BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) scored four goals apiece to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 21-7 America East victory against Binghamton University at the East Gym Complex.
UNH, which scored 20 goals one day earlier at Albany, is now 3-10 overall and 3-0 in America East. Binghamton is 0-9, 0-4.
Blanchette, whose four goals and four points are career highs, gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead with free position goals at 1:44 and 2:56. Groszkowski then scored at 3:32, set up the first of three tallies by Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) 13 seconds later and struck again at 4:16 to quickly extend UNH's advantage to 5-0.
The Wildcats went on to score the first 11 goals of the game - in a span of 10:55 - before Bearcat Laura Gabbamonte (three goals) scored at 12:35. UNH retained control of the game, however, and took a 14-3 lead into halftime. The home team never trimmed the deficit below 11 goals in the second half.
Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) matched her career high of three goals and also had two assists to establish a career-high five points and Renne Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.) scored two goals to give the 'Cats five multiple-goal scorers. Single-goal scorers for the 'Cats were Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.), Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.), Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Lura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) and Jen Smith (Marshfield, Mass.). Dosdall also had two assists to finish with three points while Albee, Evans, Smith and Blaney were credited with one assist each. The goal by Evans marked her first career point. Bronwyn Leto (Oswego, N.Y.) finished with two assists.
UNH starting goal Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) played the first half and Julie Bevad (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) went the final 30 minutes. Both goalies were credited with three saves. BU goalkeeper Allison Steinberg made six saves.
Groszkowski, who is the school's career leader in goals with 161, finished the game with six points (4-2-6) and is now No. 2 on UNH's all-time points list with 185.
UNH returns to action April 25 vs. Stony Brook. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m. The regular season concludes April 27 (1 p.m. at home against Boston University.