New Hampshire Rallies for One-Goal Win at Binghamton

VESTAL, N.Y. Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded a career-high nine points and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) scored her 100th career goal as New Hampshire erased a four-goal second-half deficit to defeat Binghamton, 13-12, Saturday afternoon at Bearcats Sports Complex.

UNH improved to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in America East by remaining unbeaten in 12 lifetime meetings against Binghamton, which fell to 2-8, 1-2.

McHoul recorded two goals and a personal-best seven assists to increase her team-leading total to 23 assists. McHoul's 34 points are second to Simpson, who now has 36 points (32 goals, four assists) and a 12-game goal-scoring streak following her third consecutive three-goal game. Simpson has 101 goals and 20 assists for 121 points in 59 career games.

Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) matched her career high of four goals and Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) tallied two goals. Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H.) and Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) accounted for UNH's other goals. Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.), Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and Hannah Wohltmann (Towson, Md.) tallied single assists.

Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) played the second half and earned the win with a three-save effort. Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) made two saves in the first half and exited with the Wildcats trailing 8-6 at halftime.

Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) recorded a team-high four draw controls as well as one ground ball and one caused turnover. Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) contributed three DCs, one GB and one CTO while Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) finished with a game-high four ground balls.

Binghamton was led offensively by Kimberly McGeever (3g, 1a) and Alex Fisher (3g). Katherine Hunsberger recorded two goals and a game-high nine draw controls while Erin McNulty had 16 saves.

Trailing 11-7 midway through the second half, UNH stormed back to take a 12-11 lead with five consecutive goals spanning 10 minutes. Casiano hit the post at 12:03 but McHoul corralled the ground ball to retain possession for the Wildcats and that led to her free-position goal at 11:14 that trimmed the deficit to 11-8.

Rees collected a ground ball at 10:32 and, for the third time in the game, McHoul set up Casiano to lift New Hampshire within 11-9 at 9:01. DePetris won the ensuing draw control and, following a prolonged attack, Simpson scored her second of the game and 100th of her career to bring the visitors within one goal at 6:55.

The Bearcats called time out but UNH continued momentum when Puccia won the ensuing draw, then was denied by McNulty at 6:12. Wohltmann grabbed the ground ball but then the Wildcats lost possession. Another McHoul ground ball gave possession back to UNH and Simpson's shot caromed off the post at 5:28. Nock's ground ball allowed the Wildcats to continue their attack and McHoul fed Casiano for her fourth goal of the day to forge the fifth tie of the game, 11-11, at 4:26.

Binghamton was awarded a free position with 2:13 on the clock, but Hurwitz preserved the tie by stopping Kristen Stone's shot.

Following a turnover by both teams, McHoul tallied her ninth point of the game when Nock scored to give UNH a 12-11 lead the Wildcats' first lead since 3-2 at 19:18 of the first half at 1:14.

Hunsberger won the draw and scored 17 seconds later to level the score at 12. Binghamton's Kristen Stone gained possession of the next draw and McGeever fired a shot that Hurwitz snared with 21 seconds remaining.

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