DURHAM, N.H. – Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) recorded a career-high 14 saves, but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated 15-7 Saturday afternoon by intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field.
UNH is now 1-1 at home and 1-2 overall while it was the season opener for Dartmouth, which recorded the edge in both shots (25-13) and draw controls (19-6).
Hurwitz surpassed her previous benchmark of 10 saves with 11 in the first half. Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) and Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) both recorded two goals and an assist. Hannah Wohtlmann (Towson, Md.) netted two goals. Cara Dowdle (Northbrook, Ill.) finished with a game-high three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Dartmouth was led offensively by Liz Calby (four goals, one assist), Sarah Byrne (4g), Jaclyn Leto (3g, 1a) and Samantha Schiff (2g, 1a). Courtney Weisse (2a) and Lindsey Allard (1g, 1a) also had multiple points. Kristen Giovanniello made all five of her saves in the second half.
The Big Green opened the game on a 3-0 run and quickly scored the game's first goal when Weisse won the opening draw control and lobbed a pass behing the defense to Calby, who charged down the fan and scored from point-blank range 13 seconds into the game.
Leto potted an unassisted goal at 28:33 and finished a feed from Schiff at 26:55. At that point, UNH had possession for just 24 seconds of the 3:05 played and did not advance the ball past midfield.
Hurwitz kept the 'Cats within striking distance by stopping three free-position shots – first, by Allard at 26:10, then by Bryne at 25:18 and finally Christine Lushefski as 24:11.
UNH closed within 3-1 at 23:17 when Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) converted Hinkle's pass into her first goal of the season.
With a Wildcat on the sideline serving a yellow card, Hurwitz denied Allard and Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) picked up the ground ball. UNH lost possession, however, and this time Allard beat Hurwitz for the man-up goal and 4-1 lead at 20:27.
Dartmouth won its sixth consecutive draw control to produce a shot for Byrne, but Hurwitz was in position for the save. The teams then exchanged possessions before Hinkle's unassisted goal – her fourth of the season – trimmed the deficit to 4-2 at 17:00.
The Big Green once again won the draw, and that led to Leto's free-position goal at 16:07 that reestablished a three-goal advantage of 5-2. UNH finally earned possession of a draw control, but lost possession and Byrne, with the assistance of Leto, struck at 15:17 to make it 6-2.
On Dartmouth's extended possession that saw Hannah Saris' free-position shot go wide and Leto's free position sail high, Byrne netted her second of the game to extend the advantage to 7-2 at 7:48.
DC maintained possession for the next three minutes and generated three shots – one stopped by Hurwitz and two off target – before the Wildcats got the ball with 4:14 remaining in the first half. The 'Cats cleared the ball into the attack zone and Wohltmann drove down the right wing to score her first of the season and lift the home team within 7-3 at 3:30.
Hurwitz kept the margin at four goals when she stopped Leto with 2:42 on the clock and again with a save against Schiff on a free position in the waning seconds.
The Big Green opened the second half on a 4-0 run to extend the lead to 11-3. Byrne's unassisted tally started the surge at 26:32 and Schiff, off Allard's pass, scored 70 seconds later to make it 9-3. The score did not change for 10 minutes – an apparent UNH goal at 23:45 was nullified by an illegal stick – until Byrne potted her fourth goal of the game at 15:12 and Danielle Lisovicz scored 69 seconds later to extend the advantage to eight goals.
Nock's free-position shot was stopped by Giovanniello at 12:12, but the 'Cats retained possession when Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) gathered the ground ball. That led to another free position, and this time Wohltmann scored to lift New Hampshire within 11-4.
Weisse passed the ball across the goalmouth to Calby and she scored from the right doorstep the give DC a 12-4 advantage at 10:19. Grote scored back-to-back goals at 9:17 and 5:08 to advance the score to 11-6. Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H.) set up the first of the two tallies and McHoul set up the other on a pass from behind the net.
Dartmouth netted the next three goals – Calby (4:17), Schiff (2:24) and Calby (1:57) – to open a 15-6 lead before Hinkle's one-timer in the middle of the fan off Grote's pass from the right wing capped the scoring with 24 seconds to play.
New Hampshire continues its three-game homestand Saturday, March 1 against Lehigh University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.