BALTIMORE, Md.Sandy Bridgeman, 12th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, was selected as the U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Week for the week ending March 16, the organization announced Wednesday. She will be recognized for this award during  CSTV’s lacrosse broadcast on March 23 (12 p.m.).

Bridgeman guided the Wildcats to a 2-0 record the week of March 10-16 with a 16-5 victory against previously unbeaten Harvard University on March 12 and a 10-7 road win vs. 10th-ranked Vanderbilt University on March 15.

UNH jumped out to a 4-0 lead five minutes into the game vs. Harvard en route to scoring the first nine goals of the game to build an 11-1 halftime lead against the Crimson, who entered the game with a 3-0 record. The ‘Cats dominated the game statistically with a 37-16 shot advantage, a 22-11 edge in ground balls and a 13-8 favor in draw controls, as well as half as many turnovers (12-24).

New Hampshire recorded its second road win of the season against the 10th-ranked team in the country – UNH defeated Yale, 8-7, on March 5 – to win its fourth consecutive game and improve to 5-2 overall. With the score tied 2-2 just past midway of the first half, the Wildcats scored goals nine seconds apart and the Commodores never pulled even thereafter despite trimming the deficit to one goal on three occasions (scores of 4-3; 5-4; 7-6).

Bridgeman is the winningest coach in UNH women’s lacrosse history with a record of 103-94 – she tallied her 100th win March 5 at Yale. She is a three-time recipient of the America East Coach of the Year award (2001, 2002, 2004) and was the IWLCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004.

New Hampshire returns to action March 19 (12 p.m.) against Cornell University at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 22 (12 p.m.) for its America East league opener against UMBC.

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