DURHAM, N.H. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) each recorded three goals to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory over Vermont at Memorial Field Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats picked up their first win of the season and improved to 1-9 overall (1-0 America East), while the Catamounts fall to 2-4 and 0-2 in conference action.
Jess Burnap (New Caanan, Conn.) and Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) each netted a pair of goals for the 'Cats, while Bronwyn Leto (Oswego, N.Y.) had a goal and two asssits. Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) tallied the other UNH goal. Five different Catamounts (Erin Hall, Alison Mitchell, Christen Faltermeier, Molly Sheehan, Vanessa Cox) netted single tallies for the visitors.
Leading 5-3 at the half, New Hampshire quickly upped its advantage to three goals when Burnap scored 1:12 into the second stanza. The two teams traded goals, and Hall would cut UNH's lead to 7-5 with her score at the 36:35 mark. The Wildcats would then pull away, netting the game's final five goals over a 16:39 span.
UVM scored first, taking a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the game on Mitchell's goal. The Catamounts led 3-2 before UNH scored the final four goals of the first half to take a 5-3 lead into halftime. Groszkowski's goal at the 21:35 mark gave the 'Cats the 5-3 lead.
Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) stopped seven shots in goal for UNH, while UVM's Kate McBride turned away 16 Wildcat shots.
With her three-goal effort, Groszkowski has now netted 153 career goals and sits just two goals shy of the program's all-time leading goal scorer, Pauline Collins. Collins netted 155 career goals. Groszkowski also scored in her 38th-straight game, extending her school record.
New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday (April 15) when it travels to Harvard for a 4 p.m. contest. The next UNH home game is April 25, when the 'Cats entertain Stony Brook in an America East game at Memorial Field.