UNH Upends Binghamton as Kaplan Gets 100th Goal

DURHAM, N.H. -- Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) tallied five points and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) recorded her 100th career goal in the University of New Hampshire's 17-8 victory against Binghamton University in America East women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.

UNH, which has won five of its last six games, improved to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in America East. New Hampshire's 1985 women's lacrosse team was honored at halftime in recognition of the 25th anniversary of winning the NCAA national championship; 13 of 18 student-athletes from that team, as well as head coach Marisa Didio, were in attendance. Binghamton lost its third consecutive game to fall to 1-11 overall and 0-4 in the league.

Kaplan entered the game with 98 career goals and reached the 100-goal milestone with the second of her two goals in the game, which gave the Wildcats an 8-3 lead at 4:34 of the first half. She also had an assist for a total of three points.

Keagins finished with two goals and a career-high three assists for a game-high five points; the UNH America East Player of the Game also have a team-high five caused turnovers and one ground ball.

Five other 'Cats netted multiple goals. JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.) scored three goals -- and also had an assist -- while Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.), Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.), Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) and Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) each scored two goals. Duclos was also credited with a career-high two assists to finish with a personal best of four points.

Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.), in her first start since March 9, made nine saves and that included six in the second half. Curro, Kaplan and Jess Cassotis (York, Maine) each recorded three ground balls while Duclos had a team-high four draw controls.

Binghamton was led offensively by Beth Moore (4g) and Kimberly McGeever (3a). Moore was credited with six ground balls, six caused turnovers and three draw controls and was the Bearcats' America East Player of the Game. Emily Miller played the initial 43:58 in goal and exited the game with the Bearcats trailing 14-5; she made six saves. Erin O'Donnell played the final 16:02 and also finished with six saves.

New Hampshire quickly built a 3-0 lead with three goals in just under two minutes. Casiano opened the game scoring at 28:09 on a low shot from the left wing. A pair of Bearcats' failed clear attempts -- BU committed 16 turnovers on 26 overall clear attempts -- led to the next two UNH goals.

Kaplan corralled a ground ball in the offensive zone and drove down the left side of the fan for a goal at 27:01. Moments later, a Keagins' stick check forced a turnover along the right sideline. She quickly advanced the ball to Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) and her pass set up Cohen's high shot that sailed into the goal at 26:12.

The visitors called time out at that point and scored three of the next five goals to pull within 5-3. Liz Zuern, off a feed from McGeever, scored the first of her two goals of the day to trim the deficit to 3-1.

Duclos, on a free position from the top-left of the fan, fired a shot into the upper-right corner to reestablish a three-goal advantage, 4-1, at 18:07.

Moore lifted the Bearcats within two goals on a shot from the top-left of the fan at 16:57, but UNH scored 70 seconds later to extend the lead to 5-2. Keagins, who was awarded free position on the top-right of the fan, quickly passed the ball low in front to the cutting Simpson, who scored from close range.

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2010-04-17



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