UNH women's lacrosse falls to Richmond, 17-12

RICHMOND, Va. - The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team netted five consecutive goals in the second half, but it wasn't enough to erase a seven-goal halftime deficit and the University of Richmond recorded a 17-12 victory against the Wildcats on Friday afternoon.

UNH fell to 0-7 on the season and has four losses to nationally-ranked teams. Richmond, which had been ranked in three previous polls before exiting this week, is now 2-4.

The Wildcats trailed 15-6 with 10 minutes remaining in the game when they scored five consecutive goals. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) ignited the late rally with a free position goal at 51:03, then Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.), who matched her season high of five points with four goals and an assist, tallied goals 2:19 apart to trim the deficit to 15-9 with 7:56 remaining.

Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) struck at 54:23 for her second goal of the game and the Spiders called time out. Richmond slowed UNH's attack until Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.), who matched her career highs in both goals and points with three goals, scored with the assistance of Groszkowski at 58:39

Richmond scored two goals in the final minute to extend its lead to 17-11, then UNH's Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) capped the scoring in the closing seconds.

New Hampshire goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) was credited with 10 saves. Richmond goalkeeper Kelly Johnson started the game and stoped two of five shots. Jennifer McGibbon started the second half and made one save while allowing three goals in 18 minutes, then Jackie Swansburg played the final 12 minutes of the game in which she stopped three of nine shots.

With the game tied 1-1 after just 69 seconds, the host team scored six consecutive goals to build a 7-1 advantage with 13:13 remaining in the first half. Cahill's first goal of the game ended the streak at 17:39 and Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) netted the third Wildcat goal of the game at 27:34 to pull the 'Cats within 9-3. Richmond led 10-3 at halftime.

New Hampshire returns to action March 30 at the University of Connecticut (3 p.m.) in a game that was postponed from March 8. The next Wildcat home game is April 6 (12 p.m.) against Virginia Tech.

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