UNH women's lacrosse rolls past Fairfield, 18-2

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) both finished with six points to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Sunday afternoon's 18-2 victory at Fairfield University.

UNH improved to 3-4 with its second consecutive victory while Fairfield is now 1-5.

Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.), who finished with a career-high five points on two goals and three assists, quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead by scoring 52 seconds into the game. Burnap (three goals, three assists) scored 68 seconds later as the 'Cats rolled to a 13-0 lead at halftime.

Blaney led the first half onslaught with two goals and two assists in the opening 30 minutes. She finished with a career-high six points as she matched her personal bests in both goals (three) and assists (three).

Fairfield, which was outshot 23-5 in the first half, opened the second half scoring at 36:25 but never threatened. UNH netted the next five goals and held the Stags off the scoreboard until one second remained on the clock.

Four other Wildcats scored multiple goals, as Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.), Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.), Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.) all netted two goals.

Defenseman Lauren Zerbinopoulos (Kennebunk, Maine), who had not recorded a shot in 28 career games, scored her first collegiate goal. Alexa Webster (Auroro, Colo.) also netted her first career goal.

UNH starting goalie Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) played the first half and shut out Fairfield while making four saves. Julie Bevad (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) played the second half and stopped one of three shots on goal. Fairfield goalie Monica Janowitz exited the game with the Stags trailing 11-0 at 19:48. Kathleen Crane went the rest of the way and stopped three of six shots.

New Hampshire returns to action at home vs. Boston College on March 24. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.

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