BALTIMORE, Md.Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.), Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), Ashley Milley (Sudbury, Mass.) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) of the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team were named to the Northeast All-Regional Team as announced Thursday by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Hardy received First Team recognition while Duclos, Milley and Von Bargen were Second Team honorees.

The four UNH Wildcats, all of whom were America East All-Conference First Team selections in 2008, are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America teams that will be announced May 29. The IWLCA and U.S. Lacrosse will honor those All-Americans at a June 14 awards banquet in Downingtown, Pa.

Hardy, a junior midfielder, led the team in goals (52), points (59), caused turnovers (26) and shots (128); her 52 goals ranks eighth on the program’s list of single-season superlatives. With those numbers, Hardy is ranked 30th in the nation in goals per game (2.74). In America East conference games, she was the leader in both goals per game (3.67) and caused turnovers per game (1.50). Hardy ended the season with a 16-game goal-scoring streak and she scored a goal in 18 of 19 games this season with 13 multiple-goal efforts. She scored a career-high seven goals April 5 at Stony Brook University and matched that personal best of seven points with a five-goal, two-assist effort April 20 vs. the University of Oregon. Hardy was also honored twice as America East Defensive Player of the Week.

Duclos also garnered America East All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman defender this season. Despite missing five games, Duclos was among the team leaders in ground balls (23), draw controls (33) and caused turnovers (10) – she was second in DC and sixth in both GB and CTO. In
addition to her outstanding play on the defensive end of the field and her critical role taking draw controls, Duclos recorded two points with a goal and an assist.

Milley, a senior goalkeeper, recorded personal bests in wins (13), goals-against-average (7.92) and save percentage (.483) in 2008; the 13 wins ranks second on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives. With those numbers, Milley is currently No. 8 in the nation in GAA and No. 16 in save percentage. In America East conference games, she led the way in saves per game (7.83) and was second in both GAA (7.00) and save percentage (.528). Milley recorded a career-high 15 saves in the league semifinal game against the University of Vermont and also backboned the ‘Cats to victories against top-10 teams Yale University and Vanderbilt University. Milley was named twice as America East Defensive Player of the Week and to the All-Championship Team.

Von Bargen, a junior attack, was the Wildcat leader in points per game (3.12) with 50 points in 16 games; overall, she ranked second in goals (41) and points (50) as well as third in both assists (nine) and draw controls (22). In America East conference games, she ranked third in goals per game (3.17), fourth in points per game (4.00 and eighth in assists per game (0.83). Von Bargen ended the year with a 12-game goal-scoring streak and she scored a goal in 15 of 16 games with 14 multiple-goal games. She matched her career high of six points against both Binghamton University (4g, 2a) on March 29 and the University at Albany (5g, 1a) on April 16. She was the team’s top point producer in the postseason with 11 points (10g, 1a) in three games. Von Bargen was also selected to the All-Championship Team in ’08.

UNH advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished with the second-highest single-season win total in the program's 32-year history with an overall record of 13-6. The Wildcats were ranked in the IWLCA poll for the last six weeks of the season and reached their highest national ranking (at No. 13) since 1992.
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