ALBANY, N.Y. – Sophomore Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) scored her third goal of the season, but the fifth-seeded University of New Hampshire women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 4 University at Albany on Thursday afternoon in an America East quarterfinal matchup at Varsity Field.
The Wildcats wrap up their season at 8-8-4 overall, while the Great Danes improve to 10-7-2 and advance to Sunday's semifinal, where they will take on either top-seeded Boston University or No. 2 Stony Brook University.
Trailing 2-0 late in the 50th minute, Lamotte received a feed at the top of the box from junior Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) and buried her shot into the top corner of the net by the near post. Junior Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the play for her first collegiate point.
The Wildcats, who held an overall shot advantage of 15-12, kept the pressure on the Great Danes in the second half, outshooting them 8-4. Goalkeeper Breanna Maggio made two of her four saves in the second stanza.
Albany jumped on the board just 6:04 into the match when Chelsea DeVerna's through ball set up Maggie DeVerna, who went in on a breakaway and beat freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) with a high shot to the top corner.
The Great Danes padded their lead late in the 40th minute when a through ball from Rebecca Lee gave Shayla Bergeron a breakaway that she finished with a shot to the far post to make it 2-0. Bergeron netted a pair of goals in Albany's 2-1 regular-season win against the Wildcats on Oct. 7.
Correa stopped two shots.
This marked the final game for seniors Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.), Ashley Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.), Cassie Guerra (DeWitt, N.Y.), Carole LeBlanc (Grand-Digue, New Brunswick) and Marika Posehn (Duncan, British Columbia).