|JENNY SIMPSON - 1OOth career goal|
|LAURA McHOUL - career-high nine points|
VESTAL, N.Y. – Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded a career-high nine points and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) scored her 100th career goal as the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team erased a four-goal second-half deficit to defeat Binghamton University, 13-12, Saturday afternoon at Bearcats Sports Complex.
UNH improved to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in America East by remaining unbeaten in 12 lifetime meetings against Binghamton, which fell to 2-8, 1-2.
McHoul recorded two goals and a personal-best seven assists to increase her team-leading total to 23 assists. McHoul's 34 points are second to Simpson, who now has 36 points (32 goals, four assists) and a 12-game goal-scoring streak following her third consecutive three-goal game. Simpson has 101 goals and 20 assists for 121 points in 59 career games.
McHoul's nine points are the most by a UNH Wildcat since May 1, 2010, when Kate Keagins also recorded nine points; the seven assists is the highest total since March 20, 1996, when Courtney Davis tallied seven helpers.
Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) matched her career high of four goals and Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) tallied two goals. Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H.) and Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) accounted for UNH's other goals. Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.), Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and Hannah Wohltmann (Towson, Md.) tallied single assists.
Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) played the second half and earned the win with a three-save effort. Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) made two saves in the first half and exited with the Wildcats trailing 8-6 at halftime.
Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) recorded a team-high four draw controls as well as one ground ball and one caused turnover. Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) contributed three DCs, one GB and one CTO while Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) finished with a game-high four ground balls.
Binghamton was led offensively by Kimberly McGeever (3g, 1a) and Alex Fisher (3g). Katherine Hunsberger recorded two goals and a game-high nine draw controls while Erin McNulty had 16 saves.
Trailing 11-7 midway through the second half, UNH stormed back to take a 12-11 lead with five consecutive goals spanning 10 minutes. Casiano hit the post at 12:03 but McHoul corralled the ground ball to retain possession for the Wildcats and that led to her free-position goal at 11:14 that trimmed the deficit to 11-8.
Rees collected a ground ball at 10:32 and, for the third time in the game, McHoul set up Casiano to lift New Hampshire within 11-9 at 9:01. DePetris won the ensuing draw control and, following a prolonged attack, Simpson scored her second of the game and 100th of her career to bring the visitors within one goal at 6:55.
The Bearcats called time out but UNH continued momentum when Puccia won the ensuing draw, then was denied by McNulty at 6:12. Wohltmann grabbed the ground ball but then the Wildcats lost possession. Another McHoul ground ball gave possession back to UNH and Simpson's shot caromed off the post at 5:28. Nock's ground ball allowed the Wildcats to continue their attack and McHoul fed Casiano for her fourth goal of the day to forge the fifth tie of the game, 11-11, at 4:26.
Binghamton was awarded a free position with 2:13 on the clock, but Hurwitz preserved the tie by stopping Kristen Stone's shot.
Following a turnover by both teams, McHoul tallied her ninth point of the game when Nock scored to give UNH a 12-11 lead – the Wildcats' first lead since 3-2 at 19:18 of the first half – at 1:14.
Hunsberger won the draw and scored 17 seconds later to level the score at 12. Binghamton's Kristen Stone gained possession of the next draw and McGeever fired a shot that Hurwitz snared with 21 seconds remaining.
UNH advanced the ball to the attack zone and Simpson finished a feed from Wohltmann with one second to play to give the Wildcats a 13-12 lead and victory. It marked the fifth game of the season decided by one goal – UNH is 2-3 in those games.
New Hampshire recorded the edge in shots (34-19), ground balls (21-10) and draw controls (14-12) while committing just nine turnovers in comparison to the home team's 16.
There were two lead changes and four ties in the first half. Binghamton took a 1-0 lead on Allie Rodgers' goal at 27:54 of the first half. The combination of McHoul to Grote – set up by Simpson's caused turnover and ground ball – struck at 25:59 to tie the score.
The Bearcats regained the lead, 2-1, 21 seconds later on McGeever's unassisted goal. McHoul was turned aside by McNulty at 24:00 and the BU goalie denied Puccia at 22:50. Once again, however, a Simpson ground ball led to a McHoul to Casiano goal and 2-2 tie at 21:21.
O'Keefe made the stop on Hunsberger's free-position shot at 20:49. At the other end of the field, Wohltmann fired a shot wide and then was denied by McNulty. Puccia gathered the ground ball, however, and her pass was converted into a goal and 3-2 lead by Gaffey at 19:18.
Binghamton responded with three consecutive goals in a six-minute span to build a 5-3 lead. Kristen Stone scored a free-position goal at 16:32 and McGeever scored 17 seconds later to put the Bearcats back in front. McNulty made saves against Hinkle, Puccia and Simpson before McGeever struck again at 10:45 for the 5-3 lead.
Hinkle won the ensuing draw control and Simpson rifled a shot high. UNH sustained pressure, however, and McHoul set up Casiano to lift the Wildcats within 5-4 at 9:32. Grote, off a pass from McGillis, knotted the score at 5 just 78 seconds later.
The Bearcats answered with Rodgers' free-position tally at 7:34 and Fisher's strike at 5:49 to go ahead 7-5. McHoul's unassisted goal made it 7-6 at 3:51 but the home team once again had a quick response with Hunsberger's goal 12 seconds later to reestablish a two-goal lead.
BU took that 8-6 lead into halftime despite New Hampshire holding the edge in shots (19-12) and ground balls (9-4).
Simpson netted her 99th career goal off a feed from McHoul to pull UNH within 8-7 just 41 seconds into the second half.
Binghamton held the visitors scoreless the next 18 minutes to build its largest lead of the game, 11-7. McNulty recorded a save against Puccia and Casiano to keep the Bearcats in front, then Fisher potted her second goal of the game to give BU a 9-7 advantage at 24:01.
Hinkle was turned away by McNulty at 23:10 and then Hurwitz kept UNH within two goals when she denied McGeever at 18:55. Fisher extended the lead to 10-7 with a free-position goal at 16:48 and McNulty made one of her seven second-half saves by stopping McHoul's shot at 16:06. At the other end of the field, McGeever set up Marissa Rose's goal that gave Binghamton its 11-7 lead at 15:12.
UNH outscored its hosts 6-1 the rest of the way for the victory.
New Hampshire returns to action April 10 vs. Boston College for the first of a three-game homestand. Game time at Memorial Field is 4 p.m.