DURHAM, N.H. - Senior assistant captain Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals and assisted on three others to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Tuesday afternoon's 17-6 non-conference victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Memorial Field. UNH, which has won five of its last six games, improved to 7-3 while Holy Cross is now 9-5.
The Wildcats roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first 46 seconds of the game on two goals by Christine Anneberg (Denver, Colo.) and another by Mangano. Anneberg potted her third goal of the game to give the 'Cats a 4-0 advantage at 26:57. Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.; three goals) increased the lead to five goals at 20:49 before Taylor Connolly put the visitors in the scoring column at 19:31.
Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.; three goals, assist) struck 16 seconds later to re-establish a five-goal cushion at 6-1. New Hampshire extended the lead to 9-1 with 10:53 remaining in the opening half on tallies by Mangano, Christopher and Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.; two goals).
Beth Dale, with the help of Jen Amendola (two goals, two assists), trimmed the deficit to 9-2 at 9:59 and UNH took that lead into halftime. Amendola potted the initial two goals of the second half to lift the Crusaders within 9-4. New Hampshire led 10-5 with 20 minutes to play and steadily pulled away with seven consecutive goals.
UNH senior goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.), who entered the game ranked eighth in the nation in save percentage and 13th in goals-against-average, made five first-half saves. Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) spelled Warren in the second half and stopped six of 12 shots on goal.
Holy Cross goalie Erin Hartigan, who entered the game ranked 19th in save percentage and 20th in GAA, was credited with 15 saves and yielded 14 goals. Kellaigh Malangone played the last 6:12 of the game and stopped one shot.
New Hampshire's other tallies were scored by Meagan Clavin (Hanover, N.H.; two), Jen Magill (Wynnewood, Pa.) and Nicole Moore (Wilton, Maine). Other scorers for HC were Katie Britt and Erin Rowse.
Mangano reached a personal milestone as she became just the fifth UNH Wildcat player to record 50 goals and 50 assists in a career. She now has 53 tallies and 52 helpers.
New Hampshire returns to action April 14 at Towson University. The next Wildcat home game is April 21 (1 p.m.) against Stanford University.