DURHAM, N.H. - Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) recorded a career-high seven points to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 19-6 non-conference victory against 20th-ranked Stanford University at Memorial Field.
UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 10-4 and give the Wildcats their most wins in a season since the 1993 team also won 10 games. By virtue of Towson University's 8-3 victory against the University of Vermont on Saturday, UNH earned a berth in the America East Championships for the fourth consecutive season. Stanford is now 11-4.
Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.), who tied a career-high with six goals, gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead with tallies at 28:24 and 25:38. Yund (four goals, career-best three assists) scored at 24:22, prompting Stanford to call time out. The Cardinal responded with an Abbi Hills goal at 23:31.
Yund scored 30 seconds later, however, to ignite an eight goal Wildcat surge that gave the home team an 11-1 lead with 15:00 remaining in the opening half. Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) netted three of her five goals during that stretch.
Stanford's Katharine Barnes stopped the New Hampshire run at 13:01 before tallies by Yund at Groszkowski extended the Wildcats' advantage to 13-2 at 8:10. The Cardinal never trimmed the margin to single figures the rest of the game.
Following a Lauren Dietrich tally at 6:15, UNH closed the half with a goal by Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and two by Christopher to build a 16-3 halftime cushion.
UNH starting goalie Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) played the first half and was credited with one save to earn the win. Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) stopped five shots and surrendered three goals in the second half of play. Stanford starting goalie Rachael Neumann made three saves and yielded 11 goals before exiting the game at 12:30 of the first half. Sara Shamos stopped five shots in 42:30 of relief action.
New Hampshire's other tallies were scored by Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.; two goals) and Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.). Stanford's second-half goals were produced by Emily Rodriguez, Liz Lanese and Hills.
New Hampshire continues its three-game homestand April 23 against 19th-ranked Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m. UNH's Senior Day is April 25 (4 p.m.) against Harvard.