UNH women's lacrosse edged by UMass, 9-8

DURHAM, N.H. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) and Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) each recorded four points for the University of New Hampshire, but the University of Massachusetts held off the Wildcats for a 9-8 victory in women's lacrosse action Friday afternoon in arctic-like conditions at Memorial Field.

UNH, playing its first game at Memorial Field since last summer's renovation to AstroTurf, is now 0-4. UMass won its second consecutive game to improve to 3-1.

Trailing 8-3 at halftime, the Wildcats pulled within three goals, 8-5, on scored by Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) 23 seconds into the second half and Groszkowski's second of four goals at 32:23. Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) scored at 41:32 to trim the deficit to 8-6.

Maura McGarrity reestablished a three-goal advantage, 9-6, for the Minutewomen with 12:30 remaining.

UNH immediately regained momentum, however, when Groszkowski scored goals 39 seconds apart at 50:16 and 50:55 to make the score 9-8.

UMass slowed the pace of the game thereafter and limited the 'Cats to just one shot on three possessions. The Minutewomen preserved the win by maintaining possession for the final 63 seconds.

UMass goalkeeper Cyndi Doyle made 10 saves and UNH goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) was credited with eight saves.

In the first half, UNH took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Groszkowski at 3:16. Massachusetts took a 2-1 lead on tallies by Jada Emery (three goals) and Kerri Connerty. Katie Leland tied the score with an unassisted goal at 13:15, but then the visitors netted six consecutive goals - two from both Emery and Lydia Robinson - to build an 8-2 lead. Blaney (goal, three assists) netted a free position goal for the Wildcats with three seconds remaining in the half.

New Hampshire returns to action March 16 when the Wildcats play host to 13th-ranked Vanderbilt University. Game time at Memorial Field is noon.

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