CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Stephanie Keefe (Newton, Mass.) tied a career high with five goals and scored the game-winning goal to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory against Harvard University at Jordan Field on Wednesday afternoon. UNH improved to 7-8 overall and Harvard fell to 6-6.
Trailing 6-4 at the half, UNH netted three quick goals at the outset of the second half to take its first lead of the game. Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) started the rally with a free position goal at 28:27 and Keefe potted her third goal of the game at 27:40 to tie the score. Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.) gave the Wildcats a 7-6 advantage at 25:24.
Following a timeout, the Crimson regained momentum and potted the next two goals to go ahead 8-7. It didn't last long however, as Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.; 21:47), Keefe (18:44) and Christopher (14:38) scored to give the "Cats a 10-8 advantage. Mangano set up the go-ahead and 10th goal for UNH.
Harvard's Alli Harper netted her third and fourth goals of the game to knot the score 10-10 with 12 minutes remaining. Keefe netted her fifth tally of the game at 7:23 and it stood as the game-winning goal.
UNH starting goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) exited the game at halftime and recorded five saves. Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) stopped five shots. HU goalkeeper Nora Guyer was credited with 10 saves.
Keefe gave UNH a 1-0 lead 1:08 into the game, but Harvard netted the next three goals to take a 3-1 advantage with 20 minutes to play in the first half. Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) and Keefe scored 35 seconds apart to tie the game at 3-3.
The Crimson regained the lead, then Yund forged a 4-4 tie at 17:29. Harvard went back in front 72 seconds later and took a 6-4 lead into the locker room on a goal with 41 seconds on the clock.
UNH plays its regular-season finale April 28 against Hofstra University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m. This game will determine New Hampshire's seeding in the upcoming America East Championships, which begin May 3.