WOMEN'S LACROSSE HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES AT ANNUAL BANQUET
DURHAM, N.H.  –  The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team held its annual awards banquet at The Ballroom of Huddleston Hall on Friday night. The evening highlighted the team’s 2007 season accomplishments and recognized the immeasurable contributions of the Class of 2007.

Alexa Webster (Aurora, Colo.), a senior attack and co-captain, was the recipient of the Coaches’ Award, The Coaches’ Award, which is presented in recognition of a player who embodies the spirit of UNH women’s lacrosse with tireless effort and selfless giving to the team without hesitation. Webster, who led the Wildcats in shooting percentage for the second consecutive year, ranked third on the team in goals (24) and fourth in points (28). Her four goals against Brown University carried the Wildcats to victory against the homestanding Bears, and she later matched her career high of five goals at Binghamton University. In addition to her statistical contributions, Webster was specifically cited for her heart, strength of character and leadership ability.

Bailley Mazur (Longmeadow, Mass.), who was named to the America East All-Conference First Team and All-Championship Team earlier this month, was the recipient of the Defensive MVP award. The junior defender recorded double digits in ground balls (31), caused turnovers (11) and draw controls (22) to rank second on the team in ground balls and third in draw controls. Mazur recorded multiple ground balls nine times, including seven vs. UMBC, and registered all three of her points (1g, 2a) in the last five games of the regular season.

Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.), who joined Mazur on the All-Conference First Team, was named the Offensive MVP. The sophomore attack rehabilitated from a 2006 injury in time to start the ’07 season and went on to lead UNH in goals (29) and points (36). Von Bargen leads the conference in free position goals (10) and finished second on the team in assists (seven). Furthermore, Von Bargen recorded double digits in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls. She recorded a point in 15 of 17 games with 10 multiple-point efforts and she scored a goal in 14 games with eight multiple-goal efforts.

Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.), an America East All-Rookie Team and All-Championship Team selection, was named UNH’s Rookie of the Year. The speedy freshman attack, who didn’t play in fall ball because she was a letterwinner on the women’s soccer team, led New Hampshire in assists (12) as well as draw controls. She also ranked second in points (35), third in caused turnovers and fourth in both goals and ground balls. Kaplan recorded a point in 14 of 16 games with 12 multiple-point efforts, and she scored a goal in each of those 14 games with seven multiple-goal performances. She scored a goal and recorded more than one point in each of the first 10 games of the season to break UNH’s record for consecutive goals at the start of a career.

Maureen Wark
(Yarmouth, Maine) received the Strength and Conditioning Award for her work ethic and determination in the weight room, where her efforts were cited for bench press, squat and pull-ups, and on the track for her improvement in the mile run. Wark, a junior attack, played in 10 of 17 games this season. She recorded her first point as a UNH Wildcat with a goal against Binghamton.

Eleventh-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman concluded the evening by honoring Webster and Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.) – the two-member Class of 2007. The duo made four appearances in the America East Championship tournament, including three consecutive trips to the title game, and an NCAA tournament appearance in 2004.

Carbone, a two-time All-Conference First Team defender who also garnered Second Team honors, started 57 of 65 career games and compiled six points on three goals and three assists. The second-year captain was annually among the team leaders in both ground balls and caused turnovers.

Webster’s career highlights included two five-goal games, a three-assist game and two six-point games. In 60 career games, she amassed 66 goals and 18 assists for 84 points.

UNH made its conference-record 10th consecutive appearance in the America East Championship tourney in 2007 with a 4-2 league record and the Wildcats finished the year with a 7-10 overall record.
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