Leland leads 'Cat attack yet again with five goals, three assists
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) recorded eight points with five goals and three assists to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 15-5 non-conference victory against Harvard University at Jordan Field.
UNH improved to 6-5 with its second consecutive win while Harvard fell to 2-8. Leland has 14 goals and five assists for 19 points in two games this week, as she recorded a school-record nine goals Monday vs. UMBC.
UNH controlled play early to build a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the game and the Wildcats netted the initial seven goals of the game. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.; two goals, three assists) gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead as she cut down the middle of the fan and fired a shot into the upper-right corner at 2:12. Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.; four goals) converted a long Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.) pass into a goal at 4:57 and Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.; two goals), off a pass from Leland, extended the advantage to 3-0 at 10:02.
Harvard called time out at that point, but UNH gained possession off the ensuing draw control and Leland scored 24 seconds later. Burnap's second goal of the half pushed the Wildcat lead to 5-0 at 11:40. Leland converted a pass from Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.; goal, assist) into a six-goal advantage at 15:32 and Burnap struck again 39 seconds later for a 7-0 lead.
Harvard finally broke into the scoring column at 22:31 on a goal by Tara Schoen and New Hampshire took that 7-1 lead into halftime. The Crimson trimmed the deficit to 7-3 when Liz Gamble opened the second-half scoring with a free-position goal at 31:02 and an unassisted tally at 32:50.
The Wildcats regained momentum behind the duo of Leland and Burnap. Leland's third goal of the game increased UNH's lead to 8-3 at 34:21, then 43 seconds later her third assist set up Burnap's fourth tally to produce a 9-3 advantage. Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) scored at 36:04 for the third goal in a span of 1:43 and a 10-3 lead.
Leland scored goals 11 seconds apart, at 38:07 and 38:18, and Dosdall gave New Hampshire a double-digit lead, 13-3, at 39:03. Harvard's Natalie Curtis cut the deficit to single figures, 13-4, at 42:41, but Blanchette and Covucci scored free-position goals at 46:30 and 48:46, respectively to put the 'Cats in front 15-4.
Schoen capped the game scoring with 3:33 remaining.
Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) extended her point-scoring streak to 11 games with an assist.
UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) finished with seven saves. Harvard starting goalie Caitlin Cahow yielded seven goals and was credited with one save in 16:11. Kristin Demorest stopped eight shots and allowed eight goals in 43:49 of relief action.
New Hampshire returns to action April 17 at home against Stony Brook University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m. UNH's 1985 NCAA women's lacrosse national championship team will be honored at halftime of the game.