DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse program, currently ranked 20th in the nation, has received National Letters of Intent from seven student-athletes to attend the University in the fall of 2002, head coach Sandy Bridgeman announced Friday.
Melissa Bourque (Topsfield, Mass.), Celine Murphy (Candia, N.H.) and Caitlin Noon (Annapolis, Md.) join a UNH defensive unit that is ranked second in the nation. Tricia Bell (Avon, Conn.), Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) and Meg Marshall (Hingham, Mass.) will be additions to the Wildcat attack and Haley Sanborn (Ashburnham, Mass.) is projected as a midfielder.
"We're very pleased with this year's recruiting class," Bridgeman said. "These talented student-athletes possess a wealth of lacrosse experience and athletic ability. Above all else, they're good kids who will fit right into our program and in the UNH community. I'm looking forward to working with them for the next four years.
"Our goal is to get back to the NCAA tournament and I believe the class of 2006 will play a major role in getting us there," Bridgeman added.
Bell earned 2001 All-State First Team honors in Connecticut out of Avon High School. Bell, who will plays attack and midfield, also lettered in cross country at Avon.
Bourque, daughter of former NHL all-star Ray Bourque, is a 2001 All-America honorable mention selection out of Governor Dummer Academy. She also lettered in soccer and basketball at Governor Dummer.
Leland led Dulaney High School to Maryland's 2001 state championship game, where they lost by one goal. Dulaney won the county title in 2001 and 2000.
Marshall was a 2001 All-America honorable mention selection out of Hingham High School, which won the 2001 state championship. Marshall was selected to both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team in 2000 and 2001.
Murphy, the lone Granite State representative in this class, comes to UNH out of Pinkerton Academy.
Noon has been a strong defensive presence for St. Mary's, where she also lettered in field hockey.
Sanborn was named to the 2001 and 2000 New England Prep School All-Star Team while at Cushing Academy, where she also lettered in soccer.