The 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire Wildcats (9-6 overall, 2-2 America East) concludes its four-game homestand April 18 against the University of Vermont Catamounts (7-6, 2-2 America East). Saturday’s one o’clock “Battle of the ‘Cats” at Memorial Field marks Senior Day for UNH’s six-member Class of 2009.
    The team that wins this game will be in favorable position to make the America East tournament, whereas the othr team will be on the outside looking in.The winner of the “Battle of the ‘Cats” will be 3-2 while the other team will fall to 2-3. Boston U. is atop the stanndings at 4-0 while both Albany and UMBC are 3-2.
    UNH has a 27-3 lifetime record, including 1-1 last season, against the University of Vermont. Last year in Burlington, the Catamounts ended a 13-game losing streak to the Wildcats with a 9-8 victory. New Hampshire avenged that loss with a 15-6 win in the America East semifinals.
    The Blue and White ‘Cats have a 14-1 home record in this series. UNH has won eight consecutive home games, including a 16-8 victory the last time these teams played in Durham (2007), dating back to UVM’s 7-6 win in 1993.
    All three of Vermont’s wins have been by one goal. In comparison, UNH’s average margin of victory in the last 10 games is nine goals; the smallest margin of victory in that span is seven.

    New Hampshire concludes a four-game homestand with Saturday’s Senior Day game against Vermont. The Wildcats opened the homestand April 6 vs. 20th-ranked Cornell (5-3 loss) and continued against 10th-ranked Vanderbilt (11-7 loss) and Le Moyne (17-5 win).
    UNH recently concluded an 11-day stretch in which it played five games. That gauntlet run spanned April 1-11 and included three games vs. nationally-ranked teams; the ‘Cats lost those games to Boston University, Cornell and Vanderbilt, and they defeated both UMBC and Le Moyne.
    New Hampshire alternated wins and losses in an eight-game stretch from March 11 to April 6.
    UNH scored 12 first-half goals last Saturday vs. Le Moyne. In the other two games last week vs. Vanderbilt and Cornell, the ‘Cats combined to scored 10 goals.
    Michaela Hardy enters Saturday’s game with 99 career goals. Sarah Von Bargen has 193 career points.
    In 13 games, Allie Duclos has led the team (outright or tied) in ground balls seven times, draw controls nine times and caused turnovers three times. She has led the team in both GB and DC six times, including consecutive league games against Albany and Stony Brook. She tied for the lead in all three statistics in UNH’s season opener vs. Bryant.
    Kate Gunts started the season opener in goal but that was her only start through nine games – she made six other appearances in that span. Gunts returned to the starting lineup March 28 against Stony Brook and has now started six consecutive games. She has gone the distance each of those six games and has played 396 consecutive minutes.
    Seven UNH Wildcats have started all 15 games and seven ‘Cats are averaging at least one goal per game this season.

    In the most recent national statistics (through April 12), New Hampshire is ranked No. 5 in defense (84 teams ranked), 23rd caused turnovers, 24th in draw controls and 29th in offense.
    A few ‘Cats are among the individual leaders. Sophomore defender Allie Duclos is No. 2 in draw controls per game as well as 31st in ground balls per game and freshman goalkeeper Kate Gunts is No. 4 in GAA. Senior attacker Sarah Von Bargen is 10th in goals per game while Susie Piotrkowski is 22nd in assists per game.

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