AMHERST, Mass. - Colleen Christopher (Hampton Falls, N.H.) netted a season-high four goals and Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N Y ) recorded three tallies, but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated by the University of Massachusetts, 13-12, at Richard F. Garber Field on Thursday afternoon.
Trailing 13-8 with 10 minutes remaining, the Wildcats fell short in their comeback bid. Kim Keefe (Newton, Mass.) ignited the spark with her tlly at 9:49. Chlistopher netted her fourth goal of the game to trim the deficit to 13-10 with 4:22 remaining. Steph Keefe (Newton, Mass.) lifted the 'Cats within 13-11 at l:47. Then Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) added to the drama by scoring witb 33.4 seconds on the clock.
UMass goalkeeper Jen Nudi stopped Christopher's free position shot 13 seconds later to preserve the 13-12 lead, then time expired moments before an official awarded a free position shot to Meagan Clavin (Hanover, N.H.).
In the first half, UNH fell behind 2-0 before goals by Christopher (at 17:17) and Mangano (16:01) tied the game. Christopher's second goal, which also came on a free position shot, gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead at 7:37. UMass tied the game, 3-3, but Mangano potted her second goal of the game 42 seconds later for a 4-3 Wildcat advantage. The Minutewomen netted the last three goals of the half to take a 6-4 lead into the locker room.
UMass extended its cushion to 8-4, but goals by Yund, Christopher and Mangano closed the gap to 8-7,with 19:14 to play. The hosts netted four of the next five goals -- the lone Wildcat goal in that span was produced by Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) - - to build its 13-8 advantage.
Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md,) made her first collegiate start . She exited the game in the first half after allowing the sixth goal and re-entered with 9:59 to play in the game; Martin played a total of 37 minutes, 41 seconds and made two saves while allowing six goals, Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) played 22:19 and allowed seven goals, she was not credited with a save. UMass goalkeepers combined for 13 saves.
UNH returns to action with its home opener against Brown University on April 5. Game time at Memoiial Field is 3:30 p.m.