Vermont Falls to New Hampshire in Season Finale

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Kate Keagins totaled nine points on five goals and four assists to lead the New Hampshire Wildcats to an 18-10 victory over Vermont in America East women's lacrosse action at Moulton Winder Field on Saturday afternoon.

JoJo Curro added four goals and Shaunna Kaplan netted a hat trick and added three assists for six points on the afternoon to contribute to the win for UNH. Senior Kaitlyn Fuller (Jordan, N.Y.) scored a hat trick and classmate Alison Haigh (Northborough, Mass.) added three points to lead the Catamounts.

The first half was tightly contested through the first 20 minutes. An 8m goal by Haigh at the 9:47 mark knotted the game at 5-5, but UNH answered with four straight tallies to build a 9-5 lead. UVM scored twice in the final 19 seconds to slice the lead to two, 9-7, at the half.

The Wildcats dominated possession in the second half. They opened final stanza scoring nine straight and held UVM scoreless until the final 1:59 of the contest. The Catamounts closed out the game scoring three consecutive goals to cut the margin to eight and the final score of 18-10.

UNH out shot Vermont 42-22 in the game and held a 15-8 advantage in ground balls.

Laura Barber (Middlebury, Vt.) made a season-high 15 saves for Vermont, while Kathleen O'Keefe was credited with four stops for New Hampshire.

Vermont closes out the 2010 season with a record of 4-11 and a 1-5 mark in league play. New Hampshire has earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming America East Championship and improves to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded five goals and four assists to lift the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 18-10 America East victory against the University of Vermont in both team's regular-season finale at Moulton-Winder Field.

UNH improved to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in America East under first-year head coach Michael Daly. This marks the sixth time in the last seven years that the Wildcats have reached double digits in wins. UVM ends the season at 4-11, 1-5.

Keagins, whose four assists also marked a personal best, was named UNH's America East Player of the Game and led a total of seven Wildcats who recorded multiple points. Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) tallied three goals and three assists for six points she also contributed two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control -- while JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.; four goals), Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.; two goals, two assists (Chats) and Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.; four assists) finished with four points apiece. Cohen's four assists are a career high and the four points match her personal best effort. Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.; two goals) and Deb Dale (East Northport, N.Y.; goal, assist) both had two points.

Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) was credited with four saves all in the first half as well as two caused turnovers and one ground ball. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) finished with a team-high four ground balls and also tallied three draw controls as well as two caused turnovers.

UVM's offense was led by Kaitlyn Fuller, who garnered the team's America East Player of the Game with three goals, and Alison Haigh (goal, two assists). Laura Barber stopped 15 shots, including 10 in the second half.

UVM took a 1-0 lead at 26:42 when Samantha Stern scored on a shot from the middle of the fan inside the right post.

The Wildcats responded with three goals in a 59-second span to take a 3-1 lead. Keagins ignited the spurt on a drive down the middle of the fan in which she scored on a bounce shot to tie the score, 1-1, at 25:59.

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2010-05-01



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