DURHAM, N.H.  – Sandy Bridgeman, 12th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was one of four UNH Wildcats honored by on Wednesday as she was bestowed the Coach of the Year award.

Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) was the recipient of the Unsung Hero of the Year award while Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) was named to the All-America Second Team and Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) received All-Rookie Team distinction.

Bridgeman guided New Hampshire to a 13-6 overall record in 2008. The 13 wins, which included a pair of road wins against top-10 teams, is the second-highest single-season total in the program’s 32-year history. The Wildcats received an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 (the ‘Cats received automatic qualifier status in ’04) and were ranked in each of the last six IWLCA polls, including a high of No. 13 – the team’s highest rank since 1992 -- in the final poll. In her UNH tenure, Bridgeman has been honored three times as America East Coach of the Year and once as IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year.

Milley, a senior goalkeeper whose other 2008 accolades include Northeast Region Second Team and America East All-Conference First Team, was cited by for “providing phenomenal senior leadership to a team that had not been to the NCAA tournament in their careers. Behind a stellar season from Milley in the cage, the Wildcats upset a pair of top-10 teams and moved up into the top-15 in the polls.” She was named to the Player of the Week Honor Roll on March 18 following wins against previously-unbeaten Harvard University and 10th-ranked Vanderbilt University.

Milley recorded personal bests in wins (13), goals-against-average (7.92) and save percentage (.483) in 2008; the 13 wins ranks second on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives. With those
numbers, Milley is currently No. 8 in the nation in GAA and No. 16 in save percentage. In America East conference games, she led the way in saves per game (7.83) and was second in both GAA (7.00) and save percentage (.528). Milley recorded a career-high 15 saves in the league semifinal game against the University of Vermont and also backboned the ‘Cats to victories against top-10 teams Yale University and Vanderbilt.

Hardy, a junior midfielder who garnered Northeast Regional First Team and America East All-Conference First Team, led the team in goals (52), points (59), caused turnovers (26) and shots (128); her 52 goals ranks eighth on the program’s list of single-season superlatives. With those numbers, Hardy is ranked 30th in the nation in goals per game (2.74). In America East conference games, she was the leader in both goals per game (3.67) and caused turnovers per game (1.50). Hardy ended the season with a 16-game goal-scoring streak and she scored a goal in 18 of 19 games this season with 13 multiple-goal efforts. She scored a career-high seven goals April 5 at Stony Brook University and matched that personal best of seven points with a five-goal, two-assist effort April 20 vs. the University of Oregon.

Duclos, a rookie defender, was among the team leaders in ground balls (23), draw controls (33) and caused turnovers (10) – she was second in DC and sixth in both GB and CTO – despite missing five games. In addition to her outstanding play on the defensive end of the field and her critical role taking draw controls, Duclos recorded two points with a goal and an assist. Duclos was a Northeast Region Second Team selection and was also named to the league’s All-Conference First Team and All-Rookie Team.
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