Game Notes: Women's Lacrosse Opens Three-Game Homestand Saturday vs. Stony Brook


The Matchup

    The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team begins a three-game homestand April 16 against America East foe Stony Brook University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.
    Saturday is also "Camper Appreciation Day" and fans can receive a 10% off coupon for any of the three 2011 UNH lacrosse summer camps.
    UNH has a 6-2 lifetime record against Stony Brook and that includes three consecutive wins. Last year, the Wildcats prevailed 12-8 and the last time these teams met in Durham (March 2009), UNH was a 21-7 victor. During the three-game winning streak, UNH has outscored Stony Brook by a 50-25 margin. The Wildcats and Seawolves have met annually since SBU joined America East in the 2003 season.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire begins a three-game homestand Saturday vs. Stony Brook. UNH has a 2-1 record at Memorial Field this season.
    The Wildcats are 1-3 in their last four games following last Saturday's 16-8 loss at 10th-ranked Albany. It was UNH's fourth consecutive road loss.
    The 'Cats have just one non-conference game remaining (vs. nationally-ranked Boston College) as well as just one road game remaining (May 1 at Binghamton).
    UNH entered last week's action ranked #15 nationally in defense, but the Wildcats surrendered 12 goals to Boston University and then a season-high 16 goals at Albany. The Great Danes' 33 shots also marked the highest total by a UNH opponent this season.

'Cat Nips
    Casey Doyle, Allie Duclos, Jenny Simpson and are the only three 'Cats who have started all 12 games this season.
    JoJo Curro has recorded an assist each of the last eight games. She has totals of seven goals and 10 assists in that span.
    Cori Rees recorded her first career point with an assist at 10th-ranked Albany (April 9).
    UNH's top two scorers – Kate Keagins and Ilana Cohen – were held without a point at Albany. Keagins entered that game with an 18-game point-scoring streak and Cohen had a 12-game streak.
    Hayley Rausch's five goals vs. Boston U. marked the season high by a Wildcat in 2011; the six points matched a team high previously recorded by Amber Casiano (March 18 vs. Presbyterian) and Kate Keagins (March 12 at Fairfield).
    Curro tallied four draw controls at Albany to match the highest total by a 'Cat in '11. Casiano finished with four DC against both Boston U. (April 6) and UMBC (March 26).

What Just Happened
    UNH fell behind 7-1, rallied within 9-6 but was defeated 16-8 at 10th-ranked University at Albany on April 9. Jenny Simpson scored three goals on three shots –and was also credited with one ground ball and one draw control – to be named UNH's America East Player of the Game. Allie Duclos tied her career high of two goals –both on free-position shots – while both JoJo Curro and Hayley Rausch finished with a goal and an assist. Kathleen O'Keefe recorded a season-high eight saves (14 goals allowed) as well as two GB and two CTO.
    Albany had the advantage in shots (33-20), ground balls (13-12), draw controls (13-11) and turnovers (8-14).

What's Next
    UNH continues its three-game homestand next Saturday, April 23 against Vermont. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

National Numbers
    Here is a comparison of how New Hampshire stacks up against Stony Brook University (through April 10; 92 teams):
    UNH    SBU
Offense    59 (9.83)    54 (10.50)
Defense    26 (9.50)    64 (12.08)
CTO    9 (10.2)    81 (6.0)
GB    50 (16.2)    89 (12.6)
DC    85 (9.6)    66 (10.8)
    Three Wildcats are among the top 25 in the nation. Kate Keagins is seventh in caused turnovers, Allie Duclos is 24th in caused turnovers and Kathleen O'Keefe is 25th in goals-against-average.

Conference Call
    New Hampshire entered the week atop the America East rankings in caused turnovers (10.17 per game), second in both defense (yielding 9.39 goals per game) and assists (4.58 per game) as well as third in ground balls (16.08 per game).
    Kate Keagins sits atop the league leaderboard in both caused turnovers and ground balls; she is also sixth in shots and 10th in assists per game.
    Other Wildcats among the America East leaders are Allie Duclos in caused turnovers (third) and ground balls (fourth) as well as Kate Gunts (fourth) and Kathleen O'Keefe (fifth) in goals-against-average.

