|Sarah Von Bargen|
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Lauren Taylor scored seven goals to propel the Yale University women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 15-8 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Johnson Field.
UNH fell to 0-3 on the season while Yale improved to 2-1.
The Wildcats' offense was led by Sarah Von Bargen (East Seatuuket, N.Y.; three goals), Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.; two goals) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.; goal, assist). UNH starting goalie Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made six saves and exited the game with the 'Cats trailing 14-7 with 7:34 to play in the game. Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) made her collegiate debut in playing the rest of the way, and she was not credited with a save.
Yale's Kat Peetz contributed four goals to the attack while starting goalie Ellen Cameron stopped two of nine shots on goal in 52:26 to earn the win. Lonnie Sarnell went the rest of the way and stopped two shots while yielding one goal.
UNH fell behind 2-0 on Bulldog goals at 2:08 and 4:18 but rallied to tie the score on a free position goal by Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) at 7:23 and Michaela Hardy's (Reading, Mass.) first collegiate point with a goal at 9:02. Yale regained the lead on a Jenn Warden strike 50 seconds later and once again established a two-goal advantage, 4-2, at 11:24 on a Taylor tally.
The first of two first-half goals by Von Bargen trimmed the UNH deficit to 4-3 at 14:18, but a free-position goal by Peetz once again gave the Bulldogs a two-goal lead, 5-3.
The 'Cats once again rallied to tie the score, 5-5, when Sabiston converted a pass from Leland into her collegiate goal and point at 20:21 and Von Bargen netted her second of the game at 23:24.
Taylor closed the first-half scoring with three consecutive goals to give Yale an 8-5 halftime lead. She put the home team back in front for the third time in the game, this time at 6-5, at 24:44 and extended the lead to 7-5 76 seconds later before striking for the fifth time in the half with 11 seconds remaining.
Yale's Lara Milniker opened the second-half scoring at 31:53 to push the lead to 9-5, but New Hampshire once again rallied. Von Bargen's team-leading seventh goal of the season lifted the Wildcats within 9-6 at 33:43 and Sabiston netted a free-position goal 39 seconds later to make the score 9-7. UNH gained possession and set up on offense, but lost momentum in the game with a turnover that led to Taylor's sixth strike of the game at 37:49. Peetz scored 31 seconds later and Taylor extended the lead to 12-7 at 42:35, prompting UNH to call time out.
The Wildcats stopped Yale on the ensuing possession, but were off target on two shots at the opposite end of the field - one of which ricocheted off the post - before Peetz netted her third goal of the game on a free position shot at 47:07 to extend the Bulldogs' advantage to 13-7. Melniker gave the home team a 14-7 advantage at 52:25, at which point UNH called its second timeout and both teams switched goalies.
Leland scored her fourth goal of the season at 54:36 and Yale's Sara Greenberg closed the scoring with 1:16 to play.
New Hampshire returns to action March 11 at home vs. Marist College. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.