Game Notes: Women's Lax Opens Three-Game Homestand vs. BC (April 10; 4pm)
The State of New Hampshire
The UNH women's lacrosse team enters Wednesday's game against 19th-ranked Boston College with a 4-7 overall record that includes 2-2 at home (2-1 at Memorial Field) ... The Wildcats have won four of the past six games and are coming off a 13-12 victory at Binghamton University (April 6) ... UNH has an 0-3 record against nationally-ranked teams; that includes an 11-10 loss on the road against both Dartmouth and Navy, the latter of which was in overtime.
Senior attack Jenny Simpson scored her 100th career goal with the second of her two goals April 6 at Binghamton. She reached the 100-point milestone with the fifth of her career-high six goals March 6 at UConn. Simpson has 101 goals and 20 assists for 121 points in 59 career games. She is on the verge of entering UNH's top 10 goals list – Kristen Blanchette and Liz Brickley are tied at No. 9 with 112.
America East Accolade
Freshman attack Laura McHoul was honored as America East Rookie of the Week on Monday, April 8. McHoul recorded a total of 12 points (three goals, nine assists) on UNH's 17 goals in two games last week. She tallied career highs in both assists (seven) and points (nine) to lead the Wildcats to a 13-12 comeback victory at Binghamton University on April 6. McHoul also recorded a career-high three ground balls and a caused turnover in that game. Earlier in the week, McHoul recorded three points (one goal, two assists) against the University of Vermont. She also tallied a career-high two caused turnovers as well as two ground balls vs. UVM.
The Last Time It Happened
Laura McHoul's nine points April 6 at Binghamton marked the highest single-game total by a UNH Wildcat since May 1, 2010, when Kate Keagins also recorded nine points; McHoul's seven assists vs. the Bearcats is the highest single-game total since March 20, 1996, when Courtney Davis tallied seven helpers ... McHoul's 23 assists is the highest season total by a 'Cat since 2010, when Shaunna Kaplan finished with 27.
What Just Happened
UNH erased a four-goal second-half deficit to record a 13-12 victory at Binghamton University last Saturday. The Wildcats trailed 11-7 with 12 minutes remaining in regulation but scored five consecutive goals in a 10-minute span to take a 12-11 lead with 1:14 to play. Binghamton tied the score 17 seconds later and then won the draw control, but UNH goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz made a save with 21 seconds on the clock to keep the score deadlocked. New Hampshire advanced the ball to the other end of the field and Jenny Simpson, off a feed from Hannah Wohltmann, scored with one second left to lift UNH to victory. Hurwitz, who entered the game at the start of the second half, earned the win with a three-save effort.
Following Wednesday's game vs. BC, the Wildcats continue their three-game homestand Saturday, April 13 against 10th-ranked Stony Brook University, which sits atop the America East conference standings at 3-0. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.
In addition to recording career highs in both assists (seven) and points (nine) at Binghamton, freshman attack Laura McHoul finished with a personal-best three ground balls ... Freshman midfielder Hannah Wohltmann recorded her first career assist on the game-winning goal at Binghamton; she also tallied a personal-best three ground balls that game ... Sophomore midfielder Brooke McGillis also recorded her first career assist last Saturday ... Junior defender Jamie DePetris was credited with a personal-best three draw controls at Binghamton ... Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz tied her season high of three saves at Binghamton.
UNH recorded a season-high 10 assists on 13 goals at Binghamton. The 23 points and 29 shots on goal also marked single-game highs for the Wildcats, whose 34 shots rank #2 this season ... New Hampshire's defensive effort limited Binghamton to the second-lowest shot (19) and ground ball (10) totals ... The Wildcats recorded a season-low nine turnovers that game.
Sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle currently has 46 career points.
New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 60-53 in the first half but the Wildcats have been outscored 65-55 in the second half ... UNH entered last Saturday's game winless (0-5) when trailing at the half, but the Wildcats overcame an 8-6 halftime deficit to defeat Binghamton ... It also marked the team's first win after falling behind 1-0 (1-4 record) ... The 'Cats are 3-0 when recording more shots than the opponent and 4-1 when winning more draw controls.
Gimme the Ball
Junior defender Cori Rees leads the team in ground balls (24) and is tied atop the leaderboard in caused turnovers (eight) ... Senior defender Casey Doyle and Jenny Simpson also have eight caused turnovers ... Senior goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe ranks second in ground balls (23) and is tied for fourth in caused turnovers (seven) ... Sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia leads all 'Cats in draw controls (33).
Another Game, Another Point
Senior attack Jenny Simpson is the only Wildcat who has recorded a point in all 11 games this season and she has a 12-game goal-scoring streak dating back to last year. She has 33 goals and four assists for 37 points during her streak ... The second-longest active point-scoring streak belongs to Laura McHoul at two games.
In the America East conference, UNH is ranked sixth in offense (10.55 goals/game) and fourth in defense (10.81 GAA). On the individual leaderboards, Jenny Simpson ranks third in goals (2.91 gpg), eighth in points (3.27 ppg) and ninth in shots (5.18 per game). Laura McHoul is third in assists (2.09 apg). Both goalkeepers are ranked among the conference leaders. Kathleen O'Keefe is fourth in saves per game (7.73), sixth in save percentage (.440) and eighth in GAA (11.53), whereas Taylor Hurwitz is third in GAA (6.92) and fourth in save percentage (.455).
The Series vs. Boston College
UNH has a 17-8 lifetime record against Boston College, but the Eagles have won each of the previous three meetings – 12-6 in 2010, 14-9 in 2011 and 11-6 in 2012. The last meeting in Durham was in 2011 and the most recent UNH victory was in 2004, when the Wildcats prevailed 19-11 at Memorial Field; it was the last of six consecutive wins for the 'Cats and the teams did not play again until the 2010 season. New Hampshire has an 8-4 home record against the Eagles. Prior to 2011, BC had not won at UNH since 1996.
What To Watch For
New Hampshire has an 0-6 record when the opposition records the edge in draw controls. Boston College entered the week ranked No. 16 in the nation in draw controls at 13.75 per game. UNH is averaging 10.91 draws per game.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College enters today's game ranked No. 19 in the nation with a 6-6 overall record that includes 2-3 on the road and 2-5 against nationally-ranked teams. The Eagles upended then-No. 6 Duke, 10-9, this past Saturday. One game earlier, BC was a 10-7 victor against then-ninth-ranked Virginia. Covie Stanwick leads the team in goals (38), assists (14) and points (52); she ranks 12th nationally in goals per game and 21st in points per game. Mikaela Rix (32g, 3a) and Sarah Mannelly (20g, 7a) are the other top point producers. Rix is atop the leaderboard in ground balls and draw controls, and is second in caused turnovers. Emily Mata has played all 720 minutes in goal; she has a .333 save percentage and 11.83 GAA.