Keagins, Puccia Lead UNH to Victory over UMBC

DURHAM, N.H. Senior midfielder Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded four points and senior goalkeeper Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) made seven saves to lead University of New Hampshire to a 12-11:00 a.m.erica East victory against UMBC in Saturday afternoon's Senior Day game at Memorial Field.

UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 5-9 overall, 2-3 in America East and 10-1 lifetime against the Retrievers. UMBC, which entered the game on a three-game winning streak, is now 7-8, 3-3.

Keagins tallied two goals, two assists, four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers; she extended her point-scoring streak to 19 game and goal streak to 17. Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) led four other multiple-point Wildcats with four goals. Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded three goals, followed by Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) with two goals and Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) with a goal and an assist. Casiano was also credited with five draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Gunts, UNH's America East Player of the Game, received the starting nod and backboned UNH to a 10-2 lead with 23:00 remaining in the second half. UMBC netted six consecutive goals to chase Gunts from the game at 12:29. Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) allowed two goals and exited the game when she received a yellow card with the 'Cats ahead 11-10 at 1:30. Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) played the final 1:30 and allowed a goal with 13 seconds left that pulled the Retrievers within one goal, 12-11.

UMBC was led offensively by its America East Player of the Game, Alicia Krause, who finished with four goals and an assist. Emily Coady (2g, 1a), Lindsay Cox (2g) and Michelle Platz (1g, 1a) were the other multiple-point scorers. Kendall Mason was credited with seven of her 11 saves in the first half, as UNH recorded a 17-6 first-half shot advantage to build a 7-2 halftime lead.

At the start of the second half, Casiano gained possession of the draw control to set up Simpson's third goal of the game as she dodged through the middle of the fan and fired a high shot into the cage to give New Hampshire an 8-2 lead at 29:22.

After a save by Gunts against Krause at 28:00, Hinkle, set up behind the right post, combined with Casiano, who caught the pass just off the ground and shot low into the goal, to extend the advantage to seven goals at 26:19.

Gunts made two more saves one to deny Coady at 26:00 and another on Coady's free-position shot at 25:06 and Puccia scored on a free position from the top of the fan at 23:00 to give the 'Cats their largest lead of the game, 10-2.

Simpson was issued a yellow card at 22:56 and UMBC called time out 10 seconds later. Abby Wilson converted Platz's pass into a man-up goal at 21:17 that sparked a 7-0 run by the visiting team.

Krause set up Cox's tally at 19:00 and then scored at 17:57 to trim the deficit to 10-5. UNH called a timeout, but Jamie Fahey controlled the ensuing draw control and Coady potted an unassisted goal at 16:58 to lift the Retrievers within 10-6. UMBC also won the next draw control and Krause struck again at 15:54 to reduce the margin to three goals.

Mason turned aside Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) twice at 15:39 and 14:10 and Coady scored her second goals of the game to reduce the differential to 10-8 at 12:29.

With O'Keefe now in goal for the 'Cats, UMBC's Krsiten Bilney controlled the draw and that led to Shannon Harkey's unassisted goal that pulled the Retrievers within one goal, 10-9, at 11:39; it marked UNH's smallest lead since 2-1 at 26:26 of the first half.

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2012-04-21



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