UNH women's lacrosse falls to No. 18 Yale, 10-8

Leland scored five goals in Wildcats' loss

DURHAM, N.H. - Lauren Taylor scored three consecutive second-half goals to turn the Bulldogs' 7-5 deficit into an 8-7 lead and Taylor finished with four goals to lead the 18th-ranked Yale University women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 10-8 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.

UNH is now 4-5 overall while Yale, with its 10th consecutive win vs. the 'Cats, is 5-4.

Trailing 5-3 at halftime, New Hampshire opened the second half with four consecutive goals to build a 7-5 lead. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) netted her second goal of the game -- her first tally gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead 86 seconds into the game -- at 32:58 to trim the deficit to 5-4, then the third of five goals by Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) tied the score 42 seconds later. Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) gave UNH its third one-goal lead of the day, 6-5, at 36:58.

Yale called time out and neither team scored for nearly 10 minutes when Leland, off a pass from Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.), extended the Wildcats' advantage to 7-5 at 45:31.

Taylor then scored three goals in a span of 3:58 to give Yale a lead it would not relinquish. Her free position tally at 46:25 ended the Bulldogs' scoreless span at 26:44 and trimmed the margin to 7-6. Taylor netted unassisted goals at 48:09 and 50:23, then Sarah Driscoll scored at 52:29 to extend the visitor's advantage to 9-7.

Yale won the ensuing draw control and maintained possession until Katherine Sargent scored on a free position at 55:09. Following a UNH timeout, the Bulldogs won the ensuing draw control and held the ball for two minutes until Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.) caused a turnover that led to a quick Wildcat counterattack and goal by Leland, again off a feed from Albee, with 2:44 remaining.

Yale's Jess Champion controlled the ball off the draw control and one minute ran off the clock before the teams exchanged turnovers to give the Bulldogs possession with 1:40 to play. UNH regained possession with 50 seconds remaining but immediately committed a turnover on the clear attempt and the Bulldogs were successful in running the final seconds off the clock to secure the victory.

UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) made 10 saves while Yale counterpart Ellen Cameron stopped five shots.

After Blanchette gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead, Driscoll scored 61 seconds later to tie the score at 1. Leland, this time off a Blanchette pass, put New Hampshire back in front, 2-1, at 3:15 but Yale once again had a quick response with Marya Myers' strike at 4:21 to tie the score. Alessandra Croffy and Taylor scored goals 59 seconds apart -- at 16:02 and 17:01, respectively -- to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead. Leland trimmed the deficit to 4-3 at 19:09 but Myers scored 32 seconds later to reestablish Yale's two-goal advantage.

The loss is UNH's fourth to a nationally-ranked team this season.

UNH returns to action with its America East opener vs. UMBC on April 11. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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