DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team entered the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Poll that was released Monday at No. 20. UNH, which had been listed as 'others receiving votes' in two of the previous seven polls this season, is nationally ranked for the first time since April 27, 1992, when the Wildcats were 11th in the nation.
In 2001, New Hampshire was an 'others receiving votes' team in five of the final seven polls.
UNH extended its winning streak to five games last week and improved to 7-3 with a 12-5 road win against the College of the Holy Cross and a 23-0 victory against Binghamton University. The 23 goals was the most by a Wildcat team since 1987 and the 23-goal margin of victory was the second-highest in school history. It also marked the seventh shutout - and the first since 1981 - in UNH history.
The winning streak, which was the longest since a six-game streak in 1992, came to an end April 14 with a 14-5 road loss to Syracuse University, which was No. 14 in last week's poll and is currently 16th. UNH, which fell behind 5-0 midway through the first half, closed within 7-4 in the opening minute of the second half but was outscored 4-0 over the next 10 minutes as SU regained control of the game.
New Hampshire (7-4 overall, 2-0 America East) returns to action April 17 (3:30 p.m.) at America East rival Boston University. The Wildcats then conclude the regular season with four home games. The 'Cats complete their conference slate April 20 against the University at Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is noon. UNH also plays host to Stanford University on April 21 (11 a.m.).