Leland records 200th point, Blanchette reaches 100 milestone
DURHAM, N.H.-- Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) reached the 200-point milestone with a six-point effort and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) surpassed 100 career points during her five-point performance and the duo led the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon's 20-8 non-conference victory against Marist College at Memorial Field.
UNH improved to 1-3 with the victory while Marist fell to 1-1.
In addition to Leland (2g, 4a) and Blanchette (3g, 2a), the Wildcats received career-high six-point efforts from both Sarah Von Bargen (East Seatuuket, N.Y.; 6g) and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.; 4g, 2a), and the four goals also marked a personal best for Webster. Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) scored two goals apiece and Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) netted the other Wildcat goal.
UNH goalie Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded six saves. Marist starting goalkeeper Liz Burkhard stopped 11 of 25 shots on target and exited the game at 32:52 with the Red Foxes trailing 14-5. Kyle Jansky played the final 27:08 and was credited with five saves.
UNH scored three goals in 37 seconds to quickly build a 3-0 lead. Leland opened the scoring at 4:15 and was followed by Talbot at 4:40 and Von Bargen at 4:52. Marist's Kate Noftsker trimmed the deficit to 3-1 at 8:02 before goals by Webster (at 10:10) and Blanchette (14:19) extended the Wildcats' advantage to 5-1.
Cristin Begley (two goals) struck at the other end of the field 47 seconds later, but a pair of Von Bargen tallies, sandwiched around Blanchette's second goal of the game and 100th career point, gave the 'Cats an 8-2 lead.
Jessica O'Brien netted consecutive goals to lift the visitors within 8-4. Leland and Sabiston pushed the advantage back to six, 10-4, before Erin Clough (two goals) closed the first-half scoring with 54 seconds on the clock.
Leading 10-5 at halftime, UNH scored twice in the opening minute of the second half and the tallies by Von Bargen and Durepo sparked a five-goal run that extended the lead to double digits, 15-5. Carolyn Sumcizk cut the deficit to single figures, 15-6, at 7:23 but Webster struck at 8:50 and 10:37 -- both set up by Leland -- to reestablish a double-digit cushion of 17-6 and the Red Foxes did not get closer than 10 goals the rest of the way.
Leland entered the game with 194 career points and became the fourth Wildcat to reach 200 career points with her fourth assist (and sixth point) of the game on Durepo's goal at 49:51. Leland currently ranks sixth in goals (132), fourth in points (200) and ascended into second in assists (68).
Blanchette now has 79 career goals and 24 assists for 103 points.
UNH recorded a statistical advantage vs. Marist in shots (42-18), ground balls (34-22) and draw controls (18-12).
New Hampshire returns to action March 14 (3 p.m.) at Vanderbilt University. The next Wildcats' home game is March 29 vs. Brown University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.