STORRS, Conn. - Shannon Burke scored four goals and assisted on another to lead the University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team to Tuesday afternoon's 14-7 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
UNH, which entered the game with a three-game winning streak, is now 7-6. UConn improved to 10-3.
The Huskies scored six of the first seven goals of the game to build a 6-1 lead. Shannon Burke, who netted four goals during the run, gave UConn a 1-0 lead at 2:11. UNH's Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) evened the score, 1-1, at 4:47 with her 28th goal of the season.
Burke netted two more goals, at 11:21 and 12:30, and Tracy Mullaney scored a free position goal at 14:21 to give the home team a 4-1 lead. New Hampshire called time out, but the Huskies maintained momentum and extended the advantage to 6-1 on tallies by Heather McHugh at 17:48 and Burke at 19:30.
The Wildcats closed within 6-3 on unassisted goals by Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) at Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) at 22:12 and 24:10, respectively. Jacqui Hamilton closed the first-half scoring to give the Huskies a 7-3 lead with four minutes remaining in the half.
UNH controlled possession early in the second half but could not cut into the four-goal deficit, and the Huskies' Hamilton struck at 35:33 to give them an 8-3 lead. They scored goals 28 seconds apart to extend the advantage to 10-3 at 42:10, which prompted another UNH timeout.
Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.; two goals, assist) netted the first of her two goals at 50:35, but UConn scored three times in the next three minutes to push the cushion to 13-4. The lead reached double digits, 14-4, at 56:39 before UNH rallied with three late goals.
Albee lifted the 'Cats within 14-5 at 57:41, then Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) scored 14 seconds later. Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) capped the scoring with 28 seconds to play.
UNH starting goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Concord, Mass.) made nine saves and allowed 10 goals in 50:35. Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) went the final 9:25 and stopped three of seven shots. Connecticut goalie Jennifer Wong was credited with 10 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action April 22 at Binghamton. The next Wildcat home game is April 27 (3 p.m.) vs. Vermont.