DURHAM, N.H. - Kristin Abruzzese scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead the second-seeded Boston University women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 11-5 victory against top-seeded University of New Hampshire in the title game of the America East Championship at Memorial Field.
Boston University, playing in the championship game for the fourth consecutive year, won its second America East title in three years and ends its season at 8-11. UNH, which made a fifth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament, finished the year at 12-6.
Trailing 6-3 at the half, UNH closed within 6-5 on goals by Rookie of the Year Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and America East Player of the Year Jessie Groszkowski (Riesterstown, Md.) at 33:15 and 35:43, respectively. Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) assisted on both tallies.
The score remained 6-5 for more than 15 minutes until the Terriers, who avenged a 13-9 regular-season loss to the Wildcats, received a goal from Abruzzese at 51:45.
New Hampshire called time out but momentum remained in favor of BU, which increased the lead to 8-5 on a Sasha Lang tally at 55:08.
Ericka Hergenroeder, who was selected to the America East All-Championships Team along with Abruzzese, scored goals 51 seconds apart - at 57:22 and 58:13 - to increase the cushion to 10-5. Gabby Juocys, who was named Most Outstanding Player in addition to her selection to the All-Championship Team, finalized the scoring with 10 seconds to play.
BU goalkeeper Brooke Barrett, the fourth Terrier named to the All-Championships Team, recorded six saves. UNH goalie Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) stopped 11 shots.
Boston University opened the scoring at 1:55 of the first half on a tally by Alyssa Trudel. Groszkowski scored an unassisted goal at 8:39 to tie the game. Katie Nordhoff scored the first of her two goals to put the Terriers back in front, 2-1, at 19:37. The Wildcats answered with a goal by Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) at 22:01, but Juocys netted a free position goal 35 seconds later to give BU a lead it would never relinquish.
Nordhoff, with the help of Abruzzese, extended the Terriers' lead to 4-2 at 25:35. Burnap trimmed the deficit to 4-3 at 26:16, but Hannah Cross responded one minute later to give BU a 5-3 advantage. Abruzzese closed the first half scoring with a free position goal at 28:32.
Burnap and Groszkowski, as well as Nicole Moore (Wilton, Maine), were UNH selections to the All-Championship Team. Also named to the All-Championship Team was: Courtney LaMere and Sarah Booker of Vermont and Albany's Andrea Esposito and Theresa Masse.
Groszkowski, who extended her goal-scoring streak to 28 games, broke the UNH records for both goals and points in a season. She surpassed the previous goals mark of 59, which was set by Kathy Sanborn in 1979, with 60 tallies this season. Her two goals increased her points total to 68, which bettered Colleen Christopher's mark of 66 set last year. She is No. 4 on the all-time goals list with 124 and is seventh in points (143).