DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, which broke school records for both goals and points in a season, celebrated its successful season and paid tribute to the players at this weekend's team banquet.
The Most Valuable Player honor was awarded to senior assistant captain Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.). Christopher broke the school's single-season point record by compiling 66 points on 56 goals and 10 assists. Her 56 tallies is No. 2 among single-season superlatives and ranks her eighth in the nation. She also led the Wildcats in shooting percentage, caused turnovers and draw controls and was second in assists. Her season highlights included her 100th career point, 100th career goal and 150th career point. Christopher scored a goal in all 18 games and recorded a career-high eight points (five goals, three assists) vs. Vermont.
Christine Anneberg (Denver, Colo.) captured the Rookie of the Year award. Anneberg, an America East All-Rookie Team selection and four-time recipient as Rookie of the Week, ranked third on the team in goals (29) and fourth in points (35). In the conference, those numbers put her 14th in scoring and tops among freshmen in goals. Her season highlights included a four-goal, three-assist game at Towson University. Anneberg netted the game-winning goal in that game and also scored the game-winner vs. Boston College.
The Coaches' Award, which recognizes a player's selfless contribution to the team, was presented to senior captain Maggie McKee (Middlebury, Vt.). McKee was lauded for her leadership both on and off the field as well as her lacrosse skills and savvy. She backboned UNH's defensive unit that was nationally ranked for most of the season.
The Tide Award, a special award for the freshman class, went to Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.). Blaney scored four goals, including one in the America East semifinal game, and had five assists on the season. She scored five of her points in four conference games.
Head coach Sandy Bridgeman - the 2001 America East Coach of the Year - also acknowledged the accomplishments of the six seniors, who advanced to the America East Championships all four seasons. In addition to Christopher and McKee, the UNH program bid farewell to Dawn Antosz (Sagamore Beach, Calif.), Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Julie Stein (Baltimore, Md.) and Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.).
New Hampshire finished the 2001 season at 11-7 following a loss to Hofstra University in the America East semifinals. The 11 victories was the most by a Wildcat team since 1991.