BOSTON - Katie Leland scored a pair of goals - including the game-winner - to lead New Hampshire to a 7-6 victory over America East rival Boston University at Nickerson Field on Saturday, April 17.
With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in league play. B.U., who had its 14-game conference unbeaten streak snapped, falls to 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the America East.
UNH got on the scoreboard first as Laura Dosdall netted the first of two goals in the game just 1:40 into the first half.
Junior midfielder Alyssa Trudel (Shoreham, VT) answered with an unassisted score at 24:52. Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Lewis (Glenelg, MD) gave B.U. a 2-1 lead, scoring off a left-handed drive at 15:33.
Jill Albee and Dosdall tallied back-to-back scores as UNH regained the lead, 3-2, at 10:37.
Sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Cuneo (Marlton, NJ) evened the score, netting a goal against an isolated defender with 8:04 to play.
Both goalies had strong first halves as the two teams went into the break knotted in a 3-3 tie. Junior goalkeeper Anne Sheridan (Baltimore, MD) made six of her game-high 11 saves in the first half while Stacey Plati had five of her seven saves by halftime.
After struggling off the draw in the first half, UNH snagged the first two draws in the second half, which led to a pair of goals in the first four minutes of play. Jess Burnap scored off a feed from Leland at 29:06 and Leland netted her own goal off a crease roll at 26:09.
Lewis narrowed the gap to 5-4 with a score off a drive through the eight-meter at 23:01. Jess Cahill extended the Wildcats lead to 6-4 with a score at 19:29. B.U. answered again as Cuneo scored off a feed from Trudel at 16:20.
With the Terrier defense pressuring for a turnover, Leland drove to the net to score the eventual game-winner with 6:54 left to play.
Junior attacker Kelly Trahon (Needham, MA) put the Terriers within one, scoring off a feed from Lewis with 3:51 remaining.
UNH controlled the ensuing draw and settled into a stall. B.U. forced an out-of-bounds turnover and brought the ball into the attacking end with two minutes remaining and a chance to tie the game.
Lewis had a shot off a drive hit the right post at 1:15 and Trahon had a free position attempt hit the left post with 24 seconds remaining. The Wildcat's Renee Nemmers came up with the rebound off Trahon's attempt and New Hampshire held possession until time expired.
UNH had an 8-7 advantage in draw controls, grabbing 7-of-8 draws in the second half.
Up next, B.U. plays a non-conference game at UConn on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m.