DURHAM, N.H. – Sandy Bridgeman, 11th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, has announced that five student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UNH Wildcats in fall 2007. The five signees are: Allison Bratton (Windemere, Fla.) Brittany Conway (Portsmouth, N.H.), Deb Dale (East Northport, N.Y.), Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) and Dana Poist (Timonium, Md.).
   "We are ecstatic to have these student-athletes join the UNH lacrosse family," Bridgeman said. "These players, which includes three All-Americans, have a wealth of talent and each player will bring a different dynamic as a Wildcat."
   Bratton, a four-year starter and two-time captain at West Orange High School, was a 2006 U.S. Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention selection. She also received Metro All-Star and District All-Star honors in both 2005 and 2006. Bratton, who will step in at attack or midfield for the Wildcats, plays on the Team FLC club team and was also a member of Florida’s U.S. Lacrosse national team.
   Conway earned New Hampshire All-State First Team honors while at Portsmouth High School in 2006 and will play midfield/defense for the ‘Cats. The two-time captain led the Clippers to the 2006 state championship and also garnered Foster’s Daily Democrat Dream Team status that season. Conway also plays for the Seacoast United Lacrosse Club team. In addition, she has earned Scholar Athlete Award status in lacrosse, soccer and basketball.
   Dale was a U.S. Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention selection in 2006 at Northport High School. The attacker was also named to the New York State School Girl Select team and received All-County as well as All-Tournament Team and All-Galaxy honors last season.  Dale’s other honors include All-Galaxy Second Team and Honorable Mention All-County in 2005. She also plays for the Long Island Yellow Jackets club team.
    Duclos, who was recently selected to the United States Under-19 National Team, has been named to the Lower New England, All-State and all-conference teams each of the past two years at South Windsor High School. The defender also plays on the CTLF club team.
   Poist, who will step in as a midfielder/defender at UNH, has excelled in both lacrosse and field hockey at Dulaney High School. She has led the lacrosse team to state, regional and county championships in consecutive years. A Second Team All-Division honoree and two-time captain in field hockey, Poist also plays on the Rome club lacrosse team.
    These five student-athletes join a UNH program that has advanced to the America East tournament a conference-record nine consecutive years and to the championship game each of the last five seasons. The ‘Cats have reached double digits in victories three consecutive years and in five of the last six seasons.
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