Blanchette records 100th career goal
DURHAM, N.H. -- Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded her 100th career goal and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) had a game-high five points to highlight the University of New Hampshire's 18-2 victory against Binghamton University in Saturday afternoon's America East women's lacrosse matchup at Memorial Field.
UNH recorded a 39-7 shot advantage as well as a 22-7 edge in ground balls to extend its winning streak to eight games, improve to 9-4 overall and retain first place in the conference standings at 4-0. Binghamton dropped its third consecutive game to fall to 4-10 overall, 0-4 in America East.
Webster recorded a game-high four goals and also had an assist to finish with five points. Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) and Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) both had four points for the 'Cats. Leland compiled two goals and two assists while Talbot recorded a personal-best three assists for the third consecutive game and also had a goal. Danae Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.) registered her first career point with an assist late in the first half and netted a pair of second-half goals to finish with three points.
Blanchette entered the game with 99 career goals and became the 10th UNH Wildcat to reach the 100 goal plateau with her first tally of the game, which gave the 'Cats a 5-0 lead at 5:00. She struck again at 9:30 to give UNH a double-digit lead of 10-0 and finished with two goals and an assist.
UNH starting goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made one save and allowed one goal in 30:00 to earn the win. Lauren McMullen (Amherst, N.H.) started the second half and also stopped one of two shots on goal in 18:45. Maghan Grahn (Roseau, Minn.) played the final 11:15 and was credited with two saves.
Other goal scorers for UNH were Sarah Von Bargen (E. Setauket, N.Y.) with three and Ashley Crook (So. Burlington, Vt.), Lauren DePont (So. Riding, Va.), Leanne Ferretti (Sound Beach, N.Y.) and Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) with one each. The goal marked the first collegiate point for DePont.
Danielle Edwards scored both Binghamton goals. Sandra Alvarez exited the game at 48:45 with 11 saves and the Bearcats trailing 17-2. Carolyn Cuneo went the rest of the way and stopped three shots.
UNH quickly built a double-digit lead and retained control the rest of the game. Von Bargen scored 25 seconds after the opening draw off a pass from Webster. Leland scored consecutive goals at 2:13 and 3:21, then Von Bargen netted her second of the game 21 seconds later to give the 'Cats a 4-0 lead.
Binghamton called time out at that point, but the Wildcats continued its scoring barrage with tallies by Blanchette and Talbot (at 6:16) and back-to-back Webster goals at 7:02 and 8:16 to extend the advantage to 8-0. Von Bargen netted her third of the game 40 seconds later and Blanchette struck again to create the 10-goal differential.
UNH then went into a patient attack and slowly extended its cushion on Webster's goal at 18:10. Edwards put the visitors in the scoring column at 21:43, but Webster netted her fourth goal of the game on a free position shot at 26:19 and Ferretti scored with 15 seconds on the clock to give New Hampshire a 13-1 halftime lead.
Sabiston opened the second-half scoring at 31:42, then Deveau scored at 35:17 and 37:22 to push the lead to 16-1. Edwards' second goal ended UNH's run of five consecutive goals at 46:22. Crook netted her first goal of the season at 48:45 and DePont capped the scoring at 58:31.
Blanchette ranks 10th on UNH's career goals list with 101. Sarah Kittredge (1983-85) ranks ninth with 102. Leland extended her school points record to 253 -- she recorded point No. 250 on her first goal of the game -- and is tied for sixth on UNH's single-season assist list (25) as well as sixth in points (65). Von Bargen now has 30 goals this season, which is the most by a UNH rookie in the program's history; she broke the previous benchmark of 28 established by Jess Burnap in 2002.
New Hampshire concludes its four-game homestand with Senior Day on April 18. Game time against the University of Connecticut is 3 p.m.