HARDY SELECTED TO IWLCA/U.S. LACROSSE ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
BALTIMORE, Md.Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.), a junior midfielder on the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was named to the IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America Third Team on Wednesday evening. She was under consideration for this honor following last week’s selection to the Northeast Region First Team.

Hardy is the 35th UNH Wildcat to receive All-America recognition in the 32-year history of the program and the fifth to do so in the 12-year tenure of head coach Sandy Bridgeman. Other recent selections were Cristina Covucci (2005; Third Team), current assistant coach Jess Burnap (2004; Second Team), Jessie Groszkowski (2002; First Team) and Colleen Christopher (2001; Second Team).

Hardy led New Hampshire 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 year 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 in which she scored the game-winning goal in double overtime.

Hardy’s other 2008 accolades included Womenslacrosse.com All-America Second Team, America East All-Conference First Team and America East Defensive Player of the Week (twice).

The IWLCA and U.S. Lacrosse will honor the National All-Americans at an awards banquet June 14 in King of Prussia, Pa.

UNH (13-6) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and recorded the second-highest single-season win total in the program’s history. The Wildcats, who defeated a pair of top-10 teams on the road, were ranked in each of the last six IWLCA polls and climbed as high as No. 13 – their highest ranking since 1992.
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