SIX UNH LAXERS HONORED BY AMERICA EAST

STONY BROOK, N.Y.  Bailley Mazur (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) were named to the America East All-Conference First Team to highlight a total of six University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse players who received honors at the conference’s annual banquet, which was held Thursday evening.

            Senior co-captain and defender Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore midfielder Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) were America East All-Conference Second Team selections while Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) were America East All-Rookie Team honorees. Both Durepo and Von Bargen were further feted as members of the All-Academic Team.

            Mazur recorded double digits in ground balls (30), caused turnovers (10) and draw controls (20) to rank second on the team in ground balls and third in draw controls. In six conference games, the junior defender recorded 17 ground balls, four caused turnovers and four draw controls. In three games vs. nationally-ranked teams, Mazur tallied two ground balls, one caused turnover and eight draws. She recorded multiple ground balls nine times, including seven vs. UMBC, and registered all three of her points (1g, 2a) in the last five games of the season.

            Von Bargen, who received All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team honors in 2006, leads UNH in goals (28) and points (35), as well as shots and shots on goal. She also leads the conference in free position goals (10) and is second on the team in assists (seven). Furthermore, Von Bargen recorded double digits in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls. In six conference games, the sophomore attack recorded 12 goals and four assists for 16 points. In three games vs. nationally-ranked teams, she tallied three points (all on goals) as well as five ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draws. Von Bargen recorded a point in 14 of 16 games with 10 multiple-point efforts and she scored a goal in 13 games with eight multiple-goal efforts. She opened the season with a nine-game point-scoring streak. Von Bargen was honored as America East Player of the Week on March 12.

            Carbone, an All-Conference First Team selection the previous two seasons, ranks second on the team in caused turnovers – first in caused turnovers per game – as well as third in ground balls. She recorded nine games with multiple ground balls, including four at nationally-ranked UConn, and had six games with multiple caused turnovers, including three at Albany. In five conference games, Carbone recorded eight ground balls and six caused turnovers. In three games vs. nationally-ranked teams, she had nine ground balls and six caused turnovers, and also contributed two points with a goal and an assist.

            Durepo compiled totals of 19 goals and six assists for 25 points and led the Wildcats with three game-winning goals. She ranked second in draw controls as well as fifth in caused turnovers, and also tallied double digits in ground balls. In five conference games, Durepo recorded four goals and two assists for six points; she also tallied four ground balls, five caused turnovers and six draws. In three games vs. nationally-ranked teams, she recorded two points on two goals; she also had five ground balls, two caused turnovers and seven draws. Durepo recorded at least one point in each of the first 11 games of the season to mark UNH’s longest point-scoring streak in ’07. She recorded a point in 13 of 15 games with nine multiple-point efforts and a goal in 10 games with seven multiple-goal performances. Her other 2007 honors included America East Player of the Week on March 26.

            Jones, a freshman goalkeeper, started the first 12 games of the season and played in 13 games overall. She ranks fourth in the conference in save percentage (.478) and her season highlights included five games with double digits in saves, including consecutive games against Vermont (15 saves) and nationally-ranked Vanderbilt (season-high 16). In a five-game stretch from March 18 to March 31 (against Brown, UMass, UMBC, Hofstra and Vermont), Jones allowed just 43 goals with 46 saves for a 8.60 GAA and .517 save percentage. In four conference games, she had a 3-1 record with an 8.29 GAA and .547 save percentage. Jones was feted as America East Defensive Player of the Week on March 26.

            Kaplan, who also lettered on the UNH women’s soccer team, led New Hampshire in assists (11) as well as draw controls. She also ranked third in points (31), fifth in goals (20), third in caused turnovers and fourth in ground balls. In six conference games, Kaplan recorded six goals and five assists for 11 points; she also tallied 14 ground balls, five caused turnovers and nine draws. In three games vs. nationally-ranked teams, the freshman midfielder recorded five goals and one assist for six points; she also also had five ground balls, four caused turnovers and six draws. Kaplan recorded a point in 13 of 15 games with 11 multiple-point efforts, and she scored a goal in each of those 13 games with six multiple-goal performances. She scored a goal and recorded more than one point in each of the first 10 games of the season to break UNH’s record for consecutive goals at the start of a career. Kaplan was a three-time recipient of the America East Rookie of the Week award this season (March 5; March 12; April 2).

            UNH, the number three seed, is making its conference-record 10th consecutive appearance in the America East Championships. The Wildcats (7-9 overall, 4-2 America East) play Boston University in a 4 p.m. semifinal at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (Stony Brook University).

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