BOSTON - The third-ranked Boston University Terriers scored the first six goals of the America East Women's Lacrosse Championship game, defeating the New Hampshire Wildcats, 16-6, Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Terriers improve their record to 17-1 and are expected to be one of the top seeds going into the 16-team NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats finish their season with an 11-8 record, the fourth time in the last five years UNH has earned a winning record.
Alyssa Trudel scored four of the first five goals and assisted on the other one to send the Terriers to their third conference tournament title in the last four years. Trudel finished the game with five goals and two assists, while Lindsay Lewis, Mary Beth Miller, and Lauren Morton each scored three goals for Boston University.
Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) each scored two goals to lead the Wildcats, with tallies also coming from Jill Albee (Pembroke, N.H.) and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.). However, New Hampshire was not able to string goals together to cut into the Terrier lead, as Boston University continued to expand its advantage throughout the game.
The UNH goaltending duties were split between sophomore Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.), each of them making six saves during their time in net. Leland's first goal was her 50th of the season, and she finished the season with 72 points, the third-highest single season total in UNH history.
The Wildcat loss signifies the end of the collegiate careers of UNH seniors Albee, Burnap, Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.), Sarah Hutchinson (Portland, Maine), Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.), and Lauren Zerbinopoulos (Kennebunk, Maine).