UNH women's lacrosse upended by Stony Brook, 18-13
Sarah Von Bargen

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) matched her career high of six goals, but five Seawolves scored three goals apiece to propel the Stony Brook University women's lacrosse team to Friday afternoon's 18-13 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at LaValle Stadium.

UNH, which entered the game with a nine-game winning streak, is now 10-5 overall and 4-1 in America East. Stony Brook improved to 8-6, 3-1 with its first win against the Wildcats in four lifetime meetings.

Stony Brook quickly built a 3-0 lead on a goal by Carlee Buck (three goals, two assists) at 1:39 and tallies nine seconds apart by Jill Gridley (three goals) at 3:22 and Kristen Dupius at 3:31. Danielle Werner (three goals, assist) extended the advantage to 4-0 with an unassisted tally at 8:34.

Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.; two goals) ignited a 3-0 Wildcats' surge when she converted a pass from Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.; goal, assist) into a goal at 14:27. Blanchette pulled the 'Cats within 4-2 at 15:02 and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.; two goals, assist) trimmed the deficit to 4-3 at 17:13.

Kaitlin Leggio (three goals, assist) netted the first of her three first-half goals to give SBU a 5-3 lead at 17:31, but Von Bargen, off a pass from Leland, lifted UNH within one goal, 5-4, at 21:16. Goals by Katie Savino and Leggio extended the Seawolves' lead to 7-4 with 5:37 remaining in the half.

Leland's second strike of the game at 25:47 was followed 32 seconds later by Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; two goals) to once again trim the deficit to one goal, 7-6. Stony Brook closed the half with three consecutive goals, however, to build a 10-6 halftime lead.

Talbot opened the second-half scoring at 31:15 to pull New Hampshire within 10-7, but Buck and Gridley scored goals 34 seconds apart -- at 33:39 and 34:03, respectively -- to give the home team its biggest lead to that point, 12-7.

Von Bargen's 35th goal of the season trimmed UNH's deficit to 12-8 at 34:38, but then neither team scored for more than six minutes until SBU's Werner and Amy Taylor scored at 41:39 and 42;15, respectively, to give the Seawolves a 14-8 lead.

Von Bargen struck again at 46:10 to lift the 'Cats within 14-9, but Taylor's third tally of the half put the Seawolves ahead 15-9 at 49:30. Werner extended the cushion to 16-9 at 53:45 and Von Bargen's fourth tally made the score 16-10 at 57:19.

The teams combined to score five goals in the last 1:44 of the game. Durepo began the flurry at 58:16 and Taylor responded with a tally 20 seconds later, only to have that followed up by Von Bargen, off an assist from Ashley Blake (Amherst, N.Y.), 13 seconds after that. Buck made the score 18-12 with 36 seconds to play and Von Bargen capped the scoring 10 seconds later.

UNH starting goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) was charged with the loss as she exited the game with fives saves and UNH trailing 13-8 at 41:09. Lauren McMullen (Amherst, N.H.) went the rest of the way and was credited with one save. SBU counterpart Jen Sandtorv stopped 12 shots.

New Hampshire concludes the regular April 29 at Boston University (12 p.m.). The America East regular-season champion will play host to the conference tournament May 5-7.

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