UNH's Blanchette selected to U.S. Development Team

BALTIMORE, Md. - Kristin Blanchette (Subury, Mass.), who competed as a junior midfielder on the 2005 University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was named to the 2005-06 U.S. Women's Lacrosse Developmental Team as announced by U.S. Lacrosse on Monday. Blanchette is one of 28 players selected by the U.S. Lacrosse National Teams Selection Committee from the trials that were held June 11-12 at Loyola College.

The Developmental Team will participate in a clinic at the 2005 IFWLA World Cup on June 25 prior to the U.S. game against Canada and will compete in exhibition games throughout the 2005-06 year.

Blanchette, who will be one of 16 players making her U.S. team debut, is the only player selected from an America East conference school. She follows in the footsteps of Colleen Christopher, a UNH alum and current assistant Wildcat coach who competed on the U.S. Developmental Team from the 2000-01 through 2003-04 seasons.

Blanchette recorded personal single-season highs in goals (33), assists (13) and points (46) to rank third on the team in assists as well as fourth in both goals and points in the 2005 collegiate season. She also ranked fourth in draw controls (26) and caused turnovers (12), and led the Wildcats in free position goals with 12.

Blanchette recorded a career-high six points as she matched her personal best of four goals against Sacred Heart University on March 19, and she scored her 50th career goal in that game. She also scored four goals vs. Fairfield University (March 20) and Stony Brook University (April 17), and equaled her career high of three assists at Harvard University (April 13).

She recorded a point in 16 of 18 games with 11 multiple-point games, which included 10 multiple-goal efforts. In 55 career games (52 starts), Blanchette has compiled 74 goals and 21 assists for 95 points.

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