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The 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team (7-3 overall, 1-1 America East) battles league rival and 12th-ranked Boston University (6-3, 1-0) on April 1 at UNH’s Memorial Field. Game time is 3 p.m.
UNH has an 11-17 lifetime record, including 0-3 last season (all three matchups were at Nickerson Field), against BU. The Terriers have won nine consecutive games in this series dating back to the Wildcats’ 11-9 victory in the 2004 America East championship game.
New Hampshire has a 4-6 home record vs. Boston U. and each of the last three meetings at Memorial Field has been decided by one or two goals. The Terriers were 7-5 victors here during the 2007 regular season and also prevailed 10-9 in overtime in ‘05 regular-season action. UNH’s most recent home win in this series was the aforementioned 2004 league championship game.
Last year, BU recorded a 7-6 win in the regular season, a 9-8 overtime win in the America East title game – the only other team to hold the Terriers to single-digit goals was Penn in the NCAA quarterfinals – and a 16-8 victory in the NCAA tourney.
New Hampshire concludes the week with an April 4 game at UMBC. The Wildcats have won all seven previous meetings in the series and that includes an 11-4 home win in ‘08.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire plays five games in an 11-day stretch from April 1-11. The gauntlet begins Wednesday vs. 12th-ranked BU and continues Saturday at UMBC. UNH then returns home to play host to 17th-ranked Cornell (April 6), 11rth-ranked Vanderbilt (April 8) and LeMoyne (April 11).
UNH’s 5-1 start to the season was the team’s best record through six games since 1991.
The 21 goals scored March 28 against Stony Brook marked the highest single-game total by a Wildcat team since April 28, 2007 (22-5 win at Binghamton University).
Prior to this season, UNH had not recorded 50+ shots in a game since April 22, 1998, when the Wildcats finished with 55 shots in a 13-12 win at Boston College. New Hampshire has now tallied 50+ shots in consecutive games as the ‘Cats followed a 50-shot effort March 21 at Albany with 54 shots March 28 vs. Stony Brook.
UNH’s offense has produced double digits in goals 8 of 10 times this season, while the defense has yielded double figures four times (including 10 goals twice). The ‘Cats are averaging 14 goals per game and have yielded 13 shots or less to an opponent four times.
The Wildcats have recorded the shot advantage in 9 of 10 games this season.
In 10 games, Allie Duclos has led the team (outright or tied) in ground balls seven times, draw control seven times and caused turnovers three times. She has led the team in both GB and DC six times, including each of the past two games. She tied for the lead in all three statistics in UNH’s season opener vs. Bryant.
Kelli LaPerch scored her first collegiate goal March 28 vs. Stony Brook. The senior defender, who did not record a point in her first three seasons, has three points in the ‘09 season.
Kate Gunts played the full 60 minutes for the first time this season in the March 28 game vs. Stony Brook. In her only other start – the 19-2 season-opening victory vs. Bryant – Gunts exited the game at halftime.
Sarah Von Bargen was the top ‘Cat in goals each of the first eight games of the season. In Game 9 – March 21 at Albany – Kate Keagins tallied a game-high six goals. Von Bargen netted four goals in that game vs. the Great Danes. Michaela Hardy was the team’s top goal scorer in Game 10 vs. Stony Brook with five tallies.
Nine UNH Wildcats have started all 10 games and seven ‘Cats are averaging at least one goal per game this season.
FACE THE NATION
In the most recent national statistics, New Hampshire is ranked No. 11 in defense (84 teams ranked), 14th in draw controls and 21st in offense.
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.
#2 PROVING TO BE #1
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 to No. 1 in the nation in goals per game and No. 6 in points per game.
Von Bargen, named America East Player of the Week in consecutive weeks (March 9 & 16), has tallied 43 goals and seven assists for 50 points in 10 games. She recorded her 50th point of the season with he last of her three points March 28 vs. Stony Brook.
She has scored multiple goals in every game to extend her goal-scoring streak to 22 games – with multiple goals in 19 straight.
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 (eight) 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 (18) and is tied for fourth in ground balls (13).
Von Bargen enters Wednesday’s game with 155 goals and 27 assists for 182 career points; those numbers rank tied for fourth on UNH’s career goals list and fifth in points.