Boston, Mass. - The 10th-ranked Boston University women's lacrosse team netted four goals in as many minutes at the start of the second half to pull away and went on the defeat the university of New Hampshire, 18-7, in an America East semifinal game Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
Fourth-seeded UNH, ousted in the semifinals for a third consecutive year, ends the season 7-10. BU, which earned the top seed with a 6-0 regular-season conference mark, improved to 14-3 overall. The Terriers advance to play the winner of the Delaware-Hofstra game in Saturday's America East title game.
Leading 7-2 at the half, BU broke away on goals by Kristen Abruzzese (four goals, assist), katie Nordhoff, Ericka Hergenroeder (three goals) and Kyle Rutkowski (three goals). The Terriers extended the lead to 13-2 before Sue Yund (Castleton, NY) broke the home teams scoring run at 21:29. UNH never trimmed the deficit below double digits the rest of the way, however.
BU goalkeeper Brooke Barrett made 10 saves. In just her second career start, freshman Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) stopped five shots and allowed 11 goals before yielding to Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) with 26:05 remaining in the game. Warren finished with six saves.
Boston University took a 2-0 lead on goals by Abruzzese (at 22:57) and Rutkowski (18:21). UNH trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on a Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) goal at 15:57. Sparked by Chrissy Lombard (three goals, two assists), the Terriers netted the next four goals to build a 6-1 advantage.
Mangano's second tally of the game and 17th of her career pulled the 'Cats within 6-2 at 6:40, but Lombard answered just 52 seconds later and BU took that 7-2 lead into halftime.
UNH's other second-half tallies were netted by Stephanie Keefe (Newton, Mass.), Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.), Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) and Mangano, who matched her career high with three goals.
This game marked the end of UNH careers for Keefe, Kristin Andruszkiewicz (Beverly, Mass.), Erin Leary (Cortland, N.Y.) and Kerry Maher (Chittenango, N.Y.). Keefe leaves the program with 102 career points, which is 15th on the all-time list