New Hampshire women's lax climbs to No. 18

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, which has won a school-record 12 consecutive games and tied the benchmark for wins in a season with 13, climbed one spot to No. 18 in this week's IWLCA Poll, which was released late Monday. UNH is also ranked 16th in this week's InsideLacrosse.com Poll.

The Wildcats were ranked 19th in last week's poll and were listed as receiving votes on April 19. This marks the highest the team has been ranked since April 27, 1992, when New Hampshire was No. 11 in the poll.

UNH (13-4 overall) won the America East regular-season title by going 6-0 in conference play. The Wildcats defeated Vermont (13-4) and UMBC (18-10) last week to secure first place in the final standings and the right to host the America East Championships, which will be played May 6-8 at UNH's Memorial Field.

In the latest national statistics (through May 2), UNH is ranked fourth on offense at 13.53 goals per game and is seventh in the nation on defense by allowing 7.59 goals per game.

New Hampshire returns to action May 6 vs. Albany in a semifinal matchup of the America East Championships. Game time is 1 p.m. The Wildcats defeated Albany 20-1 at Memorial Field on April 25. The winner of that game advances to the May 8 title game (12 pm) to compete for the conference's automatic qualifier status to the NCAA tournament.

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