UNH alum Blanchette selected to U.S. Development Team
Kristin Blanchette

BALTIMORE, Md. - Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.), a senior midfielder and captain on the 2006 University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was named to the 2006-07 U.S. Women's Lacrosse Developmental Team as announced by U.S. Lacrosse on Sunday. Blanchette is one of 22 players selected by the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Teams Selection Committee from last weekend's trials at UMBC that included more than 130 of the nation's top players.

The Developmental Team has two weekends of competition scheduled in the upcoming months as it will play top college programs during the Stars and Stripes Weekend on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Northern Virginia and during the Champions Challenge Weekend on Jan. 27-28, 2007, in Orlando, Fla.

Blanchette, who also competed for the 2005-06 U.S. Women's Lacrosse Developmental Team, compiled totals of 112 goals and 39 assists for 151 points in 72 career games to rank tied for eighth on UNH's all- time goals list and ninth in career points.

Blanchette, a 2006 IWLCA Northeast Region All-America Second Team and America East All-Conference First Team selection, led this year's UNH team in draw controls (35) and ranked second in points (56), assists (18) and ground balls (41) as well as third in goals (38). She was the only Wildcat player to record double digits in goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers (11).

Highlights from the 2006 season included reaching the 100 benchmark in both career points and goals. She recorded her 100th career point March 11 vs. Marist College with the third of her five points in the game and scored her 100th career goal April 15 against Binghamton University with the first of her two tallies vs. the Bearcats.

Blanchette recorded a point in 14 of 17 games with 13 multiple-point efforts that included 12 multiple-goal and four multiple-assist games. She scored a career high of six goals vs. UMBC on April 8 and recorded a personal best of four assists one game earlier at the University of Vermont, as well as a career-high six points in successive games vs. the University at Albany, Vermont and UMBC.

Blanchette closed her career with a 12-game goal-scoring streak in which she totaled 33 goals and 15 assists to average 4.00 points per game.

UNH ended the 2006 season with an 11-7 overall record and the Wildcats advanced to the America East championship game for the fifth consecutive year.

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