And Then There Was One
    Allie Duclos, a three-time America East All-Conference First Team selection, is the only senior and is one of three captains (alongside juniors Ilana Cohen and Hayley Rausch) on the 2011 squad. A year ago, Duclos led the team in ground balls and draw controls; she also ranked second in caused turnovers as well as third in shooting percentage.
    Through 12 games this season, Duclos ranks second in both ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (20) as well as tied for second in draw controls (16). In three games spanning March 14-18, she tallied four goals, 12 GB, eight CTO and five DC; Duclos filled the stat line at 11th-ranked Vanderbilt with one goal, five GB, four CTO and two DC, and she did the same at 10th-ranked Albany with two goals, two GB, one DC and one CTO.
    Duclos has also been a consistent point contributor with a goal in 9 of 12 games, including five consecutive games from March 5-18; she matched her career high of two goals March 18 vs. Presbyterian College and again April 9 at Albany.
    Duclos recorded the team high in ground balls four times (Holy Cross, George Mason, Vandy and UMBC). She has also been the leader in caused turnovers three times (Colgate, Fairfield and Vandy) and was the leader in draw controls vs. UMass.
    April 1 at Harvard, Duclos had 1's across the board with one goal, one assist, one shot, one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover.

Home Field Advantage
    New Hampshire had a 6-2 record at Memorial Field last year, went 6-3 at home in 2009 and 7-1 in '08. That's a three-year winning percentage of .760.
    The Wildcats have won two straight at Memorial Field for a 2-1 home record in '11. Most recently, the 'Cats ended a 13-game losing streak to Boston University with a 13-12 double-overtime victory on April 6.

Leaders of the 'Cat Pack
    Juniors Ilana Cohen and Hayley Rausch captain the 2011 Wildcats (with senior midfielder Allie Duclos) and are two of the team's top point producers. In fact, they are tied for second in points (24).
    Cohen is a third-year starter who garnered America East All-Conference Second Team honors a year ago. Despite missing one game and seeing limited action in another, the midfielder ranks third in assists (8) and fourth in goals (16); she has a team-high .667 shooting percentage. The 16 goals are already a personal single-season high.
    Cohen opened the 2011 season with a goal in eight consecutive games as part of a season-opening 10-game point-scoring streak that extended her overall point-scoring streak to 12 games. Cohen started 2011 with six consecutive multiple-point efforts and has eight total.
    Cohen matched her personal best of three goals at 19th-ranked Dartmouth (Feb. 26) and at Colgate (March 5). She tallied career highs in both assists (three) and points (five) at Fairfield (March 12).
    Rausch, despite missing four games a year ago, ranked third on the team in both goals and points as well as fourth in assists. In addition to being tied with Cohen for second in points in '11, Rausch is tied for the lead in goals (18) and is fifth in assists (six).
    She tallied career highs in both goals (five) and points (six) to lead UNH to a 13-12 double overtime victory against Boston University (April 6); she scored four second-half goals and then ended the game with a goal at 38 seconds of the second extra session. Rausch matched her previous career highs in both goals (four) and points (five) March 5 at Colgate. She also tallied a goal and an assist against two nationally-ranked teams – 19th-ranked Dartmouth and 10th-ranked Albany.
    Rausch tallied a point each of her first five games of the season to extend her point-scoring streak to 23 games. She was held without a goal or assist, however, March 16 at 11th-ranked Vanderbilt. Since that game, Rausch tallied one goal vs. Presbyterian, four points (2g, 2a) at UMBC, a goal at Harvard, six points vs. BU and two at Albany for a total of 10g, 4a during the current five-game point-scoring streak.

What's Ours Is Ours & What's Yours Is Ours
    The Wildcats have committed fewer turnovers than the opponent  in eight of 12 games of the 2011 season (186-228 overall). UNH recorded the turnover advantage each of the first six games before losing that battle March 16 at 11th-ranked Vanderbilt (24-18). UNH was also charged with more turnovers at UMBC (15-14) and at Albany (14-8).
    New Hampshire's largest turnover margin is +14 (12-26 vs. UMass), followed by +12 (16-28 vs. Presbyterian).
    In 2010, UNH committed more turnovers than the opponent just five times in 17 games.

