– Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) scored four goals – all in the second half – and added an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Tuesday afternoon’s 11-10 non-conference victory against the University of Massachusetts at Memorial Field.

UNH won for the second time in three days to level its record at 3-3 on the season. UMass is now 4-3.

Durepo, who matched her career high in goals and established a personal best in points (five), extended her point-scoring streak to six games. Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) both scored two goals to extend their goal-scoring streak to six games. Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded a career-high three points by matching her personal best of two goals and adding an assist.

UNH goalkeeper Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.), the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week, finished with six saves. UMass goalie Lauren McCarthy stopped 13 shots, including nine in the first half, while Kathleen Typadis (4g), Kristina Twichell (1g, 4a) and Melynda Zwick (2g, 2a) led the Minutewomen’s attack.

With the score tied 6-6 at halftime, Durepo netted a free-position goal at 21:14. Four minutes later, Stephanie Hopkins converted Zwick’s pass into a goal to pull UMass even and generate the fourth tie of the game at 7-7.

Durepo’s unassisted goal at 14:17 put UNH back in front, 8-7, but the visitors once again leveled the score on Typadis’ fourth strike of the game at 9:14. Durepo, on a drive down the middle of the fan, scored to give the ‘Cats a 9-8 advantage at 7:41. Kaplan then ended a streak of alternating goals at seven when she gained possession off the ensuing draw control and cut down the left side to score just 10 seconds later and extend UNH’s lead to 10-8.

Zwick, off a pass from Twichell, lifted UMass within 10-9 at 6:19. Durepo responded at the other end, however, as she once again navigated through the middle of the fan and fired a low shot into the right corner to make the score 11-9 in favor of the Wildcats at 4:01.

The Minutewomen called time out at that point and trimmed the deficit to 11-10 at 2:58. From deep on the right wing, Zwick fired a pass across to Twichell and her close-range shot found the back of the net.

UMass won the ensuing draw control but New Hampshire regained possession with 1:40 remaining when Typadis’ shot from the left wing was blocked and Jones scooped up the loose ball.

The Wildcats went into a spread offense in an attempt to run out the clock, but turned the ball over with 41 seconds remaining. UMass gave the ball right back to the ‘Cats on an errant pass, however, and Durepo – the Wildcats’ offensive star of the game – sealed the win by corralling the ball at midfield.

In the first half, UNH netted the first three goals of the game to build a 3-0 advantage. Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.), off a pass from Sabiston, opened the scoring at 28:08 and Talbot, with the assistance of Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.), scored 51 seconds later to quickly put the ‘Cats up by two. Talbot scored a free-position goal at 20:50 to make it 3-0.

Typadis netted unassisted tallies 12 seconds apart – at 18:05 and 17:53 – to suddenly pull UMass within 3-2. Sabiston scored off the ensuing draw control at 17:44 to close a flurry of three goals in 21 seconds and give UNH a 4-2 edge.

The Minutewomen pulled even on consecutive goals by Zwick and Holly Drown at 15:38 and 15:08, respectively. Sabiston struck again, this time with the help of Sarah Von Bargen (E. Setauket, N.Y.), at 14:10 to prompt the visitors to call time out.

UMass tied the score 5-5 on Typadis’ goal at 12:47 and took its first lead of the game when Meghan Reddy scored at 3:57. That lead – the only one of the game for the visitors – lasted just 63 seconds, however, as Kaplan converted Durepo’s pass into a goal at 2:54.

UNH gained possession with two minutes remaining in the half and tried to hold for a last shot with perimeter passing, but turned the ball over with 36 seconds on the clock. Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y.), who recorded a team-high four ground balls, forced a turnover in the closing seconds to preserve the 6-6 tie heading into halftime.

UNH’s win ended a series streak in which the road team had won four consecutive games, and the one-goal margin of victory marked the seventh time in the last eight meetings between these teams that the winning margin was either one or two goals.

New Hampshire returns to action March 24 (1 p.m.) for its America East conference opener at UMBC. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 28 vs. Hofstra University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.
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