Burnap, Leland score three goals apiece to spark 'Cats
WORCESTER, Mass. - Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) both scored three goals to propel the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Monday afternoon's 8-5 season-opening victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Hart Turf Field.
After facing a pair of early one-goal deficits, the Wildcats closed the first half with a 4-0 run - Burnap recorded a point on all four goals --- to take a 5-2 lead into halftime. Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) pulled the 'Cats even, 2-2, at 16:17 and Burnap, who also had two assists to finish with five points, gave New Hampshire a lead it would not relinquish, 3-2, at 17:19. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Burnap, with the assistance of Leland, scored goals 42 seconds apart at 24:58 and 25:40, respectively, to extend the advantage to 5-2.
Holy Cross trimmed the deficit to 5-4 in the opening minutes of the second half on tallies by Kelly Winslow at 31:03 and Jacque Hastings at 33:55.
Leland one-timed a Leanne Ferretti (Sound Beach, N.Y.) pass from behind the net at 34:46 - less than one minute after the Crusaders pulled within one goal - to quell the home squad's rally and score what proved to be the game-winning goal. Leland struck again at 38:54 and Burnap netted her third goal of the game at 41:34 to give the 'Cats an 8-4 advantage.
The Crusaders, held scoreless for almost 25 minutes by UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.), closed the scoring on a Kristine Corkum goal with 1:40 remaining. HC won the ensuing draw control but UNH's defense kept the Crusaders on the perimeter and forced a turnover in the closing seconds to secure the win.
Plati finished with 12 saves - six in both halves - for the 'Cats. HC goalie Megan Orr stopped 13 shots.
Holy Cross' Trish Sutton scored a 5:07 to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. Leland, with the assistance of Blanchette, tied the score at 7:54. Sutton struck again at 13:21 to put HC back in front, 2-1.
Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.), who recorded an assist on Burnap's last tally, had a strong field game with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.) contributed three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
New Hampshire returns to action March 5 at Dartmouth College. The first home game for the 'Cats is March 9 vs. Yale. Game time at Memorial Field is 3p.m.