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The University of New Hampshire, ranked 17th in this week's Inside Lacrosse media poll, plays league road games this week against Boston University (April 7, 4 p.m.), ranked 17th in the IWLCA coaches poll, and Stony Brook University (April 10, 1 p.m.).
UNH has an 11-19 overall record, including last year's losses in the regular season (9-8) and America East championship game (16-6), against Boston University. The Terriers have won 11 consecutive games vs. the Wildcats dating back to UNH's 11-9 victory in the 2004 league championship game.
The Wildcats' most recent win at Nickerson Field was April 2004, when the 'Cats prevailed 7-6. Since then, BU has won six straight at home vs. UNH and that includes four postseason games (three America East title games, one NCAA first-round game).
A sibling rivalry born out of Amherst, N.H., will be renewed Wednesday as UNH sophomore attacker JoJo Curro will be playing against sister McKinley, a senior attacker at BU.
New Hampshire has a 5-2 overall record, including a 21-7 win at home last season, against Stony Brook. These teams have met annually since 2003, when SBU joined the America East conference. UNH won the initial three meetings before the Seawolves recorded back-to-back wins in '06 and '07. The last time this teams played at LaValle Stadium, UNH left with a 17-10 victory.
KEAGINS, SIMPSON RECEIVE AMERICA EAST HONORS
Sophomore midfielder Kate Keagins and freshman attacker Jenny Simpson were feted by America East on Monday, April 5. Keagins was named Defensive Player of the Week while Simpson garnered the Rookie of the Week award for the second consecutive week and third time overall this season. The duo helped lead UNH to victory at Yale (13-9) and a 16-8 home win vs. UMBC in the Wildcats' league opener.
Keagins recorded seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers and six draw controls, as well as four points (3g, 1a). She recorded game highs in both GB (five) and CTO (three) vs. UMBC; she also tallied two DC and two goals; she manufactured the Wildcats' second goal of the game with a caused turnover and ground ball at midfield, then raced down the field for an unassisted goal. At Yale, Keagins' four CTO tied for the game high; she also had four draw controls, two ground balls, one goal and one assist. UNH trailed 8-7 but Keagins set up the last of four consecutive goals that put the 'Cats in front 11-8; she scored in the waning minutes to help secure the win.
Simpson, who was previously honored March 8 & 29, tallied two goals in both games and also had two assists at Yale to tie for the team lead in points (four). Against UMBC, her first-half goal gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead and her second-half tally ended a run of six consecutive goals that pushed UNH's advantage to 14-5. Simpson tallied three of her four points vs. Yale in the second half as the 'Cats outscored the Bulldogs 8-4 in the final 30 minutes. Her first assist of the day lifted New Hampshire into a 6-6 tie and her goal midway through the second half pulled UNH into a tie at 8. After Yale trimmed its deficit to 11-9, Simpson set up the next tally to help secure the victory.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire enters this week's action with a three-game winning streak. Most recently, the Wildcats opened the month of April – and their America East conference schedule – with a 16-8 victory vs. UMBC last Saturday. March ended with consecutive wins against teams from the Nutmeg State – Fairfield (14-10 at home; March 28) and Yale (13-9 on the road; March 31).
UNH has a 5-1 record at home and a 2-2 mark on the road.
The 'Cats have a 2-1 mark against teams hailing from the state of Massachusetts with wins against Holy Cross and UMass and a loss to Harvard.
New Hampshire is 3-2 against teams with an animal as the mascot. The Wildcats have defeated the Stags (Fairfield), Bulldogs (Yale) and Retrievers (UMBC) and lost to the Terrapins (Maryland) and Gators (Florida).
The Wildcats opened the year with four consecutive wins and that marked the team's best start since the '89 team went 4-0.
UNH has scored in double digits six of 10 games and has won all six of those games. The 'Cats netted a season-high 16 goals March 6 vs. Colgate and matched that April 3 vs. UMBC.
New Hampshire scored 16 goals against a UMBC team that was allowing just 7.48 goals per game. Furthermore, the Wildcats held a Retrievers' offense that was averaging 12.79 goals per game to just eight tallies.
Sophomore attacker JoJo Curro is the only Wildcat who has recorded at least one point in all 10 games this season. She extended her point-scoring streak to 10 games and goal-scoring streak to five games with a career-high six-goal effort vs. UMBC on April 3. Curro's numbers of 19-5-24 exceeds last year's totals of 6-6-12.
