March 15, 2015
On the strength of a four-goal performance by senior midfielder Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.), the University of Denver women's lacrosse team defeated the University of New Hampshire Wildcats by a score of 8-6 on Sunday afternoon in improving to 4-2 on the season. After falling behind 3-0 early, the Pioneers stormed back with seven unanswered goals to take the lead and withstood a late-game comeback attempt by UNH to capture their second straight win at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
"I felt like both teams started a little slow today," head coach Liza Kelly said. "I was very pleased as our team, defensively, followed the game plan. We put something in at halftime that allowed us to go on a quick run that gave us the lead for good."
The visitors stuck first on Sunday as UNH junior Nicole Grote converted on a free position shot in the fourth minute of play to give the Wildcats and early 1-0 lead. New Hampshire doubled their advantage a moment later, with senior Becca Graves netting her eighth marker of the season to put the Wildcats up 2-0. Kayleigh Hinkle then scored to put UNH on top by three at the 11:34 mark of the first half.
After calling a timeout and collecting themselves, the Pios got on the scoreboard courtesy of Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), who fired her eighth goal of 2015 to the back of New Hampshire's net midway through the opening half to reduce Denver's deficit to two. An unassisted marker from the stick of Rachel Dillon then pulled the home team to within immediate striking distance of their opponents on DU's next possession. Denver continued to apply heavy pressure upon the Wildcats' defense throughout the duration of the first half, but some stellar work by Kate Clancy in net for UNH preserved the visitors' one-goal advantage as Sunday's match reached its midway point.
The Crimson & Gold netted the equalizer shortly after the conclusion of halftime, with Dillon tallying her second marker of the day to tie things up at three apiece. Denver then took its first lead of the game at the 3:31 mark of the second half when Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) fired home the seventh goal of her junior season. Dillon put the finishing touches on her hat trick a moment later, putting the Pios up 5-3 in the process.
Denver's productive run continued in the 42nd minute of play when Katherine Fischer (Upper Nyack, N.Y.) buried a feed from Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) to make the score 6-3 in the home team's favor. The assist was the 165th of Remenapp's career, moving her into sole possession of fourth place in NCAA history in the category. Another goal from Dillon then put DU up by four shortly thereafter.
The Wildcats tallied three of the game's next markers goals to cut the Pios' lead to two, but that would be as close as they would get as the hosts held on to ultimately win by a two-goal margin.
The Pioneers wrap up their season-long four-game homestand against Yale on Tuesday, March 17 (4:00pm). Denver will visit the east coast once more to take on Temple (March 20), before returning to Peter Barton Stadium for a three-game homestand. In that stretch, the Crimson & Gold will take on Dartmouth (March 24) before opening their MPSF home slate against Stanford on April 3 and UC Davis on April 5.
Denver will then embark upon a four-game MPSF road swing at San Diego (April 10), USC (April 12), California (April 17) and Saint Mary's (April 19). The Pios then wrap up their 2015 regular season campaign in the Mile High City against Oregon (April 24) and Fresno State (April 26).
For the second-consecutive season, Denver will host the MPSF Championship from April 30-May 3 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Tickets to this event are currently available for purchase at the University of Denver ticket office.