New Hampshire Edged by Albany, 13-12

O'Keefe made a save against Grueniger on a free position at 19:59 and then denied Rorie at 19:01 to preserve UNH's three-goal lead. Keagins corralled the ground ball following the latter save that, following a patient attack, set up Kaplan's goal at 15:54 when corralled a loose ball in the middle of the fan and fired a shot inside the right post to extend the Wildcats' advantage to 6-2.

Olivia Jarem scored goals at 15:26 and 11:26 to pull the visitors within 6-4. She struck first on a drive down the left wing and then scored a free-position goal from the top-left side.

The Great Danes won the following draw control and were awarded a free position at 10:02, but Best was turned aside by O'Keefe and UNH called timeout. The Wildcats advanced the ball into the offensive zone and Kaplan rolled behind the net to the left side and hesitated before shooting the ball inside the far post for a 7-4 score at 7:10.

UA once again controlled the draw the Great Danes won 20 of 27 draw controls overall and Rachael Burek scored a free-position goal on a drive from the top of the fan just 13 seconds after Kaplan's goal (at 6:57) to close the first-half scoring at 7-5 in favor of New Hampshire. O'Keefe made three saves in the last 6:57 of the half and Ross denied both UNH seniors in the closing minute.

Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) extended her point-scoring streak to nine games with a free-position goal at 22:44 to give UNH an 8-5 lead.

Albany went on a 5-0 run in a 10-minute span to transform a three-goal deficit into a two-goal advantage. On the left wing, Jodi Battaglia hit Grueniger cutting down the left side and she scored on a shot into the upper-right corner at 21:52. Rorie scored her second goal of the game on a high shot inside the right post at 20:43 and then Melanie Sosnowski scored on a free position at 19:49 to level the score, 8-8.

Rorie struck again at 16:00 on a drive down the right side to give the Great Danes their first lead of the game. Battaglia, from behind the net, found Grueniger in traffic in the middle of the fan and her sidearm shot sailed into the net at 10:26.

UNH called time out at that point and after UA won the draw control, Ally Stager (Reading, Mass.) intercepted a pass to give possession to the Wildcats. Keagins advanced the ball through the midfield into the attacking zone, charged down the right side and fired a shot inside the far post to lift the 'Cats within 10-9 at 9:57.

Keagins gained possession on the draw control and New Hampshire pulled even, 10-10, at 9:21 when Kaplan's pass from the right wing was one-timed into the goal by Casiano, who slashed through the middle of the fan.

Albany scored goals at 6:59 and 6:11 to build a 12-10 lead. Grueniger put the Great Danes back on top with a drive down the right wing and Rorie's fourth goal of the game this time on a free position from the top of the fan created a two-goal differential.

The Wildcats roared back to tie the score. Curro, from behind the net, found Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) driving down the middle and she scored from close range to trim the deficit to 12-11 at 3:22.

Kaplan gained possession on the ensuing draw control and that set up the tying goal in which Casiano curled behind the net to the right post and fired a high shot into the net at 1:56.

Grueniger won the following draw and Albany immediately called a timeout. The Great Danes set up a perimeter attack and Best, cutting along the right side, converted Grueniger's pass into a goal with 40 seconds remaining.

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2010-04-24



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