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The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team begins 2010 postseason play with the America East Championship at the University at Albany's John Fallon Field on May 6 & 8. Third-seeded UNH plays nemesis Boston University in a Thursday (3:30 p.m.) semifinal game. The winner advances to Saturday's one o'clock title game.
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UNH has an 11-20 overall record, including this year's 10-4 road loss, against Boston U. The Terriers have won 12 consecutive games vs. the Wildcats dating back to UNH's 11-9 victory in the 2004 America East championship game.
On a sidebar, the Curro sisters' rivalry will also be renewed Thursday when UNH sophomore JoJo lines up against BU senior McKinley.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire enters the postseason with a 10-6 overall record that includes 4-2 in America East, 6-2 at home and 4-4 on the road. Thursday's semifinal game vs. Boston U. will mark UNH's first neutral-site game of the season.
UNH is extending its league record to 13th consecutive appearances in the America East Championship.
The Wildcats ended the regular season May 1 with an 18-10 victory at the University of Vermont. They tallied season highs in goals, assists (14), and shots while recording a season low of 11 turnovers against the Catamounts.
The April 24 game vs. Albany (13-12 loss) marked the first time this year that UNH lost when: scoring first; leading at halftime; scoring 10+ goals; and recording more ground balls than the opponent.
UNH committed a season-high 30 turnovers April 17 vs. Binghamton. In three games since then, the 'Cats have a total of 39 turnovers with no more than 15 in a single game. UNH has recorded more turnovers than the opponent in just four of 16 games.
The Wildcats opened the year with four consecutive wins and that marked the team's best start since the '89 team went 4-0.
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.
Hayley Rausch, after missing four games, scored a goal in her April 24 return vs. Albany; she has tallied seven points (5g, 2a) in three games since returning. Rausch has a point in all 12 games in which she has played this season.
Kate Keagins has scored a goal each of the last nine games with 27 points (17g, 10a) in that span. She has a goal in 15 of 16 games this season (only exception was March 20 at Florida).
Shaunna Kaplan carries a nine-game point-scoring streak into the postseason. She recorded a point in 15 of 16 regular-season games.
Allie Bratton has scored two goals seven of the last nine games. She has a goal each of the last five, eight of nine and 12 of 16 overall.
JoJo Curro recorded 12 points (9g, 3a) in the last four regular-season games.
Kathleen O'Keefe has started in goal nine of the last 11 games. She has played 86% of the minutes in that span.
WE'RE HIGHLY HONORED
UNH garnered a total of nine America East weekly awards this season with two Player of the Week, one Defensive Player of the Week and six Rookie of the Week accolades. A Wildcat has been honored each of the last six weeks (dating back to March 29) and that includes a stretch of five consecutive rookie awards.
A complete list of honors can be found on page 8.
UNH IN THE POSTSEASON
New Hampshire has advanced to the America East championship game seven of the last eight years – 2007 is the only exception in that span from 2002-09. UNH won the league tourney title in 2004.
The Wildcats have a 36-29-1 overall record in the postseason, and that includes an 8-11 mark in the America East tournament. UNH has been victorious in seven of its last eight league semifinal games following last year's win against Albany. The 'Cats have a 1-6 record in America East championship games.
The Wildcats have a 21-14-1 ledger in neutral-site postseason games that includes 4-4 in America East play. New Hampshire was victorious in 2008 and 2009 neutral-site semifinal games.
UNH has a 5-11 record, including 1-6 in the America East tournament, in postseason road games. The Wildcats' most recent road win in postseason play was in 2006, when they upended top-seeded UMBC, 12-5, in a league semifinal.
New Hampshire has a 1-10 postseason record, including 0-3 in America East semifinal games, against Boston University. BU ousted the Wildcats from the league semifinals in 1999, 2000 and 2007; the '99 and '07 games were at a neutral site.
UNH has a 3-0 postseason record against Albany. In the most recent meeting, the 'Cats were 17-9 victors in a 2009 America East semifinal game at BU. UNH also defeated the Great Danes in the '04 and '05 league semifinals.
The Wildcats also have a 1-0 postseason record vs. UMBC. They upended the top-seeded Retrievers, 12-5, in a 2006 America East semifinal matchup at UMBC.
