February 20, 2014

McHoul Tallies Four Points; Women's Lax Toppled 17-8 by No. 13 BC

NEWTON, Mass.Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded two goals and two assists for the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team in Thursday afternoon's 17-8 loss to 13th-ranked Boston College at Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field.

UNH, which opened the season with a 9-5 victory last Saturday, is now 1-1. BC improved to 2-0. 

McHoul recorded a team-high four points while both Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.; three goals) and Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md., two goals, one assist) tallied three points and four draw controls. Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) was credited with seven saves. Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) and Amy LeBel (Charlton, N.Y.) tied for the team lead in ground balls with two, and DePetris had one of the team's three caused turnovers.

BC's offense was led by Mikaela Rix (4g, 2a), Brooke Blue (4g), Sarah Mannelly (1g, 3a) and Covie Stanwick (4a). Four other Eagles tallied multiple points. Emily Mata matched Hurwitz's save total. 

BC built a 2-0 lead on goals by Moira Barry and Blue at 28:15 and 27:19, respectively. UNH pulled within 2-1 at 24:30 on Puccia's free-position goal from the top-left of the fan.

The Eagles scored four consecutive goals to extend the advantage to 6-1. New Hampshire had two possessions with a chance to tie the score before Mannelly, low on the left side, converted Stanwick's pass into a goal and 3-1 lead at 19:33. The home team won the ensuing draw control and Rix set up Kate Rich's goal at 18:41. 

BC gained possession of the next draw control and Blue, curling around the left post to the top of the crease, one-timed Stanwick's pass into the net for a 5-1 lead at 17:49. UNH then won the draw, but turned the ball over and Stanwick set up Cali Ceglarski's goal at 15:49.

Hinkle controlled the draw and fired a shot wide. The 'Cats retained possession and Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) lobbed a pass from the top-left of the fan that eluded Mata and Devon Croke (Norwell, Mass.) one-timed a shot into the open net at the right post. Her first career goal lifted UNH within 6-2 at 14:25. The Wildcats capitalized on a BC turnover to trim the deficit to 6-3 at 12:47. Hinkle corralled a loose ball at the restraining line and advanced the ball to Puccia, who scored her second goal of the game.

New Hampshire once again had a chance to get closer as Puccia won the ensuing draw control and Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) was awarded a free position, but Mata stopped her charging shot from the left wing at 11:59. The teams exchanged possessions and Mata once again preserved the three-goal lead by denying a Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.) free-position shot at 9:48. 

Rix drove through the right side of the fan and scored on a high shot to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead at 7:41. Hurwitz turned aside Stanwick at 6:36 and the Wildcats cleared the ball to the offensive zone. From behind the net, McHoul found Hinkle cutting down the middle and she fired a side-arm shot into the cage to make it 7-4 at 5:36.

Barry struck at 1:38 and again with 11 seconds on the clock to give BC a 9-4 lead at halftime. 

In the opening minutes of the second half, Hurwitz kept the 'Cats within striking distance by stopping free-position shots by Barry and Rix. BC regained possession, however, and Mannelly set up Blue's goal at 26:32. Blue won the ensuing draw and finished another feed from Mannelly to give the home team an 11-4 advantage at 25:47.

Mata preserved that cushion when she denied Nock on a free position from the right side at 23:13, and that led to Rix's unassisted goal at the other end of the field for a 12-4 lead at 22:35. BC won the next draw control, but McGillis forced a turnover and gathered the ground ball to give possession to UNH. McHoul once again set up behind the net, but this time she curled around the left post and scored from the top of the crease at 20:11. 

Rix sturck again on a free position at 18:56 and Puccia, off a feed from McHoul behind the net, responded with a goal 59 seconds later to move the score to 13-6. BC scored goals at 15:41 (Rich), 14:02 (Rix) and 11:04 (Ceglarski) to open up a double-digit lead.

McHoul and Hinkle netted goals 31 seconds apart at 2:13 and 1:32, respectively, to lift the 'Cats within 16-8. Tess Chandler capped the scoring on a free-position goal with 49 seconds to play. 

BC finished with the edge in shots (28-17), ground balls (19-11), draw controls (14-13) and committed fewer turnovers (13-19).

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 22 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Bremner Field is 1 p.m.

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