New Hampshire women's lax overwhelms Binghamton, 23-0

DURHAM, N.H. - Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) scored four goals and assisted on two others to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Friday afternoon's 23-0 America East victory against Binghamton University at Memorial Field.

UNH, which scored on the initial four shots of the game, extended its winning streak to five games - its longest since a six-game streak in 1992 - and has won seven of eight to improve to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in America East. Binghamton remains winless in its first varsity season at 0-8, 0-2.

New Hampshire entered the week ranked No. 3 in the nation in defense at 7.10 goals per game and improved its defensive number to 6.20 gpg by recording the seventh shutout in UNH history (the most recent was in 1981 vs. Springfield College). The defense limited the Bearcats to five attempted shots, only three of which were on goal, the entire game.

The 23 goals is the most by a Wildcat team since 1987, when the 'Cats were 23-2 victors against Sweet Briar College. The 23-goal margin of victory is the second only to a 24-0 win against the University of Maine-Gorham in 1977.

Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.; two goals, two assists) quickly opened the game's scoring with 17 seconds elapsed. Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) scored the first of her career-high four goals 35 seconds later. Yund netted a free position goal at 1:39 and Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.; two goals, two assists) struck 26 seconds later to give UNH a 4-0 lead.

The 'Cats broke the game open with five goals in a span of 2:42. Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) began the spurt with a tally at 4:16. Clavin, Yund and Burnap all potted their second goals of the game to extend the lead to 8-0, then Yund capped the outburst at 6:58.

New Hampshire went on to build a 15-0 halftime advantage and continued its dominance over the final 30 minutes.

Freshman Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) recorded her first career point with a goal at 9:28. Classmate Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.) also registered her first career point with an assist of Albee's goal at 21:30 and she potted her first goal four minutes later. Both players finished with two goals and one assist.

Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) both finished with a goal, two assists and Bronwyn Leto (Oswego, N.Y.) scored a career-high three goals. UNH's other goal was produced by Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine).

UNH starting goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) finished with three saves. Heidi Dessert (Fairhaven, Mass.) entered the game at the start of the second half and was not credited with a save.

Binghamton goalkeeper Alli Steinberg stopped nine shots.

New Hampshire returns to action April 14 with a road game against 14th-ranked Syracuse University. The next Wildcat home game is April 20, when the 'Cats will close their America East regular-season slate against Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is noon.

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