THIRD SEED A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
This is the fourth consecutive year that New Hampshire is the #3 seed of the America East Championship. The Wildcats advanced to the title game each of the previous two years with wins against Albany (17-9) in 2009 and Vermont (15-6) in 2008; in both years, the 'Cats avenged a regular-season loss. In 2007, third-seeded UNH was defeated by Boston U. in a semifinal game at Stony Brook.
Since 1998, UNH was the #3 seed just one other time, and BU ousted the Wildcats in the 1999 semifinals.
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. She is ranked 24th in the nation in assists per game (1.63).
Kaplan carries a nine-game point-scoring streak into Thursday's game against Boston U. She has tallied 33 points (17g, 16a), including a season-high seven-point effort (3g, 4a) at Stony Brook, in that span. She scored a goal each of the last five games with a total of 11 tallies (and 10 assists).
Kaplan tallied three goals and three assists, as well as two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control, in the May 1 regular-season finale at Vermont. The last of those six points marked her 50th point of 2010.
Kaplan has started all 16 games and tallied 50 points on 24 goals and 26 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 third in goals and fourth in caused turnovers (nine). Kaplan has tallied a point in 15 of 16 games with 12 multiple-point efforts; she has an assist in 13 of 16 games, as well as a goal in 13 of 16.
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 the America East tourney with 106 goals and 78 assists for 184 points.
Here is a look at the career lists:
2. Katie Leland 92
3. Shaunna Kaplan 78
5. Sarah Von Bargen 203
6. Shaunna Kaplan 184
Shaunna Kaplan has recorded 20+ goals and 20+ assists for the second consecutive season. She followed last year's 29 goals with 24 this season and last season's 25 assists with 26 in '10. In the last five years, the only other Wildcat who has recorded 20+ goals and 20+ assists in a season is current assistant coach Katie Leland (in '06; she also accomplished the feat in '05 and '04).
DUCLOS DIALED IN DEFENSIVELY
Allie Duclos, junior defender and tri-captain, is a defensive linchpin for the 'Cats. She leads the team in both ground balls (34) and draw controls (31), and she is second in caused turnovers (13); she is one of two 'Cats who has recorded double digits in all three statistics. And with nine goals on 18 shots, Duclos ranks third in shooting percentage at .500. She also has three assists for a total of 12 points.
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.
In last Saturday's regular-season finale at Vermont, Duclos finished with four ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls. April 10 at Stony Brook, she 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 seven of the last nine games and eight times overall in 2010. She has nine 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 has emerged as a top scoring threat for the 'Cats in her sophomore season. Her 28 goals far exceeds her rookie point total of 12 (6g, 6a) and ranks first on the 2010 UNH team. The attacker has a team-high .560 shooting percentage and 48 of her 50 shots have been on goal for a 96.0% accuracy percentage that is also tops on the team. In other stats, Curro ranks fourth in points (36) and fifth in assists (eight).
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. Overall, she has a point in 14 of 16 games with 10 multiple-point efforts and seven multiple-goal performances.
Curro scored a goal each of the last four regular-season games with totals of nine goals and three assists for 12 points in that span. She tallied four points, all on goals, in the May 1 regular-season finale at Vermont.
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 eight players in double-digit goals – and one more within striking distance – as well as six 'Cats with 5+ assists (four with 14+).
JoJo Curro is slightly ahead of the pack with 28 goals and she is followed by Kate Keagins (25), Shaunna Kaplan (24), Hayley Rausch (23) and Allie Bratton (22). Jenny Simpson (18), Ilana Cohen (12) and Amber Casiano (10) have also reached double digits in goals.
PASS, SHOOT AND SCORE
A high percentage of UNH's goals are generated from the pass attack. The Wildcats have recorded 97 assists on 164 goals (excluding free-position goals), and that calculates to 59.9%. In comparison, the 2009 'Cats scored 22 more non-free position goals but had 29 fewer assists (an assist on 37% of goals).
RAUSCH RACES TOWARDS TOP OF POINTS LEADERBOARD
Sophomore attacker Hayley Rausch has emerged as one of the team's top offensive threats this season; after missing four games, she returned to action April 24 vs. Albany and scored a second-half goal. Rausch then scored two goals at 17th-ranked Boston College and tallied four points (2g, 2a) in last Saturday's regular-season finale at Vermont.
Rausch is tied for second in assists (14) and ranks third in points (37) as well as fourth in both goals (23) and shooting percentage (.479).