Jenny Simpson carries a five-game point-scoring streak into this week's action with totals of 13 goals and five assists for 18 points in that span.
Freshman goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe has started each of the last five games after making one appearance off the bench in the opening five games of the season. O'Keefe recorded her first career victory with a nine-save effort March 28 against Fairfield. Since then, she has also earned the 'W' against Yale and UMBC.
Shaunna Kaplan (13g, 15a) and Hayley Rausch (18g, 12a) have recorded double digits in both goals and assists.
Kate Keagins has double digits in ground balls (14), draw controls (18) and caused turnovers (13). She leads the team in both DC and CTO and is second in GB.
Amber Casiano recorded her first career goal and finished with two tallies April 3 vs. UMBC.
Erin Levesque registered her first collegiate point with an assist against UMBC on April 3.
Ilana Cohen recorded a career-high three assists to match her personal best of three points April 3 vs. UMBC.
Allie Bratton has scored two goals each of the last three games (vs. UMBC, Yale and Fairfield).
Hayley Rausch has tallied a point in all nine games in which she has played; in fact, she has an assist every game. Rausch has surpassed her rookie totals with 18-12-30 this year in comparison to 17-6-23 in '09.
KAPLAN CONTINUES CLIMB IN RECORD BOOKS
Senior attacker Shaunna Kaplan, who has led UNH in assists each of the previous three seasons, is one of three captains in 2010. Kaplan carried a nine-game point-scoring streak into this year and tallied a point in the initial six games of '10 to extend that streak to 15 games. She carries a three-game streak (6g, 5a) into Wednesday's game at Boston U.
Kaplan has started all 10 games and tallied 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists. She once again leads the team in assists and ranks second in points as well as tied for fourth in goals. Kaplan has tallied a point in nine of 10 games with seven multiple-point efforts; she has an assist in seven of 10 games.
Most recently, Kaplan finished with a team-high five points to lead UNH to a 16-8 victory vs. UMBC (April 3). She finished that game with two goals, three assists, three draw controls and one ground ball.
In the Feb. 24 game vs. Holy Cross, Kaplan tallied a goal and four assists to factor in half of the team's 10 goals. She matched that season high of four assists March 6 vs. Colgate; that four-point output was matched in games against UMass and Yale in which she finished with three goals and an assist.
Kaplan became the 11th UNH Wildcat to reach the 150-point milestone with a goal vs. Harvard University on March 9. She enters Wednesday's game with 95 goals and 67 assists for 162 points.
Here is a look at the career lists:
2. Katie Leland 92
3. Liz Brickley 67
Shaunna Kaplan 67
7. Pauline Collins 178
8. Shaunna Kaplan 162
25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The UNH women's lacrosse program invites you to attend the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the 1985 NCAA national championship women's lacrosse team on Saturday, April 17.
Members of the 1985 Wildcat team – the only UNH team to win an NCAA national title – will be recognized during halftime of the game against Binghamton University, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Memorial Field.
The 1985 team went 9-3 in the regular season and received one of four invitations to the NCAA tournament. UNH defeated defending national champion Temple, 7-3, in the semifinals and then defeated 1984 runner-up Maryland, 6-5, in the title game to give the Wildcats an overall record of 11-3 and a unique accomplishment in school history: NCAA champions.
Five players from that squad received All-America honors as Sandy (Vander-Heyden) Bridgeman and Suzie Haynes were First Team selections, Karen Geromini and Heather Reynolds were named to the Second Team and Robin Balducci received Honorable Mention.
The 1985 women's lacrosse team, as well as Marisa Didio (head coach) and Barb Marois (student-athlete), were enshrined in the inaugural class of the Wildcat Winners Circle (Hall of Fame established for women student-athletes when UNH's athletic department was separated by gender). Since then, Sandy Bridgeman and Karen Geromini were inducted in 1995, Robin Balducci followed in 1998 and Pauline Collins received the distinction in 1999.
ATTACK FROM ALL ANGLES
New Hampshire has utilized a balanced attack this season with six players in double-digit goals – and two more within striking distance – as well as six 'Cats with 5+ assists.
JoJo Curro and Hayley Rausch are slightly ahead of the pack with 19 and 18 goals, respectively. The quartet of Allie Bratton, Shaunna Kaplan, Kate Keagins and Jenny Simpson has between 12-14 goals.
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