Game Notes: Women's Lax Celebrates Senior Day vs. 10th-Ranked Stony Brook (April 13)
Game 13: April 13 vs. #10 Stony Brook
Memorial Field || Durham, NH || 12 pm
The State of New Hampshire
The UNH women's lacrosse team enters Saturday's Senior Day game against 10th-ranked Stony Brook University with a 4-8 overall record that includes 1-2 in America East and 2-3 at home (0-1 in conference home games) ... New Hampshire is 2-2 at Memorial Field and Saturday's game will be the only conference game at this venue in the 2013 season ... The Wildcats have alternated wins and losses the past six games; that trend would continue with a win vs. SBU ... UNH has an 0-4 record against nationally-ranked teams but three of those losses –including two in overtime – have been by one goal.
What Just Happened
UNH took 19th-ranked Boston College to overtime but lost to the Eagles, 10-9, April 10 at Memorial Field. The Wildcats led 4-2 at halftime and held second-half leads of 6-2 and 9-5 before BC rallied to force the six-minute OT session. Kathleen O'Keefe recorded 12 saves, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. The Wildcats' offense was led by Jenny Simpson (three goals) and Kayleigh Hinkle (three assists) with three points apiece. Amber Casiano and Nicole Grote recorded two goals apiece and Laura McHoul also tallied multiple points with a goal and an assist. BC outscored the Wildcats 4-0 the last nine minutes of the game and scored on the only shot of overtime to rally for the win.
Following Saturday's game vs. Stony Brook, the Wildcats conclude their three-game homestand Wednesday, April 17 against America East rival Boston University. Game time at Cowell Stadium is 4 p.m.
Wildcat teammates have recorded 20+ assists for the first time since the 2009 season, when Shaunna Kaplan (25) and Susie Piotrowski (24) accomplished the feat. This year, Laura McHoul (24) and Kayleigh Hinkle (20) have combined to produce 44 of the team's 62 assists.
Laura McHoul is the only 'Cat to record double digits in goals (12) and assists (24). She has also reached double figures in ground balls (11).
A pair of Wildcats are on the verge of recording a triple double in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. Jamie DePetris has 15 ground balls, 11 draw controls and nine caused turnovers while Jenny Simpson is at 15 GBs, 10 DCs and eight CTOs.
Half of New Hampshire's 12 games have been decided by one goal – the Wildcats are 2-4 in those games – and one other was a two-goal margin.
Nicole Grote has scored two goals each of the last two games ... Brooke McGillis has recorded an assist each of the last two games; she did not have an assist in her first 17 collegiate games ... Jenny Simpson accounted for nearly one-third of UNH's shots vs. Boston College with six of the team's 19 ... Jamie DePetris matched her career high of two caused turnovers against BC ... Kathleen O'Keefe also had two CTOs that game to equal her season high.
New Hampshire has outscored the opposition 64-55 in the first half but the Wildcats have been outscored 72-60 in the second half ... UNH entered last Saturday's game winless (0-5) when trailing at the half, but the Wildcats overcame an 8-6 halftime deficit to defeat Binghamton ... It also marked the team's first win after falling behind 1-0 (1-4 record) ... The 'Cats are 3-0 when recording more shots than the opponent and 4-1 when winning more draw controls ... UNH is 4-3 when scoring 10 or more goals.
Gimme the Ball
Senior goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe ranks is atop the leaderboard in ground balls (25) and is tied for first in caused turnovers (nine) ... Junior defenders Cori Rees and Jamie DePetris are tied with O'Keefe for the lead in caused turnovers ... Rees also ranks second in ground balls (24) ... Senior defender Casey Doyle and senior attack Jenny Simpson have eight caused turnovers ... Sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia leads all 'Cats in draw controls (34).
Another Game, Another Point
Senior attack Jenny Simpson is the only Wildcat who has recorded a point in all 12 games this season and she has a 13-game goal-scoring streak dating back to last year. She has 36 goals and four assists for 40 points during her streak ... The second-longest active point-scoring streak belongs to Laura McHoul at three games (4g, 10a).
Sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle currently has 49 career points.
In the America East conference, UNH is ranked sixth in offense (10.42 goals/game) and fourth in defense (10.66 GAA). On the individual leaderboards, Jenny Simpson ranks third in goals (2.92 gpg) and eighth in both points (3.25 ppg) and shots (5.25 per game). Laura McHoul is third in assists (2.00 apg) and Kayleigh Hinkle (1.67) is fourth in that stat. Both goalkeepers are ranked among the conference leaders. Kathleen O'Keefe is third in saves per game (8.08), fifth in save percentage (.451) and eighth in GAA (11.28), whereas Taylor Hurwitz is third in GAA (6.92) and fourth in save percentage (.455).
America East Accolade
Freshman attack Laura McHoul was honored as America East Rookie of the Week on Monday, April 8. McHoul recorded a total of 12 points (three goals, nine assists) on UNH's 17 goals in two games last week. She tallied career highs in both assists (seven) and points (nine) to lead the Wildcats to a 13-12 comeback victory at Binghamton University on April 6. McHoul also recorded a career-high three ground balls and a caused turnover in that game. Earlier in the week, McHoul recorded three points (one goal, two assists) against the University of Vermont. She also tallied a career-high two caused turnovers as well as two ground balls vs. UVM.
Senior attack Jenny Simpson scored her 100th career goal with the second of her two goals April 6 at Binghamton. She reached the 100-point milestone with the fifth of her career-high six goals March 6 at UConn. Simpson has 104 goals and 20 assists for 124 points in 60 career games. She is on the verge of entering UNH's top 10 goals list – Kristen Blanchette and Liz Brickley are tied at No. 9 with 112.
The Last Time It Happened
Laura McHoul's nine points April 6 at Binghamton marked the highest single-game total by a UNH Wildcat since May 1, 2010, when Kate Keagins also recorded nine points; McHoul's seven assists vs. the Bearcats is the highest single-game total since March 20, 1996, when Courtney Davis tallied seven helpers ... McHoul's 24 assists is the highest season total by a 'Cat since 2010, when Shaunna Kaplan finished with 27.
The Series vs. Stony Brook
New Hampshire has a 7-3 lifetime record, including 4-1 at home, against Stony Brook. Last year, the Seawolves were 12-10 victors at home. Prior to that, UNH had won four consecutive meetings spanning the 2008-11 seasons. The last time these teams met at Memorial Field, the Wildcats prevailed 12-6 in April 2011. SBU's lone win in Durham occurred in April 2007 (11-8).
Scouting the Seawolves
Stony Brook University (Stony Book, N.Y.), ranked No. 10 in this week's national poll, has an 11-2 overall record that includes 3-0 in America East and 6-1 on the road (2-0 in conference road games); the two losses were to #1 Maryland (8-3) and #3 Florida (16-9). The Seawolves extended their winning streak to six games with a 15-9 win at UMBC on April 6; prior to that, SBU defeated Albany, 9-2, on March 30 .... Stony Brook has outscored the opposition 204-66 with a 423-191 shot advantage ... Demmianne Cook leads the team in goals (60), points (65), draw controls (55) and caused turnovers (18). Janine Hillier ranks second in goals (35) and assists (16) but is third in points (51). Claire Petersen has a team-high 38 assists; she is second in points (63) and third in goals (25). Michelle Rubino (22g, 8a), Amber Kupres (20g, 3a) and Emily Mercier (18g, 3a) are also averaging more than one point per game ... Frankie Caridi is the top goalie; in 13 games, she is 11-2 with a 5.11 GAA and .542 save percentage.
SBU leads the nation in defense (5.08 gpg) and is No. 3 in offense (15.69 gpg) as well as No. 4 in ground balls (19.46 per game) and 22nd in draw controls (13.23 per game). Demmianne Cook is the national leader in goals/game (4.62) and seventh in points/game (5.00). Claire Petersen is fourth in assists/game (3.17) and sixth in points/game (5.25). Frankie Ciardi is No. 1 in GAA (5.11) and second in save percentage (.542).