DURHAM, N.H. - Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) broke the America East Championships single-game record with nine points on six goals and three assists to propel the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Thursday afternoon's 19-6 victory against the University at Albany in an America East semifinal game at Memorial Field.
UNH, the top seed in the America East tournament following a 6-0 conference record, extended its school-record winning streak to 13 games and broke the single-season record for wins in a season by improving to 14-4. The Wildcats will play Boston University, a 12-10 winner against UMBC in the late semifinal, in the title game for the third time in as many years May 8 at noon.
Fourth-seeded Albany, which went 3-3 in the league, ended the season at 6-11.
In addition to Leland's impressive offensive performance (her six goals also tied the league tourney single-game record), Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) recorded a career-high four assists and matched her personal best of six points, and America East Player of the Year Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) registered six points with five goals and one assist. Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) contributed two goals and two assists,
Blaney quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a tally at 1:49, then Leland netted consecutive goals at 2:49 and 3:34 to extend the advantage to 3-0. Burnap then struck 28 seconds apart - at 5:04 and 5:32 - to produce a 5-0 lead. Leland and Blaney scored within 23 seconds in the 10th minute and UNH rolled out to an 11-0 lead 20 minutes into the game.
Kate Fontana ended Albany's scoring drought at 20:47 but New Hampshire closed the half with three more goals to build a 14-1 halftime advantage and the visitors never trimmed the deficit below 13 goals the rest of the way.
UNH goalie Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) stopped five shots and allowed three goals in 52:55 of action. Julie Bevad (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) played the final 7:05 and turned aside one of four shots. Great Danes' goalie Jen Daly was credited with 14 saves.
Other goal scorers for UNH were Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass; two), Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.).
New Hampshire recorded a 39-15 shot advantage and also had a 25-17 edge in ground balls.
Leland extended her single-season point record to 84 with Thursday's career-high nine points, and Burnap increased her single-season goal record to 66.