Albee records team-high five points for 'Cats
DURHAM, N.H. - Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) recorded career highs in both goals (four) and points (five) to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Sunday afternoon's 21-5 non-conference victory against Fairfield University at Memorial Field.
UNH, which also scored 21 goals Saturday to defeat Sacred Heart University, won its second consecutive game to improve to 3-2 and extend its school-record home winning streak to 11 games. Fairfield is now 2-4.
Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) matched her career high of four goals for the second consecutive game and Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) also netted four goals to match her personal best. Both Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) recorded four points with three goals and an assist. UNH's single-goal scorers were Ashley Crook (South Burlington, Vt.), Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.).
UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made her first career start - it was her third appearance of the season - and recorded four saves to earn her first career victory. Fairfield goalkeeper Kristin Genovese stopped seven shots.
The Wildcats quickly built a 4-0 lead with four goals in as many minutes from the opening draw. Albee ignited the spurt by scoring 26 seconds into the game and was followed by Dosdall (at 1:30), Leland (2:51) and Burnap (4:00).
Fairfield called time out at that point but the 'Cats maintained momentum and extended the lead to 5-0 on Albee's second strike of the game at 5:44. Leland and Burnap also struck again within the next two minutes to quickly establish a 7-0 advantage. Albee and Blanchette scored on free position shots at 10:05 and 11:09, respectively, and Dosdall's unassisted tally just 33 seconds later gave New Hampshire a double-digit lead, 10-0, that would not be challenged the rest of the game.
UNH built its lead to 13-0 before Fairfield's Gina Wolynski scored at 23:00. The Wildcats led 15-2 at halftime and opened the second half with three consecutive goals to build its largest lead of the game, 16 goals, at 18-2 with 17:50 to play.
In addition to Wolynski, Amy Neville, Lara Hannigan, Sarah Masterson and Ashley Chappell scored for Fairfield.
UNH recorded a 36-10 shot advantage, including 24-3 in the first half. The Wildcats also had the upper hand in ground balls (27-18) and draw controls (18-10).
New Hampshire returns to action March 24 at home against second-ranked Northwestern University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.