WOMEN???S LAX UPSETS #10 VANDERBILT, 10-7
Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded a season-high 12 saves and Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) tallied four points to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 10-7 non-conference victory against 10th-ranked Vanderbilt University at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex.
    UNH, with its second road win of the season against a team ranked No. 10 in the national poll (Yale, 8-7, on March 5), won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 5-2. Vandy is now 5-3.
    Hardy finished with two goals and two assists. Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.), Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) and Maureen Wark (Yarmouth, Maine) also tallied two goals, and Wark also had an assist for a career-high three points. Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) extended her goal-scoring streak to seven games with a single goal, and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) also had a goal.
    Milley played the initial 39:42 of the game and exited for 3:59 following a Commodores time out with 20:18 remaining in the second half. Nikki Hume (North Hampton, N.H.) made her collegiate debut and did not yield a goal in her brief relief stint; she was not credited with a save. VU goalie Brooke Shinaberry made six saves.
    Trailing 7-5 at halftime, Vanderbilt quickly pulled within one goal on Margie Curran’s goal at 29:33 of the second half. Talbot potted her second goal of the game at 27:14 to reestablish a two-goal advantage of 8-6. Cara Giordano trimmed the deficit to 8-7 at 20:18 and the home team called time out.
    UNH maintained that lead until Piotrkowski scored an unassisted goal at 10:30. Milley preserved UNH’s two-goal lead of 9-7 by denying Curran at 3:01 and Laura Keenan at 2:10. Piotrkowski struck again at 1:10 to give the ‘Cats a 10-7 cushion and Milley made two saves in the closing minute – against Keenan with 52 seconds to play and Allie Frank on a free-position with 37 on the clock – to secure the win.
    Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead at 25:49 of the first half on a goal by Sarah Downing. Wark and Hardy scored back-to-back goals at 22:00 and 20:50 to give UNH its first lead, 2-1, then the Commodores tied the score on a Curran tally at 20:09.
    Talbot and Kaplan scored nine seconds apart – at 11:42 and 11:33 – to put the ‘Cats ahead 4-2 before Curran struck again at 10:49. Wark netted her second goal of the game 48 seconds later, however, to extend UNH’s lead to 5-3.
    A goal by Carter Foote at 8:44 sliced the deficit in half, then Hardy and Durepo – with the assistance of Hardy – potted goals at 6:05 and 2:42 to give the Wildcats a 7-4 advantage. Giordano scored with two seconds remaining in the opening half to pull the home team within 7-5.
    New Hampshire returns to action March 19 vs. Cornell University at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 22 (12 p.m.) for its America East opener vs. UMBC.

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