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DURHAM, N.H.  –  The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team held its annual awards banquet at The Ballroom of Huddleston Hall on Friday night. The evening highlighted the team’s 2007 season accomplishments and recognized the immeasurable contributions of the Class of 2007.
    The award winners included Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) for the Coaches Award, Bailley Mazur (Longmeadow, Mass.) as the Defensive MVP, Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) as the Offensive MVP, Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) as the Rookie of the Year and Maureen Wark (Yarmouth, Maine) with the Strength and Conditioning Award.



STONY BROOK, N.Y.  – Junior defender Bailley Mazur (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman midfielder Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team were named to the 2007 America East All-Championship Team following the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday.
    Mazur, who was named to the America East All-Conference First Team prior to the tournament, recorded one ground ball, one caused turnover and two draw controls for the Wildcats in the team’s semifinal game at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on the campus of Stony Brook University. Kaplan, an America East All-Rookie Team selection, factored into all four of UNH’s goals to match her career highs in both goals (three) and points (four). She was also credited with one ground ball.



STONY BROOK, N.Y.Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.), an America East All-Rookie Team selection from the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, matched her career highs in goals (three) and points (four) but Boston University built a seven-goal halftime lead and went on to record a 16-4 win against UNH in Friday afternoon’s semifinal game of the America East Championship at Kenneth LaValle Stadium.

UNH, the tourney’s number three seed with a 4-2 conference record, ends the season at 7-10; the Wildcats, in their conference-record 10th consecutive tournament appearance, had advanced to the championship game each of the previous five years. Second-seeded BU, who shared the regular-season crown with a 5-1 league mark, extended its winning streak to eight games to improve to 12-5.




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.
   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).



DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, making a conference-record 10th consecutive appearance in the America East Championships, opens the 2007 conference tournament with Friday’s semifinal matchup against Boston University at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (Stony Brook University; 4 p.m.).
    UNH ended the regular season with a 7-9 overall record and finished third in the America East standings with a 4-2 league record. Boston University is 11-5 overall and won a share of the regular-season title with a 5-1 conference mark.
    With a win against BU on Friday, the Wildcats advance to Sunday’s championship game vs. the winner of the Stony Brook University vs. University at Albany semifinal with an NCAA automatic qualifying berth at stake. The title game is 1 p.m. at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. UNH has advanced to five consecutive title games.

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VESTAL, N.Y.Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) matched her career high of six points and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) equaled her personal best of five goals to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 22-5 America East victory against Binghamton University at East Gym Complex.
     UNH completed the regular season with a 7-9 overall record that included 4-2 in America East. The Wildcats, who will be making a league-record 10th consecutive appearance in the America East Championships, are the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and will play second-seeded Boston University at Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium (Stony Brook University) in a May 4 semifinal; start time is 4 p.m. UNH and BU had played each other in the America East title game each of the previous five years.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Moira Talbot (Marblehead, N.H.) scored two goals apiece for the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, but Harvard University stormed out to a 5-0 lead en route to Wednesday afternoon’s 12-6 non-conference victory at Harvard Stadium.
    
UNH fell to 6-9 with its fourth consecutive loss while Harvard improved to 4-10. UNH goalkeeper Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded double digits in saves for the second consecutive game with 10.



DURHAM, N.H.  – Senior attack Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) scored two goals as the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day against America East rival Boston University on Saturday afternoon, but the visiting Terriers fended off the Wildcats to record a 7-5 victory at Memorial Field.
     UNH, with its third consecutive loss, is now 6-8 overall and 3-2 in America East; it marked the Wildcats’ first loss of the season in six games decided by one or two goals. Boston University extended its winning streak to five games to improve to 9-5, 5-1.
    Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) finished with two goals and Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) had two assists for the 'Cats. Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made eight of her season-high eight saves in the first half.



STORRS, Conn.  Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) recorded three points and Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) made a season-high nine saves for the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, but 19th-ranked University of Connecticut utilized a 10-1 first-half spurt en route to Tuesday afternoon’s 17-9 non-conference victory at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
      UNH falls to 6-7 overall and 0-3 vs. nationally-ranked teams. UConn is now 8-5.
      Kaplan finished with two goals, one assist, three caused turnovers and four draw controls. Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.) finished with a game-high four ground balls, two caused turnovers and an assist.


DURHAM, N.H.  – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) netted three second-half goals to spark a University of New Hampshire rally, but the comeback effort fell short in UNH’s 11-8 America East conference loss to Stony Brook University in women’s lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.
  UNH continued its pattern of alternating wins and losses for the sixth consecutive game to fall to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in America East. Stony Brook, the last remaining unbeaten team in conference play, won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 10-1, 3-0.
    Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) recorded three points with two goals and an assist and Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) helped ignite the comeback with seven second-half saves.


