New Hampshire Drops Heartbreaker to Albany

DURHAM, N.H. Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals, including one with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, but New Hampshire was fended off by Albany, 9-8, in Saturday afternoon's America East action at Memorial Field.

UNH falls to 3-9 overall and 1-3 in America East with its fourth consecutive loss. Albany, which has won four straight in the series vs. the Wildcats, is now 9-4, 2-2.

Keagins, named UNH's America East Player of the Game, also tallied five draw controls, two caused turnovers and one ground ball; with those numbers, she eclipsed the century mark in both DC (102) and GB (101). Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) also tallied multiple points with a goal and an assist, while Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) finished with one goal, two DC, two CTO and one GB.

UNH goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) was credited with eight saves, including six in the second half, and two ground balls. UA counterpart Anna Berman stopped five shots. The Great Danes' attack was led by Rachael Burek, who was selected the UA America East Player of the Game with four goals, one GB and one DC. Ariana Parker (2g, 1a), Nicole Eamer (1g, 1a) and Jess Antelmi (2a) had multi-point efforts.

Leading 9-7 with three minutes remaining in regulation, Albany gained possession on a failed clear attempt by UNH. The visitors went into a spread offense to protect the ball, but Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) corralled a ground ball at the restraining line with 27 seconds on the clock. She charged downfield and drew a free position with 20 seconds to play. Puccia's shot sailed wide, but the 'Cats retained possession and Keagins, dodging across the fan from right to left, fired a shot into the goal to trim the deficit to 9-8 at 11 seconds.

The ensuing draw control was directed towards the UA goal and Keagins was fouled immediately upon gathering the ball. On the restart with seven seconds remaining, Keagins was slowed by three defenders, lost her footing and then the ball fell out of her crosse to the turf. UA's Eamer corralled the ball in the waning seconds to secure the victory.

The Great Danes opened the game on a 3-0 run. O'Keefe denied Parker on a free-position shot at 28:18, but Day collected a loose ball in front of the cage and scored at 28:12. Antelmi, positioned deep on the left wing, centered a low pass to Burek cutting down the middle and her one-timer extended the lead to 2-0 at 23:28.

New Hampshire was awarded a free position at the top-left of the arc at 20:10. Puccia immediately fired a pass to Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) at the near post, but Berman quickly moved into position to preserve the two-goal margin. Albany advanced the ball to the other end of the field, where Eamer rolled behind the net around the right post and placed a high shot into the goal to give UA a 3-0 lead at 19:31.

The Wildcats scored three goals in 31 seconds to quickly level the score. Nock, at the left post, set up the first tally when she fired a pass across the goal mouth to Puccia, who scored into the open right side at 16:35 to extend her goal-scoring streak to six games. The ensuing draw control bounded into UNH's offensive zone, where Keagins gained possession behind the defense, raced down the left portion of the fan and rifled a shot inside the far post at 16:24.

Keagins once again gathered the ball on the draw control and slipped a pass ahead to Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.), who pivoted to her right to elude a pair of defenders and then scored on a high shot to tie the score, 3-3, at 16:04.

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