Leland sparks Wildcats with six goals
TOWSON, Md. -- Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) tied the score with 1:15 remaining in regulation to force overtime and Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) netted the only goal in the extra session to lift the University of New Hampshire women' lacrosse team to Thursday afternoon's 14-13 non-conference victory at Towson University.
UNH improved to 2-4 with the win and Towson is now 3-2.
Leland scored three goals in both the first and second halves to finish with a team-high six goals. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded three goals and an assist for a total of four points. Both Talbot and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Col.) finished with two points, both on goals, while Sarah Von Bargen (Setauket, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist.
UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded 13 saves, including two in the six-minute overtime session. Towson goalie Mandy Correy was also credited with 13 saves, one in OT.
With the score tied 7-7 four minutes into the second half, Von Bargen ignited a 5-0 Wildcat run with an unassisted tally at 34:16. Leland and Talbot struck 55 seconds apart, at 37:27 and 28:22, respectively, to extend UNH's lead to 10-7. Webster (at 42:02) and Blanchette (44:11) pushed the lead to 12-7 midway through the second half.
Towson responded with six consecutive goals, three by Becky Trumbo (4g, 2a), in a span of 12:33 to take a 13-12 lead with 2:25 remaining in regulation.
Leland's sixth tally of the game pulled the 'Cats even. In overtime, Talbot put New Hampshire back in the lead at 62:49 and neither team scored in the last 3:11.
Leland's first tally gave UNH a 1-0 lead 33 seconds into the game. More than eight minutes elapsed before the next score, a Tigers' goal by Meggie McNamara at 8:56. TU went in front 2-1 before Leland and Blanchette alternated goals -twice - to put the 'Cats back ahead, 5-2. The home team netted two goals in the final 62 seconds of the first half to close the deficit to 5-4 at halftime.
Webster opened the second-half scoring at 31:38 for a 6-4 Wildcat advantage. McNamara struck again for Towson to once again pull Towson within one goal, 6-5, at 32:51. Leland's fourth goal of the game extended the lead to 7-5, but the Tigers scored 20 seconds later, and again 16 seconds after that to tie the score, 7-7, at 33:54.
New Hampshire returns to action March 25 (3 p.m.) at UMass. The next Wildcats' home game is March 29 vs. Brown University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.