STANFORD, Calif. – Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded a season-high five points, including the goal that tied the score with 17:06 remaining, but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was outscored 3-1 the rest of the way as 20th-ranked Stanford University outlasted the Wildcats to prevail 15-13 Sunday afternoon at Cagan Stadium.
UNH fell to 0-4 while Stanford improved to 2-4.
Keagins finished with four goals and an assist to lead the UNH offense. Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) recorded a personal-best three points with two goals and an assist. Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) recorded two goals apiece while Meghan Bridges (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Chelsea Cyester (Parker, Colo.) both tallied a goal and an assist and Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) had two assists.
Stanford was led offensively by Emilie Boeri (3g, 3a), Kyle Fraser (4g) and Anna Boeri (3g, 1a). Lyndsey Munoz made six saves.
The Cardinal struck first to take a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Catherine Swanson at 28:36. Cohen set up Bridges' goal at 27:32 to tie the score, then Fraser scored goals 50 seconds apart – at 20:55 and 20:05 – to give the home team a 3-1 advantage.
Hinkle finished a feed from Cohen to score her first career goal at 18:08, and then she potted an unassisted tally at 17:00 to level the score at 3-3. Cyester gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 4-3, with an unassisted goal – her third of the season – at 14:38.
Annie Anton pulled Stanford even at 12:57, but then Cyester set up Puccia's goal at 7:43 that put the 'Cats back in front, 5-4. Emilie Boeri forged the fourth tie of the game, 5-5, at 5:51. Keagins scored her first goal of the game 39 seconds later and then she set up Puccia's second of the day at 4:45 – 27 seconds following her goal – to give UNH its largest lead of the game, 7-5.
Stanford closed the first half with three consecutive goals and opened the second half with a 3-1 spurt to build an 11-8 lead. Anna Boeri ignited the surge with a goal at 4:12 of the first half, then Hannah Farr tied the score at 3:30 and Boeri struck again at 2:32 to give put the Cardinal back in front, 8-7.
Fraser scored a free-position goal at 27:39 to give Stanford a two-goal lead. Keagins stopped the run of four consecutive goals by the home team with an unassisted tally at 26:19 to make the score 9-8. Fraser converted another free-position shot into a goal at 23:41 and Emilie Boeri's unassisted tally extended the home team's advantage to 11-8 at 23:20.
Nock's first career goal came less than one minute later at 22:27 to trim the deficit to 11-9, but that was answered by Emily Newstrom at 20:54 to once again establish a three-goal margin.
The Wildcats stormed back to tie the score, 12-12, on goals by Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) at 19:41 and then tallies 11 seconds apart by Nock (17:17) and Keagins (17:06).
The Cardinal reclaimed the lead, 13-12, on Emilie Boeri's third goal of the game at 16:13 and the score remained that way for nine minutes until Farr's second goal of the game extended the advantage to two goals at 7:12.
Keagins' fourth goal of the game – eighth of the season – lifted UNH within 14-13 at 6:25, but Emilie Boeri set up Anna Boeri at 5:11 for Stanford's 15th goal.
Stanford called time out at 3:26, but Keagins forced a turnover and gathered a ground ball to give possession to the 'Cats at 2:37. UNH lost the ball but gained it back at 1:41 on Casiano's ground ball from Puccia's caused turnover. Cohen's shot was stopped by Munoz at 1:18 and the Cardinal maintained possession the rest of the way to secure the victory.
UNH finished with the edge in ground balls (24-20) and committed fewer turnovers (16-18), but Stanford recorded the advantage in both shots (25-23) and draw controls (20-10).
New Hampshire returns to action March 14 (6 pm Eastern) at Fresno State University. The Wildcats' next home game is March 18 (12 p.m.) against Fairfield University.