<BOSTON – The America East announced Monday that sophomore defender Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team has been named America East Defensive Player of the Week.
    LaPerch had another stellar week at the defensive end of the field with eight ground balls, five caused turnovers and three draw controls. In UNH’s stifling defensive effort at Albany, LaPerch recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls, as well as one draw control as the Wildcats limited the Great Danes to one first-half goal and held them scoreless for the last 22 minutes, 53 seconds of the game. Earlier in the week against nationally-ranked Vanderbilt University, she recorded a game-high five ground balls as well as two caused turnovers and two draw controls.


ALBANY, N.Y. – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) both scored two goals and Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) made nine saves to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 6-4 America East win at University at Albany at John Fallon Field.

            UNH improved to 6-5 overall and 3-0 in America East while Albany fell to 5-6, 1-1. The four goals marked the fewest allowed by the Wildcats this season and the six goals tied a season low for the attack, which also featured multiple-point games by Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.; 1g, 1a) and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; 2a).




DURHAM, N.H.  – Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) and Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) scored four goals apiece for the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, but Margie Curran and Kendall Thrift ignited Vanderbilt University’s 5-0 second-half spurt to spark the 19th-ranked Commodores to Wednesday afternoon’s 18-12 non-conference victory at Memorial Field.
   UNH goalkeeper Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) finished with a career-high 16 saves, including 10 in the second half. Vandy’s Brooke Shinaberry made six of her nine saves in the first half.


BOSTONShaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday to mark the third time this season she received that honor. Kaplan also received that distinction March 5 & 12.
    Kaplan recorded seven points last week on five goals and two assists to extend her goal-scoring streak to nine games. She finished with career highs in both goals (three) and points (four) to lead the Wildcats to a 16-8 win against the University of Vermont on March 31.


DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) netted a career-high five goals to help propel the University of New Hampshire Wildcats past the University of Vermont Catamounts, 16-8, in America East women’s lacrosse action played at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.
    The Wildcats (5-4, 2-0 AE) win their second America East conference game of the season as well as continuing a 13 game winning streak when facing the Catamounts (3-7, 0-1 AE).
    Freshman attacker Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) tallied three goals along with an assist and notched the game-winning goal with 8:37 to play in the first half to break a 4-4 tie. Hardy notched four of her five goals in the first half to lead the Wildcats to an 8-5 advantage heading into halftime.



DURHAM, N.H.  – Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) recorded two goals and an assist, but the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team couldn’t overcome a six-goal halftime deficit in Wednesday afternoon’s 9-6 non-conference loss to Hofstra University at Memorial Field.
    UNH, which entered the game with a three-game winning streak, is now 4-4. Hofstra ended its two-game losing streak to improve to 3-4.
    Sarah Von Bargen (E. Setauket, N.Y.) netted two goals and Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) recorded eight saves for the Wildcats, who outscored the Pride 4-1 in the second half.


DURHAM, N.H.Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.), a sophomore midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named America East Player of the Week on Monday.
    Durepo recorded team highs in both goals (six) and points (seven) to lead UNH to one-goal victories against both UMass (11-10) and UMBC (10-9) last week. She tied her career high of four goals and established a personal-best five points against UMass, then recorded two goals, two ground balls and one caused turnover against UMBC.


BALTIMORE, Md.  Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal at 3:47 of the second half and led a balanced attack with three points to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 10-9 America East victory against UMBC at UMBC Stadium. It was the America East conference opener for both teams.
   UNH won its third consecutive game – all within seven days – to improve to 4-3. The Retrievers, ousted by the Wildcats in last year’s America East semifinals, lost their fourth consecutive game to fall to 3-6.
   Talbot (two goals, one assist) was one of six Wildcats with a multiple-point game. Senior captain Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) and sophomores Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) and Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) each scored two goals. Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) both finished with a goal and an assist.
   UNH goalkeeper Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) recorded three saves in both halves for a total of six, while UMBC counterpart Susie Sweeney stopped eight shots.




DURHAM, N.H.  – Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) scored four goals – all in the second half – and added an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Tuesday afternoon’s 11-10 non-conference victory against the University of Massachusetts at Memorial Field.
    UNH won for the second time in three days to level its record at 3-3 on the season. UMass is now 4-3.
    Durepo, who matched her career high in goals and established a personal best in points (five), extended her point-scoring streak to six games. Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) both scored two goals to extend their goal-scoring streak to six games. Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded a career-high three points by matching her personal best of two goals and adding an assist.
    UNH goalkeeper Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.), the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week, finished with six saves.


BOSTON Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.), a freshman goalkeeper on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
     Jones matched her career high of 11 saves to backbone UNH to a 9-7 victory at Brown University on Sunday afternoon. She made six second-half saves, including two in the final three minutes to preserve UNH’s two-goal lead of 9-7. Jones held the Bears scoreless for a stretch of 18:28 (overlapping the two halves) that allowed UNH to increase its lead from one goal (3-2) to three goals (5-2). She held Brown to just one goal in the last 18:28 of the game to help secure the victory. Jones also aided the defensive effort with one caused turnover and one ground ball.



