Two UNH Wildcats honored by America East

BOSTON, Mass. -- Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H), a junior midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was named to the America East All-Conference First Team on Thursday. Teammate Stephanie Keefe (Newton, Mass.) was voted to the All-Conference Second Team.

Chrissy Lombard of Boston University was named Player of the Year and her mentor, Sue Murphy, took home Coach of the Year honors. Kathleen Mikowski of Hofstra University was awarded Rookie of the Year.

Christopher, who was selected to the Second Team in 1998 and 1999, led the conference in goals (2.69 gpg) and was sixth in points (2.75 per game) this season. She netted a team-high 44 goals and also topped the team in points (45), caused turnovers (56) and draw controls (29). Christopher, a starter in all 17 games, ranked third in ground balls (44). In 49 career games, she has amassed 81 goals (13th all-time) and 86 points (19th all-time).

Keefe, a senior attack and co-captain, was second on the team in goals (37), assists (seven) and points (44); she was the seventh highest-scoring player in America East (2.69 ppg). Keefe registered a team-best 59 ground balls and also led the team in free position goals (18). Keefe leaves the UNH program ranked 15th on the all-time scoring list with 102 points on 77 goals and 25 assists. The 77 goals places her 16th on the career list.

UNH ended the season with a 7-10 overall record. The Wildcats advanced to the America East Championships (for the third consecutive season), where they were defeated by 10th-ranked Boston University, 18-7.

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