Curro's Six Goals Carry Wildcats by Retrievers

Krause scored on a free-position shot deep on the left side inside the near post. Off the ensuing draw control, Krause's pass from the middle of the circle went low on the right side to Meagan Linkous, who scored from point-blank range.

UNH called time out and Bratton gained control of the draw control. She raced down the right side and rifled a high shot into the goal at 1:33 to make the score 15-8. Keagins, off Kaplan's feed from behind the net, scored with one second remaining to close the scoring.

New Hampshire finished with the slight edge in both shots (29-25) and ground balls (15-14), while UMBC led by the smallest of margins, 13-12, in draw controls. The Retrievers were charged with 22 turnovers in comparison to UNH's 19.

The Wildcats scored the initial two goals of the game 26 seconds apart and the visitors never pulled even again. Curro opened the scoring with an unassisted goal deep on the right side of the fan at 28:21. Keagins then caused a turnover at midfield with a stick check, collected the ground ball, raced down the middle of the field and, from the middle of the fan, placed a high shot inside the right post at 27:55.

The teams then exchanged a total of five goal in a four-minute span. UMBC closed within 2-1 at 21:07 when Amanda Gable scored a free-position goal from the top-left of the fan. Simpson reestablished a two-goal lead, 3-1, at 20:27 when she curled from behind the net to the right post and scored on a high shot.

Braerman, behind the right post, hit Stodter cutting down the right side and she scored on a high shot to once again make it a one-goal game, 3-2, at 19:45. Curro's second goal of the game, this time on a free position from the top of the fan, gave the 'Cats a two-goal lead but Krause responded with an unassisted tally at 17:00.

New Hampshire scored the next three goals to build a 7-3 lead. Kaplan, on the top-left of the fan, centered a pass to Curro and she beat Quick for a goal at 12:36. Bratton, on a right-wing drive, and Curro with Cohen's assistance then scored at 10:30 and 8:03, respectively, to create the four-goal differential.

Pappas scored 14 seconds later on a shot from the top-right of the fan to lift UMBC within 7-4, but Curro once again with the assistance of Cohen struck at 5:12 for an 8-4 Wildcat lead. Pappas, from the top-left of the fan, fed a pass down low and Braerman redirected the high ball into the net at 3:05. After a battle for the ensuing draw control, Kaplan gained possession and attacked down the left side. She then cut underneath a pair of retreating Retrievers to the middle of the fan and scored on a high shot to close the first-half scoring, 9-5, at 2:55.

Kaplan, with the three assists Saturday, moved into a tie for third place on UNH's career assist list with Liz Brickley at 67. Kaplan is also eighth on the career points leaderboard at 162.

New Hampshire returns to action April 7 (4:00 p.m.) at Boston University. The Wildcats' next home game is April 17 vs. Binghamton University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1:00 p.m.

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DURHAM, N.H.-The UMBC women's lacrosse team (8-4, 1-1 AE) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon in a 16-8 loss to America East rival New Hampshire (7-3, 1-0 AE) at Memorial Field.

The Wildcats led by just one, 4-3, with 17:00 remaining in the first half, but UNH attack JoJo Curro's third goal of the game sparked a 5-2 run that gave the hosts a 9-5 lead at halftime.

New Hampshire scored the first five goals of the second stanza to take a game-high 14-5 advantage with 7:42 left before the Retrievers scored three in a row to pull to within six at 14-8, but the Wildcats tallied the final two goals of the game.

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2010-04-03



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