CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Led by two goals and an assist by Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y), the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team defeated the University of Massachusetts for the first time since 1995 with Sunday evening's 8-6 victory at Omni Turf Field on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
UNH, which improved to 2-1, built a 3-0 advantage and UMass was unable to pull even the rest of the way. Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) gave the Wildcats a lead with an unassisted goal 2:19 into the game. Christine Anneberg (Denver, Colo.) potted her fourth goal of the season at 24:57 and Yund made it 3-0 with a free position goal 1:34 later, prompting UMass to call time out.
The Minutewomen (0-3) responded with a Jada Emery tally 25 seconds after the timeout to close within 3-1. New Hampshire extended its cushion to 5-1 on strikes by Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.) at 21:31 and Yund at 10:02. The teams exchanged goals in the final four minutes to give the 'Cats a 6-2 halftime advantage.
Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.), with the help of Yund, scored 2:08 into the second half to give UNH its largest lead of the game, 7-2. Rachel Ingraffea potted the first of her three goals at 21:40 to trim the deficit to 7-3.
Christopher netted her team-best eighth goal of the season on a feed from fellow senior assistant captain Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) for an 8-3 UNH lead at 15:08.
UMass closed the gap to 8-5 when Ingraffea and Leslie Pollock scored 26 seconds apart, at 13:11 and 12:45 respectively. Ingraffea brought the Minutewomen within 8-6 with a tally at 10:16.
UNH sealed the victory by controlling the ball in the offensive zone for the final three minutes of the game.
New Hampshire starting goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) made seven saves and yielded two goals before giving way to Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) at halftime. Martin stopped two shots and allowed four goals in 30 minutes of relief action. UMass goalie Cyndi Doyle was credited with 17 saves.