AMHERST, Mass. - University of New Hampshire junior attacker Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) scored five goals while Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) added four goals and two assists to lead the Wildcats to a convincing 17-8 victory over the Massachusetts Minutewomen Saturday afternoon in women's lacrosse action at Garber Field.
Leland started the scoring just 1:52 into the game, followed by a tally by Webster at the 4:37 mark and a goal by Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) just eight seconds later to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. After UMass scored two goals to cut the UNH lead to one, Webster notched her second goal of the game at the 11:42 mark to make the score 4-2 in UNH's favor.
UMass (2-6) scored again to come within one goal, but then Leland and Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) scored exactly one minute apart to increase the Wildcat lead to 6-3. UNH kept pressuring UMass goalie Lauren McCarthy, as Webster completed her hat trick at the 16:16 mark, and freshman Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) scored 26 seconds later to put the Wildcats ahead 8-3.
The Wildcats and Minutewomen scored two goals each in the final 12 minutes of the first half, as Webster notched her fourth tally at 18:57, and Blanchette notched her second goal of the match with 23 seconds left to give UNH a 10-5 halftime lead.
UMass's Melynda Zwick scored 1:25 into the second half, but then the Wildcats pulled away, scoring four unanswered goals to increase their lead to 14-6 with 11 minutes remaining in the game. Von Bargen picked up her third goal of the match at the 54:28 mark, and Leland scored eight seconds later to put UNH up 16-7.
Lauren Reid scored with 4:28 remaining for UMass's eighth goal of the game, and Leland finished the scoring with her fourth tally of the match off an assist from Blanchette with 19 seconds left on the clock to establish the final margin of victory. Blanchette and Von Bargen finished with three goals and one assist each during the afternoon, while Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) earned a goal as well as a team-leading seven ground balls.
UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made 11 saves in picking up her third victory of the season. For UMass, McCarthy finished the first half with seven saves before Krissy Anderson replaced her for the second half and earned 12 saves. The Wildcats dominated the action, outshooting UMass, 45-22, and earning twice as many draw controls as the Minutewomen, 18-9.
New Hampshire (3-4) plays six of its next seven matches at home and brings a two-game winning streak into a matchup with Brown University Wednesday, March 29, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Field.