BOSTON, Mass - In a battle for first place in America East, the 10th-ranked Boston University women's lacrosse team remained atop the standings with a 15-11 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Nickerson Field on Monday afternoon. UNH fell to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference while BU improved to 12-3, 5-0.
Leading 8-5 at halftime, the Terriers netted three goals in the initial 3:33 of the second half to break to game open. BU went on to build a 14-5 advantage with 17 minutes remaining.
Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) netted her second goal of the game and Stephanie Keefe (Newton Mass.; four goals, assist) potted her third of the game to trim the UNH deficit to 14-7 with 13:30 to play. After a BU goal, the Wildcats closed with a flourish to make the game interesting.
Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.) made it 15-8 with 5:11 on the clock and Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) struck two minutes later to trim the margin to 15-9. Keffe pulled UNH within 15-10 at 2:20 and Erin Leary (Cortland, N.Y.) capped the scoring in the final minute.
UNH starting goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) made 12 saves and allowed 13 goals before yielding to Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) with 22:29 left in the game. Martin finished with six saves. BU goakeeper Brooke Barrett stoped seven shots.
Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) opened the game's scoring at 25:51 to give New Hampshire a 1-0 lead. Boston University netted the next six goals, however, to build a 6-1 advantage. Scores by Groszkowski (9:29) and Christopher (8:06) trimmed the deficit to 6-3.
BU's Jennifer Manning (three goals) potted two goals to extend the cushion to 8-3 before UNH closed the half with a pair of tallies from Keefe.
The Terriers were led offensively by Ericka Hergenroeder who netted four goals and assisted on another.
UNH continues play April 26 (4 p.m.) at Harvard University. The Wildcats conclude the regular season April 29 against Hofstra University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.