NEWARK, Del. - In a battle for first place in the America East conference, the University of Delaware rallied past the University of New Hampshire for an 11-7 victory Monday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.
UNH had its three-game winning streak snapped and is now 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Delaware improved to 6-7, 4-0 with its second consecutive win.
Trailing 4-2 at the half, New Hampshire pulled even with back-to-back goals from senior assistant captain Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.; three goals) at 29:41 and 26:13. Delaware edged back in front on a tally by Ashley Moderacki (two goals, two assists) but Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) responded less than two minutes later to tie the game, 5-5.
The Fightin' Blue Hens regained control of the game with three goals in a span of 1:36. Claire Marrazzo ignited the surge at 17:07 and Kate O'Connell (four goals) struck at 16:22 and 15:31 to give the home team an 8-5 advantage.
UNH's Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) trimmed the deficit to 8-6 at 7:58, but UD's Brooke Mulligan potted the next two goals to extend the lead to 10-6 with 3:35 to play. When Christine Anneberg (Denver, Colo.; two goals, assist) lifted the Wildcats within 10-7 at 3:11, the Fightin' Blue Hens once again had a quick response as O'Connell scored nine seconds later.
New Hampshire goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) made 11 saves. Delaware's Laurie Tortorelli was also credited with 11 saves. Delaware jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening seven minutes of the game on a tally by Moderacki and two by Megan Fortunato (two goals, four assists). UNH closed within 3-2 on tallies by Anneberg at 20:20 and Christopher at 1:45. O'Connell scored with 43 seconds remaining in the opening half to give UD its 4-2 halftime advantage.
New Hampshire returns to action April 18 (7 p.m.) at Boston College. The next Wildcat home game is April 21 against Stanford University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.