at 22:00 when she denied Landy's bid from the middle of the fan. Duclos corralled the ground ball that led to a free position at the top of the fan and Kaplan ripped a shot into the upper-right corner to lift UNH within 3-1 at 21:14.
Catie Tilton scored from close range at 17:21 off Weitzel's pass from behind the net to give the Terriers a 4-1 lead and force a UNH timeout.
With 16 minutes remaining in the first half, O'Keefe denied Curro's low free-position shot from the left side.
Hannah Frey extended the Terriers' lead to 6-1 with goals at 12:52 and 11:34.
The Wildcats called their second timeout at 8:52, but lost possession and eventually Landy, cutting from the top- left side, converted Danielle Etrasco's pass into a goal with a high shot into the net at 4:36 to give BU a 7-1 lead.
With three minutes on the clock, O'Keefe once again turned back the Terriers by denying Weitzel at the left doorstep.
BU scored an own goal with eight seconds remaining in the first half to take an 8-1 lead into the halftime.
The Wildcats' Erin Levesque (Duxbury, Mass.) won the opening draw control of the second half to set up Rausch's goal at 29:19. From the top of the fan, Cohen slipped a pass to Rausch, who side-armed a low shot from the middle of the fan into the goal to trim the deficit to 8-2.
Duclos controlled the ensuing draw and moments later Klein turned aside a shot from Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.).
New Hampshire scored goals 96 seconds apart to pull within 8-4. On a free position from the top-right side, Kaplan moved the ball diagonally down low to Curro for a goal at 21:47. On UNH's next free position, Rausch scored on low shot from the left side at 20:11.
The 'Cats closed within 8-5 on Kaplan's second goal of the game at 16:16. BU's Klein was carrying the ball deep on the left side and lost her footing – and subsequently the ball – when pressed by Kaplan. Kaplan picked up the ground ball, charged towards the open net and rifled a shot into the goal before two defenders could get in position to block the shot.
UNH's Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) emerged from the battle for the ensuing draw, but the Wildcats lost possession at 13:30. Cohen forced a BU turnover to give the ball back to the 'Cats, who then gave the ball back when trying to quickly advance the ball into the attacking zone with 11 minutes remaining.
Landy scored on a drive from the top-right side of the fan to give the Terriers a 9-5 lead at 10:10.
Rausch had another free position on the left wing with 6:10 to play, but this time her shot was blocked and then caught by Klein.
Landy struck again at 4:43 to push the advantage to 10-5.
New Hampshire closed the scoring at 1:46 when Keagins, from the top of the fan, moved the ball low on the left side and Curro dropped her stick low to fire a shot into the net.
The end of the 2010 season marked the end of UNH careers for seniors Kellen Millard (Ipswich, Mass.) and Kaplan. Kaplan tallied 187 career points on 108 goals and 79 assists; those numbers rank third in assists and sixth in points on UNH's leaderboards; she also recorded 90 ground balls, 88 draw controls and 55 caused turnovers in 71 games. Millard played in 60 career games and finished with two goals, 35 ground balls, 22 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers.