PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Senior midfielder Steph Keefe (Newton, Mass.) netted a career-high five goals to spark the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to its first win of the 2000 season with Sunday afternoon's 12-5 victory at Drexel University. UNH is now 1-3 overall and 1-0 in America East while Drexel fell to 1-2, 0-2.
Keefe, who netted four goals in the season-opener at Dartmouth and has a team-best 11 tallies this year, gave UNH a 1-0 lead 2:25 into the game. Drexel's Cindy Arnold tied the game 68 seconds later but the Wildcats potted the next nine goals to build a 10-1 advantage with 20 minutes remaining in the game.
Junior midfielder Colleen Christopher (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and sophomore attack Meagan Clavin (Hanover, N.H.) scored goals within 44 seconds to spark the run, which also included Keefe's other four tallies. Senior Erin Leary (Cortland, N.Y.) and freshman Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) each contributed a goal to New Hampshire's 7-1 halftime lead. The other tally in this nine-goal outburst was Clavin's second of the game.
Arnold put an end to the Dragons' scoreless drought (which lasted 36 minutes, 38 seconds) with 18:49 to play. Sophomore Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) and Christopher extended UNH's cushion to 12-2 with 6:47 on the clock.
UNH starting goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) exited the game at that point. The junior co-captain finished with two saves and two goals allowed in 53 minutes. Freshman Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) surrendered three goals - two in the final minute - and stopped two shots in seven minutes.
Drexel's Michelle Geist recorded 21 saves.
UNH returns to action with its home opener, which is scheduled for March 28 vs. UMass. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.