|Sarah Von Bargen|
BOSTON - Jenny Hauser recorded four goals and five assists to lead the eighth-ranked Boston University women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 20-5 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Nickerson Field.
UNH ends the regular season at 10-6 overall and 4-2 in America East.
The Wildcats, who would have been conference regular-season co-champions and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming league tournament by defeating BU, is the fourth seed of the America East Championship and will play at top-seeded UMBC in a May 5 semifinal game. UNH recorded a 20-9 home victory vs. the Retrievers on April 8. BU earned a share of the regular-season title by improving to 13-4, 5-1 with the victory.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at 5:34 when Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) scored her 32nd goal of the season. Sarah Dalton (three goals) evened the score, 1-1, at 8:08 but the 'Cats regained the lead, 2-1, on an unassisted tally by Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.), her 47th of the year, at 8:56.
Goals by Lindsay Lewis (five goals), Hauser and Dalton in a span of 52 seconds gave the Terriers a 4-2 lead and prompted a UNH timeout at 12:27. BU's Molly Collins scored 52 seconds later, however, to extend the advantage to 5-2 at 13:19. The Terriers then scored six goals in 4:37 to build an 11-2 lead with 9:46 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats called another timeout at that point, but the home team netted three more goals to lead 14-2 halftime and they maintained a double-digit advantage through the second half.
UNH's second-half goals were scored by Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), who extended her school rookies goals record to 41 with a pair of tallies, and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.).
UNH starting goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) was credited with three saves and exited the game at 20:14 with the 'Cats trailing 11-2. Lauren McMullen (Amherst, N.H.) played the final 9:46 of the first half and the last 7:54 of the game for a total of 17:40 in which she made one save and surrendered four goals. Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) started the second half and played 22:06; she stopped two of seven shots on goal.
BU starting goalie Jenna Golden went 55:04 and was credited with nine saves. Colleen McClay stopped both shots she faced in the last 4:56 of the game.
The five goals tied UNH's lowest goal output of the season and marked the first time in 11 games that the Wildcats did not score double digits in goals.