April 2, 2014

McHoul and Puccia Combine For 11 Points; Women's Lax Defeated 19-9 at BU

BOSTON  - Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded six points, Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied five points and Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) finished with 13 saves, but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated 19-9 by Boston University in Wednesday afternoon's non-conference game at Nickerson Field.

UNH is now 5-7 while BU, which recorded the edge in shots (41-21) and draw controls (19-11), extended its win streak to five games to improve to 6-5. 

McHoul scored three goals and assisted on three others while Puccia netted four goals and had one assist to extend her goal streak to eight games; she also had a team-high four draw controls. Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) also finished with multiple points on two goals and an assist. Hurwitz was credited with two ground balls as well as the 13 saves.

BU was led by Elizabeth Morse (5g), Becca Church (3g, 1a) and Lindsay Weiner (2g, 2a). Five other Terriers tallied multiple points. Starting goalie Caroline Meegan made six saves and exited the game with the home team leading 17-7 with 15:16 remaining in the game. Christina Sheridan did not make a save the rest of the way. 

Boston U. quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Kelsey Marafioti at 28:51 and Church at 27:51. The Wildcats responded with back-to-back strikes from Puccia and McHoul to level the score, 2-2.  Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.), who had a team-high four ground balls, set up the team's first tally when she cut from the right wing to the middle and found Puccia on the opposite wing; UNH's team leader in goals bounced a shot into the goal at 26:42. McHoul netted an unassisted goal from the left doorstep 28 seconds later to tie the game.

Morse scored on a free position to put BU back on top, 3-2, at 25:42. Hurwitz kept the margin at one goal when she denied Church's high shot from the top of the crease at 25:20. 

The 'Cats once again pulled even, 3-3, when Hinkle forced a turnover behind Meegan, gathered the ground ball and fed a pass across to McHoul, who in turn found Puccia in front for the equalizer at 24:06.

Hurwitz stopped two free-position shots in the next four minutes, but Mallory Collins gave the Terriers a lead they would not relinquish when her goal at 21:26 made it 4-3 and was the start of a 10-0 run. Marafioti struck again at 19:19 and Church potted her second of the game at 17:17 to extend the lead to 6-3. 

One minute later, Emma Kriss (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) cut across the fan to the right side and fired a shot back toward the left post, but Meegan made the save to preserve the three-goal lead.

Morse scored her second goal of the game when she ripped a free-position shot from the left wing into the cage at 15:46 to give BU a 7-3 advantage. UNH called time out, but the Terriers continued to pull away with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 10 seconds by Jill Horka (at 14:56), Morse (at 14:24) and Church (13:44). 

UNH called its second timeout at that point and won the ensuing draw control, but lost possession on a turnover in the offensive zone at 12:30.

Weiner scored consecutive goals 24 seconds apart – at 12:12 and 11:48 – then Morse scored on a free position at 5:02 to give the Terriers a double digit lead, 13-3. 

On the left wing, McHoul fed a pass to Hinkle and her shot from the left doorstep trimmed the deficit to 13-4 at 2:03. The Wildcats struck again at 1:16 when McHoul, from the top of the crease, one-timed the high pass from behind the net by Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) under the crossbar.

BU's Sydney Godett closed the first-half scoring with 59 seconds on the clock to send the Terriers into halftime with a 14-5 lead. 

New Hampshire was issued yellow cards at 28:03 and 26:45, which forced the 'Cats to play down two players. BU capitalized when Horka set up Marafioti's third goal of the game at 26:22.

Goals by Morse and Nell Burdis at 22:51 and 19:00, respectively, extended the home team's lead to 17-5.

McHoul cut down the middle of the fan and fired a shot inside the right post for her third goal of the game at 17:28 and Puccia netted her 30th goal of the season when she converted Hinkle's pass into her third tally of the game and a 17-7 deficit for the 'Cats at 15:16. 

Ally Adams' free-position goal extended the cushion to 11 goals at 10:31 before Hinkle and Puccia, who set up Hinkle's goal, struck at 4:06 and 1:48, respectively, to reduce the margin to single figures at 18-9. Adams closed the scoring with another free-position goal at 1:09.

New Hampshire returns to action – and resumes conference play – April 5 at UMBC (12 p.m.). The Wildcats' next home game is April 12 (12 p.m.) against Binghamton University.

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