Albee, Blanchette combine for nine UNH goals in victory
DURHAM, N.H. - Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) scored five goals and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) added four tallies as the University of New Hampshire Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and then held on to defeat the Stony Brook Seawolves, 15-12, Sunday afternoon in America East women's lacrosse action at Memorial Field.
The Wildcats (7-5 overall, 2-0 America East) scored the first goal of the game just a minute and a half into the contest as Laura Dosdall (Wellsley, Mass.) found the net for her 16th goal of the season. Just over six minutes later, Albee scored two goals 14 seconds apart, one off an assist from Dosdall and the other with help from Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.).
UNH kept up the attack, as Blanchette and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) scored unassisted goals to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead at 13:20 of the first half. Stony Brook's Carlee Buck scored two goals to put the Seawolves on the board, but tallies by Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and Blanchette kept the Wildcat margin at five, 7-2, with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
The Seawolves (7-5, 2-2 America East) came storming back, scoring three goals at the end of the first half to close to within 7-5 at halftime. Jill Gridley scored two of those goals, with Diana Caroleo getting the other goal and Buck notching two assists. Stony Brook struck early in the second half, as Caroleo scored her second goal of the game to bring the Seawolves within one, 7-6, 41 seconds into the second half.
Ten seconds later, the Wildcats scored the first of four unanswered goals, as Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) found Albee alone in front of the net and Albee converted for her third goal of the game. Blanchette scored at 32:36, with Burnap grabbing the ensuing draw control and sprinting to the net, firing the ball into the net eight seconds later for UNH's 10th goal of the game.
The Wildcats scored five of the next seven goals to go up 15-8 with under 20 minutes left in the game. The Seawolves made a final comeback attempt in the final five minutes, as Amy Taylor scored on a free position shot and Marrisa Trachtenberg scored twice, once off a centering pass from Buck.
Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) started in goal for the Wildcats and notched her second victory of the season, stopping nine Stony Brook shots. Gina DeNezzo, in only her second start of the season, earned 13 saves for the visiting team.
At halftime, the 1985 UNH women's lacrosse team, winners of the NCAA national championship, was recognized in celebration of the 20th anniversary of that title. Eleven of the 18 players, including current head coach Sandy Bridgeman, were in attendance, as was 1985 head coach Marisa Didio.
New Hampshire starts a three-game road swing on Tuesday, April 19, against the UConn Huskies beginning at 3 p.m. The next Wildcat home game is April 27 vs. Vermont at 3 p.m.