New Hampshire Rallies to Nip UMBC

BALTIMORE- New Hampshire sophomore attacker Kayleigh Hinkle scored with 34 seconds remaining, capping 3-0 run, as the visiting Wildcats defeated UMBC, 6-5, in the America East Conference regular season finale.

The win clinched the No. 3 seed in the America East Tournament for the Wildcats (6-10, 3-3), while the Retrievers (8-8, 2-4) were eliminated from the post-season for the first time since 2009.

UMBC senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made seven of her eight saves in the first half as the Retrievers got out to a 3-1 lead.

The Retrievers extended the lead to 4-1 on junior Shannon Harkey's (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) 28th goal of the season 1:45 into the stanza. The Wildcats cut the gap to 4-3 on back-to-back scores, but UMBC sophomore Michelle Platz (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula) put the hosts up by two, converting a Harkey pass into an unguarded goal with 15:32 remaining.

But UNH's Laura Puccia scored 32 seconds later and teammate Amber Casiano knotted the game at 5-5 on a free position shot with 7:54 remaining.

UNH won the ensuing draw, but committed a turnover. UMBC attempted to hold the ball, but UNH caused a turnover with less than two minutes remaining, setting up Hinkle's game-winner.

The Wildcats controlled the draw after their go-ahead goal and UMBC was unable to regain possession.

Harkey was the lone Retriever to post multiple points, tallying a goal and an assist.

Mason, and classmate defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) competed for the final time at UMBC Stadium. Senior midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) was also honored before the game. Cox was the team's leading goal scorer from 2012, but suffered a torn ACL and missed the final 12 games of the season.

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BALTIMORE Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) scored with 34 seconds remaining in regulation to lift University of New Hampshire to Saturday afternoon's 6-5 victory against UMBC in the regular-season finale at UMBC Stadium. UMBC's season ends at 8-8, 2-4.

UNH improved to 6-10 overall and 3-3 in America East to secure a berth in the America East Championship tournament. The Wildcats earned the No. 3 seed and will play second-seeded Albany in a May 3 (7:00 p.m.) semifinal game at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium. New Hampshire, under the direction of first-year head coach Sarah Albrecht, returns to the postseason after a one-year absence in 2012; the 'Cats had made a league-record 14 consecutive appearances spanning 1998-2011.

Hinkle led the 'Cat attack with four points on two goals and two assists. Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) scored two goals while Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied two points with a goal and an assist. Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) was credited with six saves and two ground balls.

Shannon Harkey (one goal, one assist) was the only UMBC player to record multiple points. Kendall Mason made seven of her eight saves in the first half.

UNH trailed 3-1 at halftime and fell behind 5-3 at 15:32 of the second half when Michelle Platz converted Harkey's pass into a goal, but the visitors closed the game on a 3-0 run to record the come-from-behind victory.

Hannah Wohltmann (Towson, Md.) gave New Hampshire possession of the ball on the ensuing draw control, and Puccia scored her 29th goal of the season to lift the Wildcats within 5-4 at 15:00. The 'Cats, who won six of eight second-half draws to finish with a 7-6 overall edge, once again controlled the draw when Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) gained possession.

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