March 6, 2010

NO. 19 WOMEN'S LAX POWERS PAST COLGATE UNIVERSITY, 16-11

DURHAM, N.H. - Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) notched a career-high five points, propelling the 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to a 16-11 victory over Colgate University at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the win New Hampshire improves to 4-0, while Colgate drops to 1-4 overall on the young season. For UNH, the win marks the first time the Wildcats have started with four consecutive wins since the 1989 campaign.

New Hampshire outshot Colgate 38 to 26 in the contest, including a 20 to 10 advantage in the first frame. New Hampshire also held the advantage in ground balls (16-14) on the afternoon.

Simpson earned America East Player of the Game honors, finishing with three goals and two assists. Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) added four points, all on assists. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) chipped in with four points on two goals and two assists.

The Wildcats came out firing in the first half, when Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.) found the back of the net off a pass from Rausch, grabbing the early 1-0 lead at 27:58.

UNH would cushion its lead nine seconds later, as Rausch netted a goal of her own on a delivery by Kaplan. The ‘Cats kept up the pace adding another score, as Simpson tallied a down man goal at 24:43, giving New Hampshire the early 3-0 advantage.

The Raiders interrupted UNH's scoring flurry 30 seconds later, as Katie Sullivan notched an up man goal off a pass from Meghan Lawler, to cut the score to 3-1 in favor of the ‘Cats.

However, the Wildcats didn't let up, firing off three goals in just over a minute, as Bratton capped off the stretch, powering the ball past Colgate goalkeeper Christina Roa, giving the home team a 6-1 advantage with 18:31 remaining in the first half.

Colgate responded stringing together three unanswered goals, sparked by an up man score by Lawler off a feed from Greer Goebels, slicing UNH's lead down to two, with the score 6-4 at the intermission.

Colleen Bubnack added to Colgate's offensive rush, as she notched a goal to open up the second frame, setting the score at 6-5 with 26:05 to play.

UNH struck back on a pair of goals in just over a minute, with Simpson netting the second of the two scores on a free position shot, building New Hampshire's lead to three, setting the score at 8-5.

The Raiders tallied a pair of goals of their own in just under a minute span, cutting the home team's lead down to one once again, as Kate Bergstrom finished off the stretch on a pass from Lawler with 18:54 remaining in the contest.

However, thoughts of claiming the lead for the first time were short lived by the Raiders, as the Wildcats notched four of the next five goals, pushing the score to 12-8 with 5:58 to play.

Sullivan tried to help get Colgate back on track when she found the back of the net at 5:23, but New Hampshire kept up their hot streak, scoring four unanswered goals in a span of 1:29, putting the Raiders away for good.

New Hampshire returns to action on Tuesday, March 9 at home against Harvard University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.

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