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     DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano has announced the release of the State of Athletics, which highlights the 2008-09 Wildcat season. Within this report you will find team-by-team accomplishments, both in the field of competition and in the classroom that will illustrate another highly successful year in Wildcat athletics.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Thursday that 204 University of New Hampshire student-athletes have been named to the America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. Furthermore, 97 of those Wildcats received distinction on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
    UNH had the third highest total of representatives on both the Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The women’s outdoor track and field team had 55 student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll, which marked the highest total for all winter and spring sports; that team also had a league-high 28 representatives on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.




DURHAM, N.H.Sandy Bridgeman (UNH ’87) announced Tuesday her resignation as the head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team. Bridgeman, a three-time America East Coach of the Year selection, compiled an overall record of 123-105 in 13 years at UNH to become the winningest coach in the program’s 33-year history. The University’s athletic department will immediately commence a nationwide search for her successor.
   Bridgeman guided the Wildcats to a league-record 12th consecutive appearance in the America East tournament in 2009. UNH finished at 12-7 to mark the seventh time in nine years the ‘Cats reached double digits in the win column. New Hampshire tallied a program-record 15 victories in 2004 as well as 13 last year, 12 in 2002 and 11 in the ’01, ’05 and ’06 seasons.




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.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team gathered for its annual banquet Sunday afternoon to commemorate the accomplishments of its student-athletes and the 2009 Wildcat team that was in the national rankings all 11 weeks and finished with 12 wins, the fourth-highest total in the program’s 33-year history.
     The Offensive MVP was presented to senior attacker Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), and classmate Beth Stankus (Derry, N.H.) was cited as the Defensive MVP. Senior co-captains Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y.) were co-recipients of the Coaches’ Award. Ilana Cohen  (Andover, Mass.) was feted as the Rookie of the Year, and the Strength and Conditioning Award went to sophomore Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.).




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-- Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) scored three goals to lead the University of New Hampshire attack, but the 17th-ranked Wildcats were defeated 16-6 by 12-ranked and top-seeded Boston University in Saturday afternoon’s title game of the America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Nickerson Field.
     UNH, which entered the game with a four-game winning streak, ends its season at 12-7 and as the league runner-up for the sixth time in eight years.



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DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire (12-6 overall, 4-2 America East), ranked 17th in both of this week’s national polls, continues 2009 postseason play May 2 in the America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship title game against 12th-ranked Boston University (14-3). Game time at BU’s Nickerson Field is 1 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. The championship contest will be streamed live in partnership with Pack Network – and live stats will also be available – at the America East Zone.




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Deb Dale (East Northport, N.Y.), Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) recorded four points apiece and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) recorded her 200th career point as the 17th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team defeated the University at Albany, 17-9, in an America East Championship semifinal game Thursday afternoon at Boston University’s Nickerson Field.
   UNH, in its league-record 12th consecutive tournament appearance, extended its winning streak to four games to improve to 12-6 overall. UNH advances to Saturday’s championship game (1 p.m.) against top-seeded Boston University.



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.




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DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire (11-6 overall, 4-2 America East), tied for 17th in the Inside Lacrosse Poll, begins 2009 postseason play April 30 with a semifinal matchup against the University at Albany (9-7, 4-2) in the America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Game time at Boston University’s Nickerson Field is 3:30 p.m.
    Tickets, available day of games, are $8 for adults, $5 for youth under 14 and $2 for all America East students with valid school ID. Live stats will be available for all three games, while the championship contest on Saturday will be streamed live at the America East Zone in partnership with Pack Network.




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VESTAL, N.Y.Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) tallied a career-high eight points with three goals and a personal best of five assists to propel the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to a 21-9 victory against Binghamton University in Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
    UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in America East. UNH will make its league-record 12th consecutive appearance in the America East Championship tournament this season. The third-seeded Wildcats will play second-seeded Albany in an April 30 semifinal game at Boston University’s Nickerson Field. Game time is 3:30 p.m.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Senior attacker Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and junior attacker Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) of the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team finished second and third, respectively, in the voting for the inaugural America East Women’s Lacrosse Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, the league announced Friday.
    Von Bargen received 416 of approximately 2,300 overall votes (18 percent) and Kaplan collected 273 tallies (12 percent). The UNH duo combined for 689 votes overall on the 14-player ballot to account for 30% of all voting.




