No. 15 New Hampshire Falls to Harvard in Double Overtime

DURHAM, N.H. -- Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) recorded her 150th career point and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) tallied five points to lead the attack for the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, but Melanie Baskind scored with 20 seconds remaining in double overtime to lift Harvard University to a 10-9 victory Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Field. UNH, which prevailed 11-9 in overtime at Harvard last season, is now 4-1 overall. Harvard improved to 2-1.

With the score tied 9-9 at the end of regulation, the game moved to a six-minute overtime session split into two halves. The Crimson won the draw control of the opening OT and patiently moved the ball around the perimeter. Jen VanderMeulen (five goals) drove from the top-left of the fan and her shot was stopped by UNH goalkeeper Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.). The Wildcats then went into a perimeter offense, but turned the ball over behind the goal with eight seconds to go. The 'Cats immediately got the ball back, but time expired before they could get a shot.

The second half of the first overtime session also started with a draw control possessed by Harvard. A pass attempt low on the right wing went awry and Gunts picked up the loose ball to give possession to the Wildcats. She turned the ball over to VanderMeulen, however, but then a stick check by UNH's Casey Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.) gave possession back to the 'Cats with 48 seconds remaining. Havard's pressure defense prevented UNH from advancing the ball through midfield before time expired.

At that point, the game moved to a sudden-victory three-minute overtime session. UNH's Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) controlled the draw and, after each team committed a turnover, she was awarded a free position deep along the right wing with 50 seconds remaining. She opted to pass to a cutter in the middle of the fan, but the ball bounced back to her and a shot from the right doorstep was stopped by HU goalie Katherine Martino.

The Crimson quickly moved the ball into the offensive zone and Melanie Baskind gained possession at the top of the fan. She continued towards the top-right side before driving the fan and firing a shot inside the near post to give Harvard a 10-9 win with 20 seconds on the clock. HU had been held scoreless since taking 9-5 lead at 24:56 of the second half -- a span of 33 minutes, 36 seconds.

Kaplan, who entered the game with 149 career points, became the 11th UNH Wildcat to attain the 150-point milestone on her only point of the game, a goal at 21:28 that leveled the score, 1-1. Rausch, the America East Player of the Game, matched her career highs in both goals (four) and points (five). Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.; 2g) and Cohen (1g, 1a) also had multiple points for the 'Cats. Keagins also contributed four caused turnovers, three ground balls and one draw control.

Gunts played 54 minutes, 46 seconds and was charged with eight goals allowed, as well as the loss; she was credited with four saves. Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.), in her collegiate debut, entered the game with UNH trailing 7-3 at 3:07 of the first half and exited the game at 19:13 of the second half; she surrendered two goals and was credited with one save in 13:54 of action.

Harvard was led offensively by VanderMeulen and Sara Flood (1g, 2a). Baskind and Danielle Tetrault both finished with two goals. Martino made 11 saves, including one in the sudden-victory OT frame. UNH recorded a 24-16 shot advantage, including 13-2 in the second half. The ground balls were even at 14.

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2010-03-09



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