DURHAM, N.H. - It was junior Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) who stole the spotlight on Senior Day, as she scored five goals and assisted on two other tallies to propel 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire to Sunday afternoon's 15-3 non-conference victory against Boston College in women's lacrosse action at Memorial Field.
UNH, which has won nine of its last 11, finishes the regular season at 11-5 (4-0 America East). Boston College ends the 2002 season at 8-9 (1-5 Big East).
Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.), who was one of six seniors honored before the game, quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a goal 18 seconds into the game. UNH held that one-goal lead until Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) scored a free position goal at 9:15 to give the home team a 2-0 advantage. Groszkowski potted the first of her three first-half tallies to extend the lead to 3-0 at 12:33.
Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.), another senior, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal and gave the 'Cats a 4-0 lead at 15:07. Lauren Miller, who entered the game averaging 4.69 points per game for the Eagles, recorded her only point of the contest on a goal that trimmed BC's deficit to 4-1 at 16:07.
Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) responded with a goal 53 seconds later, however, and Groszkowski scored at 17:57 to give UNH a 6-1 lead. Senior Nicole Moore (Wilton, Maine) scored the first of her career-high three goals at 21:12 to extend the cushion to 7-1.
Susan Breaznell netted a free position goal to pull BC within 7-2 at 23:09, but tallies by Groszkowski (25:06) and Burnap (27:36), with the help of Cherington, put New Hampshire ahead 8-2 at the half.
Groszkowski kept momentum on UNH's side early in the second half with tallies at 31:09 and 33:59 and a free position goal by Moore gave the Wildcats a 12-2 lead at 35:30.
The Eagles inched closer on a Caitlin Bracken goal at 37:05, but the visitors were held scoreless over the final 23:55.
A goal by Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) at 41:45 reestablished a double-digit lead (13-3) for New Hampshire. Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.), another senior, increased UNH's advantage to 14-3 at 50:05 and Moore capped the scoring 52 seconds later.
UNH goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.), who entered the week ranked third in the nation in goals-against-average, recorded six saves to lower her GAA to 6.89 and increase her save percentage to .569. BC goalie Michelle Lawson was credited with 12 saves.
Jen Magill (Wynnewood, Pa.) and Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine) were the other two seniors honored prior to the opening draw. Both played a typically-consistent strong defensive game. Magill leads the team in caused turnovers and recorded four vs. BC. Maynes leads the team in ground balls and added three more to this year's total on Sunday.
Groszkowski is now No. 3 on UNH's single-season superlative list with 53 tallies and is No. 6 in points (61). She is also No. 5 on the program's career goals list (117) and No. 8 in points (136).
New Hampshire is the No. 1 seed in the America East Championships and will host the tournament May 2-4. UNH will play fourth-seeded Vermont, whom the Wildcats defeated 21-7 in Burlington on April 5, in one semifinal game. The other semifinal game features second-seeded Boston University vs. No. 3 Albany. The winners will meet in the May 4 title game.