Bridgeman ascends to top of the list

DURHAM, N.H. -- On a day honoring the 1985 University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse NCAA championship team, which included current head coach Sandy Bridgeman, there was one more reason to honor Bridgeman on Sunday. Bridgeman, an All-America First Team selection in 1985, led the 2005 Wildcats to a 15-12 victory against Stony Brook University for her school-record 76th win as UNH head coach.

Bridgeman, now in her ninth season at the helm of the Wildcat program, has compiled an overall record of 76-72 and her 76 wins surpasses the previous benchmark of 75 held by Marge Anderson (1988-92).

Bridgeman is a three-time recipient of the America East Coach of the Year award (2004, 2002, 2001) and was also honored as IWLCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004.

The native of Wilton, N.H. has guided UNH to a conference-record seven consecutive tournament appearances from 1998-2004. In 2002, Bridgeman led the 'Cats to their first America East regular-season title and their first appearance in the tourney title game. Last year, the Wildcats broke 16 school records, including most wins in a season (15), and won the America East championship to advance to the NCAA tourney for the sixth time in the program's history (first appearance since 1991).

Bridgeman has an overall record of 127-96. She compiled a two-year mark of 21-8 at Babson College and a four-year record of 30-16 at Longwood College prior to returning to her alma mater.

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