NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Com.) scored four goals, but the 18th-ranked Yale University women's lacrosse team fended off a valiant comeback by the University of New Hampshire to record Wednesday afternoon's 13-10 non-cnference victory at Johnson Field.
Yale (1-1) jumped out to an 8-0 lead before Burnap converted Kelly Blaney's (Stony Brook, N.Y.) centering pass from behind the net to put the Wildcats in the scoring column at 25:30. Burnap scored on a free position shot at 27:21 to trim the deficit to 8-2.
UNH (0-2) trailed by that six-goal margin at halftime, but continued its comeback in the second half with a Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) unassisted tally at 31:15, then Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) scored 20 seconds apart - at 37:02 and 37:22, respectively - to pull the 'Cats within 8-5. Bumap netted her third goal of the game - and sixth straight by New Hampshire -- on a free position shot at 40:48.
Following a Yale timeout, Katherine Sargent scored three consecutive goals to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 11-6.
UNH goals by Burnap at 46:59 and Albee at 47:59 lifted UNH within 11-8. Sophie Melniker gave Yale at 12-8 lead with 9:33 remaining, but tallies by Leland and Blanchette trimmed the deficit to 12-10,
Miles Whitman (six goals, three asssists) netted her sixth goal of the game with 2:12 to play to give the Bulldogs a 13-10 lead. UNH called timeout, but Yale maintained possession the rest of the way to secure the victory.
UNH starting goalie Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) made seven saves and exited the game at 25:30. Julie Bevad (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) played the remaining 34:30 and stopped four shots. Yale goalie Lonnie Sarnell was credited with five saves.
New Hampshire returns to action March 5 when the Wildcats play host to the University of Connecticut. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.