Boston College Tops New Hampshire for 11th Victory

NEWTON, Mass. The Boston College lacrosse team topped New Hampshire, 12-6 on Wednesday afternoon in Newton, Mass. The Eagles improved to 11-5 on the year, while the Wildcats fell to 9-6.

New Hampshire opened the game with a goal early on, but the Eagles bounced back to take a 3-1 lead thanks to sophomore Brittany Wilton, senior Lauren Costello and junior Hannah Alley. After another score by the Wildcats, junior Jill Amo notched her second goal of the season at 2:39 of the half to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead at halftime.

Both teams picked up the pace in the second half, as the Eagles opened with three straight scores. Freshman Brooke Blue notched her 37th and 38th goal of the year with Costello following suit at 23:23 of the half. However, UNH picked itself up from the deficit to pull within a goal thanks to four, unanswered scores by the 7:00 mark.

Undeterred by the sudden pressure, Boston College gained the much needed momentum during a timeout and burst forth to finish the game on a five-goal run. Wilton added another tally as Costello and Blue grabbed two more for the day. The final score finished at 12-6.

Junior goalie Sheila Serafino made seven saves on the day as the Eagles outshot UNH, 24-14.

Boston College reached new Heights today, as the 2010 team became the first squad to win 11 games in a season. Previously, the Eagles had achieved 10 wins in 2003 and 2009.

Senior Lauren Costello also achieved a milestone by becoming BCs all-time leader in single-season points today with her 86th of the season. She also became the all-time, single-season leader in goals with her 46th of the year.

Boston College will next host Le Moyne on Saturday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.

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NEWTON, Mass. The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team rallied within one goal, but 17th-ranked Boston College scored five goals in the last four minutes of the game to pull away for a 12-6 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field. UNH is now 9-6 overall, while BC is 11-5.

Four Wildcats recorded two points apiece. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) tallied two goals while JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.), Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) finished with a goal and an assist. Keagins was also credited with three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

UNH starting goalkeeper Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) exited after surrendering a goal 4:26 into the game with the score tied, 1-1. Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) played the final 55:34 and made five saves. Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.), with two ground balls, two drawn charges and one draw control, was named the team's America East Player of the Game.

BC goalie Sheila Serafino stopped seven shots. Lauren Costello led the attack with six points (5g, 1a). Brittany Wilson finished with four points (2g, 2a) and Brooke Blue scored three goals.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 27:29 on an unassisted goal by Kaplan, who drove down the middle of the fan and fired a shot inside the right post.

BC scored three goals in a span of 7:34 to take a 3-1 lead. The Eagles pulled even, 1-1, at 25:34 when Brittany Wilton fired a shot from the top of the fan high into the goal. Lauren Costello gave the home team a 2-1 lead at 21:09 by rolling behind the net to the left post and placing a low shot into the net. BC extended the advantage to two goals at 18:00. Jill Rekart, from the top-right of the fan, swung the ball to the opposite side and Hannah Alley shot the ball high into the left side.

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