EIGHT WOMEN'S LACROSSE PLAYERS RECEIVE AMERICA EAST ACCOLADES
SARAH VON BARGEN
MICHAELA HARDY
BETH STANKUS
SHAUNNA KAPLAN
ALLIE DUCLOS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Led by a league-high five selections to the All-Conference First Team, the 17th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team had eight student-athletes honored by America East on Wednesday.

Senior attacker Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) was selected to the First Team for the third consecutive year, while both senior midfielder Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore defender Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) are repeat selections from last season. Junior attacker Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and senior defender Beth Stankus (Derry, N.H.) were also voted to the ’09 First Team.

A pair of UNH freshmen – defender Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) and midfielder Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) – was named to the America East All-Rookie Team.

A total of four Wildcats were selected to the 13-member America East All-Academic Team. Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) and Von Bargen have received this distinction all three years, while Hardy is a repeat honoree from 2008 and Duclos is a first-time selection.

Von Bargen, who won consecutive Player of the Week awards this season, ranks ninth in the nation in goals per game with 56 goals in 17 games. She also has nine assists for a total of 65 points to rank second in America East in both gpg and points per game. With those numbers, Von Bargen leads the team in both goals and points; she is also ranked second on the team in draw controls (27). Her 56 goals is tied for fifth on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives and the 65 points ranks seventh. Von Bargen opened the 2009 season with a 12-game goal-scoring streak and she has scored a goal in 16 of 17 games with 15 multiple-goal efforts. Her season highlights include a career-high eight points (6g, 2a) March 11 at Harvard University. In addition to her offensive numbers, Von Bargen has recorded double digits in draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers.

Hardy has compiled 30 goals and four assists for 34 points to rank second on the team in goals and fourth in points. She has recorded a point in 13 of 17 games with 11 multiple-point efforts, including 10 multiple-goal games. Hardy tallied a season-high five goals March 28 against Stony Brook University and she matched that season high of five points with four goals and an assist at Binghamton University in the regular-season finale. Hardy carries a six-game goal-scoring streak into the postseason with totals of 14 goals and two assists for 16 points in that span. In addition to her offensive numbers, Hardy has recorded double digits in draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers.

Duclos is fifth in the nation in draw controls per game with a team-high 57 in 14 games. In the league rankings, she is second in draw controls as well as fourth in both ground balls and caused turnovers. Despite missing three games, Duclos also leads the team in caused turnovers and is second in ground balls. She has led the team (outright or tied) in ground balls seven times and draw controls nine times. Duclos recorded at least one GB, DC and CTO in all 14 games she has played; in fact, she has been credited with multiple GB 10 times and multiple DC 12 times. She has also contributed offensively with six points, all on goals.

Kaplan, a 2008 Second Team selection, was a unanimous selection to the ’09 First Team. She ranks seventh in the league in assists per game and 10th in points per game. Kaplan is second among Wildcats in both assists (22) and points (49) as well as fourth in goals (27); she is the only ‘Cat to record double digits in goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. In the regular-season finale at Binghamton, she tallied career highs in both assists (five) and points (eight) to extend her point-scoring streak to 10 games. Kaplan has a point in 15 of 17 games with 13 multiple-point efforts, including nine multiple-goal games and six multiple-assist performances. 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).

Stankus, sidelined by injury in the 2008 season, has returned to the starting lineup and been a defensive stalwart. She is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (21) and is fifth in ground balls. Stankus propelled New Hampshire to a 13-10 victory against the University of Massachusetts with five caused turnovers and four ground balls. She also had three strong performances against nationally-ranked teams, including three CTO and two GB against Boston University; then in consecutive games, Stankus tallied three caused turnovers and two ground balls vs. Cornell and then three GB and one CTO against Vanderbilt.

Cohen, with 13 starts in 16 games overall, has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points. She ended the regular season with a goal in four consecutive games and totals of 4-2-6 in that span. In the finale at Binghamton, Cohen was credited with one goal, one assist, a game-high five draw controls and three ground balls. She has a point in 10 of 16 games and that includes career highs in both goals (two) and points (three) in the season opener against Bryant University. Cohen has also reached double digits in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.

Keagins is tied for the lead among UNH rookies in goals with 14, and those 14 points account for all of her points; she scored half of those goals in five America East league games. Keagins scored three second-half goals to spark the Wildcats’ come-from-behind victory against UMass and followed that with a personal-best of six goals at Albany. She is tied for sixth on the team in goals and has played in 16 of 17 games.

Durepo ranks third on the team in goals (29) and is tied for fourth in points (34). She is also third in both draw controls and ground balls, and her .492 shooting percentage is best of the team’s eight double-digit goal scorers. Durepo has recorded a point in 12 of 17 games this season with 10 multiple-point efforts, including a personal best of five goals – and season-high six points – against Vermont. In the regular-season finale, Durepo scored three goals to extend her goal-scoring streak to five games and she has 12-2-14 in that span.

New Hampshire (11-6 overall, 4-2 America East) begins postseason play April 30 against the University at Albany in an America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship semifinal game at Boston University’s Nickerson Field. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Tickets, available on game day, are $8 for adults, $5 for youth under 14 and $2 for all America East students with valid school ID.
 

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