CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior assistant captain Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.) recorded a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists - all in the first half - to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Friday afternoon's 19-3 America East victory against the University of Vermont at Omni Turf Field on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
UNH improved to 6-3 overall, 2-0 in the conference and 4-0 in games at Omni Turf Field. Vermont is now 1-6, 0-2.
Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), the other senior assistant captain, became the 18th Wildcat to reach the 100-point plateau with a goal and an assist in the first half. She now has 51 goals and 49 assists. With one more helper, Mangano will become the fifth UNH player to register both 50 goals and 50 assists.
Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.; four goals) opened the game scoring at 27:24 and the Wildcats scored four goals over the next four minutes, including tallies by Meagan Clavin (Hanover, N.H.; two goals, assist) and Christopher 10 seconds apart, to build a quick 5-0 advantage. UNH extended the lead to 9-0 midway through the first half before Vermont's Courtney LaMere and Molly Sheehan scored at 13:32 and 10:41, respectively. New Hampshire, with one goal from Groszkowski and two more from Christopher, built a 12-2 advantage.
UVM's Blair Griffin struck at 3:26 to slice the deficit to single figures at 12-3, but Christopher capped the first-half scoring with 1:50 remaining and the Wildcats' advantage was never less than double figures the rest of the way.
UNH's other goals were scored by Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.; three goals), Dawn Antosz (Sagamore Beach, Mass.), Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Amy McCann (Framingham, Mass.) and Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine). It was the first career goal for McCann. Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) recorded two assists.
UNH senior goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.), who entered the week ranked fourth in the nation in save percentage and seventh in GAA, played the first half and stopped three shots. Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) blanked the Catamounts on two second-half saves. UVM's Kate McBride made 20 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action April 10 against Holy Cross. The game is scheduled to be played at UNH's Memorial Field at 4 p.m.