New Hampshire women's lax enters national poll

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, which has tied a school record with 10 consecutive victories to improve to 11-4 overall, entered the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Poll at No. 19 in this week's poll, which was released late Monday.

The Wildcats, who received votes in last week's poll, are nationally ranked in the IWLCA Poll for the first time since April 22, 2002, when they were No. 20 for the second straight week. This is the highest the team has been ranked since April 27, 1992, when New Hampshire was No. 11 in the poll.

UNH, atop the America East conference standings at 4-0, recorded league victories against Binghamton (22-1) and Albany (20-1) last week. The 42 goals in consecutive games tied the school record established in 1979, and the two goals surrendered in back-to-back games was the fewest allowed since the 1979 squad allowed just one goal in a two-game span. In addition, the 22 goals is the seventh-highest single-game total for a Division I team this season, and the 20 goals ranks 15th.

In the latest national statistics (through April 25), UNH is ranked fifth on offense at 13.20 goals per game and is tied for fifth in the nation on defense by allowing 7.73 goals per game.

The Wildcats boast the reigning Player of the Week and Defender of the Week for America East as Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) won the top player award for the second time in as many weeks and Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.) received top defender honors for the third time this season. Leland ranks 11th in the nation in points (4.33 per game) and 16th in assists (1.53 apg), while Covucci is eighth in ground balls (3.40 per game) and 11th in caused turnovers (2.00 per game).

New Hampshire returns to action April 28 (4 p.m.) at Vermont. The Wildcats play their final home game of the regular season May 1 vs. UMBC in a battle for first place in the conference standings. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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