HANOVER, N.H. - Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) made 12 saves but the 12th-ranked Dartmouth College women's lacrosse team defeated the University of New Hampshire, 18-4, Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
UNH is now 0-3 on the season while this was the season opener for the Big Green.
Dartmouth owned possession of the ball for the initial five minutes of the game and scored on each possession to build a 3-0 lead. DC struck again at 7:59, prompting a UNH timeout. The momentum was not quelled, however, as Dartmouth's Whitney Jamison (two goals, four assists) scored 17 seconds later to build a 5-0 advantage.
UNH trailed 10-0 when Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) scored with one second remaining in the first half.
The Big Green extended the lead to 11-1 four minutes into the second half. Tallies by Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.), at 35:26 on a free position shot, and Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.), with the assistance of Leland at 41:08, pulled the 'Cats within 11-3.
Lana Smith scored the third of her five goals at 44:30 and Jamison scored two minutes later for a 13-3 lead and UNH never trimmed the deficit below single figures the rest of the way.
Leland scored her second goal of the game with 1:01 remaining to account for UNH's other tally.
DC starting goalie Devon Wills made seven saves and surrendered three goals. Kelly Roy played the final five minutes and was not credited with a save.
New Hampshire returns to action March 5 for its home opener against Yale University. The Wildcats' first game on renovated Memorial Field, which is now an AstroTurf facility, begins at 4 p.m.