The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team (9-4 overall, 3-1 America East) plays host to the University at Albany (11-2, 4-0) in its final regular-season home game of the 2010 season on April 24 (1 p.m.) at Memorial Field.
UNH has an 11-1 overall record, including 1-1 last year, against Albany. The Wildcats have won all five home games; the last time these teams played at Memorial Field, the 'Cats were 17-7 victors. Albany won its only game of the series last season when the team prevailed 16-15 in overtime. In the 2009 America East semifinals, UNH won 17-9 at Boston University's Nickerson Field.
SALUTING THE SENIORS
UNH will honor the Class of 2010 – seniors Shaunna Kaplan and Kellen Millard – prior to the last regular-season home game of the season (this Saturday vs. Albany). This duo has led the Wildcats to the America East tournament each of the previous three years and to one NCAA tournament appearance; the 'Cats have a 19-5 record at Memorial Field the past three seasons.
CASIANO's SECOND STRAIGHT AMERICA EAST HONOR
Freshman midfielder Amber Casiano was named Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday. Casiano recorded two goals, two ground balls, one caused turnover and three draw controls in UNH's lone game of the week (vs. Binghamton). She scored the first goal of the game to spark the Wildcats to a 3-0 lead, and her second-half tally was part of a four-goal spurt that extended a five-goal lead into a 13-4 advantage.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire has won five of its last six games to improve to 9-4 overall. The Wildcats have a 3-1 league record in America East, a 6-1 ledger at home and a 3-3 mark on the road.
A UNH player has won each of the last four Rookie of the Week awards and five overall this season. Amber Casiano received the honor April 12 & 19. Jenny Simpson was feted March 8 & 29 and April 5.
The 'Cats have a 3-0 record against teams hailing from the state of New York with wins against Colgate University, Stony Brook University and Binghamton University.
UNH recorded 30+ shots each of the past two games, and they are the team's second- and third-highest shot totals of the season with 34 against Stony Brook and 33 vs. Binghamton.
The Wildcats recorded season highs in ground balls (24), caused turnovers (20) and turnovers (30) in the 17-8 win against Binghamton University on April 17.
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 eight of 13 games and has won all eight of those games. Here are other scenarios in which the Wildcats are undefeated: when scoring the game's first goal (7-0); when leading at halftime (6-0); when the opposition scores less than 10 goals (7-0); when recording more ground balls than the opposition (8-0).
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.
Shaunna Kaplan recorded her 100th career goal April 17 vs. Binghamton with the second of her two goals in the game. She enters the weekend with a six-game point-scoring streak.
Allie Duclos recorded career highs in both points (four) and assists (two) last Saturday against Binghamton. The two goals matched a personal best.
Jenny Simpson has the team's longest active point-scoring streak of eight games; she has totals of 15 goals and seven assists for 22 points in that span.
Amber Casiano has tallied a point five of the last six games (no points in first five career games). She has scored a goal in four consecutive games with two-goal efforts vs. Binghamton, Stony Brook and UMBC.
Allie Bratton has scored two goals five of the last six games (vs. Binghamton, Stony Brook, UMBC, Yale and Fairfield).
Kate Gunts tied her season high of nine saves in the 17-8 victory against Binghamton on April 17.
Kate Keagins has scored a goal each of the last six games with 13 points (9g, 4a) in that span. She has a goal in 12 of 13 games this season (only exception was March 20 at Florida).
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, one of three captains in 2010, recorded her 100th career goal with the second of her two tallies April 17 against Binghamton; that marked Kaplan's second milestone attained this season, as she recorded her 150th career point March 9 vs. Harvard.
Kaplan carries a six-game streak into Saturday's game against Albany. She has tallied 22 points (11g, 11a), including a season-high seven-point effort (3g, 4a) at Stony Brook, in that span.
