Albee leads Wildcat attack with seven goals, assist
DURHAM, N.H. - Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) scored a career-high seven goals and finished with a personal-best eight points to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 18-3 America East victory against the University of Vermont in a windswept, heavy rain at Memorial Field.
UNH won its third consecutive game -- and 13th overall vs. conference opponents, including the 2004 postseason -- to improve to 10-6 overall and 5-0 in America East and reach double digits in victories for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Vermont concluded the regular season at 4-11, 1-5.
In addition to Albee, Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.; two goals, two assists), Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.; three goals) and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.; two goals) all scored multiple goals. Dosdall, Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.) were credited with two assists while both Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) both finished with a goal and an assist. UNH's other goal was scored by Ashley Blake (Amherst, N.H.) and it was the rookie's first career point.
UNH starting goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) played the first half and stopped two of three shots on goal to earn the victory. Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made three saves and allowed two goals in the second half. UVM goalie Meaghan Hanley was credited with 10 saves.
Albee, who netted six goals Sunday at Albany, recorded five goals and an assist in the first half as the Wildcats scored early and often. Dosdall opened the scoring at 1:00 and Covucci followed at 1:57. Albee's first tally extended the Wildcats' lead to 3-0 at 3:16, then Leland struck at 4:29, prompting a Catamount timeout. The Wildcats won the ensuing draw control, however, and Talbot scored nine seconds later to give UNH a 5-0 advantage.
New Hampshire built a 9-0 lead at 11:50 before UVM broke into the scoring column with a Becky Kenison free-position goal at 15:29. The Wildcats closed the half with a 6-0 run, however, to take a 15-1 lead and a 32-3 shot advantage into halftime.
Vermont's Vanessa Cox (goal, assist) scored at 32:32, but the Wildcats won the following draw control and held the ball for seven minutes before Webster's goal at 39:32 made the score 16-2. Albee, with the assistance of Webster, scored 2:04 later, then New Hampshire went into a perimeter passing game the rest of the way.
New Hampshire returns to action for its regular-season finale May 1 at home against Boston University. Game time for Senior Day at Memorial Field is 1p.m., and the winner of this game will be the host of the America East Championships (May 5-7).