UNH women's lacrosse overwhelms Stony Brook, 19-4

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) recorded three goals and five assists to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 19-4 America East victory against Stony Brook University at LaValle Stadium.

UNH, which defeated Stony Brook 19-3 last year, won its fifth consecutive game to improve to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in America East. SBU is now 4-5, 0-2.

Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.; three goals) quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a goal 35 seconds into the game and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) netted the first of her four goals in the game 19 seconds later for a 2-0 advantage. Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.; two goals) and Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.; three goals) also scored in the opening four minutes to produce a 4-0 lead.

Danielle Werner (three goals) put the Seawolves in the scoring column at 7:45, but tallies by Cahill and Blanchette extended UNH's lead to 6-1 with 12:16 remaining in the first half. Werner struck again less than a minute later but SBU would get no closer the rest of the way as Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Burnap struck 17 seconds apart for an 8-2 advantage.

Leland, whose five assists and eight points are both career highs, capped the first-half scoring with unassisted goals at 21:54 and 26:41 to push New Hampshire's lead to 10-2 at halftime. Leland has amassed 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points during UNH's five-game unbeaten streak.

Burnap netted goals 48 seconds apart to open the second-half scoring and keep momentum in UNH's favor through the second stanza.

UNH starting goalie Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) stopped five of seven shots in the first half to earn the victory. Julie Bevad (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) made one save and surrendered two goals in the second half. SBU's Jen Sandtorv turned away five of 20 shots in 52:30, then Gina DeNezzo allowed four goals and was credited with two saves the rest of the way.

In her homecoming, Blaney scored three goals for the Wildcats. Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) recorded a career-high two points with a goal and an assist.

New Hampshire returns to action April 14 at home vs. Harvard University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.

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