STORRS, Conn. - A strong second-half comeback effort by the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team fell short, and the Wildcats fell to 20th-ranked University of Connecticut 9-5 Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
UNH is now 0-8 on the season, with four losses to nationally-ranked teams. UConn is now 5-2.
Trailing 6-1 in the second half, the Wildcats rallied within 6-5 on four consecutive goals. Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) began the comeback with a strike at 42:42, then Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) scored 12 seconds later to trim the deficit to 6-3. Groszkowski netted her second goal of the game at 47:18 and Blaney scored her second of the half 16 seconds later to pull the 'Cats within 6-5.
UNH could not net the equalizer, however, and was held scoreless the final 12:26 of the game. The Huskies extended their advantage to 7-5 at 52:54, then secured the victory with tallies 24 seconds apart in the 57th minute.
Wildcat goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott, Md.) stopped 15 shots.
UConn quickly built a 2-0 lead with a Jacqui Hamilton goal 53 seconds into the game and a tally by Bonnie Wehinger at 2:33. The Wildcats pulled within 2-1 when Kristina Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) scored from the top of the fan at 6:09. Kariane Lauri netted a goal 45 seconds later to reestablish a two-goal Huskies' advantage.
The score remained that way for nearly 20 minutes, until Kelly Feeley gave UConn a 4-1 lead at 26:36 and Tammy Michel scored 67 seconds later. The Huskies took that 5-1 lead into halftime.
New Hampshire returns to action April 1 at Boston College. The next Wildcat home game is April 6 against Virginia Tech. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.