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DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire (10-6 overall, 3-2 America East), ranked 19th in the IWLCA Poll and 18th in the Inside Lacrosse Poll, concludes the 2009 regular season April 25 at Binghamton University (3-12, 0-5). Game time at the Bearcat Sports Complex is 1 p.m.
    UNH has won all seven previous meetings with Binghamton, including last year’s 14-5 win at home. The last time the Wildcats traveled to play the Bearcats (2007), UNH returned to Durham following a 22-5 victory. In this brief series, which began in 2002, the ‘Cats have a 138-26 scoring advantage.




DURHAM, N.H.  – Sandy Bridgeman, 13th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse program, has announced that seven student-athletes have committed to the UNH family for the 2009-10 season. The group consists of: midfielders Heather Carr (Derry, N.H.), Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) and Chelsea Cyester (Parker, Colo.); defender Casey Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.); goalkeeper Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.); and attackers Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) and Ally Stager (Reading, Mass.).
    “We’re very excited about the quality and depth of this year’s recruiting class,” stated Bridgeman, a three-time America East Coach of the Year and UNH’s winningest women’s lacrosse coach.




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DURHAM, N.H. – Senior midfielder Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) scored a career-high five goals as part of a six-point performance – and senior midfielder Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) scored her 100th career goal – to lead the 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to a 17-4 victory against the University of Vermont in Saturday afternoon’s America East game at Memorial Field that marked Senior Day for the UNH Wildcats.
    UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in America East. The Wildcats, who have recorded 10+ wins five of the last six seasons, now control their own destiny for a league postseason berth; they will secure a spot with a win in the April 25 regular-season finale at Binghamton University.




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DURHAM, N.H. — 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.
       UNH has a 27-3 lifetime record, including 1-1 last season, against the UVM. 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.




DURHAM, N.H.Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) both recorded four points to lead a balanced attack in the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire’s 17-5 victory against Le Moyne College in women’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.
    Von Bargen tallied two goals and two assists while Kaplan extended her point-scoring streak to eight games with a goal and three assists. Kaplan also finished with three draw controls, two ground balls and once caused turnover. Von Bargen’s numbers included three ground balls and two draw controls.




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  – Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) recorded a game-high four points with two goals and two assists, but the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team was defeated 11-7 by 10th-ranked Vanderbilt University at Memorial Field on Wednesday afternoon.
    In addition to Kaplan, who was also credited with three ground balls, one caused turnover and one draw control, Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.; 2g) and Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.; 1g, 1a) tallied multiple points for the ‘Cats. Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) finished with eight saves, including five in the second half.




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Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) recorded two points and Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) tallied 10 saves, but 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire was defeated 5-3 by 20th-ranked Cornell University in women’s lacrosse action at Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
    UNH, which has alternated wins and losses in the past eight games, is now 8-5 overall. Cornell improved to 6-4.




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DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team (8-4 overall, 2-2 America East), ranked 18th in the IWLCA poll and 19th in the Inside Lacrosse poll, plays three home games this week beginning April 6 against No. 19/17 Cornell University (5-4 overall, 1-3 Ivy). Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.
    The Wildcats also play host to 11th-ranked Vanderbilt University (7-3 overall, 2-1 American Lacrosse Conference) on April 8 and LeMoyne College (4-7) on April 11; both of those games begin at 1 p.m.




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Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) matched her career high of six points with three goals and three assists to lead the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 11-8 victory against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in America East action at UMBC Stadium.
    UNH, which has won all eight lifetime meetings against the Retrievers, improved to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in America East. Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y.) tallied her 100th career ground ball with the first of her three in the game; she was also credited with one caused turnover and one draw control. Beth Sabiston (Bayshore, N.Y.) tallied a team-high five ground balls as well as two draw controls.




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– Sarah Dalton scored six second-half goals to spark the 12th-ranked Boston University women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 9-8 come-from-behind victory against 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire in America East action at Memorial Field.
   UNH, which entered the game with a 10-game home winning streak, is now 7-4 overall and 1-2 in America East. Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) recorded her 100th career point in a two-goal effort and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) tallied a team-high four points. Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) finished with a career-high 11 saves.




