BOSTON -- The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, which finished as runner-up in the 2006 America East Championship tournament, received four first-place votes and a total of 46 points to earn the status of preseason No. 1 in the America East Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released Friday.
UNH edged out defending champion Boston University, which received the other three first-place votes and a total of 43 points. UMBC, the 2006 regular-season champions, placed third in the poll with 37 points and was followed by Stony Brook (25 points), Albany (21), Vermont (15) and Binghamton (9).
Led by 11th-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, the Wildcats return 15 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from a 2006 team that advanced to the America East championship game for the fifth consecutive year and finished the season at 11-7 overall.
The 2007 UNH squad will be led by senior captains Christine Carbone (
The top four teams in the conference will advance to the America East Championship to be held May 4 and 6 at the No. 1 seed. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
New Hampshire opens the 2007 season Feb. 27 at Holy Cross.