Two New Hampshire laxers named Regional All-Americans

DURHAM, N.H. - Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.), a senior assistant captain on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was selected to the Division I Brine/IWLCA 2001 North Regional All-America First Team, the IWLCA announced Thursday. Meg Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), a fellow senior assistant captain, was named a Second Team selection.

Christopher, who was also named to last year's regional All-America First Team, broke the school's single-season point record by compiling 66 points on 56 goals and 10 assists. Her 56 tallies is No. 2 among single-season superlatives and ranks her 12th in the nation. She also led the Wildcats in shooting percentage, caused turnovers and draw controls and was second in assists.

Her season highlights included her 100th career point, 100th career goal and 150th career point. Christopher scored a goal in all 18 games and recorded a career-high eight points (five goals, three assists) vs. Vermont. She matched her personal best of six goals against 20th-ranked Stanford University and recorded five five-goal games.

Christopher, whose other honors in 2001 include America East All-Conference First Team and team MVP, departs the UNH program ranked No. 2 on the career goals list (137) and No. 5 on the career points list (152). Mangano, a senior attack who was an America East All-Conference First Team selection, led UNH in assists for the fourth consecutive year with a career-best 20 helpers in 2001 - a number that ranked her second in the conference - and was third on the team with 36 points, another career high.

Mangano, who tied her career highs in both goals (three) and points (six) at Albany, recorded a point in all 18 games this season. Season included game-winning goals against Holy Cross and Harvard. Mangano became the 18th Wildcat to record 100 career points and the fifth to register both 50 goals and 50 assists.

In her four-year career, Mangano started all 67 games and amassed 58 goals and 59 assists for 117 points. Her 59 helpers is the third-best total at UNH and her point total ranks 14th on the school's list. Her 20 assists this season is the ninth-best single-season mark at UNH.

New Hampshire advanced to the America East Championships for the fourth consecutive year and finished the 2001 season at 11-7. The 11 victories was the most by a Wildcat team since 1991.

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