April 29, 2011

Rausch Records Four Points, Women's Lacrosse Defeated 14-9 by #9 Boston College

ALLIE DUCLOS

DURHAM, N.H.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) recorded three goals and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire attack, but ninth-ranked Boston College outscored the Wildcats 8-3 in the second half en route to a 14-9 non-conference victory in women's lacrosse action at Memorial Field.

UNH is now 7-8 overall while BC ends its regular season at 12-6 to tie the benchmark established last season for most wins in a single season.

In addition to Rausch, Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.; 1g, 1a) and JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.; 2a) tallied multiple points for the 'Cats; Keagins also tallied three ground balls and four caused turnovers. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), UNH's America East Player of the Game, finished with one goal, two ground balls and three draw controls. Goalkeeper Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) was credited with five saves.

Brooke Blue and Hannah Alley both finished with two goals and two assists to lead six multiple-point scoring Eagles. Brittany Wilton (2g, 1a) and Sam Taylor (2g, 1a) tallied three points apiece and Wilton also had seven draw controls. Sheila Serafino stopped nine shots, including six in the first half.

BC took a 1-0 lead at 25:11 on Alley's unassisted goal, but New Hampshire responded with goals 2:21 apart to take a 2-1 advantage. From deep on the left side, Rausch found Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) at the left doorstep and she scored on a shot near-side to tie the score, 1-1, at 22:51. The 'Cats then utilized a transition attack to go ahead. Kacie Connal (Derry, N.H.), who made her first career start, attacked down the right side of the fan and passed the ball across to Rausch for the goal at 20:34.

The Eagles responded with three consecutive goals to build a 4-2 lead. Blue found Wilton in front to level the score, 2-2, at 17:44 and then Moira Barry scored the first of her two goals to put the visitors back in front – and prompted a UNH timeout – at 15:11. Blue then split a Wildcat double team on the left wing and, as she was falling to the ground, fired a shot into the goal for a 4-2 lead at 13:00.

New Hampshire responded with a goal 41 seconds later to pull within one goal when Ally Stager (Reading, Mass.) attacked from the right wing and found Duclos on the opposite side of the fan.

Ginny Gummersall struck at 10:57 to reestablish a two-goal differential of 5-3, but UNH answered with a three-goal spurt to regain the lead at 6-5. Rausch ignited the run with a drive down the middle of the fan and shot into the upper-left corner of the goal at 7:11. Curro set up the next two goals, first when she curled from behind the net to the right side and found Sarah Campbell (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) alone in the middle of the fan at 6:14 to tied the score. BC called time out, but UNH struck next at 3:42 when Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) finished Curro's feed across the goalmouth at the right post.

Kristin Igoe (1g, 1a), with the assistance of Taylor, closed the first-half scoring at 1:35 to send the teams into halftime tied at 6.

BC scored goals six seconds apart to open the second-half scoring and spark a 6-0 run. Alley, on a cut from the middle of the fan to the left side, scored on a shot into the upper-left corner at 27:47. The Eagles were awarded the ensuing draw control, which allowed them to quickly advance the ball downfield and Alley, from the left side, found Barry alone at the right post for a tally at 27:41.

Jill Amo caught Alley's pass at the left doorstep, dropped her crosse low and fired a low shot into the cage for a 9-6 lead at 19:42. Taylor then scored at 18:57 and 17:06, then Wilton, from the left wing, executed a centering pass that was finished off by Blue at 8:56 for a 12-6 lead.

Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) ended BC's run at 7:47 when she charged from the top of the fan and scored on a high shot inside the right post.

Wilton, off Blue's pass, struck again from the right post to give the Eagles a 13-7 advantage at 6:18.

Keagins factored in the next two goals to lift UNH within 13-9. She drove from the top of the fan and fired a shot inside the right post at 4:20, then from the top of the fan found Rausch down low for a goal at 1:32.

Cali Ceglarski capped the scoring with 19 seconds remaining.

BC finished with the slight edge in shots (27-25), draw controls (15-10) and turnovers (16-18). The ground ball totals were even at 14 aside.

Prior to the opening draw of UNH's last home game this season, senior captain Allie Duclos was honored for her contributions to the program. The three-time America East All-Conference First Team selection has career numbers of 30 goals, six assists, 36 points, 149 draw controls, 126 ground balls and 68 caused turnovers in 61 games (all starts).

New Hampshire concludes the regular season May 1 (12 p.m.) at Binghamton University. The Wildcats will extend their America East record of consecutive conference tournament appearances to 14 with a win against the Bearcats.

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