BOSTON - Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) scored a career-high six goals and set up another one to propel the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 13-9 America East victory against Boston University at Nickerson Field.
With the victory, UNH improves to 8-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The Wildcats will host the America East Championships (May 2-4_ with a win against Albany on April 20. Boston University is now 4-8, 1-1.
Jessie Groszkowski (Riestertown, Md.) quickly gave UNH a 1-0 lead and became the seventh Wildcat to record 100 career goals with a tally 27 seconds into the game. She finished with three goals to improve her career totals to 102 goals and 16 assists for 188 points.
The Terriers responded with three goals in a 58-second span and went on to build a 4-1 lead on Ericka Hergenroeder's second of four tallies at 8:19.
UNH rallied to tie the game, 4-4, on strikes by Burnap at 9:51 and 14:28 and a Groszkowski goal, on which Burnap assisted, in between at 13:15. Burnap's third goal, with the help of Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.), put the Wildcats back on top, 5-4, at 17:21 and the Terriers never pulled even thereafter. Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) netted a free position goal at 18:55 to give the visitors a 6-4 edge.
BU trimmed the deficit to 6-5 with 10:17 remaining in the first half and UNH took that lead into halftime.
Cahill opened the second-half scoring at 38:10 and Burnap potted a free position goal at 40:10 to extend the lead to 8-5. BU pulled within one goal at 8-7 on tallies 1:35 apart, but Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) scored at 51:38 to reestablish a two-goal cushion.
Hannah Cross once again trimmed the deficit to one goal, 9-8 at 54:29 but Burnap's fifth strike of the game made it 10-8 at 55:09. Cross responded 1:32 later to make it 10-9, but Yund once again had the answer at the other end with a tally at 57:43 to give the 'Cats an 11-9 advantage. Groszkowski scored with 20 seconds to play and Burnap closed the scoring with two seconds on the clock.
UNH goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) recorded 12 saves while BU's Brooke Barrett stopped five shots.
New Hampshire wraps up its conference schedule April 20 at home against Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is noon. The 'Cats then play host to Stanford University on April 21 (11 a.m.).