BURLINGTON, Vt. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) scored seven goals - one short of the school record - and assisted on another tally to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Friday afternoon's 21-7 America East victory against the University of Vermont at Centennial Field.
UNH, which never trailed in the game, won its second straight to improve to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Vermont suffered its first defeat of the season and is now 3-1, 0-1.
Groszkowski became the 19th Wildcat to reach the 100-point plateau with the last of her seven tallies, which came at 45:57 and gave UNH a 17-7 lead. She set up the team's next goal to increase her season totals to 24-2-26 and her career numbers to 88-13-101. Her 88 tallies is 10th on UNH's career list and she is 18th on the points list.
Wildcat senior co-captains Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.) and Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) also recorded impressive offensive numbers. Clavin registered career highs in both assists (four) and points (seven) while Yund tallied six points with an assist and a career-best five goals. Groszkowski netted the first of her career-high seven goals 52 seconds into the game to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.; two goals, assist) gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage at 5:40 before UVM's Mackenzie Dean struck at 6:36. UNH scored the next four goals, including two by Clavin, to build a 6-1 advantage. Yund scored with seven seconds remaining in the first half to give New Hampshire a 10-4 halftime lead.
Vermont trimmed the deficit to 10-6 with two goals in the opening 3:30 of the second half. UNH responded with four goals over the next eight minutes to extend its advantage to 14-6 and the Catamounts never got closer than seven goals the rest of the way.
Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) finished with three goals for the Wildcats and Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) recorded four points with one goal and three assists.
The Catamounts were led offensively by Courtney LaMere (two goals, assist) and Courtney Keefe (two goals).
UNH starting goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.), who entered the week as the national leader in save percentage, surrendered seven goals and was credited with one save before exiting the game with 4:00 remaining. Heidi Dessert (Fairhaven, Mass.) made her UNH debut and stopped the only shot she faced.
UVM goalie Kate McBride registered 14 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action April 6 at home against Northwestern University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.