BALTIMORE, Md. – Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) recorded two goals and two assists to lead the University of New Hampshire attack, but the UNH women's lacrosse team was defeated 10-8 Saturday afternoon by the University of Maryland Baltimore County at UMBC Stadium.
UNH, which had won each of the previous nine meetings vs. UMBC, is now 5-4 overall and 0-1 in the America East conference. UMBC improved to 7-3, 1-0.
Rausch was named UNH's America East Player of the Game. Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) and Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) also finished with two goals apiece. JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.) recorded one assist, three caused turnovers and two ground balls while Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) tallied one goal and four draw controls. Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) was credited with four saves.
Alicia Krause tallied three goals, one assist and three ground balls to garner the UMBC America East Player of the Game honor. Amanda Pappas also recorded three goals and an assist while Erika Braerman netted three goals. Natalie Rau made six saves defending the Retrievers' goal.
UMBC, which hadn't held a lead vs. the Wildcats any of the previous three meetings in this series, took a 1-0 lead on Krause's free-position goal at 27:53. New Hampshire scored consecutive goals at 25:33 and 22:00 to take a 2-1 advantage. Rausch set up Casiano's goal and then scored when she finished off a feed from Curro.
The Retrievers tied the score, 2-2, on Pappas' first goal at 20:06 but then Cohen potted her first of the game – Rausch also set up that tally – at 19:25 to put UNH back in front, 3-2.
UMBC responded with three goals in 68 seconds to ignite a 5-0 spurt that transformed a one-goal deficit into a 7-3 lead. Braerman scored a free-position goal at 16:51 to tie the score, 3-3, then Krause scored on a free position at 16:03 and Braerman struck again 20 seconds later to give the Retrievers a lead they would not relinquish. Pappas deposited a shot into the net at 10:14 and 8:39 to push the margin to 7-3.
The Wildcats called time out at that point and responded with a goal by Cohen at 5:47 and another by Rausch at 2:57 to pull within 7-5.
Braerman converted an Ashley Stodter pass into a goal and 8-5 lead just 16 seconds later, but Ally Stager (Reading, Mass.) responded 11 seconds after that (at 2:30) to once again lift the 'Cats within two goals, 8-6.
Rau denied Rausch at 1:10 and at the other end of the field, O'Keefe turned aside Stodter in the closing seconds to keep UNH within 8-6 at the half.
New Hampshire opened the second-half scoring on Keagins' goal at 29:03 to trim the deficit to 8-7. The Retrievers reestablished a two-goal cushion of 9-7 on a Lindsay Cox tally at 25:47.
UNH had three opportunities to cut into the deficit but Keagins hit the post and then was stopped by Rau on a free position, and Rau also made a save against Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.). The 'Cats did pull within 9-8 when Keagins scored a free-position goal at 22:51.
Krause's third goal of the game, an unassisted strike at 9:52, gave the home team a 10-8 lead and that tally proved to be the last score of the game.
Rau kept the 'Cats at bay with a save against Keagins at 7:10 and then by denying Curro at 4:34.
UMBC called time out at 1:24 and maintained possession the rest of the way to preserve the victory.
UMBC finished with the edge in both shots (19-18) and ground balls (16-13); the Retrievers also committed fewer turnovers (14-15) and fouls (10-27). The draw control total was even at 10.
New Hampshire returns to action April 1 (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The Wildcats' next home game is April 6 (4 p.m.) vs. America East rival Boston University.