UNH women’s lacrosse defeats Albany, 17-7

Burnap records 200th career point

Jess Burnap

ALBANY, N.Y. - Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) became the third Wildcat player to record 200 career points in a four-point effort that led the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Sunday afternoon's 17-7 America East victory against the University at Albany at Varsity Field.

UNH clinched one of four berths in the upcoming America East Championships by improving to 4-0 in the conference and 9-6 overall. Albany, which already earned a conference postseason berth, is now 5-11, 3-2.

Burnap (three goals, assist) entered the game with 198 career points and moved closer to the 200-point milestone with her 32nd goal of the season, which gave the 'Cats a 5-2 lead at 16:06. She accomplished the feat at 23:00 when her second tally of the first half extended UNH's lead to 7-2. Burnap currently ranks second in goals (161), 10th in assists (41) and third in points (202).

In addition to Burnap, Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) scored a career-high six goals and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) also recorded six points with two goals and four assists. Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) netted three goals and Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) also had three points with a goal and two assists for the 'Cats.

UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) finished with a season-high 13 saves and Albany counterpart Jen Daly was credited with 14 saves.

New Hampshire scored the first three goals to build a 3-0 lead within 10 minutes. Leland, with the assistance of Dosdall, quickly gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead at 1:38. UNH continued to control play and consecutive goals by Albee at 6:50 and 8:34 extended the advantage to 3-0.

Albany's Krissy Rajczak trimmed the deficit to 3-1 at 11:39, but Albee's third goal of the opening half reestablished a three-goal lead, 4-1, at 13:22. Brittany Scott struck at 15:44 to once again pull the Great Danes within two goals, 4-2.

Burnap, off a pass from Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.; goal, assist), pushed the lead to 5-2, then Blanchette netted an unassisted goal at 17:32 to give the 'Cats a 6-2 and prompt an Albany timeout. The Wildcats held the Great Danes scoreless the rest of the half, however, and goals from Burnap and Covucci extended the cushion to 8-2 before halftime.

Albany opened the second-half scoring at 33:59, but UNH regained control of the game with a six-goal run ??- in a six-minute span -- that extended the lead to 14-3 with 15:21 remaining in the game. Albee ignited the surge with goals 58 seconds apart. Leland (at 39:55), Burnap (41:04), Dosdall (42:35) and Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.; 44:39) followed with single goals.

Albany scored three consecutive goals to close within 14-6. Following a UNH timeout, Albee netted her sixth goal of the game to quell the Great Danes' run. Blanchette scored the last two goals of the game to once again put the 'Cats ahead by 10 goals, 17-7, with 3:15 remaining.

The other two Wildcat players to record 200 career points were Jessie Groszkowski (204) and Karen Geromini (235).

New Hampshire concludes the regular season with two home games next week. The 'Cats return to action April 27 (3 p.m.) vs. Vermont and Senior Day is May 1 (1 p.m.) against Boston University.

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