Rausch has tallied a point in all 12 games in which she has played this season and carries a six-game goal-scoring streak into postseason play. She has 10 multiple-point efforts, including eight multiple-goal games and four multiple-assist performances. The only game Rausch did not score a goal was March 13 at second-ranked Maryland; that game ended a streak of five consecutive multiple-goal games.
Rausch opened the 2010 season with career highs in both goals (four) and points (five) in a 10-4 win vs. Holy Cross (Feb. 24). She matched those totals against Harvard (March 9). Rausch has matched her personal best of two assists four times (Dartmouth, Colgate, Fairfield and Vermont). In addition to three points, she contributed three ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control vs. Fairfield (March 28).
Rausch recorded her 50th career point with the last of her three points March 28 vs. Fairfield.
COHEN IS AN ALL-AROUND CONTRIBUTOR
Ilana Cohen, a '09 America East All-Rookie Team selection, is proving again this season that she contributes more than just points for the 'Cats. In addition to 12 goals and 14 assists (tied for third on the team) for a total of 26 points (fifth), Cohen ranks fourth in draw controls (18) and fifth in both ground balls (19) and caused turnovers (eight).
In the May 1 regular-season finale at Vermont, Cohen tallied a career-high four assists to match her personal best of four points. She was also credited with three draw controls and one caused turnover in that game.
Cohen has a point in 10 of 16 games with nine multiple-point efforts. She tallied a career-high four points (two goals, two assists) April 10 at Stony Brook; she also contributed one GB, one CTO and one DC against the Seawolves. Cohen matched her previous high of three points with two goals and an assist vs. Colgate (March 6) and equaled that point total with a personal best of three goals against Fairfield (March 28).
Cohen finished with three assists, two draw controls and one caused turnover vs. UMBC (April 3).
March 31 at Yale, she tallied a goal and an assist as well as one ground ball, one caused turnover and two draw controls.
KEAGINS IS A THREAT ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
Sophomore midfielder Kate Keagins, who ranks #26 in the nation in caused turnovers (1.75 per game), has recorded double digits in goals (25), assists (14), ground balls (30), caused turnovers (28) and draw controls (28) – she is the only Wildcat to accomplish that feat this season. Keagins leads the team in caused turnovers – more than double the nearest teammate – and ranks second in goals, assists, points (39), ground balls and draw controls. She also has a team-high 70 shots.
Keagins recorded career highs in both points (nine) and assists (four) in the May 1 regular-season finale at Vermont. The nine points marked the highest total by a Wildcat since current assistant coach Katie Leland finished with 11 points on April 11, 2005. One game earlier at 17th-ranked Boston College, Keagins has a strong all-around effort with one goal, one assist, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Keagins carries a nine-game goal-scoring streak into postseason play with totals of 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points (3.00 per game) in that span. She has scored a goal in 15 of 16 games with seven multiple-goal efforts as part of 11 multiple-point games.
Keagins has tallied at least one caused turnover each of the last five games with 12 overall in that span (2.40 per game).
One of her other strong efforts included three points (2g, 1a), four GB, two CTO and three draw controls against Albany on April 24. She recorded a five-point game April 17 vs. Binghamton in which she recorded five caused turnovers.
Keagins scored two goals April 3 vs. UMBC and was also credited with five ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls vs. the Retrievers. One game earlier against Yale, Keagins tallied two GB, four CTO, four DC, one goal and one assist vs. the Bulldogs.
In early March, Keagins tallied two goals, four CTO, three GB and one DC against Harvard.
Keagins has recorded multiple ground balls eight times with six multiple efforts in draw controls and multiple caused turnovers seven times.
Keagins was honored April 5 as the America East Defensive Player of the Week. In games vs. Yale and UMBC, she totaled seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers and six draw controls; she also contributed four points with three goals and an assist.
UNH leads the America East conference in assists per game (6.06). The Wildcats are third in goals/game (11.00) and fourth in goals against average (10.16). In other stats, New Hampshire ranks sixth in draw controls/game (10.94) and last in ground balls/game (15.44); despite the low league rankings, UNH has recorded more ground balls than the opposition in 11 of 16 games and more draw conrols half the time. The 'Cats are sixth in shots/game (25.50) but second in shooting percentage (.431).
On the individual leaderboards, Shaunna Kaplan ranks second in the league in assists per game (1.62) and is fith in points per game (3.12). Hayley Rausch is sixth in points/game (3.08) and seventh in assists/game (1.17). Kate Keagins is third in caused turnovers (1.75 per game).
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