BOSTON -- The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, which finished second in the 2005 America East standings and as runner-up in the conference tournament, amassed 38 points to place second in the 2006 America East Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday afternoon.
Boston University, the 2005 champion, received all seven first-place votes to garner 49 points. UNH was followed closely by Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) at 36 points. Stony Brook University (28 points), University of Vermont (20), University at Albany (17) and Binghamton University (11) complete the poll.
UNH, which won the America East regular- and post-season titles in 2004 and has advanced to the league tourney a record eight consecutive years, will be led by tri-captains Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.), Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.). Leland, an America East All-Conference First Team selection the past two seasons, led last year's UNH team in goals (51) and points (72). Blanchette is the team's second-leading returning scorer with 46 points (33g, 13a) a year ago. Carbone, who joined Leland on the 2005 First Team, will anchor the Wildcats' defensive unit.
New Hampshire -- led by 10th-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, a three-time America East Coach of the Year who became the winningest UNH head coach last season -- opens the 2006 season Feb. 28 at home against the College of the Holy Cross. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m. The 2006 America East Championship will be held May 5-7.