No. 17 Boston University Shuts Down New Hampshire

BOSTON - Led by a 15-save performance by senior Rachel Klein, the No. 17 Boston University lacrosse team used a stifling defense in addition to hat tricks from seniors McKinley Curro and Traci Landy to post a 10-4 victory over New Hampshire on Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The Terriers improve to an even 6-6 overall and 2-0 in America East play, while the Wildcats drop to 7-4 with a 1-1 conference mark.

Klein stopped the first 11 shots she faced, as the Terriers took a 3-0 lead into the half and did not allow UNH to score until the 38th minute of play.

After BU scored the first five goals of the game, the Wildcats scored consecutive goals to make it a 5-2 game, but the Terriers responded with another five-goal run to put the game away and remain undefeated in conference play.

Curro added an assist for a game-high four points, while freshman Danielle Etrasco recorded a pair of goals. Junior Mandy Rogers registered a game-best three caused turnovers.

Four different Wildcats scored a goal in the game and freshman goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe made seven saves in just over 51 minutes of action before sophomore Kate Gunts recorded one stop in the final 8:57.

The Terriers held advantages in draw controls (10-6) and ground balls (16-15), but UNH outshot BU, 26-21. The Wildcats went just 1 of 6 on free-position shots, including 0 for 5 in the opening half.

The win extended BU's win streak against America East opponents to 25 and was its 12th straight triumph against the Wildcats, as it has not lost to its conference rival since the 2004 America East title game.

BU will return to action on Saturday (April 10) when it visits UMBC for a noon contest.

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BOSTON -- In a battle of 17th-ranked women's lacrosse teams, Boston University built a 5-0 lead en route to a 10-4 victory against the University of New Hampshire in Wednesday afternoon's America East action at Nickerson Field.

UNH, which entered the game with a three-game winning streak and ranked in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, is now 7-4 overall and 1-1 in America East. BU, which has won 12 straight in the series vs. the Wildcats, improved to 2-0 in the league and 6-6 overall; the Terriers are nationally ranked in the IWLCA coaches poll.

Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.), Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) accounted for UNH's goals and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) tallied an assist to move into third place on the program's career list at 68.

UNH starting goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) played the initial 51:03 of the game and exited with UNH trailing 8-2. She made seven saves in a losing effort. Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) defended the cage the final 8:57 and stopped one of three shots on goal.

BU's attack was led by McKinley Curro (3g, 1a) and Traci Landi (3g). Rachel Klein made 15 saves, including 10 in the first half to keep the 'Cats scoreless.

UNH won the opening draw control and maintained possession for the better part of three minutes, but did not record a shot. BU scored on its first trip into the offensive end of the field when Landi's shot from high in the fan went low into the goal at 26:24.

The Wildcats' Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.) gained possession on the ensuing draw control and drove down the right side, but she was denied by Klein.

At the other end of the field, Curro cut from the middle of the fan to the right, then doubled back to the center to score an unassisted goal that gave BU a 2-0 lead at 25:11.

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