The University of New Hampshire (6-3 overall, 0-0 America East) plays host to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC; 8-3, 1-0) on Saturday, April 3. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

UNH has won all eight games, including 11-8 on the road last season, in the series vs. UMBC. The Wildcats have won all four contests here in Durham; the last time these teams squared off at Memorial Field, the ‘Cats were 11-4 victors in March 2008.

The teams have met annually since the Retrievers joined America East in 2004; UNH also ousted UMBC from the 2006 league tournament.

Jenny Simpson was named America East Rookie of the Week on March 29; she previously received that honor March 8. Simpson led UNH to a 14-10 win vs. Fairfield University on March 28 with career highs in both goals (five) and points (six).

New Hampshire ended March with consecutive wins against teams from the Nutmeg State – Fairfield (14-10 at home) and Yale (13-9 on the road).

UNH, which has a 4-1 home record this season, plays its America East conference opener Saturday at home vs. UMBC.

The Wildcats opened the year with four consecutive wins and that marked the team’s best start since the ‘89 team went 4-0.

UNH has scored in double digits five of nine games and has won all five of those games. The ‘Cats netted a season-high 16 goals March 6 vs. Colgate.

JoJo Curro and Hayley Rausch are the two ‘Cats who have recorded a point in all nine games. Rausch, in fact, has tallied an assist every game. Both sophomores have already exceeded their rookie totals. Curro’s numbers of 13-5-18 surpass last year’s totals of 6-6-12, while Rausch has 18-12-30 this year in comparison to 17-6-23 in ‘09.

Jenny Simpson has recorded a point in four consecutive games with totals of 11 goals and five assists for 16 points.

Kathleen O’Keefe recorded her first career victory with a nine-save effort March 28 against Fairfield.

Shaunna Kaplan (11g, 12a) and Hayley Rausch (18g, 12a) have recorded double digits in both goals and assists.

Kate Keagins has double digits in ground balls (14), draw controls (18) and caused turnovers (13). She leads the team in both DC and CTO and is second in GB.

Senior attacker Shaunna Kaplan, who has led UNH in assists each of the previous three seasons, is one of three captains in 2010. Kaplan carried a nine-game point-scoring streak into this year and tallied a point in the initial six games of ‘10 to extend that streak to 15 games.

Kaplan has started all nine games and tallied 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists. She is tied for the team lead in assists and ranks second in points as well as tied for fourth in goals. Kaplan has tallied a point in eight of nine games with six multiple-point efforts; she has an assist in 6 of 9 games.

In the Feb. 24 game vs. Holy Cross, Kaplan tallied a goal and four assists to factor in half of the team’s 10 goals. She matched that season high of four assists March 6 vs. Colgate; that four-point output was matched in games against UMass and Yale in which she finished with three goals and an assist.

Kaplan became the 11th UNH Wildcat to reach the 150-point milestone with a goal vs. Harvard University on March 9. She enters Saturday’s game with 93 goals and 64 assists for 157 points.

Here is a look at the career lists:
3. Liz Brickley 67
4. Shaunna Kaplan 64
7. Pauline Collins 178
8. Shaunna Kaplan 157

New Hampshire won its initial three home games of the 2010 season and is 4-1 at Memorial Field this season. The only loss was March 9 to Harvard (10-9 in double overtime).

The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 58-43 at home (per game averages of 11.60 and 8.60) with a 134-101 shot advantage (per game, 26.8 and 20.2).

Hayley Rausch has recorded 21 points (13g, 8a) in five home games. Shaunna Kaplan (4-10-14), Jenny Simpson (9-3-12), JoJo Curro (7-4-11) and Kate Keagins (7-3-10) are also averaging at least two points per game at Memorial Field.

Kate Gunts has a 3-1 record with a 7.92 GAA and .436 save percentage in four home games. Kathleen O’Keefe is 1-0 with a 9.74 GAA and .455 save percentage in two games.

Allie Duclos, junior midfielder and tri-captain, is a defensive linchpin for the ‘Cats. She leads the team in ground balls (20), ranks second in draw controls (17) and is tied for second in caused turnovers (eight). And with six goals on seven shots, Duclos has a team-best .857 shooting percentage.

In the opening four games of the year, she also made notable contributions on the score sheet with an assist in the Feb. 24 season opener vs. Holy Cross followed by successive two-goal efforts vs. Dartmouth, UMass and Colgate. Both the two goals and two points are personal bests.

Duclos recorded seven ground balls, four caused turnovers and two draw controls to propel UNH past Yale on March 31. One game earlier, she finished with five GB and two CTO vs. Fairfield (March 28). Duclos tallied three GB and three DC, as well as two goals, vs. Colgate (March 6).

Sophomore midfielder Hayley Rausch has emerged as one of the team’s top offensive threats this season. She has already surpassed her rookie totals (17-6-23) in all three statistics with team highs in both goals (18) and points (30), and her 12 assists is tied for the team lead.

Rausch also leads the team in shots (40) and is ranked third in draw controls (12) and fourth in both shooting percentage (.450) and caused turnovers (seven).

She has tallied an assist all nine games this season and has eight multiple-point efforts, including three multiple-assist performances. The only game she did not score a goal was March 13 at second-ranked Maryland; that game ended a streak of five consecutive multiple-goal games.

Rausch opened the 2010 season with career highs in both goals (four) and points (five) in a 10-4 win vs. Holy Cross (Feb. 24). She matched those totals against Harvard (March 9). Rausch has matched her personal best of two assists three times (Dartmouth, Colgate and Fairfield). In addition to three points, she contributed three ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control vs. Fairfield (March 28).

Rausch recorded her 50th career point with the last of her three points March 28 vs. Fairfield.

New Hampshire has utilized a balanced attack this season with six players in double-digit goals – and two more within striking distance – as well as five ‘Cats with 5+ assists. Hayley Rausch is slightly ahead of the pack with 18 goals while JoJo Curro, Jenny Simpson, Allie Bratton, Shaunna Kaplan and Kate Keagins have between 10-13 goals.

JoJo Curro is another sophomore who has emerged as a top scoring threat for the ‘Cats. Her 13 goals exceeds her rookie point total of 12 (6g, 6a) and ranks second on the 2010 UNH team. Curro ranks third in points (18) and is tied for third in assists (five); she is also third in shooting percentage at .520.

Curro has tallied a point in all nine games this season with five multiple-point efforts, including four multiple-goal games; she has scored a goal each of the last four games. She scored a career-high three goals as part of a personal-best five points against nationally-ranked Dartmouth College on Feb. 27. Curro matched that three-goal effort March 13 at second-ranked Maryland.

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