KEAGINS HONORED AS AMERICA EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK IN WOMEN'S LAX

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.), a sophomore midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was honored as America East Player of the Week on Monday.

Keagins recorded 11 points in two games last week with six goals and five assists. She also tallied four caused turnovers, two ground balls and one draw control. In the May 1 regular-season finale at the University of Vermont, Keagins recorded a career-high nine points with five goals and a personal best of four assists.She tallied a point on three of the initial four goals of the second half to spark a 9-0 UNH run. Early in the first half, Keagins' first goal of the game ignited a three-goal spurt in a span of 59 seconds that transformed a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead. Last Wednesday at Boston College, her goal and assist were part of a four-goal second-half run that trimmed the Wildcats' deficit to one goal. Keagins was also credited with two ground balls and three caused turnovers in that game.

Keagins has 25 goals and 14 assists for 39 points as well as 30 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers and 28 controlled draws to her credit -- she is the only Wildcat with double digits in all five statistics. She leads the team in caused turnovers and is ranked second in goals, assists, points, ground balls and draw controls. Furthermore, Keagins is ranked third in America East in caused turnovers per game (1.75).

This marked the second weekly honor of the season for Keagins, who was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on April 5. It also was the second time a UNH student-athlete was named the league's Player of the Week; Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) was feted March 1.

New Hampshire (10-6 overall, 4-2 America East) begins postseason play at the 2010 America East Championship. The third-seeded Wildcats play Boston University in a May 6 (3:30 p.m.) semifinal at the University at Albany. The semifinal winners face off in the May 8 (1 p.m.) championship game.

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