Burnap, Leland finish with seven points each
VESTAL, N.Y. - Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) both recorded seven points to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Friday afternoon's 18-6 America Fast conference victory against Binghamton University at East Gym Field.
UNH, with its 11th consecutive America East victory including last year's postseason, improved to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in the conference. Binghamton lost its second straight game to fall to 3-10, 0-4.
Burnap finished with three goals and a career-high four assists to register a season-high seven points and increase her career point total to 198. Leland recorded five goals and two assists to account for her seven points. Both players recorded six of their seven points in the first half as UNH built its double-digit lead.
Early in the game, sloppy play produced a 1-0 lead for the Bearcats on an Anna Riordan tally at 5:31. Leland responded 30 seconds later with the first of her four first-half tallies to level the score, 1-1. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.; three goals, two assists) gave the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish, 2-1, with a free-position goal at 11:11, then Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.; two goals), with the assistance of Burnap, extended the advantage to 3-1 at 13:42.
Danielle Edwards trimmed the Binghamton deficit to 3-2 at 14:35 but UNH closed the half with nine consecutive goals to build a double digit lead at the half, 12-2.
Burnap netted consecutive goals at 14:49 and 18:16 to give the 'Cats a 5-2 lead. Sparked by consecutive Leland goals 56 seconds apart - at 24:16 and 25:12 -- the Wildcats scored four goals in a two-minute span to build a 9-2 advantage. Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) and Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.; two goals, assist) accounted for the other two goals, then Covucci struck again at 26:44 for a 10-2 Wildcat lead. Talbot scored with 2:01 remaining in the half and, for the second time in the opening half, Leland converted a pass from Burnap into a goal and that gave the 'Cats a 12-2 cushion at 29:52.
The Wildcats maintained the double-digit lead the remainder of the game. Leland, Burnap and Blanchette, as well as Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) and Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.), scored UNH's second-half goals.
UNH starting goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) earned the victory in playing the first half and recording one save. Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) was credited with two saves. Bearcat goalie Christa Quon stopped 10 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action April 24 (noon) at the University at Albany. The next Wildcat home game is April 27 vs. the University of Vermont. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.