NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) scored four goals to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Sunday morning's 7-5 non-conference victory against Duquesne University at Vanderbilt University Lacrosse Stadium.
With the game tied 4-4 at the half, Duquesne (0-3, 0-0 Atlantic 10) took a 5-4 lead on a Ginger Flocco goal at 8:26 of the second half. The Wildcats, who won their second consecutive game to improve to 2-2 (0-0 America East), had two quick responses to take the lead.
Groszkowski potted her fourth goal on a free position at 39:08 to tie the game, 5-5, then Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) netted a free position goal 43 seconds later to give UNH a lead (6-5) it would not relinquish. Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) scored the team's fourth free position goal of the game with 26 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
New Hampshire goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) recorded 13 saves to increase her save percentage to .658 and lower her goals-against-average to 6.75.
The Dukes opened the game scoring at 6:44 on a Kristin Harner (three goals, assist) tally, then Harner extended the lead to 2-0 at 9:50. Groszkowski, with the assistance of Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.), trimmed the deficit to 2-1 just 55 seconds later. Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) scored on a free position to tie the score, 2-2, at 19:17, then UNH took its first lead of the game on Groszkowski's unassisted goal at 23:33.
Duquesne answered with goals by Katie Harner (goal, two assists) and the aforementioned Kristin Harner at 25:11 and 26:57, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead. Groszkowski scored her third goal of the half at 27:57 to forge a 4-4 tie.
New Hampshire returns to action March 20 (3 p.m.) at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats are scheduled to play their home opener April 3 vs. Brown. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.