No. 19 UNH women’s lacrosse upends UMBC, 18-10

DURHAM, N.H. -- Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) broke the school single-season points record with eight points on six goals and two assists to propel the 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 18-10 America East victory against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County at Memorial Field. With the win, UNH finished atop the conference standings at 6-0 and will host the upcoming America East Championships (May 6-8) at Memorial Field.

UNH, which also hosted the conference tournament in 2002, extended its school-record winning streak to 12 and tied the program benchmark for victories in a season by improving to 13-4 overall. UMBC is now 5-10 overall and 4-2 in America East.

Leland surpassed the previous single-season benchmark of 68 points established by Jessie Groszkowski in 2002 with her second point of the game, which was her second tally and gave UNH a 5-3 lead at 14:43. Leland, whose six goals and eight points both tied career highs, now has 75 points on 50 goals and 25 assists.

Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) broke the UNH single-season goal record with the last of her four tallies. Her first goal of the game tied the score, 1-1, at 2:22 and she struck again in the first half at 23:55 to extend the Wildcats' advantage to 8-4. She tied the previous mark of 60, also set by Groszkowski in 2002, at 52:09 and became the record holder 90 seconds later when she gave UNH a 16-8 lead. Burnap has 61 goals in 2004 and a total of 69 points, which also surpasses the previous single-season record.

UMBC's Kate Worthington (two goals) quickly gave the Retrievers a 1-0 lead with a goal 1:03 into the game, but tallies by Burnap and Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) gave UNH a 2-1 lead at 5:31. Kelly Fiorani (three goals) netted consecutive goals at 6:09 and 7:26 to put the visitors back in front, 3-2.

Leland's first strike of the game tied the score, 3-3, then UNH scored three goals in a span of 34 seconds to take a lead it would not relinquish. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) scored the first of her three goals to open the flurry at 16:18, then Leland netted back-to-back goals nine seconds apart -- the fastest two goals by UNH this season -- for a 6-3 advantage.

Fiorani trimmed the deficit to 6-4 at 23:07, but Dosdall and Burnap scored 38 seconds apart, then Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) netted the first of her two goals 42 seconds later for a 9-4 Wildcat lead. Goals by Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) at 26:52 and Leland with 30 seconds remaining in the first half put UNH in front 11-4 at halftime.

UMBC's Jennifer Kasper (three goals) opened the second-half scoring at 32:44, but the 'Cats continued to pull away and built a 14-5 advantage on a tally by Leland and two from Blanchette.

The Retrievers closed within 14-8 with goals by Worthington, Jen Dragoni and Kelly Fahey in a span of 3:25, but then neither team scored for 10 minutes until Burnap netted her consecutive goals to put momentum back in favor of UNH.

Wildcat goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) recorded seven saves and UMBC counterpart Kristina Raab was credited with nine saves.

New Hampshire broke the single-season points record early in this game and now has 303 this year (281 points in 2001 was the record) and extended its goals record to 230.

This marked the final regular-season home game for seniors Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Cahill. Both players recorded a point as Blaney was credited with an assist and Cahill netted one goal.

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