14th-Ranked Massachusetts Doubles Up New Hampshire

Simpson, on the top-right of the fan, slipped a pass down low to Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.), who was surrounded by two defenders but quickly fired a shot into the goal to lift UNH within 11-6 at 23:25.

UMass responded with three goals in a two-minute span to surge ahead 14-6. Ferris set up Murray on the low right side for a goal at 21:16 and then Ferris scored her third goal of the game 39 seconds later and Rush's fourth goal of the game made it an eight-goal differential at 19:14.

Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) found Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H.) cutting across the middle of the fan and Gaffey placed a shot inside the left post to trim the deficit to 14-7 at 16:12.

Kelsey McGovern won the ensuing draw control, attacked the goal and scored to give UMass a 15-7 advantage just 10 seconds later. Carelli scored a man-up goal at 13:34, which chased O'Keefe from the UNH goal, and then Kelsey Sheridan gave the Minutewomen a double-digit lead of 17-7 at 10:10. Guarino scored a free-position goal at 9:10.

McHoul scored her third goal of the game at 8:08 and then Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.) recorded her first collegiate point with an unassisted tally at 4:46.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 27 (3:00 p.m.) at intrastate rival Dartmouth College. UNH's next home game is March 19 (2:00 p.m.) against Columbia.

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DURHAM, N.H. - A four-goal run to close the first half provided momentum in the second stanza as No. 14 UMass defeated New Hampshire 18-9 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field. After leading 8-4 at halftime, the Minutewomen scored six of the first eight goals to start the second half en route to the win.

Nine different UMass (3-1) players scored goals led by Sam Rush who had four. Tewaaraton candidate Katie Ferris had a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Melissa Carelli and Cori Murray each had three goals, while goalie Rachel Vallarelli made six saves in just under 54 minutes of work.

New Hampshire (0-2) was led by Laura McHoul who scored three goals and Jenny Simpson who had two goals and one assist. Kathleen O'Keefe made five saves in the loss.

The first half was fairly even until the Minutewomen's late run to close the stanza. After UMass went up 4-1 at the 17:19 mark, New Hampshire scored three straight over the next 11 minutes to tie the game 4-4 on a Hannah Wohltmann free position goal.

Goals by Courtney McGrath, Murray and two from Ferris stretched UMass' lead to 8-4 over the final five minutes of the half.

The Wildcats scored first to start the second half thanks to McHoul's second goal of the game, but the Minutewomen scored six of the next seven to go up 14-6 with 19:14 to go.

After a Molly Gaffey goal ended UMass' second flurry of goals, the Minutewomen tacked on four more over a seven minute stretch extending the lead to 18-7 on a Tanner Guarino free position goal with 9:10 left.

New Hampshire scored the final two goals of the game to give the final 18-9 score.

The Minutewomen held a 30-to-22 advantage in shots and a 16-to-10 edge in draw controls. Both teams finished with 15 groundballs.

UMass will return to action on Wednesday for a 3:00 pm opening draw at Boston University.

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