DURHAM, NH – Senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) and junior Lindsay Rising (Malvern, PA) netted three goals apiece as Rutgers built an 8-5 lead , but the Scarlet Knights could not sustain a late four-goal rally by New Hampshire in a 9-8 loss to the Wildcats in women’s lacrosse action Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet Knights fall to 6-7 for the season with the loss.
UNH jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game, but the Scarlet Knights countered with three goals themselves in a span of 3:31 to knot the score at 3-3 midway through the opening half. Bopp scored her first goal of the afternoon on a feed from freshman Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) at the 18:37 mark of the first half. Rising collected her first score of the contest a little more than two minutes later and Batiuk followed with a free-position goal at the 15:06 mark.
New Hampshire ended nearly 12 minutes of scoreless action with a goal at the 3:14 mark of the opening stanza to recapture the lead at 4-3.
The Scarlet Knights’ offense then exploded with four goals in a span of 3:03, lasting from the 2:32 mark of the first half to the 29:29 mark of the second half, to take a 7-4 lead. Bopp scored a pair of goals during the run, while Batiuk and Rising recorded their second tallies of the afternoon.
Rutgers and New Hampshire traded goals with UNH’s Katie Leland scoring first, before Rising pushed the margin back to three goals by putting home an Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ) pass with a little more than 20 minutes left.
Leland single-handedly got the Wildcats back into the game with three-consecutive goals to once again tie the game at 8-8 with 9:41 remaining.
Both teams pushed hard for an elusive ninth goal with New Hampshire’s Jess Burnap, who entered the week 10th in the nation in goals per game, breaking through for what would be the game-winning score with 7:04 left in the contest.
New Hampshire held off a furious offense charge by Rutgers to preserve the 9-8 victory – the school’s eighth straight.
Junior Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myer’s FL) had another strong performance in goal, collecting 11 saves for her eighth double-digit effort of the season. Stacey Plati made 10 stops in goal for the Wildcats.
Four of Rutgers’ seven losses this season have been by two goals or less, including three to nationally-ranked opponents.
The Scarlet Knights will play their first home game in more than three weeks when they take on second-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday, April 25, at noon.