Women's Lacrosse Travels to the Empire State to Play Colgate

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The Matchup
    The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team travels to Hamilton, N.Y. to play Colgate University on March 5. Game time at Tyler's Field is one o'clock. Click here for information on live stats and video.
    UNH has a 7-2 lifetime record, including last year's 16-11 win at home, against Colgate. Prior to last March, these programs had not met since March 1996, when Colgate prevailed 11-10 – that also marked the Wildcats' last trip to Colgate. UNH had been victorious its previous two road games vs. the Raiders (10-7, 1992; 11-8, 1994).
    In last year's meeting at UNH, the 'Cats scored goals nine seconds apart en route to taking a 3-0 lead. New Hampshire went on to build a 6-1 advantage and led 6-4 at halftime. Colgate trailed by just one goal, 8-7, when the Wildcats scored three consecutive goals to take an 11-7 lead with 10:35 remaining. UNH scored four goals in 89 seconds to turn a 12-9 advantage into a seven-goal margin with 2:26 to play. The 'Cats recorded the edge in shots (38-26), ground balls (16-14) and draw controls (17-12) while also committing fewer turnovers (13-15). Jenny Simpson led a total of nine 'Cats in multiple points with five.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire enters the weekend with back-to-back losses to nationally-ranked teams. The Wildcats are 1-1 on the road with an 8-5 victory against Holy Cross in the season opener (Feb. 23) and a 9-5 loss to 14th-ranked Dartmouth (Feb. 26).
    With a 1-2 record, UNH has a losing record for the first time since also losing two the first three games of the 2008 season.
    UNH has scored in single digits all three games so far this season. It is the first time since 2005 that the 'Cats have failed to score in double figures in one of the initial three games of a season; that team went on to score 21 goals each of the next two games.
    Despite being outshot 60-53, UNH has the 42-41 edge in shots on goal. Four 'Cats account for 45 of the 53 shots.
    New Hampshire's shot total has increased each game (15-17-21) while the opposition's has decreased (21-20-19).
    The 27 ground balls at 14th-ranked Dartmouth (Feb. 26) was the highest total by a UNH team since April 11, 2009, when the 'Cats had 27 ground balls vs. Le Moyne.
    The five goals scored by Holy Cross (Feb. 23) marked the lowest output by a UNH opponent since the 'Cats limited the Crusaders to four goals almost one year earlier in a 10-4 win Feb. 24, 2010. And it marked the lowest goal total UNH allowed in a road game since Feb. 25, 2009 (19-4 win at Holy Cross).
    Prior to the 2011 season opener, the last time UNH scored in single figures and won a game was Feb. 27, 2010 (9-8 vs. Dartmouth). And the last time UNH scored eight (or fewer) goals in victory was March 5, 2008 at Yale (8-7).

'Cat Nips
    Ilana Cohen is the only Wildcat who has recorded multiple points all three games. She and Hayley Rausch are the two 'Cats who have scored a goal every game; in addition, Kate Keagins has tallied at least one point every game.
    Rausch has tallied a point in 21 consecutive games. =Keagins is the other 'Cats with a double-digit point-scoring streak (12 games).
    Allie Duclos was credited with one ground ball Feb. 26 at Dartmouth – it was the 100th of her career. She is UNH's active leader in ground balls (101), draw controls (127) and caused turnovers (49).
    Keagins leads the team in both caused turnovers (8) and ground balls (11). Ally Stager ranks second in both stats with seven CTO and eight GB.

National Numbers
    New Hampshire entered this week's action ranked #8 nationally in defense, #9 in caused turnovers and #6 in ground balls. Three Wildcats are also among the national leaders. Kate Keagins is 10th in ground balls and 17th in caused turnovers; Ally Stager is #3 in caused turnovers and Kathleen O'Keefe is #12 in GAA.
    Colgate entered the week at #5 nationally in offense as well as #6 in draw controls. Colleen Bubnack leads the nation in points per game and is ninth in goals per game, while Courtney Miller is 14th in assists per game.

Conference Call
    A pair of 'Cats rank 1-2 in the America East conference in caused turnovers. Ally Stager leads the way at 3.00 per game and Kate Keagins is second at 2.50 per game.

