STANFORD, Calif. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) both scored three goals and Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) made 16 saves, but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated 18-9 by Stanford University at Maloney Field on Saturday afternoon.
Stanford improved to 2-0 while this was the 2003 season opener for New Hampshire (0-1).
The Cardinal took an early 1-0 lead with a Kelsey Twist (four goals, three assists) goal 1:59 into the game. Stanford extended its lead to 4-0 before Groszkowski, an All-America First Team selection last year, put UNH in the scoring column at 9:16.
Stanford led 11-2 before Burnap, the 2002 America East Rookie of the Year, netted her second tally of the game at 28:24 and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) struck with 56 seconds remaining in the opening half to trim the deficit to 11-4 at halftime.
The home team seized back momentum early in the second half, however, with tallies at 32:07 and 33:03. Burnap's third goal at 38:06 made the score 13-5 but the 'Cats would get no closer the rest of the way.
Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) and Meg Marshall (Hingham, Mass.) scored the other UNH goals. Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was credited with two assists.
Stanford goalie Kate Horowitz made seven saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 23 at California. UNH is scheduled to play its home opener March 5 (4 p.m.) against Yale University.