Two-Way Player
    Junior midfielder Kate Keagins leads the team in goals (18), assists (11), points (29) and shots (57). But she is more than just a point producer for the Wildcats. Keagins also leads the team in both caused turnovers (26) and ground balls (29), and she ranks fifth in draw controls (11).
    Keagins has led the team in caused turnovers six of 12 games this season, and that includes four vs. Boston U. (April 6). She has also been the team leader in ground balls three times. Her season highlights include seven GB and three CTO at nationally-ranked Dartmouth College as well as six GB and six CTO vs. Presbyterian.
    Keagins opened the year with a point in 11 consecutive games to extend her point-scoring streak to 19 games before being held without a point April 9 at 10th-ranked Albany. Keagins has eight multiple-point efforts (including six consecutive games spanning March 5-26) and tallied a season-high three goals three times (Holy Cross, Fairfield, Presbyterian); she also recorded a season-best three assists at Fairfield for a season high of six points. Keagins finished with two goals and two assists against BU (April 6).

Fielding Grounders
    New Hampshire has recorded more ground balls than the opposition in half of the 12 games, but the opposition has had the advantage in that statistic five of the last six games, including Albany's 13-12 edge last Saturday.
    The Wildcats finished with 27 GBs at 14th-ranked Dartmouth – it marked the highest total by a UNH team since April 11, 2009, and duplicated that total March 18 against Presbyterian College. UNH also finished with 20+ ground balls vs. Fairfield (22) and Vanderbilt (21).

Heating Up
    Winter temperatures lingered the latter part of March into early April in New England, but junior attack JoJo Curro heated up during that time and has recorded an assist in eight consecutive games spanning March 5 to April 9 to climb to #2 on the team in assists (10). She matched her career high of three assists and also tallied a goal for a season-best four points March 18 against Presbyterian, and she tallied her second three-point game of the season with two goals and an assist against Boston U. (April 6). Curro has 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists during her current eight-game assist streak.

Know Your Role
    Junior defender Erin Levesque may not compile impressive statistics (nine GB, four CTO and four DC), but she has started 11 of 12 games in 2011 and is a solid foundation of the defensive unit. Levesque was credited with two ground balls and one caused turnover in the Wildcats' America East opener, March 26 at UMBC. She had one draw control and one CTO April 6 vs. Boston U.

Making the Most of the Opportunity
    Junior goalkeeper Kate Gunts has played in four of the last five games with three starts, including back-to-back games vs. Harvard and Boston University, in that span. In six games overall, Gunts has a 2-0 record with an 8.99 GAA and .404 save percentage. She made a season-high eight saves and surrendered just four goals in the March 18 victory against Presbyterian College. Gunts received the starting nod at Harvard (April 1) but was not credited with a save before exiting the game with the score tied 6-6 through 37 minutes. She left the April 6 game vs. Boston University with UNH trailing 8-5 with 1:58 left in the first half. Last Saturday at Albany, she had a second-half relief stint of 4:50 in which she stopped three of five shots on goal.

America East Player of the Game
    The America East conference is continuing its Player of the Game award in the 2011 season. A UNH player will be recognized following every league game and all home games. No Wildcat received the honor more than twice in the '10 season.
   March 2 vs. UMass–Ally Stager (1g, 2gb, 1cto)
   March 14 vs. George Mason– Ally Stager (2g, 3gb, 2cto, 2dc)
   March 26 at UMBC– Hayley Rausch (2g, 2a)
   April 6 vs. Boston U.– Hayley Rausch (5g, 1a)
   April 9 at Albany– Jenny Simpson (3g, 3sh, 1gb, 1dc)
   April 16 vs. Stony Brook
   April 23 vs. Vermont
   April 29 vs. Boston College
   May 1 at Binghamton

Scouting the Seawolves
    Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, N.Y.) enters Saturday's game at UNH with a 4-8 overall record that includes 1-3 in America East and 0-5 on the road. The Seawolves ended a four-game losing streak with last Saturday's 10-9 win at home against Binghamton.
    Alyssa Cardillo leads the team in both assists (19) and points (29) while Melissa Cook has a team-high 23 goals; Cook is tied for second in points (25) with Kaila Gottlick (18g, 7a) and Abby Ford (8g, 17a). Samantha Djaha and Victoria Cable are tied for second in goals with 20 apiece.
    Mickey Cahill has 11 starts and played in all 12 games. She is 4-7 with a 11.47 GAA and .447 save percentage.
    SBU has been outscored 145-126, including 75-60 in the first half.

Common Ground
    New Hampshire and Stony Brook have played four common opponents, including two conference foes. UNH went 1-3 vs. those teams with a win against Colgate (17-12) and losses to UMass (11-4), UMBC (10-8) and Albany (16-8). Stony Brook is 0-4 against those teams – 17-15 at Colgate, 20-13 at UMass, 11-5 vs. Albany and 10-8 at UMBC.

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