And Then There Was One
    Allie Duclos, a three-time America East All-Conference First Team selection, is the only senior and is one of three captains (alongside juniors Ilana Cohen and Hayley Rausch) on the 2011 squad. A year ago, Duclos led the team in ground balls and draw controls; she also ranked second in caused turnovers as well as third in shooting percentage. Through three games this season, Duclos is tied for the team lead in draw controls and is fourth in caused turnovers.

Take a Free Shot
    UNH scored on three of four free-position shots in the Feb. 23 season opener at Holy Cross and that included a perfect 3-for-3 in the first half. The 'Cats did not attempt a free-position shot against Dartmouth, then went 0-for-3 vs. UMass to move the season total to 3 of 6. Last year, the Wildcats scored on 26 of 58 free-position shots (27.6% scoring percentage).
    Opponents have scored on 4 of 12 free-position shots this season, and that includes 0-for-3 by Dartmouth. In 2010, the opposition finished 39-for-89 (43.8%).

Leaders of the 'Cat Pack
    Junior midfielders Ilana Cohen and Hayley Rausch captain the 2011 Wildcats (with senior midfielder Allie Duclos) and are two of the team's top point producers.
    Cohen is a third-year starter who garnered America East All-Conference Second Team honors a year ago. She leads this year's team in goals (six) and points (seven). Cohen matched her personal best of three goals last Saturday (Feb. 26) at 14th-ranked Dartmouth, then recorded her third consecutive multiple-point game with a goal and assist vs. 19th-ranked UMass.
    Rausch, despite missing four games a year ago, ranked third on the team in both goals and points as well as fourth in assists. She scored a goal in this year's season opener at Holy Cross, tallied two points (1g, 1a) at Dartmouth and netted a goal vs. 19th-ranked UMass to extend her point-scoring streak to 21 games (dating back to her freshman season of '09).

Fielding Grounders
    New Hampshire tallied a 19-14 edge in ground balls, including 10-6 in the second half, vs. Holy Cross in the season opener. The Wildcats finished with 27 GBs at 14th-ranked Dartmouth, then tallied a 15-7 edge vs. 19th-ranked UMass.

What's Ours Is Ours & What's Yours Is Ours
    The Wildcats have committed fewer turnovers than the opponent all three games of the 2011 season (52-70 overall).
    In the opener, UNH committed fewer turnovers than Holy Cross by a margin of 15-18. New Hampshire had an 84.2% clear percentage with 16 good clears in 19 attempts. The 'Cats were perfect (8-for-8) in the second half.
    New Hampshire also committed fewer turnovers than Dartmouth (25-26) and UMass (12-26).
    In 2010, UNH committed more turnovers than the opponent just five times in 17 games.

Opening Acts
    UNH opened the season with a victory for the third consecutive year when the Wildcats defeated Holy Cross, 8-5, on Feb. 23.
    New Hampshire saw its run of three consecutive wins in home openers come to an end March 2 with an 11-4 loss to 19th-ranked UMass.

America East Player of the Game
    The America East conference is continuing its Player of the Game award in the 2011 season. A UNH player will be recognized following every league game and all home games. No Wildcat received the honor more than twice in the '10 season.
   March 2 vs. UMass    Ally Stager (1g, 2gb, 1cto)

Scouting the Raiders
    Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.) enters Saturday's matchup vs. UNH with a 2-2 record following Wednesday's 15-14 loss at Cornell. The Raiders are 2-0 at home this year with wins against America East members Stony Brook (17-15) and Vermont (20-14).
    Colleen Bubnack, who tallied nine points vs. UVM, leads the team in both goals (18) and points (24). Kate Bergstrom is second in goals (11), assists (eight) and points (19). Courtney Miller has a team-high nine assists and ranks third in points (15). Katie Sullivan (11-2-13) is another top point producer.
    Christina Roa has started all four games and played all but 10:57 of a possible 240 minutes. She has a 15.19 GAA and .370 save percentage, and leads the team in ground balls (10).
    Colgate has an impressive .485 shooting percentage, but the opponents are not far behind at .470.

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