#18 WOMEN'S LAX LOOKS TO CONTINUE WIN STREAK VS. BINGHAMTON
GAME NOTES | LIVE STATS

THE MATCHUP
    The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, which entered the national polls this week at No. 18 in the IWLCA Poll and No. 16 in the Inside Lacrosse Div. I Media Poll, has won seven consecutive games to improve to 8-2 overall and 1-0 in America East. The Wildcats play host to Binghamton University (3-7, 0-2 America East) this Saturday, March 29. Game time is 12 p.m. at Memorial Field.

UNH has won all six lifetime meetings, including last year’s 22-5 road victory, against Binghamton. The Wildcats have a 3-0 record vs. the Bearcats at Memorial Field with a 63-3 scoring advantage.

New Hampshire has scored 18+ goals in all six meetings with four efforts of 20+ goals, including a high of 23 in the first meeting between these programs in 2002.

Binghamton’s highest single-game output is seven (2003) and that accounts for one-third of the Bearcats’ goals in the series.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

    UNH enters Saturday’s game with a seven-game winning streak and an 8-2 overall record that includes 1-0 in America East and 4-1 at home. The seven-game winning streak is the longest since the 2006 ‘Cats won nine straight.

The Wildcats have not allowed more than nine goals in a game during its seven-game win streak; in fact, the ‘Cats have allowed more than seven goals just once in that span and have stymied the opposition to just four goals twice (UConn and UMBC). It is the team’s longest streak of holding opponents to single digits since the 2002 Wildcats did so in 10 straight games.

UNH has scored double digits in goals each of the last six games and eight times overall this season.

The ‘Cats have an impressive 2008 resume. In addition to a pair of wins against nationally-ranked teams, UNH rolled out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 16-5 win against Harvard on March 12 (that is the Crimson’s only loss in eight games) and has also upended Cornell, 10-9.

Sandy Bridgeman, now in her 12th year at the helm of the Wildcats, recorded her 100th victory as UNH head coach on March 5 with the 8-7 win at Yale University. Bridgeman, a three-time America East Coach of the Year, is the program’s all-time leader in wins with 106. She recorded her 150th overall career victory Feb. 27 against Holy Cross.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
    UNH entered the IWLCA Poll this week at No. 18. The Wildcats had not been nationally ranked since the first week of March in the 2005 season, when the ‘Cats were #14.

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.

MORE NATIONAL TALK
    New Hampshire entered this week’s action ranked No. 5 in the nation in defense by yielding 7.22 goals per game (84 teams ranked). The Wildcats are also 11th in scoring margin (+4.56), 14th in winning percentage (.778) and 31st in offense (11.78).

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Milley entered the week at No. 7 in goals-against-average (7.28) and No. 18 in save percentage (.491). Freshman defender Allie Duclos is 28th in draw controls (2.89 per game).

LUCKY SEVEN

    New Hampshire’s current win streak began March 5 with an 8-7 road win against (then) #10 Yale University and was extended to seven games with a 10-6 victory at UMass on March 25.

In the seven game win streak, UNH is 3-0 at home, 3-0 on the road and 1-0 in neutral-site games.

The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 83-42 for a disparity of 11.86 goals per game to 6.00 gpg. UNH’s scoring breakdown has been even with 41 goals in the first half and 42 in the second.

Michaela Hardy has tallied 22 points with 19 goals and three assists in the seven games. Ashley Durepo (11-7-18), Shaunna Kaplan (11-5-16) and Susie Piotrkowski (11-2-13) have scored 11 goals apiece, while both Sarah Von Bargen (8-2-10) and Ashley Crook (7-3-10) have also reached double digits in points.

In goal, Ashley Milley has recorded a 6.06 GAA and .567 save percentage.

There isn’t much of a differential between UNH and the opposition in ground balls (97-92) or draw controls (67-69), but the Wildcats have committed far less turnovers (97-122) and that has led to more shots (190-130).

BALANCE IS THE KEY
    It took just nine games for seven UNH Wildcats to reach double digits in goals. Now 10 games into the season, Michaela Hardy leads the ‘Cats with 23 goals – in ‘07, the overall team high was 29 goals by Sarah Von Bargen and a total of seven players attained double figures in goals.
    Ashley Durepo is second with 17 tallies and is followed by Shaunna Kaplan and Moira Talbot, both of whom have 15. Ashley Crook, who entered her senior season with six career goals, currently has 14 goals. Susie Piotrkowski and Von Bargen, both with 12, round out the balanced attack.

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