#16 WOMEN'S LACROSSE CONCLUDES CONFERENCE SLATE AGAINST ALBANY
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THE MATCHUPS
    The 16th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team takes a 10-4 overall record with a 3-2 mark in America East into Wednesday afternoon’s matchup against the University at Albany (8-6, 2-2). Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m. The Wildcats celebrate Senior Day this Sunday, April 20, against the University of Oregon (11 a.m.).

UNH has won all nine lifetime meetings, including last year’s 6-4 road win, in the series against Albany. The Wildcats are 4-0 at home, and that includes an America East semifinal victory (19-6) in 2004; in three regular-season home games, UNH has recorded wins in ‘06 (15-10), ‘04 (20-1) and ‘02 (16-2). In nine games, New Hampshire has outscored the Great Danes 145-50; in the first eight meetings, the Wildcats’ lowest goal output was 14 in a 2005 semifinal game.

Sunday’s game will be the first meeting between the UNH and Oregon women’s lacrosse programs.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    UNH will secure the No. 3 seed in the upcoming America East Championships (April 25-27 at Boston University) with a win against Albany. The Wildcats are 10-4 overall and 3-2 in America East following last week’s one-goal road losses to both Vermont (9-8) and 10th-ranked Boston University (7-6).

Three of UNH’ four losses have been by one goal.

In the last three games, the opposition has a 42-21 edge in draw controls.

New Hampshire carried a nine-game winning streak into last week’s action but were defeated 9-8 at Vermont on Wednesday; that loss also ended a streak of four consecutive road wins (vs. #10 Yale, 8-7; vs. #10 Vanderbilt, 10-7; vs. UMass, 10-6; vs. Stony Brook, 17-10) as well as the streak of eight consecutive games scoring 10+ goals.

New Hampshire’s 9-2 record through 11 games was the team’s best mark since the 1991 Wildcats went 10-1. The nine-game winning streak matched that of the 2006 team.

UNH held the opposition to less than 10 goals eight consecutive games spanning March 5-29, and it marked the team’s longest streak of holding opponents to single digits since the 2002 Wildcats did so in 10 straight games.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
    UNH slipped to #16 in this week’s IWLCA Poll after attaining its highest rank of 2008 (#14) on March 31. Prior to March 24, when New Hampshire entered the poll at #18, the Wildcats had not been nationally ranked since the first week of March in the 2005 season, when the ‘Cats were #14 in the IWLCA Poll.

The ‘Cats have a 2-1 record against nationally-ranked teams (all rankings as of date of game played) this season. They defeated Yale University (8-7) and Vanderbilt University (10-7) – both of whom were ranked #10 – on the road and lost at home to 20th-ranked Dartmouth College, 14-10.

The March 5 win at Yale marked New Hampshire’s first win against a nationally-ranked team since March 16, 2006, when the Wildcats were 14-13 victors in overtime at #18 Towson University. That victory was the start of a nine-game winning streak – the same length win streak started by this year’s win at Yale.

MORE NATIONAL TALK

    New Hampshire entered this week’s action ranked No. 4 in the nation in defense by yielding a paltry 7.29 goals per game (84 teams ranked). The Wildcats are also 12th in scoring margin (+4.21), 13th in winning percentage (.714) and 37th in offense (11.50). Senior goalkeeper Ashley Milley entered the week at No. 5 in goals-against-average (7.32) and No. 15 in save percentage (.493); junior midfielder Michaela Hardy is 20th in caused turnovers and 37th in goals per game (2.71).

CONFERENCE CALL
    New Hampshire entered the week as the America East leader (seven league teams) in defense at 7.29 goals allowed per game as well as second in save percentage. The Wildcats ranked third in offense (11.50), second in (fewest) turnovers, fourth in both shots and shooting percentage as well as last in ground balls and draw controls.

In the individual rankings, Ashley Milley led the conference in goals-against-average (7.32) and ranked second in save percentage (.493). Michaela Hardy is the league leader in caused turnovers (1.71 per game) as well as sixth in goals per game (2.71) and 10th in points per game (3.07). Other UNH among the America East leaders are Allie Duclos (third in draw controls) and Ashley Durepo (10th in assists).

THE UNSUNG HEROES
    New Hampshire’s defense is anchored by senior co-captain Bailley Mazur, juniors Beth Sabiston and Kelli LaPerch and freshman Allie Duclos.

Mazur, a 2007 America East All-Conference First Team selection who ranked second on the team in both ground balls and draw controls, is tied for fifth in caused turnovers this season.

Sabiston, who played more as a midfielder last season, is tied with Mazur for fifth in caused turnovers with seven while LaPerch is tied for third in ground balls with 19. Duclos has a team-high 28 draw controls and also has 19 ground balls (despite missing four games); she also has seven caused turnovers.

Kellen Millard can also be considered in this category. The sophomore midfielder has started each of the last four games and has seen an increased defensive role. In the March 29 game vs. Binghamton, Millard finished with three draw controls and one ground ball; she followed that with a three ground ball-effort at Stony Brook (April 5).

SECOND HALF 'CATS
     UNH has outscored the opposition 84-48 in the second half. The Wildcats recorded a second-half scoring advantage in eight consecutive games – and that included margins of 11 vs. UConn (12-1) and seven (10-3) vs. UMBC – until UNH and Vermont each potted four second-half goal in the April 9 game; Boston University edged the ‘Cats, 4-3, in the second half of the April 12 matchup. The scoring differential is in part due to the shot total, which favors UNH 186-127.

100 AND COUNTING
    Sarah Von Bargen recorded her 100th career point March 29 with the third of her six points against Binghamton University. She entered the game with 97 career points and inched closer to the milestone with an assist and a goal, then tallied career point 100 with a goal at 5:57 of the first half. The junior attack currently has 113 career points on 95 goals and 18 assists in 45 games.

Von Bargen has compiled 24 goals and seven assists for 31 points in 11 games this season; she leads the team in game-winning goals (four). She recorded a season-high four goals and career-high two assists to match her personal best of six points March 29 vs. Binghamton.

Von Bargen has scored a goal in 10 of 11 games with nine multiple-goal efforts. She opened the year with two goals at Hofstra and followed that with a two-goal, one-assist effort vs. Holy Cross before missing the next three games. Since returning, Von Bargen has 20 goals and six assists in for 26 points in nine games. That includes four points (3-1-4) March 12 against Harvard as well as the aforementioned six-point effort.

Von Bargen is UNH’s active career leader in goals with 95.

HOME SWEET HOME

    New Hampshire has won four consecutive home games and five of six games at Memorial Field this season; in comparison, the Wildcats were 2-6 at home last year. UNH has outscored the opposition 85-39 (in scoring average, that’s a difference of 14.17 gpg and 6.50 gpg) with a 215-93 shot advantage and a 73-60 edge in draw controls. The three highest goal outputs have come at Memorial Field with 18 against UConn (March 7) and 16 vs. both Harvard (March 12) and Holy Cross (Feb. 27).

Ashley Durepo has tallied 20 points (12g, 8a) in six home games. Five other Wildcats are averaging 2.00+ points per game at home, and that includes Sarah Von Bargen’s 15 points (11g, 4a) in four games.

Ashley Milley has a 5-1 record with a 6.50 GAA and .458 save percentage at Memorial Field.
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