NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.), the reigning America East Player of the Week, scored three goals but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated by 11th-ranked Vanderbilt University, 9-5, in Wednesday afternoon's non-conference game at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Stadium.
UNH, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, is now 2-3 overall with all three losses to nationally-ranked opponents. The Commodores are now 4-2.
Vanderbilt quickly built a 2-0 advantage with consecutive goals by Jeannie Crawley (three goals) at 1:40 and 2:18. The home team extended its lead to 4-0 on back-to-back tallies from Kelly Devlin.
The Wildcats trimmed the deficit to 4-2. Senior captain Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.) potted a free position goal at 14:04, then Groszkowski, with the assistance of Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.), scored at 18:32.
Crawley scored her third goal of the game to give Vanderbilt a 5-2 cushion, but Nicole Moore (Wilton, Maine) netted an unassisted goal at 24:31 to pull the 'Cats within 5-3 before halftime.
UNH closed within one goal, 5-4, when Groszkowski scored 1:18 into the second half. The Commodores' Tara Schmucker responded with a goal 31 seconds later, however, and Vandy led 8-4 midway through the half.
Groszkowski's third tally of the game lifted the Wildcats within 8-5, but once again the home team had a quick answer as Kinsey Osberg scored 42 seconds later.
Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) set up both of Groszkowski's second-half goals.
UNH goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) was credited with 13 saves to mark the fourth consecutive game in which she has reached double-digits in that statistic. Ashley Bastinelli stopped nine shots defending the Vanderbilt goal.
Groszkowski has recorded a multiple-goal game in all five Wildcat contests this season and has 15 for the season.
New Hampshire returns to action April 3 for its home opener vs. Brown University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.