No. 18 Boston College Earns Win Against UNH

NEWTON, Mass. No. 18 Boston College (10-8) held New Hampshire (5-11) to just one goal in the first half en route to an 11-6 victory in the teams' season finale on Tuesday. With the win, BC completed its third-consecutive winning season.

The Eagles controlled the pace of play for most of the contest, outdrawing the Wildcats, 13-6, and scooping up more ground balls, 23-19. BC also outshot UNH, 25-16.

Senior Sam Taylor led all scorers with four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the last game of her collegiate career. Grad student Kristin Igoe and junior Brooke Blue each tallied a hat trick, while senior Brittany Wilton recorded two points with a pair of assists. Sophomores Moira Barry, Cali Ceglarski and Kelly McNelis rounded out the goal scorers for BC with one apiece.

The Eagles jumped out to an early, 2-0 lead with unassisted goals from Taylor and Blue, but UNH was able to get on the board to make it a one goal game with 21:44 to play in the first half. BC quickly regained the momentum, scoring four unanswered goals before the half expired to take a 5-1 advantage into the break.

BC struck first coming out of halftime, as Taylor found Blue open in front of the net. Laura Puccia retaliated for the Wildcats by converting on a free-position shot, making it a 6-2 game with 21:45 remaining.

Igoe found the back of the net to tally her 60th point of the season and spark the Eagles' second, 4-0 run of the game, putting BC on top, 10-2, with less than seven minutes to go.

UNH would not go silently, stringing together four consecutive goals to cut the BC buffer to four, but Taylor scored with five seconds remaining to seal an 11-6 victory for the Eagles.

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NEWTON, Mass. Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) scored three goals to extend her goal-scoring streak to 10 games and team-high total to 34, but University of New Hampshire was defeated 11-6 Tuesday afternoon by 18th-ranked Boston College at Newton Sports Complex. UNH ends the 2012 season with a 5-11 record. BC improved to 10-8.

UNH's other goals were scored by Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.), Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) In her final game as a Wildcat, Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) recorded two assists as well as three draw controls and one ground ball.

Starting goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) stopped three of eight shots on goal and was charged with the loss. Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.), who entered the game at the start of the second half, was credited with five saves and surrendered six goals in her last collegiate game. Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.), whose 20-game point-scoring streak ended in her final game donning the Blue and White, was credited with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

BC was led offensively by Sam Taylor (2g, 2a), Brooke Blue (3g), Kristin Igoe (3g) and Brittany Wilson (2a). Eagles' goalie Catherine Conway made five saves and allowed four goals in 55:44. Emily Mata allowed two goals and was not credited with a save during a 5:16 relief stint.

Unassisted goals by Taylor and Blue at 27:06 and 23:10, respectively, gave the Eagles and early 2-0 lead. UNH pulled within 2-1 less than two minutes later when Cohen, from behind the net, found Nock cutting from the top-left of the 8-meter arc and she fired a low shot into the goal at 21:44.

BC slowly pulled away the rest of the half the Eagles limited the 'Cats to five shots in the opening 30 minutes to build a 5-1 halftime lead. Blue converted Wilton's pass into a goal and 3-1 advantage at 19:07, then Igoe drove from the top of the fan and rifled a shot into the upper-right corner to extend the home team's lead to 4-1 at 15:11.

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