UNH Head Coach Sandy Bridgeman Named Coach Of The Year

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Sandy Bridgeman, the fifth-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was named Coach of the Year by America East, the conference announced on Thursday evening at Hofstra University.

Senior assistant captains Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.) and Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), as well as sophomore Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) were selected to the America East All-Conference First-Team. Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.), a junior midfielder, and senior goalkeeper Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) were second team selections. Freshman Christine Anneberg (Denver, Colo.) was voted to the All-Rookie Team.

Boston University swept top player and rookie honors as Chrissy Lombard was named Player of the Year for the third consecutive year and Polly Purcell took home Rookie of the Year.

Bridgeman, a member of the 1985 national champion women's lacrosse team at UNH, guided the Wildcats to an 11-6 overall record, and the 11 victories are the most by a UNH team since 1991. New Hampshire finished with a 3-3 America East record to advance to the conference tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

Christopher, who ranks eighth in the nation in goals, has had a record-setting season. Her 65 points broke the school single-season point record of 64 established by Karen Geromini in 1984. Christopher became just the third UNH player to score 50 goals in a season and her total of 55 is second only to Kathy Sanborn's 59. In addition to leading New Hampshire in goals and points, Christopher ranks first in caused turnovers, draw controls and shooting percentage and she is second in assists.

In the conference, Christopher is ranked first in goals, second in points and third in caused turnovers. On UNH's career lists, the senior midfielder is second in goals with 136 and fifth in points at 151.

Mangano is leading UNH in assists for the fourth consecutive season. Her 19 helpers in 2001 match her effort as a rookie in 1998 and is the ninth-best single-season assist total at UNH; it also ranks her second in the conference. She has 16 goals this season to rank third on the team in points with 35. Earlier this season, Mangano became the 18th Wildcat to reach 100 career points and the fifth 'Cat to record both 50 goals and 50 assists. Other season highlights for this attack include game-winning goals vs. Holy Cross and Harvard. She is currently fifth on the school's career assist list (58) and 14th on the points list (116).

Groszkowski is second on the team in both goals (40) and points (46). Those numbers rank her fifth in the league in goals and sixth in points. Groszkowski also ranks second on the team in ground balls, draw controls and shooting percentage. Her season highlights include a career-high five goals against 20th ranked Stanford and six points in that game. Groszkowski also scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games against Vanderbilt and Drexel. She recorded both her 50th career point and 50th career goal this season and has current totals of 62-11-73.

Warren, who ranked as high as fourth in the nation in save percentage and seventh in goals-against-average, finished the season with an 11-5 record, 8.20 GAA and a .553 save percentage. Her season highlights include a 16-save effort in a victory against Vanderbilt. She also had double-digit save performances against Delaware and Boston University. Warren has compiled a 19-16 career record to rank third on the program's all-time win list.

Yund has netted 20 goals and is third on the team in assists (nine) and fifth in points (29). She leads the team in ground balls and is fifth in America East in that statistic. Yund ranks second on the team in both caused turnovers and free position goals. Her season highlights include her 50th career point and game-winning goals against Davidson and 20th-ranked Stanford. Yund matched her career-high with four goals and set personal bests in both assists (three) and points (seven) vs. Stanford, and she also had four ground balls, three caused turnovers and three draw controls in that game).

Anneberg won each of the last three Rookie of the Week awards and won the honor four of a possible eight times. With 29 goals and six assists for 35 points, she is third on the team in goals and tied for third in points. Her 29 tallies are the most by a UNH rookie since 1984 when Pauline Collins potted 37 goals, and she is 14th in the league in scoring. Anneberg's season highlights include seven points on four goals and three assists at Towson University.

New Hampshire is the No. 4 seed in the America East Championships, which are May 4-5 at Hofstra University. UNH plays the top-seeded host team in a May 4 semifinal game. The winner advances to the May 5 title game, which is at 4 o'clock. The tournament champion receives an automatic NCAA berth.

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