WORCESTER, Mass. - Despite a career-high four goals by sophomore Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.), the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated by 18th-ranked Yale University, 13-10, Wednesday evening at Hart Center Astro Turf Field on the campus of College of the Holy Cross.
Miles Whitman, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, propelled Yale to its fourth win in as many games by netting seven goals and assisting on two others.
UNH (2-2) took a 1-0 lead 24 seconds into the game on a strike by Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) but Whitman tied the score 16 seconds later and she set up the first of Clarissa Clarke's three goals at 28:38 to give Yale a 2-1 advantage. The Wildcats never pulled even thereafter but remained within striking distance throughout.
Yale built a 7-3 advantage midway through the half but UNH tallies by Groszkowski and Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) at 14:06 and 6:31, respectively, lifted the Wildcats within 7-5. The Bulldogs netted three goals in the last 3:56 of the half to take a 10-5 halftime lead. Whitman opened the second half scoring to build the largest lead of the game, six goals at 11-5. Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.; two goals) and Groszkowski scored 45 seconds apart to trim the deficit to 11-7 with 26 minutes remaining. The teams exchanged goals as Yale maintained its five-goal cushion, 13-8, with 20 minutes to play.
Groszkowski potted goals at 11:57 and 7:50 to pull New Hampshire within 13-10, but the Wildcats could get no closer.
Yale goalkeeper Amanda Sisler was credited with one save in the victory. UNH starting goalie Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.), the reigning America East Defender of the Week, stopped four shots and surrendered 10 goals before yielding to Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) at the start of the second half. Martin, who held the Bulldogs off the scoresheet for the final 19:59, made one save while allowing three goals.
Christine Anneberg (Denver, Col.) and Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) accounted for UNH's other goals. Yale's other tallies were provided by Sarah Queener (two) and Clara Gillespie.
New Hampshire returns to action with a pair of games this weekend at MIT. The Wildcats play Vanderbilt on March 23 and their America East conference opener March 25 vs. Drexel. Both games are at 1 p.m.