DURHAM, N.H. - After the University of New Hampshire came back from a two-goal deficit for the fourth time late in the game, Samantha Sepulveda scored with six seconds left to give the University of Massachusetts a 12-11 victory Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.
After UNH goaltender Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made a save on a UMass shot with just over a minute left, she made a long pass that the Wildcats could not corral, giving the Minutewomen one final chance. After several passes around the circle, Sepulveda charged towards the net and buried a shot into the upper portion of the goal to score the eventual winning goal.
The Minutewomen scored 34 seconds into the game on a goal by Lindsay Cassell and went up 2-0 after Ashleigh Szawlowski scored at the 9:34 mark. Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) scored 36 seconds apart to tie the game at 2-2 halfway through the first half.
Kathleen Typadis and Albee exchanged goals twice in the second half of the first period, and the two teams went into halftime tied at 4-4. The game was tied despite New Hampshire outshooting Massachusetts, 19-9, and the Minutewomen committing ten more fouls than the Wildcats did in the first half.
UMass (3-4) started the second half the same way it started the first half, with two quick goals by Szawlowski and Cassell to go back up by two at 6-4. Bailley Mazur (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season off a pass from Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.), and Burnap notched her second goal of the game to bring the Wildcats back to a tie at 6-6.
The Minutewomen again went up by two goals on tallies by Kerri Connerty and Melynda Zwick, but could not hold off the Wildcats, who tied the game again thanks to goals by Burnap and Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Vt.). Szawlowski scored her third goal of the game to put UMass back on top, but Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal to tie the game again at 9-9.
Another two-goal lead was attained by UMass on goals by Jackie Nesbitt and Connerty, but the Wildcats again fought back, as Burnap and Albee each scored their fourth goals of the game to tie the match at 11-11 with 2:34 remaining in the period.
The second half was more even than the first in most statistics, as the Wildcats only outshot the Minutewomen by one and actually committed one more foul than UMass did. New Hampshire took advantage of its free position chances in the game, going 4-for-5 on free position shots, three of those goals scored by Albee.
UNH (3-4) concludes its five-game homestand next Friday, April 1, against the Vanderbilt Commodores beginning at noon at Memorial Field.