BOSTON - Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) recorded two goals and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 7-6 America East victory against Boston University at Nickerson Field.
UNH won its seventh consecutive game -- the team's longest win streak since the 1991 team won nine straight - to improve to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in America East. BU fell to 5-7, 2-1.
With the Wildcats leading 6-4, BU's Kaitlyn Cuneo scored with 16:20 remaining to trim the Terriers' deficit to one goal. UNH won the ensuing draw control and a patient perimeter offense led to Leland's second goal of the game - and 29th of the season - at 53:06.
The Wildcats once again gained possession on the ensuing draw control, but a defensive stop by the Terriers led to Kelly Trahon's goal with 3:51 remaining to make the score 7-6. UNH controlled the draw control but turned the ball over with 90 seconds to play to set up a dramatic finish. BU's Lindsay Lewis hit the pipe with 1:10 remaining and Trahon also hit the pipe on a free position shot with under 20 seconds to go. Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.) picked up the loose ball off that rebound and her outlet pass allowed UNH to run out the clock, thereby securing the victory.
UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) recorded seven saves, including five in the first half. BU counterpart Anne Sheridan stopped 11 shots.
Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) quickly gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 1:40. BU scored goals at 5:08 and 14:27 to take a 2-1 lead, and it would be the Terriers' only lead of the game.
Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) tied the score, 2-2, at 16:48 and Dosdall's second tally of the game put the 'Cats back in front, 3-2, at 19:23. BU called time out and Cuneo pulled the Terriers even at 21:56, and the score remained tied 3-3 at the half.
Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) netted her team-leading 39th goal of the season 54 seconds into the second half to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish. Leland, who set up Burnap's tally, scored three minutes later to extend UNH's advantage to 5-3.
BU pulled within 5-4 at 36: 59 but Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) scored at 40:31 to reestablish a two-goal Wildcat cushion prior to Cuneo's goal with 16:20 to play.
This marked the fourth consecutive victory by the road team in the regular-season meetings between UNH and BU.
New Hampshire returns to action April 18 at home against Rutgers. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.