CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.), a junior midfielder on the 18th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named Defensive Player of the Week by America East on Monday. Hardy received the same distinction Feb. 25.

Hardy recorded eight caused turnovers and four ground balls as well as seven goals in UNH’s victories against the University of Massachusetts (10-6) and Binghamton University (14-5) last week. In the March 25 game at UMass, Hardy led the Wildcats’ defensive effort with five caused turnovers and she tallied two ground balls; she also netted a game-high four goals vs. the Minutewomen, and her second-half tallies 23 seconds apart gave the ‘Cats a formidable 10-4 lead. Hardy once again led the team in caused turnovers with three against Binghamton on March 29 and she also recorded three goals and two ground balls vs. the Bearcats.

Hardy leads UNH in goals (26), points (30) and caused turnovers (20) this season. She is also tied for fourth in ground balls (14) and is fifth in assists. She has already recorded personal single-season highs in goals, points and caused turnovers in just 11 games this year.

New Hampshire (9-2 overall, 2-0 America East), winners of eight consecutive games, plays the first of three consecutive road games April 5 (12 p.m.) at Stony Brook University. UNH’s next home game is April 16 (3 p.m.) against the University at Albany.
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