DURHAM, N.H. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.), the all-time leading goal scorer at the University of New Hampshire, celebrated Senior Day with four goals but the Boston University women's lacrosse team defeated UNH, 13-8, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field to win the America East regular season title.
UNH, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, is now 4-11 overall and 4-1 in America East. The Wildcats are the No. 2 seed in the America East Championships and will play third-seeded Vermont (3-10 overall, 2-3 AE) in a May 1 (3:30 p.m.) semifinal game at BU's Nickerson Field.
BU won its school-record 10th consecutive game to improve to 12-4 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Terriers will host the league tournament and play fourth-seeded Stony Brook (7-9, 2-3) in Thursday's first semifinal game (1 p.m.).
The winner of the semifinals will meet in the May 3 championship game, also at Nickerson Field, at noon. The America East champion earns an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
UNH trailed 5-4 at halftime but Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.; two goals) scored a free position goal 1:12 into the second half to tie the score, 5-5. The Terriers regained the lead on one of five Alyssa Trudel goals at 33:21. Caroline Kelleher (two goals) scored 1:26 later to increase the visitor's lead to 7-5.
Groszkowski, who increased her career totals to 171 goals and 197 points, pulled the Wildcats within 7-6 with a free position goal at 35:06, but BU goals by Lindsay Lewis (goal, three assists), Danica Strutt and Mary Beth Miller (two goals, two assists) gave the Terriers a 10-6 advantage.
New Hampshire was then turned away twice on the offensive end on shots that were deflected by BU goalkeeper Anne Sheridan (12 saves) and then caromed off the pipe of the goalcage.
The 'Cats trimmed the deficit to 10-7 on Groszkowski's goal at 48:27, but could not get closer as the Terriers methodically pulled away by winning draw controls and executing a patient offense.
Trudel struck at 51:26 and 53:11, then Kylie Wagenet scored at 56:56 to give BU a 13-7 lead. Groszkowski netted a goal with 28 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
UNH goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) made six saves.
In the first half, Groszkowski quickly gave UNH what would prove to be its only lead of the game, 1-0, with a goal 57 seconds into the contest. BU scored three consecutive goals and five of the next six to build a 5-2 advantage. Katie Leland (Timonium, Md) and Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) netted goals eight seconds apart - the two quickest New Hampshire goals this season - to pull the 'Cats within 5-4 at the half.
This was the final home game for three seniors, including Groszkowski and Martin. Defenseman Jen Smith (Marshfield, Mass.) also donned the Blue and White for the last time at Memorial Field.