Syracuse, N.Y. - Leigh-Ann Zimmer scored five goals to lead the 14th-ranked Syracuse University women's lacrosse team to Sunday afternoon's 14-5 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Carrier Dome.
UNH, which had not surrendered double-digits in goals in 10 previous games this season, had its five-game winning streak snapped and is now 7-4 (2-0 America East) with all four losses at the hands of nationally-ranked teams. Syracuse is now 7-4 (2-3 Big East).
The Orangewomen scored the first five goals of the game as Kim Wayne (goal, five assists) opened the scoring at 6:18. Zimmer scored consecutive goals at 6:38, 11:03 and 12:22 and Monica Jones made it 5-0 at 13:25.
Jessie Groszkowski (Riestertown, Md.; two goals, assist) got UNH on the scoreboard at 14:41, but Syracuse extended its lead to 7-1 on tallies by Jessica Trombley (22:48) and Carrie Soults (three goals).
The Wildcats trimmed the deficit to 7-3 before halftime on goals by Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) and Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) at 28:44 and 29:53, respectively.
New Hampshire closed within 7-4 when Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.) scored a free position goal 43 seconds into the second half, but the Orangewomen scored four goals over the next ten minutes to regain control of the game.
Groszkowski closed the UNH scoring at 47:25 and she has recorded a multiple-goal game in all 11 contests this season. It was her 99th career goal and Groszkowski will become the seventh UNH Wildcat to reach the 100-goal plateau with her next tally.
SU scored three goals in a two-minute span late in the game to pull away.
UNH goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City. Md.) recorded 10 saves, as did SU's Carla Gigon. Gigon stopped six first-half shots, including three over the first five minutes, allowing the Orangewomen to build an early lead.
New Hampshire returns to action April 17 (3:30 pm) at Boston University. The Wildcats play two home games next weekend as the play host to Albany on April 20 (noon) and welcome Stanford to Durham on April 21 (11 a.m.).