CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 America East Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete award, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon.

Hardy, the second UNH women’s lacrosse player bestowed this honor, is one of three New Hampshire student-athletes to receive an America East Scholar-Athlete award in the 2007-08 academic year; the other honorees were Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) in women’s cross country and Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) in men’s outdoor track & field.

As a junior midfielder for the Wildcats in the 2008 season, Hardy earned IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America Third Team accolades. Her other honors included womenslacrosse.com All-America Second Team, IWLSCA/U.S. Lacrosse Northeast Region First Team, America East All-Conference First Team, America East All-Academic Team, America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll and America East Defender of the Week (twice).

Hardy, a psychology major who started all 19 games, ranked 30th in the nation in goals per game (2.74), 54th in points (59) and 58th in caused turnover per game (1.37). She led America East in both goals per game (3.67) and caused turnovers per game (1.50); in addition, she was sixth in points per game (3.83). Hardy was the team leader in goals (52), points (59) and caused turnovers (26); the 52 goals is eighth on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives. She also tied for fourth in both assists (seven) and ground balls (24).

Hardy ended the season with a 16-game goal-scoring streak and scored a goal in 18 of 19 games overall. She recorded 13 multiple-goal efforts, including a career-high seven goals at Stony Brook University and a six-goal performance vs. Harvard University. The speedy midfielder matched her personal best of seven points (5g, 2a) vs. the University of Oregon in the regular-season finale; she factored in UNH’s last four goals of the game, including both overtime tallies (scored the game-winning goal in double OT) and the tally that forced the extra sessions.

Hardy’s contributions led New Hampshire to the NCAA tournament, a 13-win season (second-highest win total in the program’s 32-year history) and a No. 13 national ranking, which is the Wildcats’ highest since 1992.

All 20 America East Scholar-Athletes from the 2007-08 year are eligible for the 2008 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced on Aug. 14. One male winner and one female winner will be chosen by the same committee that selected the individual sports Scholar-Athletes.
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