 
 

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.) scored four goals and Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y.) matched her career high of 11 saves to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Sunday afternoon’s 9-7 non-conference victory at Brown University.
   UNH snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory to improve to 2-3 overall. Brown is now 1-5.
   In addition to Webster, Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) scored two goals and Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.), Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) each recorded a goal and an assist to give the ‘Cats five players with multiple points.




BOSTONSarah Von Bargen (E. Setauket, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team were honored as Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respecitively, by America East on Monday. It marked the second consecutive week that Kaplan received the rookie award.
    Von Bargen, a sophomore attack, recorded six points, all on goals, as well as three draw controls and one caused turnover in two games last week for the Wildcats. Kaplan, a freshman midfielder, recorded a goal and an assist in both games for a total of two goals and two assists for four points.


DURHAM, N.H.Sarah Von Bargen (E. Setauket, N.Y.) scored five goals but the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team fell to Towson University, 12-9, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.
    UNH lost its third consecutive game to fall to 1-3 overall. Towson improved to 2-1 by ending a four-game road losing streak that dated back to the 2006 season.
    In addition to Von Bargen, Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.; two goals, one assist), Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.; one goal, one assist) and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; two assists) recorded multiple points.


DURHAM, N.H.  – Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) and Beth Sabiston (Bay Shore, N.Y.) both scored a pair of goals in the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team’s 14-9 non-conference loss to Yale University at Memorial Field on Wednesday afternoon.
    UNH, which also received a multiple-point effort from Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.; 1g, 1a), fell to 1-2 and Yale improved to 3-1.


BOSTON  — Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman attack on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday.
     Kaplan, who lettered for the UNH women’s soccer team last fall, had an impressive first week on the lacrosse field by scoring two goals in each of her first two games. She recorded two goals and an assist – as well as two ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls — to help UNH defeat the College of the Holy Cross, 14-13 in overtime of the season opener. With the Wildcats trailing 11-7, Kaplan’s goal at 4:41 of the second half ignited the 5-1 run that forced OT.


HANOVER, N.H.Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.), Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) scored two goals apiece for the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, but sixth-ranked Dartmouth College utilized an 8-1 run midway through the game en route to Saturday afternoon’s 19-9 non-conference victory at Scully-Fahey Field.
     UNH, which opened the 2007 season Tuesday with a 14-13 overtime road win against College of the Holy Cross, is now 1-1. Dartmouth is 2-0.
    New Hampshire returns to action March 7 for its home opener vs. Yale University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.


WORCESTER, Mass.  Moira Talbot (Marblehead, Mass.) matched her career high of five goals, including one in overtime, to rally the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Tuesday afternoon’s 14-13 victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Hart Center AstroTurf Field.

           The Crusaders struck first in the pair of three-minute overtime sessions when Kristine Corkum (3g, 2a) scored at 2:17. Talbot pulled the ‘Cats even, 13-13, when she converted Webster’s pass from the top of the arc into her fifth goal of the game at 1:18. UNH gained possession off the draw control and held the ball for a final shot. It produced the Wildcats’ first lead of the game, 14-13, as Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.; 2g) drove down the middle of the fan and scored on a high shot with 7.4 seconds on the clock.

 




DURHAM, N.H. — Only 15 letterwinners return from the 2006 University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, but 10 were starters on a team that advanced to the America East championship game for the fifth consecutive year.
    The Wildcats, under the guidance of 11th-year UNH head coach Sandy Bridgeman, will once again be a young team in 2007 with seven freshmen and eight sophomores on the 22-player roster, but the upper-class corps of two seniors and five juniors look to lead UNH to a 10th consecutive America East Championship tournament appearance.
    In the America East Coaches’ Preseason Poll that was released Feb. 16, UNH was selected to finish first in the seven-team league.



BOSTON — The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, which finished as runner-up in the 2006 America East Championship tournament, received four first-place votes and a total of 46 points to earn the status of preseason No. 1 in the America East Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released Friday.

         UNH edged out defending champion Boston University, which received the other three first-place votes and a total of 43 points. UMBC, the 2006 regular-season champions, placed third in the poll with 37 points and was followed by Stony Brook (25 points), Albany (21), Vermont (15) and Binghamton (9).




DURHAM, N.H. – Sandy Bridgeman, 11th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, has announced that five student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UNH Wildcats in fall 2007. The five signees are: Allison Bratton (Windemere, Fla.) Brittany Conway (Portsmouth, N.H.), Deb Dale (East Northport, N.Y.), Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) and Dana Poist (Timonium, Md.).
    These five student-athletes join a UNH program that has advanced to the America East tournament a conference-record nine consecutive years and to the championship game each of the last five seasons. The ‘Cats have reached double digits in victories three consecutive years and in five of the last six seasons.


BALTIMORE, Md. - Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.), a senior midfielder and captain on the 2006 University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was named to the 2006-07 U.S. Women's Lacrosse Developmental Team as announced by U.S. Lacrosse on Sunday. Blanchette is one of 22 players selected by the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Teams Selection Committee from last weekend's trials at UMBC that included more than 130 of the nation's top players.




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