WORCESTER, Mass. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md.) scored four goals to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's non-conference 12-5 victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Hart Center Astroturf Field.
UNH won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 6-3. Holy Cross is now 5-9.
Groszkowski quickly gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead when she gathered a ground ball off the opening draw and directly attacked the goal to score with 19 seconds elapsed. The Crusaders responded with a Katie Britt tally at 1:46.
Goals by Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) and Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) at 6:40 and 7:36, respectively, gave UNH a 3-1 advantage. Holy Cross pulled within 3-2 on an Erin Rowse free position goal at 11:43, but the 'Cats scored five consecutive goals to take a 7-2 lead into the half.
Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine) began the spurt with an unassisted tally at 16:52. Yund potted her second unassisted goal of the game at 21:00, then Groszkowski and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) scored goals 32 seconds apart, at 25:32 and 26:04, to give UNH a 7-2 lead.
The Wildcats extended their advantage to 11-2 with second-half tallies by Burnap, Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.), Groszkowski and Bronwyn Leto (Oswego, N.Y.). Holy Cross trimmed the margin to 11-3, then Groszkowski, the reigning America East Player of the Week, tallied her fourth goal of the game at 52:11.
The home team scored two goals in the next 33 seconds to close the scoring.
UNH goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) made six saves while HC's Kellaigh Mangaolone stopped 10 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action April 12 with a home game against America East newcomer Binghamton University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.