UNH women's lax shuts down Vermont, 14-3

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) both scored four goals to lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to a school-record 11th consecutive victory with Wednesday afternoon's 14-3 America East win against the University of Vermont at Centennial Field.

UNH, which broke the 10-game winning streak established in 1991, won its sixth consecutive road game to improve to 12-4 overall and 5-0 in America East. UVM is now 4-11, 0-6.

The Wildcats controlled play early and eventually took a 1-0 lead on the first of Blaney's career-high four goals at 7:17. Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) netted three consecutive goals, including tallies just 30 seconds apart at 11:15 and 11:45, to increase UNH's advantage to 4-0 at 16:40.

UVM called time out but Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.), with the assistance of Dosdall, scored 21 seconds later to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 5-0. Blaney netted her second goal of the game at 23:06 and Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) potted her 50th career goal on a free position shot at 26:24 for a 7-0 New Hampshire lead that carried into halftime. It marked the third time this season - and second time in the past three games - that UNH has shut out the opposition in the first half.

Burnap opened the second-half scoring at 34:25 and, after Leland struck at 37:20, scored again at 38:39 to give the Wildcats a double-digit lead, 10-0.

Vermont's Ashleigh Wilson put the Catamounts in the scoring column at 40:21, which ended UNH's shutout streak at 87:13 and that of Wildcat goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.), who finished with four saves, at 57:13.

Burnap's third goal of the game reestablished a double-digit lead at 42:09 before UVM netted tallies at 48:36 and 50:23 to trim the deficit to 11-3. Blaney scored a free position goal 28 seconds later for a 12-3 score and Burnap once again gave the Wildcats a double-figure advantage, 13-3, at 53:19. Blaney closed the scoring with 1:54 remaining.

Vermont goalie Kate McBride recorded 20 saves.

With 14 goals, the 2004 Wildcats increased their season total to 212 to break the school single-season record of 210 that was set in 2001.

New Hampshire concludes the regular season at home vs. Maryland, Baltimore County on May 1 in a battle for first place in the final America East standings. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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