GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team was one of 49 teams cited by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association as an Academic Squad in the 2009 season. The IWLCA also announced that Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) were named to the Academic Honor Roll; both Wildcats are repeat honorees from last season.


Hardy, who graduated with a Psychology degree this past May, was an America East All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team honoree for the second time in as many years in ’09. She ranked second on the team in goals (33) as well as fifth in both points (37) and caused turnovers (15); she also tallied double digits in ground balls. The midfielder recorded a point in 14 of 19 games with 12 multiple-point efforts, including 11 multiple-goal performances. Hardy’s season highlights included a five-goal game against Stony Brook University and a five-point (4g, 1a) effort at Binghamton University. She recorded her 100th career point and 100th career goal in the 2009 season.

Von Bargen, a 2009 IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America Third Team selection who graduated with a Biology degree in May, 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. The attacker 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.

Her other 2009 honors included Northeast Region First Team, America East All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team.

Teams that have a collective grade-point-average of 3.0 or greater earn the distinction of Academic Squad. UNH was one of four America East teams – along with University at Albany, Binghamton University and University of Vermont – to receive this distinction. The honored student-athletes must have achieved at least junior year status and compiled a minimum GPA of 3.20.

New Hampshire 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.

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