This is the 10th installment of  “Cat Trax,” a series of feature stories that will periodically appear on the UNH athletics Web site.

By Danielle Blais, UNH Athletic Media Relations

Family. It’s one of the top priorities of Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), a senior attacker on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team. As the baby of her family, Von Bargen was athletically bred. Her parents are unquestionably supportive and come to every game. “Dad’s got to milk it; I’m the last one,” said the youngest of three. Her father even flew to Tennessee for games against Vanderbilt and Cornell during a spring break trip. “My parents love it. It’s a social network for them.”




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— The 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team (7-3 overall, 1-1 America East) battles league rival and 12th-ranked Boston University (6-3, 1-0) on April 1 at UNH’s Memorial Field. Game time is 3 p.m.
    UNH has an 11-17 lifetime record, including 0-3 last season (all three matchups were at Nickerson Field), against BU. The Terriers have won nine consecutive games in this series dating back to the Wildcats’ 11-9 victory in the 2004 America East championship game.




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DURHAM, N.H.Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) scored a season-high five goals to propel the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 21-7 America East victory against Stony Brook University at Memorial Field.
   UNH, now 4-0 at home this season with a 10-game winning streak at Memorial Field, improved to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in America East.
   Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) was one of 12 Wildcats who recorded at least one point in the game and tallied her 100th career point on her first point of the day, an unassisted goal that gave the ‘Cats a 10-0 lead at 7:28 of the first half. She finished the game with two goals and an assist to increase her career totals to 65-37-102.




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DURHAM, N.H. — The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team takes a 6-3 overall record (1-0 America East) into Saturday’s league battle against Stony Brook (3-8, 0-1). Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.
    UNH has a 4-2 lifetime record, including last year’s 17-10 road win, against Stony Brook. SBU had won the previous two meetings in 2007 (11-8 here in Durham) and 2006 (18-13). This series began in 2003 with a 19-3 win at home by UNH. The Wildcats won by scores of 19-4 (road) and 15-12 (home) in subsequent years.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Kate Keagins (Bayshore, N.Y.), a freshman midfielder on the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday.
    Keagins recorded nine points – all on goals – as well as three draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover in two games last week. She scored a career-high six goals (the six points also marked a personal best), including the game-tying goal with 92 seconds remaining in regulation, against Albany. She also tallied three goals in UNH's win vs. UMass.




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ALBANY, N.Y.Kate Keagins (Bayshore, N.Y.) scored a career-high six goals, including the game-tying goal that send the game into overtime, for the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, but the University at Albany prevailed 16-15 in OT in Saturday afternoon’s America East league opener for both teams at John Fallon Field.
    UNH is now 6-3 overall, 0-1 in America East and 3-3 on the road. This was the home opener for Albany, which improved to 3-5 with its first win vs. the Wildcats in 11 lifetime meetings.

 




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DURHAM, N.H.Kate Keagins (Bayshore, N.Y.) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), the two-time reigning America East Player of the Week, both scored three second-half goals to ignite the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 13-10 come-from-behind victory against the University of Massachusetts at Memorial Field.
   UNH outscored the visitors 10-2 in the second half to erase an 8-3 halftime deficit, and the Wildcats extended their home unbeaten streak to nine games to improve to 6-2.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), a senior attacker on the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was honored as Player of the Week by America East for the second consecutive week, the league announced Monday.
     Von Bargen continued her torrid scoring streak with 11 goals and two assists for 13 points in two games last week. She matched her career high of six goals and finished with a personal-best eight points to lead UNH to an overtime win at Harvard, then scored five goals at second-ranked University of Maryland.




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. – Despite five goals from Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and a three-point effort by Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.), the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team was defeated 19-7 by second-ranked University of Maryland at the Lacrosse Complex on Sunday afternoon.
   UNH, which entered the game with a three-game winning streak, is now 5-2 overall. Maryland is 6-0.
   Von Bargen extended her goal-scoring streak to 19 games – with 16 straight multiple-goal efforts – by recording four goals and an assist vs. the Terrapins. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) contributed seven draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers.




