New Hampshire Edges Boston University in AE Play

DURHAM, N.H. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored with 38 seconds remaining in overtime to lift University of New Hampshire to Wednesday afternoon's 13-12 victory against Boston University in America East action at Memorial Field.

UNH, which has lost 13 consecutive games in this series dating back to a victory in the 2004 America East championship game, is now 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the league. BU, which entered the game with a three-game winning streak, falls to 6-5, 2-1.

Rausch's game-winning tally capped a five-goal, one-assist effort both the five goals and six points are career highs to garner UNH's America East Player of the Game honor. Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) finished with two goals, two assists and four caused turnovers while JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.; 2g, 1a), Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.; 2g) and Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass. 1g, 1a) also tallied multiple points.

Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.), who entered the game with UNH trailing 8-5 with 1:58 remaining in the first half, played the final 40:20 of the game and stopped five of nine shots on goal to earn the victory. Starting goalie Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) was credited with four saves.

Six Terriers, led by Hannah Frey (3g) and Erica Baumgartner (2g, 1a), recorded multiple points. Danielle Etrasco, BU's America East Player of the Game, finished with two goals, two ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover. Christina Sheridan played the full 68:22 and made 11 saves.

With the score tied 12-12 at the end of regulation, the teams entered overtime, which is a six-minute session split into two halves. BU's Kate Cipolletti controlled the opening draw, but O'Keefe kept the game tied with 2:25 on the clock when she denied Frey. The Wildcats slowly advanced the ball the length of the field, but managed just a 12-meter shot by Cohen in the closing seconds that Sheridan snared.

The Terriers' Danielle Etrasco controlled the draw to start the second half of the first extra session but O'Keefe once again kept the visitors at bay when she denied Baumgartner on the left doorstep with 2:04 on the clock. The teams then exchanged fruitless possessions the rest of the first overtime session.

The game then advanced to a three-minute sudden-victory extra session and UNH's Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) gained possession of the opening draw control. Curro was awarded a free position on the left wing with 1:10 remaining, but she was stopped by Sheridan off a quick return pass.

The 'Cats maintained possession, however. Rausch caught a pass from Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) 8-meters out on the right wing, cut straight across the fan and fired a shot into the upper-left corner with 38 seconds remaining to end the game.

New Hampshire finished with a slight edge in shots (29-27) and draw controls (16-13). BU had an 11-6 advantage in ground balls and the turnovers were even at 11.

UNH took a 1-0 lead at 26:58 when Curro found Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) in the middle of the fan. BU's Godett responded with a goal 19 seconds later, however, to spark a four-goal spurt that forced the Wildcats to play catch-up the rest of the game. Rachel Collins gave the Terriers a 2-1 lead at 25:17, then Frey (22:37) and Godett (21:03) extended the advantage to three goals.

Keagins converted a pass from Rausch into a goal at 19:05 to lift the 'Cats within 4-2, but Molly Swain reestablished a three-goal margin of 5-2 at 17:21, which prompted New Hampshire to call time out.

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