BALTIMORE, Md. -- Sandy Bridgeman, eighth year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team and 1987 alum of UNH, was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), the organization announced at Saturday night's annual All-America banquet.
Bridgeman, who also received Coach of the Year honors from the America East conference this season, guided UNH to a school-record 14 consecutive victories and the team also surpassed the benchmark for victories in a season with its 15-5 overall record. The Wildcats went undefeated (6-0) in conference play for the second time in the past three seasons to win the regular season title and they also won the tournament title to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1991.
New Hampshire, which ended the year ranked No. 17 in the IWLCA Poll (the team's highest since No. 11 in 1992), also broke the school records for both goals (230) and points (303) in a season to rank No. 3 in the nation in offense (13.60 goals per game). The 'Cats were also No. 5 in defense (7.90 goals allowed per game), No. 4 in scoring margin (+5.70) and No. 9 in winning percentage (.750).
Bridgeman, who also received distinction as America East Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002, has a 69-67 record in eight seasons at UNH and her win total is second only to Marge Anderson's 75. She has guided the 'Cats to a conference-record seven consecutive appearances in the America East tourney and to regular-season crowns in 2002 and 2004. She has compiled a 120-91 lifetime record in 14 seasons as a collegiate women's lacrosse coach.
As a collegian, Bridgeman was a member of Wildcat lacrosse teams that won the 1985 NCAA national championship and two ECAC titles. She received All-America honors in both lacrosse and field hockey and was on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team.