The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team takes a 6-3 overall record (1-0 America East) into Saturday’s league battle against Stony Brook (3-8, 0-1). Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.
    UNH has a 4-2 lifetime record, including last year’s 17-10 road win, against Stony Brook. SBU had won the previous two meetings in 2007 (11-8 here in Durham) and 2006 (18-13). This series began in 2003 with a 19-3 win at home by UNH. The Wildcats won by scores of 19-4 (road) and 15-12 (home) in subsequent years.
    In last year’s meeting, the ‘Cats closed the first half with a six-goal run to build a 10-4 halftime lead, and UNH utilized a four-goal spurt in the second half to extend its advantage to 17-6 with 10 minutes remaining.
    Michaela Hardy led the ‘Cat attack with a career-high seven goals. Sarah Von Bargen (3g, 1a), Shaunna Kaplan (3g, 1a) and Ashley Durepo (1g, 3a) each recorded four points.
    Despite the margin on the scoreboard, it was Stony Brook that recorded the advantage in shots (31-30), ground balls (35-23) and draw controls (23-6).

    New Hampshire has lost two of its last three games after a 5-1 start to the season, which was the team’s best record through six games since 1991. Last Saturday marked the program’s first loss in 11 lifetime meetings with Albany.
    Two of the last four games have gone into overtime. Last Saturday, the Wildcats were outscored 2-1 in the six-minute OT (two three-minute halves) in a 16-15 road loss to Albany. On March 11, the ‘Cats scored the only two goals in overtime to record a 11-9 win at Harvard.
    UNH has outshot the opposition in eight of nine games this season; the only exception was the game vs. second-ranked Maryland.
    The Wildcats’ 50 shots vs. Albany on March 21 marked the highest total by a UNH team since April 22, 1998, when the ‘Cats tallied 55 shots in a 13-12 win at Boston College.

    New Hampshire enters this week’s action ranked No. 11 in the nation in defense by yielding 9.00 goals per game (84 teams ranked). The Wildcats are also 14th in draw controls (14.00 per game) and 21st in offense. (13.20 gpg).
    A few ‘Cats are among the individual leaders. Senior attacker Sarah Von Bargen leads the nation in goals per game (4.56) and is sixth in points per game (5.22). Allie Duclos is 10th in draw controls (3.56 per game) as well as 22nd in ground balls (3.00 per game) and 37th in caused turnovers (1.78 per game). Susie Piotrkowski is among the leaders in assists – 15th at 1.89 per game.

    Senior attacker Sarah Von Bargen led last year’s team in points per game, the 2007 team in goals and points, and in ‘06 she broke the UNH  rookie records for both goals and points. Therefore, it should be of little surprise that Von Bargen once again is atop the leaderboard in those statistics.
    She has, however, elevated her production and leads the nation in goals per game (4.56); she is also No. 6 in points per game (5.22) and both of those numbers are tops in America East.
    Von Bargen, named America East Player of the Week in consecutive weeks (March 9 & 16), has tallied 41 goals and six assists for 47 points in nine games. She has scored multiple goals in every game to extend her goal-scoring streak to 21 games – with multiple goals in 18 straight. In fact, she has scored at least three goals every game this season.
    She recorded her 150th career point with the third of four goals March 4 vs. Yale and scored her 150th career goal with her first of four tallies at Albany on March 21.
    In addition to those milestones, Von Bargen’s season highlights include a six-goal, two-assist effort at Harvard on March 11; it marked a personal best in points and tied her career high in goals. She also scored six goals Feb. 25 at Holy Cross.
    Von Bargen has recorded 5+ points six times this season with two five-point efforts, three six-point performances and the aforementioned eight-point game.
    In addition to those impressive offensive numbers, Von Bargen ranks second on the team in draw controls (17) and is fifth in ground balls (10).
    Von Bargen enters Saturday’s game with 153 goals and 26 assists for 179 career points; those numbers rank fifth on UNH’s career goals list and tied for fifth in points.


     UNH has outscored the opposition 60-33 in the second half (in comparison to 56-46 in the first half). In games last week vs. UMass and Albany, the Wildcats generated a 19-6 second-half scoring advantage to erase a pair of five-goal halftime deficits. The ‘Cats have outscored the opposition in the second half in seven of nine games (Maryland and Harvard being the exceptions in which the opponent outscored UNH).
    The scoring differential is in part due to the shot total, which favors UNH 146-73.

    UNH enters the week atop the America East leaderboard in defense (9.00 gpg) and second in offense (13.22 gpg). New Hampshire is also first in shots per game as well as second in draw controls, third in caused turnovers and fewest turnovers committed and sixth in ground balls.
    Sarah Von Bargen is the league leader in both goals per game and points per game. Susie Piotrkowski ranks third in assists per game, while Allie Duclos is second in draw controls as well as third in both ground balls and caused turnovers. Kate Gunts is second in GAA and Nikki Hume is fourth in that statistic.

    Sarah Von Bargen has attained a pair of individual milestones in 2009. She became the 10th UNH Wildcat to record 150 career points with the third of her four goals March 4 vs. Yale. On March 21, Von Bargen became the fifth UNH Wildcat to score 150 career goals with the first of four at Albany.
    Michaela Hardy recorded her 100th career point March 21 at Albany with an assist in overtime vs. the Great Danes. She is approaching 100 career goals with 87 at present time.
    Susie Piotrkowski tallied career point #50 with the second of her four points at Albany on March 21.
    Two other ‘Cats are approaching the 100-point milestone. Shaunna Kaplan currently has 99 points and Ashley Durepo is at 94.
    Not all century marks pertain to goals or points. Also noteworthy is Kelli LaPerch’s 94 career ground balls – Durepo is also closing in on the century mark in this stat with 90. Von Bargen currently has 90 career draw controls.

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