DURHAM, N.H. -- Lana Smith scored four goals and set up another to lead the Dartmouth College women's lacrosse team, ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll, to Saturday afternoon's 10-5 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire in the season opener for both teams at Memorial Field.
With the game tied 2-2 at halftime, Smith scored 39 seconds into the second half to give the Big Green its first lead of the game and spark a five-goal surge. Elizabeth Right (two goals, assist) netted an unassisted goal at 34:36 and Annie Leibovitz (two goals) scored on a free position shot 1:44 later to increase the Dartmouth lead to 5-2. Smith, with the assistance of Molly Jenkins (goal, assist) extended the lead to 6-2 at 37:34 and Leibovitz struck again at 44:44 for a 7-2 advantage.
UNH trimmed the deficit to 7-3 on rookie Leanne Ferretti's (Sound Beach, N.Y.) first goal of her career, which was set up by Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) at 46:22.
Smith potted her fourth goal of the game at 47:10 and Jenkins gave the visitors at 9-3 advantage with 9:17 remaining.
Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) scored UNH's last two goals of the game, at 54:42 and 56:39, which were sandwiched around Right's tally at 56:24.
UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) made seven saves in her collegiate debut and DC's Devon Wills stopped six shots.
In the first half, the Wildcats generated an 11-8 shot advantage and held a pair of one-goal leads. UNH's Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.; goal, assist) netted the first goal of the game off a pass from Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.; two assists) at 5:04. Smith tied the game, 1-1, at 8:51 but Burnap put the 'Cats back in front, 2-1, at 11:17. Katieanne Christian knotted the score, 2-2, with 15:03 remaining in the first half and the teams went scoreless the rest of the opening stanza.
New Hampshire returns to action March 3 (4 p.m.) at Yale University. The next Wildcat home game is March vs. the University of Connecticut. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.