DURHAM, N.H. – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) recorded her 100th career point as part of a six-point effort that led the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 14-5 America East victory against Binghamton University at Memorial Field.
UNH, which has won all seven meetings in the lifetime series vs. the Bearcats, extended its winning streak to eight games to improve to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in America East. The Wildcats, now 5-1 at home this season with its fourth straight win at Memorial Field, are off to their best start through 11 games since the 1991 team started 10-1. Binghamton lost its fourth consecutive game to fall to 3-8, 0-3.
Von Bargen entered the game with 97 career points and attained the 100-point milestone at 5:57 of the first half on her second goal of the game, which gave UNH a 6-2 lead. The junior attack finished with season highs in both goals (four) and assists (two) to match her career high of six points. Von Bargen has 87 goals and 16 assists for 103 points in 42 career games.
Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) netted a personal-best six goals to match her benchmark of six points. Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) tallied three goals and Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) had a single tally for the ‘Cats. Crook and Piotrkowski each recorded a game-high four ground balls, while Hardy finished with three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made three of her four saves in the second half. BU counterpart Sandra Alvarez was credited with 15 saves, including nine in the second half. Leanne Musso led the Bearcats’ attack with three goals.
Musso netted goals at 28:24 and 23:09 of the first half to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead, but UNH responded with six consecutive goals to take a 6-2 advantage. Hardy, off a pass from Von Bargen, pulled the Wildcats within 2-1 at 19:35 and Piotrkowski leveled the score off a feed from Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.; two assists) at 15:22.
Hardy’s second goal of the game gave New Hampshire a 3-2 lead at 13:47 and Piotrkowski struck again just 39 seconds later to give the home team a two-goal cushion of 4-2 and prompt Binghamton to call time out.
Neither team scored for five minutes, then Von Bargen scored goals at 8:06 and 5:57 to put the ‘Cats in front 6-2. The Bearcats trimmed the deficit to 6-3 on Beth Moore’s goal at 4:04 but Piotrkowski closed the first-half scoring with six seconds on the clock to give UNH a 7-3 halftime lead.
New Hampshire netted the initial three goals of the second half to extend its advantage to 10-3. Hardy converted a Von Bargen pass into her team-leading 26th goal of the season at 25:18. Both teams went without a goal for the next 10 minutes, then Piotrkowski (at 14:47) – from Beth Sabiston (Bayshore, N.Y.) – and Crook (13:46) scored 61 seconds apart to create a seven-goal lead.
Binghamton called a timeout at that point and Lisa Illig ended UNH’s run with a tally at 9:55. Musso’s third strike of the game pulled the Bearcats within 10-5 at 8:33. Binghamton controlled the ensuing draw control, but Hardy forced a turnover to give possession to the Wildcats. Alvarez denied Hardy, but the home team retained possession and Piotrkowski, off a feed from Maureen Wark (Yarmouth, Maine), netted her fifth goal of the game at 6:46.
Von Bargen then scored goals 10 seconds apart – at 3:50 and 3:40 – to extend the lead to 13-5 and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) set up the last tally of the game by causing a turnover in the offensive zone, corralling the loose ball and executing a pass to Piotrkowski for the goal at 1:42.
UNH recorded a 48-11 shot advantage and also had the edge in ground balls (19-13). Binghamton had a 13-8 advantage in draw controls but committed more turnovers, 29-15, with 12 of those coming on 23 clear attempts.
New Hampshire plays the first of three consecutive road games April 5 (12 p.m.) at Stony Brook University. The Wildcats’ next home game is April 16 (3 p.m.) against University at Albany.