STORRS, Conn. – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) both matched their career high of six points to propel the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 15-7 non-conference victory against the University of Connecticut at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.
UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 4-1 overall. UConn is winless in five games.
Von Bargen finished with five goals and an assist while Piotrkowski matched her personal best of six points with a career-high six assists. Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.), who entered the game with one career point, tallied a goal and three assists.
Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; 3g), Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.; 2g, 1a) and Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.; 2g) were UNH’s other multiple-goal scorers. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.; 1g, 1a) and Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) scored the other goals. Duclos also tallied five draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
UNH goalkeeper Nikki Hume (North Hampton, N.H.) recorded three of her four saves in the second half.
UConn starter Anna Wallingford was charged with the loss as she surrendered nine goals in 39 mintues, 33 seconds; she stopped six shots. Jenna Moulton made three saves and allowed six goals the rest of the way. The Huskies’ attack was led by Kiersten Tupper (4g, 1a).
Despite recording a 20-2 first-half shot advantage, UNH got off to a slow start and it was UConn that took a 1-0 lead when Tupper scored at 14:54. A flurry of three goals in less than two minutes sparked New Hampshire to a 3-1 lead.
Kaplan scored on a free-position shot at 9:37 and Hardy, with the assistance of Bratton, struck at 8:20. Piotrkowski set up Von Bargen’s first tally of the game at 7:42 to close that flurry.
Kaplan, off Bratton’s feed, netted her second goal of the game at 4:32 to give the ‘Cats a 4-1 lead. Bratton, from Von Bargen, scored with 21 seconds remaining in the half and Durepo converted a pass from Piotrkowski into a goal and a 6-1 UNH lead five seconds from halftime.
UConn ended the Wildcats’ string of six consecutive goals at 28:53 of the second half on another goal by Tupper. Von Bargen’s unassisted tally reestablished a five-goal advantage of 7-2 at 25:36, but Whitney Michele and Tupper scored at 24:09 and 23:41, respectively, to lift the home team within 7-4.
Von Bargen, from Rausch, and Durepo struck 72 seconds apart – at 21:39 and 20:27 – to give momentum back to UNH. Von Bargen scored her fourth goal of the game at 15:56 to extend the lead to 10-4. Piotrkowski set up the ninth and 10th UNH goals.
The Huskies never got closer than five goals the rest of the way as UNH outscored UConn 5-3 in the final 15 minutes.
UNH finished with a substantial edge in both shots (37-12) and draw controls (16-8) and also had the 9-7 advantage in ground balls. The Wildcats also committed fewer turnovers (12-15).
Von Bargen increased her career totals to 134 goals and 23 assists for 157 points. She climbed past Colleen Christopher (152 points) and Nicole Rhodes (153) into seventh place on UNH’s career points leaderboard. Von Bargen also moved into a tie with Karen Geromini for seventh place in goals.
New Hampshire returns to action March 11 (4 p.m.) at Harvard University. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 18 against UMass. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.