Game Notes: Women's Lax Closes Homestand vs. Boston U. (April 17; Cowell Stadium)
Game 14: April 17 vs. Boston University
Cowell Stadium || Durham, NH || 4 pm
The State of New Hampshire
The UNH women's lacrosse team enters Wednesday's game with a 4-9 overall record that includes 1-3 in America East and 2-4 at home (0-2 in America East home games) ... It is the last home event for UNH athletics in the 2012-13 calendar year ... The Wildcats lost the first two games of their current three-game homestand with a 10-9 overtime loss vs. 19th-ranked Boston College and 16-6 loss to 10th-ranked Stony Brook ... UNH had alternated wins and losses six consecutive games until that pattern stopped with the loss to Stony Brook ... The 'Cats are 4-4 the last eight games.
A Second Home
New Hampshire is playing the second of its two home games at Cowell Stadium when the Wildcats play host to Boston University on April 17 (4 p.m.). Prior to the 12-4 loss to Vermont on April 3, the last time UNH played a home game at a venue other than Memorial Field was May 2, 2002, when the 'Cats were 21-5 victors against UVM in an America East semifinal game at Lewis Fields. And prior to this April, the last time the UNH women's lacrosse team played at Cowell Stadium was March 24, 1999 (15-5 loss to Yale).
Developing the Playoff Picture
New Hampshire is tied with Binghamton and Vermont for the final spot in the America East Championship tournament. UVM would currently win the three-way tiebreaker (third criteria: fewest goals allowed head-to-head-to-head) to claim the last tourney berth.
What Just Happened
UNH and Stony Brook were scoreless for the opening six minutes of the game, then SBU scored five goals in a four-minute span and extended the advantage to 10-0 en route to a 16-6 victory this past Saturday (April 13) at Memorial Field. Laura Puccia (2g), Amber Casiano (2g) and Laura McHoul (1g, 1a) led the Wildcats' offense while Kathleen O'Keefe recorded eight saves, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Following Wednesday's game vs. BU, the Wildcats travel to play Fairfield University on April 20 (1 p.m.) for the last non-conference game of the regular season. UNH then closes out the regular season April 27 (12 p.m.) at UMBC.
Kathleen O'Keefe matched her season high of two caused turnovers and also had a team-high three ground balls against Stony Brook ... Laura McHoul tallied a goal and an assist in both games last week ... Amber Casiano scored two goals in both games last week and she has a total of eight goals the past three games ... Kayleigh Hinkle matched her career high of four draw controls vs. SBU.
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 (25) and Kayleigh Hinkle (20) have combined to produce 45 of the team's 64 assists.
Laura McHoul is the only 'Cat to record double digits in goals (13) and assists (25). She has also reached double figures in ground balls (13) and is on the threshold of double digits in draw controls (nine) and caused turnovers (seven).
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.
Six of New Hampshire's 13 games have been decided by one goal – the Wildcats are 2-4 in those games – and one other was a two-goal margin.
New Hampshire has a 2-5 record on Wednesdays ... UNH is 3-4 when taking a 1-0 lead ... the Wildcats are 3-0 when recording the shot advantage ... the 'Cats are 4-1 with the edge in draw controls ... UNH is 4-3 when scoring 10 or more goals.
Gimme the Ball
Senior goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe is atop the leaderboard in both ground balls (28) and caused turnovers (11) ... Junior defenders Cori Rees and Jamie DePetris are tied for second in caused turnovers with nine ... 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 (36) and fellow classmate and midfielder Kayleigh Hinkle is next with 31.
In the America East conference, UNH is ranked sixth in offense (10.08 goals/game) and fourth in defense (11.06 GAA). On the individual leaderboards, Jenny Simpson ranks fourth in goals (2.69 gpg) and 10th in points (3.00 ppg). Laura McHoul is third in assists (1.92 apg) and Kayleigh Hinkle (1.54) 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 (.439) and ninth in GAA (11.69) as well as fourth in ground balls (2.15 per game), whereas Taylor Hurwitz is third in GAA (6.92) and third in save percentage (.455).
Another Game, Another Point
The longest active point-scoring streak belongs to Laura McHoul at four games (5g, 11a); she has recorded at least one goal and one assist every game of the streak ... McHoul has recorded a point in 12 of 13 games this season, as has Jenny Simpson, who opened the season with 12-game point-scoring streak.
Sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle recorded her 50th career point with a goal vs. 10th-ranked Stony Brook on April 13.
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 61 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 Series vs. Boston University
New Hampshire has a 12-22 lifetime record against Boston University. Last year, the Terriers prevailed 13-8 on their home turf. The last time these teams met in Durham (April 2011), UNH was a 13-12 victor in double overtime at Memorial Field – that is the only Wildcats' victory vs. BU since 2005 (1-14). These programs met 11 times in the America East tournament spanning the 1999 through 2010 seasons and that included five straight title game matchups (2002-06).
Scouting the Terriers
Boston University has a 5-6 overall record that includes 2-2 in America East and 1-3 on the road (1-0 in conference road games). The Terriers travel to UNH with a two-game winning streak following Saturday's 21-12 win against Binghamton University; prior to that, BU won 20-17 at UVM (April 6) ... Danielle Etrasco leads the team in goals (43), assists (12), points (55) draw controls (30) and caused turnovers (18); she ranks second in the conference in goals per game and third in points per game. Kristen Mogavero is second in both goals (25) and points (25) while Elizabeth Morse is third in both stats with 18 goals and 23 points. Lindsay Weiner and Jenna Boarman are the leaders in assists with 12 and 11, respectively. Christina Sheridan has played 94% of the minutes in goal; she has a 4-6 record with an 11.74 GAA and .451 save percentage.