New Hampshire Doubles up Stony Brook

Abby Ford was set up behind the net and found Djaha alone at the right post for her second goal as Stony Brook opened the second-half scoring at 27:43 to pull within 6-4.

The Wildcats scored goals eight seconds apart at 15:46 and 15:38 to regain momentum. From behind the net, Rausch sent a high pass low in the circle that Cohen swept past Cahill into the goal to make the score 7-4. Keagins then corralled the ensuing draw control and quickly passed the ball ahead to Simpson, who was alone on the right wing. Simpson cut to the front of the goal and scored to establish a four-goal margin.

SBU's Cook gathered the draw control to set up a free-position shot by Cable that was stopped by O'Keefe. The Seawolves maintained possession, however, and Cable, off Alyssa Cardillo's pass from the middle of the fan, scored on a close-range shot inside the right post at 12:26 to make the score 8-5.

New Hampshire then netted goals 55 seconds apart at 10:11 and 9:16 to reestablish its largest lead of the game to that point (five goals) at 10-5. On the top-left side of the fan, Cohen fed the ball in the middle to Duclos, who was approaching from the opposite wing. Duclos stopped, turned and fired a shot inside the right post to give the 'Cats a 9-5 advantage. Duclos then won the draw control, which set up Keagins' goal at 9:16 when she cut from the top-left side to the center and took aim inside the left post.

Stony Brook called its second timeout. UNH gained possession of the ensuing draw but quickly turned it over to the Seawolves. Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.; three ground balls) then collected a loose ball, however, which led to Simpson's second goal of the game and an 11-5 lead at 7:31. Duclos, with the pass from the left side, was credited with an assist on Simpson's sidearm shot.

Cohen scored on a free position from the top of the fan at 3:35, then Djaha closed the scoring at 1:34.

UNH finished with the edge in shots (34-16) and draw controls (15-5). The 'Cats also committed one less turnover (16-17) while the ground balls were even at 13.

New Hampshire continues its three-game homestand April 23 against the University of Vermont. Game time at Memorial Field is 1:00 p.m.

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Stony Brook took a 12-6 loss to New Hampshire Saturday in Durham, N.H., despite three more goals from streaking senior attacker Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.), who now has 10 goals in her last three games.

Djaha now has 23 goals for the season, and with her second goal of the game, she surpassed Carlee Buck (2004-07) for fifth place in program history in career goals. She now has 94 goals, 14 behind teammate Melissa Cook, who is in fourth place with 108.

In addition to Djaha's three goals, Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va.) tallied a pair of goals, and Cook added one to her team-leading 24-goal total. Tara Gerstacker (Manorville, N.Y.) had six ground balls and three caused turnovers to earn America East Player of the Game honors. Courtney Bertolone (Farmingville, N.Y.) added three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

The Seawolves fell behind 5-0 in the match's first seven minutes to dig themselves a bit of a hole. But the team responded with three consecutive tallies, including goals from Cook, Djaha and Cable to make it a 5-3 match. UNH's Ilana Cohen scored with 2:16 remaining in the first half to send the game into halftime at 6-3.

Djaha scored the first goal of the second half to get the Seawolves within two, 6-4, but then both teams went cold on offense for a while. It wasn't until Cohen scored again at 15:46 that either team put in a goal. Eight seconds later, Jenny Simpson scored to put the Wildcats on top 8-4.

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