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, Mass. – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), the reigning America East Player of the Week, recorded a career-high eight points with six goals and two assists to propel the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 11-9 overtime victory against Harvard University at Cumnock Turf.
   UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 5-1. Harvard is 2-2.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), a senior attacker on the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was distinguished as Player of the Week by America East on Monday.
   Von Bargen recorded nine goals and an assist for a total of 10 points in two UNH victories last week. She tallied four points, all on goals, vs. Yale and then tied her career high of six points with five goals and an assist at UConn.




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STORRS, Conn.  – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn.) both matched their career high of six points to propel the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 15-7 non-conference victory against the University of Connecticut at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.
    UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 4-1 overall. Von Bargen finished with five goals and an assist while Piotrkowski matched her personal best of six points with a career-high six assists. Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.), who entered the game with one career point, tallied a goal and three assists.




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  – Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) recorded her 150th career point in a four-goal effort that propelled the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 12-4 non-conference victory against Yale University at Memorial Field.
   UNH won its eighth consecutive home game to improve to 3-1 this season. Yale lost its second straight game to fall to 1-2.
   Von Bargen entered the game with 147 career points and became the 10th UNH Wildcat to attain the 150-point milestone at 9:03 of the second half when she gave the ‘Cats a 10-4 lead. The senior attacker currently has 129 goals and 22 assists for 151 points.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), a sophomore defender on the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
     Duclos recorded a goal, eight ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls in UNH’s two games last week. She tallied a game-high and career-best six ground balls as well as two caused turnovers and two draw controls at nationally-ranked Dartmouth College on Feb. 28. Earlier in the week (Feb. 25) at the College of the Holy Cross, Duclos finished with one goal, two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one controlled draw.



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, N.H. – The 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team held 15th-ranked Dartmouth College to two second-half goals, but the homestanding Big Green staved off UNH’s comeback bid to prevail 10-8 Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.  
It marked the first loss of the season for the Wildcats, who are now 2-1. Dartmouth improved to 2-0.
   Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) led the ‘Cat attack with three goals. Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) scored twice and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.), Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) and Beth Sabiston (Bayshore, N.Y.) each potted one goal.



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, Mass.Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) matched her career highs in both goals and points with a six-goal effort that led the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon’s 19-4 non-conference victory against College of the Holy Cross at Hart Turf Field.
    UNH, which opened the 2009 season Feb. 22 with a 19-2 victory against Bryant University, is now 2-0.
   It marked the second consecutive six-point performance by Von Bargen, who was one of six Wildcats with multiple points vs. the Crusaders. In her first collegiate start, goalkeeper Nikki Hume (North Hampton, N.H.) earned her first win with a four-save effort.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.), a freshman on the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named the women’s lacrosse Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday.
   In her collegiate debut Feb. 22 against Bryant University, Curro recorded two goals and two assists for four points. She also tallied two ground balls and one draw control. It didn’t take long for Curro to record her first collegiate point as she assisted on the game’s first goal 61 seconds into the contest. She also set up the third goal that gave the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead 2:53 into the game. Curro netted both of her goals in the second half of the 19-2 victory vs. the Bulldogs.
 




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, N.H.Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) recorded four goals and two assists to match her career high of six points to lead the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Sunday afternoon’s 19-2 non-conference victory against Bryant University at Memorial Field.
            This marked the season opener for UNH, which has now won seven consecutive home games dating back to the 2008 regular season. Bryant is 0-2 in ’09.



DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team returns 16 letterwinners, including eight starters, from last year’s team that earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament and ended the season ranked 13th in the nation.
   “The experience of last year is something to build upon, but we know it’s a new year and we have to prove ourselves every time we take the field,” 13th-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman said.
   The 2009 UNH Wildcats open the season Feb. 22 (1 p.m.) at home against Bryant University and that is the first of nine home games on the ’09 slate.




DURHAM, N.H. — The UNH Lacrosse Coaching Clinic will be held this Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the University of New Hampshire campus at New Hampshire Hall and the Paul Sweet Oval (indoor track) at the Field House.
   Cost of the clinic, which will provide skiils, drills and strategies, is $65 and includes lunch if you register by Feb. 12. Some points of emphasis for the clinic include stick work, defense, offense and draw controls.
     Register online by clicking here or click here to download an information sheet.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – The 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse program received two of a possible six first-place votes and a total of 32 points to place second in the 2009 America East Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll that was released Tuesday.
   UNH, led by 13th-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, returns 16 letterwinners – including eight starters – from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA tournament and finished the season at 13-6 overall. The Wildcats boasted the seventh-ranked defense in the nation a year ago, and the offense was led by America East Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), who averaged 3.11 and 3.12 points-per-game, respectively.




BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, led by 13th-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, has been picked 14th in the 2009 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Preseason Poll that was released Monday by the organization.
    This marks the first time since 2005 that UNH has appeared in the preseason poll. That year, the ‘Cats were also No. 14. New Hampshire opens the 2009 season Feb. 22  (1 p.m.)at home against Bryant University.




BALTIMORE, Md.Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.), a senior midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, is one of 20 student-athletes featured in an Inside Lacrosse magazine article entitled “Women’s Names to Know in 2009” in the February issue.
    Hardy was named to the 2008 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America Third Team as well as the IWLCA All-Academic Team and IWLCA Northeast Region First Team last year. Her conference honors included America East Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, All-Academic Team and All-Conference First Team.




DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse program has announced that its Girls Winter Skills Sessions will be held Thursdays from January 8th through February 12th; the event will be extended to February 19th if a snow day occurs during that span. All six Thursday sessions are from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Paul Sweet Oval, which is UNH's newly-renovated indoor track facility located in the Field House.
      The Winter Sessions are open to girls aged six through high school and includes all levels from beginner to advanced. Cost of the six-week training sessions is $150. Complete and return both the registration form and waiver form to enroll.




By Christina Coleman, UNH Athletic Media Relations

DURHAM, N.H. – It’s rare for a college athlete to participate in two sports during their collegiate career, but for Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass) it’s something she has known for the past two years.  Kaplan, now a junior, plays both soccer and lacrosse for UNH, and is a dominant force for both teams.

Kaplan came into the University her freshman year knowing she was going to participate in both sports.   Kaplan was first recruited by soccer coach Michael Jackson and his staff, then Sandy Bridgeman, head lacrosse coach, recruited Kaplan for her program as well.    




DURHAM, N.H.  – Katie Leland, who rewrote the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse record book as a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, will rejoin the UNH women’s lacrosse program as an assistant coach, effective immediately, as announced by 13th-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman on Monday.

Leland – named the America East Women’s Lacrosse Student-Athlete of the Year in 2005 – currently holds four UNH records, including career points with 270, and ranks second on the program’s career assist list (92). She also owns the benchmarks for goals in a game (nine), points in a season (90; in 2004) and goals in a career (179). Leland, a native of Timonium, Md., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology: Sport Studies from UNH in May 2006.




BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team was named one of 50 programs in Division I to earn Academic Squad honors from the Intercollegaite Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, the IWLCA announced Monday. Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), both juniors on the 2008 Wildcat squad, were among the 159 student-athletes named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
      Teams with a collective grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher earned the distinction of Academic Squad. UNH was one of five America East conference schools to receive the honor. The honored student-athletes must have achieved at least junior year status and compiled a minimum GPA of 3.20.
      New Hampshire advanced to the 2008 NCAA tournament and finished with 13 wins (second-highest win total in the program’s 32-year history). The Wildcats peaked at No. 13 in the national rankings, the highest since 1992.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 America East Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete award, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon.
      Hardy, the second UNH women’s lacrosse player bestowed this honor, is one of three New Hampshire student-athletes to receive an America East Scholar-Athlete award in the 2007-08 academic year; every Scholar-Athlete is eligible for the 2008 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced on Aug. 14. One male winner and one female winner will be chosen by the same committee that selected the individual sports Scholar-Athletes.



UNH HONOR ROLL

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of 201 University of New Hampshire student-athletes were named to the 2008 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for recording a grade point average of 3.0 or above in that winter/spring semester, the league announced Thursday. Of the 201 honored, 113 of those were also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for possessing a gpa of at least 3.5, the most of any of the other institution.
      In the nine-member America East conference, only Binghamton University (251 honorees) had a higher number of student-athletes recognized. The University at Albany (198), the University of Vermont (197) and Stony Brook University (188) rounded out the top five.




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