UNH women's lacrosse rolls past Boston College, 19-11

DURHAM, N.H. -- Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) tied the school record with eight goals and recorded her 100th career point to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 19-11 non-conference victory against Boston College at Memorial Field.

UNH, which also received a career-high six points from Katie Leland(Timonium, Md.) as she matched her career highs in both goals (three) and assists (three), won its third consecutive game to improve to 4-4, while BC dropped its third straight game to fall to 4-3.

Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) netted the first of her career-high three goals 26 seconds into the game to quickly give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Burnap, who entered the game with 98 career points and currently has 83 goals and 23 assists for 106 points, scored goals 31 seconds apart - at 4:29 and 5:00 - to reach the 100-point milestone and extend UNH's lead to 3-0. She struck again at 6:21 for a 4-0 advantage.

BC's Carley St. Lucia (four goals) scored at 12:15 to put the visitors in the scoring column and the Eagles pulled within 5-3 at 19:08. Both teams potted three more goals before the end of the half to give New Hampshire an 8-6 halftime lead.

Burnap opened the second-half scoring at 31:05, then Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.; two goals) scored goals 10 seconds apart, at 32:33 and 32:43, to extend UNH's advantage to 11-6.

St. Lucia pulled the Eagles within 11-7 at 33:58, but the visitors would get no closer than four goals the rest of the way.

UNH goalie Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) made 11 saves. BC starting goalie Tara McKennett stopped four of 22 shots in 54:49. Michelle Lawson, who entered at 39:58 and exited at 45:09, stopped one of two shots in 5:11.

Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.; goal, two assists) and Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.; goal, assist) were UNH's other goal scorers.

Burnap's eight goals matched the benchmark established by Diane Willis in 1977 and was later matched by Donna O'Brien (in 1981) and Gaby Haroules (twice in 1981).

New Hampshire returns to action March 27 (1 p.m.) at UMass. The next Wildcat home game is April 14 vs. Harvard. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.

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