Boston College Tops New Hampshire for 11th Victory

Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.) lifted the Wildcats within 3-2 at 9:00 when she maneuvered around three defenders down the middle of the fan and, from close range, fired a shot into the upper-right corner.

Jill Amo was fouled in the fan by O'Keefe to set up a free position with an open net, and she took advantage of the opportunity to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead at 2:19. BC led by that score at the half.

Blue scored goals 44 seconds apart at 27:02 and 26:18 to quickly extend Boston College's advantage to 6-2. From the top-right side, Amo found Blue cutting towards her and from the middle of the fan Blue rifled a shot inside the right post to give BC a 5-2 lead. She struck again at the left doorstep, this time off a feed from Wilton.

Costello rolled behind the net to the left post and scored from point-blank range to give the Eagles a 7-2 lead at 23:13.

The Wildcats scored four consecutive goals to pull within 7-6. Keagins opened the run with a drive down the left side and shot inside the near post at 21:16. The 'Cats then scored on a pair of passes from behind the net to trim the deficit to 7-5. Curro, positioned low in the fan, corralled Kaplan's pass and shot high into the net for a goal at 13:18. Curro then set up the next tally at 8:19 by finding Rausch, who was unmarked as she charged from the top of the fan. UNH struck again at 7:00 when Keagins, from the top-right of the fan, slipped a pass past an Eagles' defender to Rausch cutting down the middle, and she scored on a shot to the upper-left corner.

BC called time out at that point and won the ensuing draw control. They lost possession, however, on an unforced turnover in which Casey Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.) corralled a ground ball with six minutes remaining. UNH also committed a turnover, however, and a patient BC attack yielded Wilton's unassisted goal at 3:35 that gave the Eagles an 8-6 lead.

Boston College controlled the following draw. O'Keefe left the net in an attempt to force a turnover, but instead was whistled for a foul deep on the left wing. That gave Costello an open net on the re-start and she scored at 1:45 to move the score to 9-6.

UNH won the draw, but a long pass into the fan was intercepted by the Eagles, who quickly advanced the ball downfield for a goal by Costello at 1:17 for a 10-6 lead. Blue scored with 24 seconds on the clock and Costello capped the scoring with three seconds left.

BC finished with the edge in both shots (24-14) and draw controls (13-7). UNH had a 19-17 advantage in ground balls and committed two fewer turnovers (13-15).

New Hampshire concludes the regular season May 1 (1:00 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats will be making a league-record 13th consecutive appearance in the America East Championship tournament in a May 6 semifinal game.

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2010-04-28



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