DURHAM, N.H.- Senior goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) made 20 saves and Jesse Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) netted three goals apiece, but Vanderbilt University held off a Wildcat charge for a 12-9 victory in women's lacrosse at Memorial Field in Durham on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the 'Cats fall to 0-5, while the 13th-ranked Commodores improve to 2-2 on the season.
Trailing 7-4 in the first half, the 'Cats scored three consecutive goals to even things up a 7-7. Burnap pulled UNH to within 7-5 19:20 into the game, and junior Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) then brought UNH to within one goal as she took a pass from Burnap and fired it past Commodore goalkeeper Ashley Bastinelli to make it a 7-6 game.
Burnap then tied things up at seven 32:45 into the game, but Vanderbilt would respond, scoring the next three goals to open up a 10-7 lead. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) brought the 'Cats to within two 10-8 at 48:10, but Vanderbilt would add two more goals to make it 12-8 with just 5:27 remaining in the game. UNH would add one to its total on a free position goal from Groszkowski, but would get no closer.
The 20 saves marked a career high for Martin, besting her previous high of 18, set against Yale last season. For Vanderbilt, Bastinelli and Liz Exline combined to make 13 saves.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring goals just 59 seconds apart over the first 1:45 of the game. Groszkowski responded for the 'Cats as she netted her first goal of the game at 5:05 to make it 2-1. Following a Vanderbilt goal, Groszkowski and Burnap each put one to the back of the net to tie things up at three apiece.
The UNH women's lacrosse team returns to action on March 19 when they travel to North Carolina to face the Tar Heels. The next home game is scheduled for April 6 when the 'Cats host Virginia Tech in a noon game at Memorial Field.