Towson, Md. -- Senior assistant captain Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.) and freshman Christine Anneberg (Denver, Colo.) both recorded seven points to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday's 16-6 America East victory against Towson University at Minnegan Stadium.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in America East. The Wildcats remain tied with Delaware (3-0) and Hofstra (2-0) for first place in the conference. Towson is now 5-7; 1-4 and eliminated from contention for the America East Championships.
The 'Cats fell behind 1-0 but rallied to take a 3-1 lead with five goals in a 2:47 span. Christopher (five goals, two assists) netted two goals in the rally, which was started by fellow senior assistant captain Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, NY.; goal, assist) with a tally at 20:24.
Tracey Drown recorded the first of her two tallies to lift the Tigers within 5-2 at 17:09, but New Hampshire potted five of the next six goals to build a 10-3 advantage with 4:34 remaining in the half. Portia Gotwalt (goal, two assists) trimmed the deficit to 10-4 before halftime.
After the teams traded scores to open the second half, Anneberg (four goals, career-high three assists) scored three consecutive goals and assisted on the next Wildcat goal by Meagan Clavin (Hanover, N.H.) to help UNH extend its advantage to double digits, 15-5, with 6:05 to play. Christopher, with the help of Kelly Slaney (Stony Brook, N.Y., two assists), made it 16-5 before Drown closed the scoring with 50 seconds left in the game.
UNH senior goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) recorded seven saves and yielded four goals in the first half. Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) stopped three shots and surrendered two goals in playing the second half. TU starting goalie Autumn Lundgren allowed 10 goals and was credited with three saves before being pulled in favor of Jessica O'Connell, who was charged with six goals and 13 saves.
Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) netted three goals for the Wildcats and Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) added a pair of tallies.
Christopher now has 115 career goals to rank fourth on UNH's all-time list; Nicole Rhodes is No. 3 with 118 career goals. With 127 career points, Christopher is tied with Toni Felini for seventh place art the program's all-time scoring list. Laurie Leary is next at 142.
New Hampshire returns to action April 16 at the University of Delaware. The next Wildcat home game is April 21 against Stanford University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.