New Hampshire women's lax climbs to No. 17

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, which has won a school-record 14 consecutive games and surpassed the benchmark for wins in a season with 15, climbed one spot to No. 17 in this week's IWLCA Poll, which was released late Monday. In addition, UNH is ranked 16th for the second consecutive week in the Inside Lacrosse Poll.

The Wildcats have climbed in the IWLCA rankings each of the past four weeks. After receiving votes on April 19, they entered the poll at No. 19 on April 26 and were No. 18 last week. The No. 17 ranking marks the highest the team has been ranked since April 27, 1992, when New Hampshire was No. 11 in the poll.

UNH (15-4 overall) won the America East regular-season title with a 6-0 conference record and captured its first America East tournament title by defeating Albany, 19-6, in last Thursday's semifinals and Boston University, 11-9, in Saturday's championship game.

In the latest national statistics (through May 9), UNH is ranked No. 2 on offense at 13.89 goals per game and No. 5 in the nation on defense by allowing 7.58 goals per game.

New Hampshire will makes its sixth NCAA tournament appearance May 13 with a first round game at Dartmouth College. Game time at DC's Scully-Fahey Field is 4 p.m.

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