ALBANY, N.Y. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) broke the school record for career goals as she scored three goals and assisted on two others Friday afternoon to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to a 20-8 America East victory against the University at Albany at Varsity Field.
Groszkowski entered the game with 154 career tallies and tied the UNH benchmark of 155 previously held by Pauline Collins (1984-1987) with an unassisted goal at 6:17. She became the all-time leader with her second tally of the game, which was set up by Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.; three goals, assist) and gave the 'Cats a 4-1 lead, at 8:44. Groszkowski extended her career total to 157 with a tally at 27:02. The five-point effort also moved Groskowski into a tie for third place on the program's all-time points list with Collins at 178.
UNH (2-10 overall, 2-0 America East) quickly took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.), who recorded a career-high four points on two goals and two assists, at 2:01. After Albany's Maria Ferrucci (two goals, assist) trimmed the Wildcat lead to 2-1, New Hampshire scored seven consecutive goals to build a 9-1 advantage midway through the first half. Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.), who matched her career-high of seven points on four goals and three assists, ignited the streak with a goal at 7:44.
The Great Danes (2-12, 1-3) netted the next two goals to pull within 9-3 but would get no closer the rest of the game.
UNH took a 13-4 lead into halftime and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) opened the second-half scoring with 17 seconds elapsed. Leland finished with career-highs of three goals and four points. Albany potted consecutive goals to trim the deficit to 14-6 5:35 into the second half. UNH starting goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) exited the game at that point with six goals allowed and three saves to her credit. Julie Bevad (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) went the rest of the way and stopped three shots while allowing three goals.
Albany goalkeeper Amanda Heller finished with 10 saves.
Other goal scorers for UNH were Bronwyn Leto (Oswego, N.Y.) and Katie Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) with two apiece, as well as Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.).
UNH returns to action April 19 at Binghamton. The next Wildcat home game is April 25 vs. Stony Brook. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.