New Hampshire Edges Boston University in AE Play

Junior Molly Swain, sophomore Danielle Etrasco and freshman Sydney Godett each scored two goals, while senior Rachel Collins added a maker. Etrasco was named America East Player of the Game after also collecting a caused turnover and a pair of ground balls and draw controls.

Freshman Christina Sheridan made 11 saves, and Kate Gunts and Kathleen O'Keefe both saw action for the Wildcats (6-5, 1-1 AE). Gunts started the game and made four saves, while O'Keefe turned aside five shots and garnered the win in relief.

BU held an 11-6 advantage in ground balls but was edged in draw controls by a 16-13 margin. The Terriers were 8 for 10 on clears and 2 for 5 on free-position shots, while New Hampshire was 12 for 14 and 0 for 2, respectively.

After the Wildcats opened the scoring 3:02 into the game, BU scored four straight markers to take a 4-1 advantage. Godett netted an unassisted tally with 26:39 left and then Collins added a free-position goal 1:22 later. Frey gave BU a 3-1 lead after driving toward the net from the top of the circle. Godett tallied again with a shot from the left wing at 8:57.

BU and New Hampshire netted four goals each during the remainder of the half. After Kate Keagins made it a two-goal game, Swain gave the Terriers a 5-2 lead with 17:21 left in the half.

JoJo Curro closed the gap, 5-3, but Frey and Swain both connected in a 56-second span. From behind the net, junior Catie Tilton passed to Frey in front of the cage, where she scored with 11:05 left. Swain gave the Terriers a 7-3 lead after firing a free-position shot low.

New Hampshire's Jenny Simpson and Curro scored at 24:59 and 25:49, respectively, to cut the Terrier lead to 7-5, but Baumgartner tallied off a feed from freshman Elizabeth Morse with 1:58 left to close out the half.

In the second frame, the Wildcats outscored BU by a 7-4 margin. Hayley Rausch scored two straight goals before Etrasco and Tilton connected to give BU a 9-7 lead. Ilana Cohen and Rausch responded with two markers in a 2:14 span to make it a 9-9 game.

After Frey scored from Baumgartner's record-breaking assist with 19:17 left, Simpson and Rausch tallied in a 2:03 span to give the Wildcats an 11-10 lead. The advantage was New Hampshire's first since it was a 1-0 game.

In BU's first possession following a turnover, Baumgartner tied the game after coming out from behind the net. Keagins put the Wildcats back on top with 2:56 left on the clock but Etrasco sent the game into overtime with 1:11 remaining.

In the first overtime, Sheridan made one save, while the Terriers garnered two shots on goal. In the sudden-victory period, Sheridan turned aside another shot right in front of the cage, but Rausch scored with 38 seconds remaining to account for the 13-12 final.

BU, which lost to New Hampshire for the first time in its past 14 games, will return to action next Wednesday (April 13) when it plays crosstown rival Boston College. Game time is set at 4:00 p.m.

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2011-04-06



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