Kaplan has started all 13 games and tallied 39 points on 18 goals and 21 assists. She leads the team in assists (a feat she accomplished each of her first three years) and also ranks first in points; she is tied for second in goals. Kaplan has tallied a point in 12 of 13 games with nine multiple-point efforts; she has an assist in 10 of 12 games, as well as a goal in 10 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 100 goals and 73 assists for 173 points.
Here is a look at the career lists:
2. Katie Leland 92
3. Shaunna Kaplan 73
6. Liz Brickley 179
7. Pauline Collins 178
8. Shaunna Kaplan 173
HOME SWEET HOME
New Hampshire won its initial three home games of the 2010 season and is 6-1 at Memorial Field this season. The only loss was March 9 to Harvard (10-9 in double overtime).
The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 91-59 at home (per game averages of 13.00 and 8.43) with a 196-155 shot advantage (per game, 28.0 and 22.1).
Six Wildcats are averaging at least two points per game at Memorial Field. Shaunna Kaplan is the top point producer with 22 (8g, 14a) in seven games. JoJo Curro (16-5-21) and Hayley Rausch (13g, 8a) are next with 21 points; Rausch's totals are in five games. Kate Keagins (11-6-17), Jenny Simpson (4g, 16a) and Ilana Cohen (9g, 5a) are also averaging 2.00+ points per game at home; those totals are in seven games, with the exception of Simpson (six).
Kate Gunts has a 4-1 record with a 7.89 GAA and .448 save percentage in five 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 both ground balls (26) and draw controls (27), and she is second in caused turnovers (11); she is one of two 'Cats who has recorded double digits in all three statistics. And with nine goals on 16 shots, Duclos ranks third in shooting percentage at .562.
Duclos recorded a career-high four points April 17 vs. Binghamton with a personal best of two assists and two goals, which matched her career high. She also tallied four draw controls.
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.
April 10 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 six games and five times overall in 2010. She has eight games with multiple draw controls, including a season-high five vs. both Stony Brook (April 10) and Harvard (March 9).
CURRO CONSISTENTLY PRODUCING POINTS
JoJo Curro is another sophomore who has emerged as a top scoring threat for the 'Cats. Her 22 goals exceeds her rookie point total of 12 (6g, 6a) and ranks first on the 2010 UNH team. Curro is also third in points (28) as well as second in shooting percentage at .579. Thirty-six of her 38 shots have been on goal, and that calculates to 94.7%.
Curro, who scored a career-high six goals April 3 vs. UMBC (including five in the first half; the six points is also a personal best), tallied a point in each of the first 10 games this season with six multiple-point efforts, including five multiple-goal games. Curro scored three goals as part of a five-point effort against nationally-ranked Dartmouth College on Feb. 27. She matched that three-goal effort March 13 at second-ranked Maryland.
Curro recorded her seventh multiple-point performance with three goals and an assist April 17 vs. Binghamton. She was also credited with three GB, one DC and one CTO vs. the Bearcats.
ATTACK FROM ALL ANGLES
New Hampshire has utilized a balanced attack this season with seven players in double-digit goals – and one more within striking distance – as well as six 'Cats with 5+ assists.
JoJo Curro is slightly ahead of the pack with 22 goals and she is followed by Shaunna Kaplan and Hayley Rausch at 18 apiece. Allie Bratton and Kate Keagins both have 17 goals, and Jenny Simpson has 16 tallies. Ilana Cohen has also reached double digits with 12 goals.
UNH leads the America East conference in assists per game (5.62). The Wildcats are fourth in both goals/game (10.77) and goals against average (9.81). In other stats, New Hampshire ranks fifth in draw controls/game (11.15) and last in ground balls/game (15.15). The 'Cats are sixth in shots/game (25.31) but second in shooting percentage (.426).
On the individual leaderboards, Shaunna Kaplan leads the league in assists per game (1.62) and is sixth in points per game (3.00). Hayley Rausch is second in points/game (3.33), fifth in assists/game (1.33) and 10th in goals/game (2.00). Allie Duclos ranks fourth in draw controls (2.08 per game) and Kate Keagins is fifth in caused turnovers (1.69 per game).
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