#14 WOMEN'S LACROSSE TAKES EIGHT-GAME WIN STREAK TO STONY BROOK
GAME NOTES | LIVE STATS/VIDEO

THE MATCHUP

    The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, which climbed to No. 14 (tie) in both the IWLCA Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week, has won eight consecutive games to improve to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in America East. The Wildcats play the first on three consecutive road games April 5 at Stony Brook University (5-3, 0-1). Game time at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium is 12 p.m. Visit www.unhwildcats.com for details on live stats and video.

UNH has a 3-2 lifetime record against Stony Brook but the Seawolves have won the last two meetings, including last year’s 11-8 victory in Durham. The Wildcats were defeated 18-13 at SBU in 2006. In their only other trip to Stony Brook to play the Seawolves, the ‘Cats were 19-4 victors in 2004.

In the first three meetings of the series (2003-05), UNH outscored SBU by a 53-19 margin.

HARDY RECEIVES SECOND AMERICA EAST DEFENSIVE HONOR

    Michaela Hardy was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week on March 31; she also received that 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.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
    UNH enters Saturday’s game with an eight-game winning streak to improve to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in America East. The Wildcats have a 3-1 road record and have won each of their last three road games (vs. #10 Yale, 8-7; vs. #10 Vanderbilt, 10-7; vs. UMass, 10-6).

New Hampshire’s 9-2 record is the team’s best mark through 11 games since the 1991 Wildcats went 10-1.

The Wildcats have not allowed more than nine goals in a game during its eight-game win streak; in fact, the ‘Cats have allowed more than seven goals just once in that span and have stymied the opposition to just four goals twice (UConn and UMBC). It is the team’s longest streak of holding opponents to single digits since the 2002 Wildcats did so in 10 straight games.

UNH has scored double digits in goals each of the last seven games and nine times overall this season.

The ‘Cats have an impressive 2008 resume. In addition to a pair of wins against nationally-ranked teams, UNH rolled out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 16-5 win against Harvard on March 12 (that is the Crimson’s one of two losses in nine games) and has also upended Cornell, 10-9.

Sandy Bridgeman, now in her 12th year at the helm of the Wildcats, recorded her 100th victory as UNH head coach on March 5 with the 8-7 win at Yale University. Bridgeman, a three-time America East Coach of the Year, is the program’s all-time leader in wins with 107. She recorded her 150th overall career victory Feb. 27 against Holy Cross.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
    UNH climbed to #14 in this week’s IWLCA Poll after making its debut last week at #18. Prior to March 24, the Wildcats had not been nationally ranked since the first week of March in the 2005 season, when the ‘Cats were #14 in the IWLCA Poll.

The ‘Cats have a 2-1 record against nationally-ranked teams (all rankings as of date of game played) this season. They defeated Yale University (8-7) and Vanderbilt University (10-7) – both of whom were ranked #10 – on the road and lost at home to 20th-ranked Dartmouth College, 14-10.

The March 5 win at Yale marked New Hampshire’s first win against a nationally-ranked team since March 16, 2006, when the Wildcats were 14-13 victors in overtime at #18 Towson University. That victory was the start of a nine-game winning streak.

MORE NATIONAL TALK
    New Hampshire entered this week’s action ranked No. 4 in the nation in defense by yielding a paltry 6.91 goals per game (84 teams ranked). The Wildcats are also seventh in scoring margin (+4.91), eighth in winning percentage (.818) and 34th in offense (11.82).

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Milley entered the week at No. 4 in goals-against-average (6.95) and No. 17 in save percentage (.493). Junior midfielder Michaela Hardy is 16th in caused turnovers (1.82 per game) and freshman defender Allie Duclos is 28th in draw controls (2.89 per game).
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