New Hampshire Pulls Away for Win over Binghamton

DURHAM, N.H. Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded four goals and two assists to lead University of New Hampshire to Saturday afternoon's 16-9 victory against Binghamton University at Memorial Field.

UNH, which has won all 11 games in the series against Binghamton, improved to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in America East by winning the conference opener for both teams. The Bearcats fell to 3-5, 0-1.

The two assists and six points matched personal-best efforts for Simpson, the America East Player of the Game who was one of six Wildcats to record multiple points. Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) recorded career highs in both goals (three) and points (four) while Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.; 3g), Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.; 2g, 1a) and Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.; 2g, 1a) tallied three points apiece; the three points are a personal best for Hinkle.

Keagins was also credited with four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers while Puccia had three DC, one GB and one CTO and Cohen finished with three GB and two CTO.

Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) tallied her 50th career point on the second of her two points, a second-half assist at 3:01 that capped a four-goal run. Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) made nine saves and corralled two ground balls.

Binghamton was led offensively by Katherine Hunsberger (3g), who was the Bearcats' America East Player of the Game. She also recorded four draw controls and one ground ball. Renee Kiviat (2g, 1a) and Kimberly McGeever (1g, 2a) tallied three points apiece, and Kara Pafumi stopped 10 shots and had a team-high three ground balls.

After an exchange of multiple fruitless possessions at the start of the game, Hunsberger gave the Bearcats a 1-0 lead when her free-position shot from the top of the fan sailed under the crossbar at 22:48.

Keagins gained possession of the ensuing draw control, dodged defenders on a drive through the right side of the fan and placed a shot into the upper-left corner to tie the score, 1-1, at 22:34.

The Bearcats regained the lead, 2-1, at 21:03 on Lis Zuern's first of two goals of the game as she drove deep on the left wing, cut under a defender to the top of the circle and fired a low shot into the cage.

New Hampshire closed the half on a 6-0 run to take an 8-2 lead into halftime. Simpson ignited the rally by tying the score, 2-2, at 15:44 when she scored in front of the cage off a feed from Hinkle, who was double-teamed at the left post. Keagins gave the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish, 3-2, with an unassisted tally at 14:09 and Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) fired a shot inside the right post to extend the advantage to 4-2 at 10:19.

Puccia navigated down the middle of the fan to score an unassisted goal at 9:06, which pushed the margin to three goals and prompted the visitors to call a timeout.

Cohen and Puccia executed a give-and-go to give UNH a 6-2 lead at 3:41. Cohen, off the left post, moved the ball behind the net to Puccia, who sent a return pass to the front of the cage and Cohen put the ball into the upper-right corner.

Cara Dowdle (Northbrook, Ill.) forced a turnover with 1:26 remaining in the first half, which set up Simpson's first of four goals, an unassisted tally with 28 seconds on the clock.

UNH extended its streak to seven consecutive goals when Hinkle maneuvered through the middle of the fan and fired low into the goal to make the score 8-2 at 28:26 of the second half.

Binghamton scored three of the next four goals to pull within 9-5. Hunsberger finished a feed from Lauren Lukefahr at 26:31, but Casiano responded with a free-position goal at 25:16 for a 9-3 Wildcat lead. McGeever set up Kiviat's strike at 22:19 and Emma Hayes-Hurley netted a man-up goal at 20:28 to trim the deficit to four goals.

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