|SARAH VON BARGEN|
BALTIMORE, Md. – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), a senior attacker on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named to the IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse Division I All-America Third Team on Thursday by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association and U.S. Lacrosse.
The organizations also announced the all-region teams on Thursday. Von Bargen and senior defender Beth Stankus (Derry, N.H.) were selected to the Northeast Region First Team and junior attacker Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) was voted to the Second Team; Von Bargen was a Second Team honoree last year.
Von Bargen, who was named to both the America East All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year in 2009, ranked eighth in the nation in goals and 13th in goals per game. She led the Wildcats in both goals (62) and points (71); those numbers rank second on the program’s single-season goal list and fifth in points. Von Bargen also ranked second on the team in draw controls, third in assists and sixth in ground balls. In America East, she was second in both goals per game and points per game.
Von Bargen scored a goal in 18 of 19 games with 17 multiple-goal efforts; she tallied a pair of six-goal games and that included one as part of a personal-best eight-point performance at Harvard University. She was the team’s top goal scorer each of the initial eight games of the season and 11 times overall. Von Bargen’s season highlights included her 150th career point, 150th career goal and 200th career point.
Stankus, sidelined for more than a year by injury, returned to the starting lineup this season and was a defensive stalwart for the Wildcats en route to garnering America East All-Conference First Team recognition. She helped anchor a defensive unit that ranked No. 5 in the nation and led the team with 23 caused turnovers, many of which were created by drawing charges from an attacking opponent. Stankus also ranked fifth on the team in ground balls. Her season highlights included the game against UMass in which she tallied five caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Kaplan, who was a unanimous selection to the 2009 America East All-Conference First Team, ranked fifth in the league in assists per game and 10th in points per game; those numbers put her in the top 50 nationally in both assists (37th) and assists per game (49th). Kaplan tallied a team-high 25 assists and was second in points with 54 as well as fourth in both goals (29) and caused turnovers (19). Kaplan was the only ‘Cat to record double digits in goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.
Kaplan ended the year with a 12-game point-scoring streak and she recorded a point in 17 of 19 games with 13 multiple-point efforts, including nine multiple-goal games and six multiple-assist performances. In the regular-season finale at Binghamton University, she tallied career highs in both assists (five) and points (eight). In league games, Kaplan recorded a team-high 23 points in six games; she also finished with a high of nine assists and tied for second in goals (14).
The IWLCA and US Lacrosse will honor the National All-Americans at an awards banquet on June 13, 2009 in King of Prussia, Pa.
UNH was ranked in every national poll this season and finished with a 12-7 overall record after finishing as runner-up in the America East tournament; the 12 wins are tied for the third-highest single-season total in the program’s history.