NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior midfielder Colleen Christopher (Hampton Falls, N.H.) gave the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team the lead 1:44 into the game, but 16th-ranked Vanderbilt University rolled to a 16-7 victory Tuesday night in its home opener. UNH falls to 0-2 while the Commodores improve to 1-3.
Following Christopher’s goal to open the scoring, Vanderbilt netted six consecutive goals to build a 6-1 advantage with nine minutes remaining in the first half. Christopher netted her second goal of the game – and third of the season – with the help of classmate Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; three assists) at 7:46. The hosts scored twice more before intermission to take an 8-2 lead into the locker room.
Freshman Steph Keefe (Newton, Mass.) recorded her first collegiate point with a goal 1:42 into the second half. The Commodores, who opened the season on the road against three Top 20 teams, answered with three quick goals to extend the cushion to 11-3.
Another UNH rookie registered her first career point when Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) scored at 18:58. Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) tallied her second goal of the year at 12:56 and senior co-captain Kim Keefe (Newton, Mass.) trimmed the Wildcat deficit to 11-6 with 8:54 on the clock.
Vanderbilt pulled away by scoring three goals over the ensuing 2:30 and built the lead to 16-6 with one minute to play. Groszkowski potted her second goal of the game with 23.6 seconds remaining to close the scoring.
UNH junior co-captain Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) recorded six saves and allowed 11 goals in 38 minutes. Freshman Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) stopped two shots and yielded five goals in 22 minutes of relief work.
Vanderbilt was led offensively by Sue Napolitano, who finished with three goals and three assists. Caroline Mans finished with a game-high four goals while April Tellam (three goals, two assists) and Becky Kehl (three goals) also had multiple-goal games. Goalkeepers Emily Lough and Shana Crabtree combined to made four saves.
UNH returns to action with its home opener, which is March 21 vs. UMass. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.