BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse got on the board early in Saturday afternoon's America East matchup at the UMBC Stadium, but New Hampshire posted five straight goals to end the first half en route to an 8-2 victory.
UNH improves to 6-7 on the season and 1-1 in America East action, while UMBC (5-6, 0-2 AEC) falls for the second straight game.
The Retrievers jumped on the board first on a pass to the middle from red-shirt junior Ali Carpenter (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/Loyola) to freshman Mackenzie Reese (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School). Reese launched a shot that UNH starting goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz was unable to handle, putting UMBC out in front, 1-0, four minutes into the contest.
New Hampshire evened the score 1:19 later on a score from junior Laura Puccia, but Reese responded to give the Retrievers back the edge, 2-1, on a free position score 6:47 into the matchup.
UNH ended the period with five consecutive scores, starting with Puccia's second of the contest on a man up opportunity, following a pass from junior Kayleigh Hinkle. Hinkle scored the next three for the Wildcats, two coming off passes from senior Molly Gaffey. Junior Rachel Nock capped off the run with 1:39 to go in the opening half slotting a shot past goalkeeper Kelly Gielner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's), to give UNH a 6-2 lead at the break.
The Retrievers' defense held New Hampshire to just two scores in the second period, but their offense was unable to take advantage.
Gaffey and Hinkle connected for both goals in the second period, the first coming 5:55 into the half as Hinkle found Gaffey in the middle following a cut to extend the advantage to 7-2. The second came with 15:59 to go in the contest, when Hinkle curled around Gaffey and received a flip pass for the shot and score. Hinkle finished the day with four goals and two assists, while Gaffey added four points on three assists and one goal.
UMBC placed 15 of its 26 shots on goal in the contest, forcing Hurwitz into making 12 saves. Gielner finished the afternoon with seven saves on UNH's 26 shots. The Retrievers turned the ball over 21 times in the contest to New Hampshire's 17, while the Wildcats also held a 7-4 advantage in draw controls.
Sophomore Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) finished the game with a team-best six shots, six ground balls and three caused turnovers for UMBC. Senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) added five ground balls, three shots, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, April 9 when it travels to Columbia. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field.