Leland becomes Wildcats' career points leader
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) recorded seven points with five goals and two assists to become the program's career points leader and lead the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 14-4 America East victory against the University of Vermont at Moulton Winder Field.
UNH won its fifth consecutive game to improve to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in America East. UVM is now 5-5 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Leland, the reigning America East Player of the Week, entered the game with 229 career points to rank second on UNH's career points leaderboard behind Karen Geromini, who played from 1984-87 and amassed 235 points. Leland scored two goals and set up another to propel the Wildcats to a 5-0 first-half lead and pulled into a tie with Geromini with an assist and two goals to open the second-half scoring and extend the Wildcats' advantage to 10-1. Leland moved into No. 1 on the points list - and No. 3 on the goals list - with her fifth goal of the game and 156th of her career at 54:37. Leland ranks second on the all-time assist list with 80.
Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) matched her career high of six points with two goals and a personal-best four assists. Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) had five points (four goals, assist) and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) also had a multiple-point game with two goals. Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.) accounted for UNH's other tally.
New Hampshire goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded nine saves and UVM counterpart Meaghan Hanley was credited with seven saves.
UNH gained possession on the opening draw control and Leland, off a feed from Talbot, opened the scoring 21 seconds into the game. Talbot scored 75 seconds later to extend the advantage to 2-0 and Webster struck at 5:37 for a 3-0 lead. Talbot and Leland scored their second goals of the game at 10:16 and 16:46, respectively, to give the visiting 'Cats a 5-0 edge.
Webster's free-position goal at 23:57 pushed the lead to 6-0 before Kristen Millar put UVM in the scoring column at 26:39.
Blanchette closed the first-half scoring with .5-of-a-second remaining and opened the second-half scoring off a pass from Leland 44 seconds into the second half to give New Hampshire an 8-1 lead. Leland netted goals 3:23 apart - at 33:24 and 36:47 - for a 10-1 advantage.
Vermont's Tori Wasson and Erin Hall scored back-to-back goals 2:17 apart to trim its deficit to 10-3 at 40:54. Talbot scored on a free-position shot at 46:54 to create an 11-3 lead before UVM's Jennifer Maher struck at 48:06.
Talbot's fourth goal of the game and 22nd of the season was set up by Blanchette and gave the Wildcats a 12-4 advantage at 49:51. Leland's benchmark goal pushed the lead to 13-4 and Carbone, from Ashley Blake (Amherst, N.H.), netted her first goal of the season at 59:48 to close the scoring.