GAME DAY: WOMEN'S LAX ENDS SEASON ON THE ROAD VS. BOSTON COLLEGE AND VERMONT
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The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team (9-5 overall, 3-2 America East) wraps up the regular season with two road games this week. The Wildcats play at Boston College on April 28 (4 p.m.) and then travel to play Vermont on May 1 (1 p.m.).
UNH has a 17-5 lifetime record with six consecutive wins against Boston College; the 'Cats have a 9-2 road record in the series. These teams met annually from 1982-2002, but have not played since the 2004 season, when the Wildcats prevailed 19-11 at home. The last time New Hampshire traveled to BC was in 2001 (14-13 win). Boston College's most recent victory vs. the 'Cats was in 1997 (at home, 14-7).
UNH has a 28-3 lifetime record, including 17-4 last year at home, against Vermont. In the Wildcats' most recent trip to Burlington (April '08), UNH returned home with a 9-8 loss. New Hampshire has an 11-2 road record vs. the Catamounts. That game snapped the Wildcats' 13-game winning streak in the series spanning from 1997-2007.
VOTE TODAY FOR AMERICA EAST FANS' CHOICE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Voting is now open (through April 29) for the 2010 America East Women's Lacrosse Fans' Choice Player of the Year. You can vote online for UNH's Shaunna Kaplan or Kate Keagins by clicking here.
In the 2009 Women's Lacrosse Fans' Choice Player of the Year voting, Kaplan finished third and teammate Sarah von Bargen was the runner-up.
CASIANO'S HAT TRICK FOR AMERICA EAST ROOKIE AWARD
Amber Casiano was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday to mark the third time in as many weeks she received that award. In last week's only game (vs. Albany), Casiano tallied career highs in both goals (three) and points (four). She scored the game's first goal and set up the third goal to propel the 'Cats to a 5-0 lead; both of her second-half goals lifted UNH into a tie (10-10 and 12-12).
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire has secured a berth in the 2010 America East Championships tournament to extend its league record for consecutive appearances to 13 years. The Wildcats will be the #3 seed and play the loser of Saturday's Boston U. vs. Albany game in a May 6 semifinal.
A UNH player has won each of the last five Rookie of the Week awards and six overall. Amber Casiano received the honor April 12, 19 & 26. Jenny Simpson was feted March 8 & 29 and April 5.
The April 24 game vs. Albany (13-12 loss) marked the first time this year that UNH lost when: scoring first; leading at halftime; scoring 10+ goals; and recording more ground balls than the opponent.
The Wildcats recorded season highs in ground balls (24), caused turnovers (20) and turnovers (30) in the 17-8 win against Binghamton University on April 17.
The Wildcats opened the year with four consecutive wins and that marked the team's best start since the '89 team went 4-0.
New Hampshire scored 16 goals against a UMBC team that was allowing just 7.48 goals per game. Furthermore, the Wildcats held a Retrievers' offense that was averaging 12.79 goals per game to just eight tallies.
Hayley Rausch, after missing four games, scored a goal in her April 24 return vs. Albany. She has a point in all 10 games in which she has played this season.
Jenny Simpson has a nine-game point-scoring streak with totals of 16 goals and seven assists for 23 points in that span.
Kate Keagins has scored a goal each of the last seven games with 16 points (11g, 5a) in that span. She has a goal in 13 of 14 games this season (only exception was March 20 at Florida).
Shaunna Kaplan carries a seven-game point-scoring streak into this week's action.
Allie Bratton has scored two goals six of the last seven games (vs. Albany Binghamton, Stony Brook, UMBC, Yale and Fairfield).
Amber Casiano has tallied a point six of the last seven games (no points in first five career games). She has scored a goal in five consecutive games with two-goal efforts vs. Binghamton, Stony Brook and UMBC and three goals vs. Albany.
KAPLAN CONTINUES CLIMB IN RECORD BOOKS
Senior attacker Shaunna Kaplan, one of three captains in 2010, recorded her 100th career goal with the second of her two tallies April 17 against Binghamton; that marked Kaplan's second milestone attained this season, as she recorded her 150th career point March 9 vs. Harvard.
Kaplan carries a seven-game streak into Wednesday's game at Boston College. She has tallied 25 points (13g, 12a), including a season-high seven-point effort (3g, 4a) at Stony Brook, in that span.
Kaplan has started all 14 games and tallied 42 points on 20 goals and 22 assists. She leads the team in assists (a feat she accomplished each of her first three years) and also ranks first in points; she is second in goals. Kaplan has tallied a point in 13 of 14 games with 10 multiple-point efforts; she has an assist in 11 of 14 games, as well as a goal in 11 of 14.
Kaplan recorded a season-high seven points April 10 at Stony Brook by matching her season highs in both goals (three) and assists (four). Kaplan finished with a team-high five points to lead UNH to a 16-8 victory vs. UMBC (April 3). She finished that game with two goals, three assists, three draw controls and one ground ball.
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 and moved into third place on the career assist list with one (her 68th overall) against Boston U. on April 7. She enters Wednesday's game with 102 goals and 74 assists for 176 points.
Here is a look at the career lists:
2. Katie Leland 92
3. Shaunna Kaplan 74
6. Liz Brickley 179
7. Pauline Collins 178
8. Shaunna Kaplan 176
Shaunna Kaplan has recorded 20+ goals and 20+ assists for the second consecutive season. She followed last year's 29 goals with 20 this season and last season's 25 assists with 22 in '10. In the last five years, the only other Wildcat who has recorded 20+ goals and 20+ assists in a season is current assistant coach Katie Leland (in '06; she also accomplished the feat in '05 and '04).
DUCLOS DIALED IN DEFENSIVELY
Allie Duclos, junior midfielder and tri-captain, is a defensive linchpin for the 'Cats. She is tied for the team lead in both ground balls (28) and draw controls (27), and she is second in caused turnovers (11); she is one of two 'Cats who has recorded double digits in all three statistics. And with nine goals on 16 shots, Duclos ranks second in shooting percentage at .562.
Duclos recorded a career-high four points April 17 vs. Binghamton with a personal best of two assists and two goals, which matched her career high. She also tallied four draw controls.
In the opening four games of the year, she 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.
April 10 at Stony Brook, Duclos tallied game highs in ground balls (four), draw controls (five) and caused turnovers (two).
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).
Duclos has multiple ground balls five of the last seven games and six times overall in 2010. She has eight games with multiple draw controls, including a season-high five vs. both Stony Brook (April 10) and Harvard (March 9).
ATTACK FROM ALL ANGLES
New Hampshire has utilized a balanced attack this season with eight players in double-digit goals – and one more within striking distance – as well as six 'Cats with 5+ assists.
JoJo Curro is slightly ahead of the pack with 23 goals and she is followed by Shaunna Kaplan (20), and Allie Bratton, Hayley Rausch and Kate Keagins at 19 apiece. Jenny Simpson (17), Ilana Cohen (12) and Amber Casiano (10) have also reached double digits in goals.