April 15, 2010

GAME DAY: WOMEN'S LAX PLAYS HOST TO BINGHAMTON (APRIL 17); 1985 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TO BE HONORED

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THE MATCHUP
    The University of New Hampshire, 8-4 overall and 2-1 in America East, plays host to Binghamton University (1-10, 0-3) on Saturday, April 17; game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.
    UNH has won all previous eight games in this series vs. Binghamton. Last year, the Wildcats prevailed 21-9 and it marked the fifth time vs. the Bearcats they scored 20+ goals in a game; it also marked the highest output by Binghamton vs. the Wildcats. In the most recent matchup at Memorial Field (April 2008), UNH won 14-5.

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.

CASIANO RECEIVES AMERICA EAST HONOR
   Freshman midfielder Amber Casiano was named Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday. Casiano recorded three points, all on goals, as well as two ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls in two road games last week. She tallied two goals, two ground balls and one caused turnover in UNH's 12-8 victory at Stony Brook. Casiano's first goal of the game leveled the score, 3-3, with 10 seconds remaining in the first half; she also capped the game scoring with 1:33 remaining in the second half. Earlier in the week, Casiano finished with one goal, three draw controls and one caused turnover against nationally-ranked Boston University.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire has won four of its last five games to improve to 8-4 overall. The Wildcats have a 2-1 league record in America East, a 5-1 ledger at home and a 3-3 mark on the road.
    A UNH player has won each of the last three Rookie of the Week awards and four overall this season. Amber Casiano received the honor April 12 while Jenny Simpson was feted March 8 & 29 and April 5.
    The 'Cats have a 2-0 record against teams hailing from the state of New York with wins against Colgate University and Stony Brook University.
    The 34 shots at Stony Brook marked the second-highest total for UNH this season. The 'Cats tallied 38 shots vs. Colgate.
    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 seven of 12 games and has won all seven of those games. Here are other scenarios in which the Wildcats are undefeated: when scoring the game's first goal (6-0); when leading at halftime (5-0); when the opposition scores less than 10 goals (6-0); when recording more ground balls than the opposition (7-0).
    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.

'CAT NIPS
   Shaunna Kaplan currently has 98 career goals. She has a five-game point-scoring streak (assist in all five games) with totals of nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points.
    Jenny Simpson has the team's longest active point-scoring streak of seven games; she has totals of 14 goals and six assists for 20 points in that span.
    Kate Keagins has scored a goal each of the last five games with eight points (7g, 1a) in that span. She has a goal in 11 of 12 games this season (only exception was March 20 at Florida).
    Amber Casiano has tallied a point four of the last five games (no points in first five career games). She had two-goal games vs. Stony Brook and UMBC.
    Ilana Cohen recorded a career-high four points (two goals, two assists) April 10 at Stony Brook.
    Allie Bratton has scored two goals four of the last five games (vs. Stony Brook, UMBC, Yale and Fairfield).
    Freshman goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe has started each of the last seven 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, UMBC and Stony Brook.
    Hayley Rausch has tallied a point in all nine games in which she has played; in fact, she has an assist in all nine of those games.

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 five-game streak (9g, 10a) into Saturday's game at Boston U.
    Kaplan has started all 12 games and tallied 36 points on 16 goals and 20 assists. She once again leads the team in assists and also ranks first in points; she is third in goals. Kaplan has tallied a point in 11 of 12 games with eight multiple-point efforts; she has an assist in nine of 12 games, as well as a goal in nine of 12.
    Kaplan recorded a season-high seven points April 10 at Stony Brook by matching her season highs in both goals (three) and assists (four). 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 and moved into third place on the career assist list with one (her 68th overall) against Boston U. on April 7. She enters Saturday's game with 98 goals and 72 assists for 170 points.
    Here is a look at the career lists:
ASSISTS
2. Katie Leland 92
3. Shaunna Kaplan 72
POINTS
6. Liz Brickley 179
7. Pauline Collins 178
8. Shaunna Kaplan 170

HOME SWEET HOME
   New Hampshire won its initial three home games of the 2010 season and is 5-1 at Memorial Field this season. The only loss was March 9 to Harvard (10-9 in double overtime).
    The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 74-51 at home (per game averages of 12.33 and 8.50) with a 163-126 shot advantage (per game, 27.2 and 21.0).
    Hayley Rausch has recorded 21 points (13g, 8a) in five home games. Shaunna Kaplan (6-13-19), JoJo Curro (13-4-17), Jenny Simpson (11-3-14), Kate Keagins (9-3-12) and Ilana Cohen (7-5-12) are also averaging at least two points per game at Memorial Field; those totals are in six games, with the exception of Simpson (five).
    Kate Gunts has a 3-1 record with a 7.92 GAA and .436 save percentage in four home games. Kathleen O'Keefe is 2-0 with a 9.08 GAA and .474 save percentage in three games.

DUCLOS DIALED IN DEFENSIVELY
   Allie Duclos, junior midfielder and tri-captain, is a defensive linchpin for the 'Cats. She leads the team in ground balls (26) and ranks second in both caused turnovers (11) and draw controls (23); she is one of two 'Cats who has recorded double digits in all three statistics. And with seven goals on 12 shots, Duclos has a team-best .583 shooting percentage.
    In the opening four games of the year, she made notable contributions on the score sheet with an assist in the Feb. 24 season opener vs. Holy Cross followed by successive two-goal efforts vs. Dartmouth, UMass and Colgate. Both the two goals and two points are personal bests. She also scored once at nationally-ranked Boston U.
Last Saturday at Stony Brook, Duclos tallied game highs in ground balls (four), draw controls (five) and caused turnovers (two).
    Duclos recorded seven ground balls, four caused turnovers and two draw controls to propel UNH past Yale on March 31. One game earlier, she finished with five GB and two CTO vs. Fairfield (March 28). Duclos tallied three GB and three DC, as well as two goals, vs. Colgate (March 6).
    Duclos has multiple ground balls four of the last five games and five times overall in 2010. She has seven games with multiple draw controls, including a season-high five vs. both Stony Brook (April 10) and Harvard (March 9).

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