GAME NOTES: Women's Lax Plays Host to Intrastate Rival Dartmouth (Feb. 22; 1 pm)

Game 3: Saturday, February 22 vs Dartmouth College
Bremner Field  ||  Durham, N.H.  ||  1 pm

The Game
The UNH women's lacrosse team plays host to intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Saturday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m.). Click here for live stats and here for live videostream.

The Series vs. Dartmouth College
New Hampshire has a 13-22 lifetime record against Dartmouth College. The Big Green has won three consecutive meetings, including last year's 11-10 victory in Hanover and a 13-7 win in the most recent matchup in Durham (Feb. 25, 2012). Last season, Dartmouth scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to get the W; the Wildcat trailed 6-3 but scored seven of the next nine goals to take a 10-8 lead with 6:51 remaining in the second half; Laura Puccia led the 'Cat attack with four goals and was followed by Kayleigh Hinkle (2g, 1a) and Laura McHoul (3a); Dartmouth was led by Liz Calby (4g, 2a). UNH's most recent win in the series was Feb. 27, 2010, when the Wildcats were 9-8 victors. Prior to that, Dartmouth won 15 consecutive meetings spanning 1992-2009.

'Cat Nips
Junior midfielder Laura Puccia, UNH's top returning goal scorer, extended her goal-scoring streak to seven games with a team-high, three-goal effort at 13th-ranked Boston College; Puccia's seven-game totals are 15-2-17 and that included 6-1-7 in two games this season... Sophomore attack Laura McHoul recorded her 50th career point with the first of her two goals in the Feb. 15 season opener against Hofstra; she has 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points in 18 career games... McHoul has the team's longest active point streak at nine games (12g, 21a)... Junior attack Kayleigh Hinkle extended her point streak to eight games with three points (2g, 1a) at BC; she has 18 points (8g, 10a) in that stretch... Junior midfielder Rachael Nock is the only other Wildcat who has recorded a point each of the first two games of the 2014 season; she had an assist against both Hofstra and BC... Freshman midfielder Devon Croke recorded her first career point with a goal at Boston College... UNH had the same starting lineup each of the first two games.

Assist Me
New Hampshire recorded four assists on eight field goals (goals not scored on a free position) in the season opener vs. Hofstra and four assists on six field goals at Boston College; that's a two-game total of 8 of 14 (57.1%). The Wildcats also had a high percentage of assisted field goals last year with 81 on 136 (59.6%). In comparison Hofstra tallied one assist on four field goals in the 2014 season opener, and last year the opposition recorded an assist on 67 of 145 (46.2%) field goals.

Possession Game
Jamie DePetris leads the UNH Wildcats in both ground balls (six) and caused turnovers (three); Cori Rees (five GB) and Brooke McGillis (two CTO) rank second in those stats. Kayleigh Hinkle and Laura Puccia rank 1-2 in draw controls with eight and five, respectively.

Shooting Accuracy
Laura McHoul has scored a goal on four of five shots for a team-best .800 shooting percentage; Laura Puccia is next with a .667 shooting percentage with six goals on nine shots. Of Puccia's nine shots, eight have been on goal (88.9%) and Kayleigh Hinkle has fired 7 of 8 shots (87.5%) on goal.

What Just Happened
UNH was defeated 17-8 by 13th-ranked Boston College at the Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field on Thursday, Feb. 20 (the game was originally scheduled for Feb. 19). BC scored four consecutive goals in a four-minute span to build a 6-1 lead midway through the first half. The Wildcats responded with back-to-back goals by Devon Croke and Laura Puccia to pull within 6-3, but the home team outscored the 'Cats 3-1 the rest of the half, including two tallies in the last 98 seconds, to extend the advantage to 9-4. BC netted the first three goals of the second half to pull away, 12-4, and another three-goal spurt pushed the margin to double digits, 16-6, at 11:04. Laura McHoul (2g, 2a), Puccia (3g) and Kayleigh Hinkle (2g, 1a) led the 'Cat attack and Taylor Hurwitz was credited with seven saves.

What's Next
New Hampshire continues its three-game homestand Saturday, March 1 (1 p.m.) against Lehigh University and concludes the stretch of three consecutive home games Wednesday, March 5 (4 p.m.) vs. UConn. Both games are scheduled to be played at Memorial Field.

Leaders of the 'Cat Pack
Seniors Jamie DePetris, Molly Gaffey and Cori Rees are captains of the 2014 UNH Wildcats. DePetris, a two-time America East All-Academic Team selection, was the only Wildcat last season to record double digits in ground balls (18), draw controls (19) and caused turnovers (10); the defender ranked third on the team in both DC and CTO. Rees, another defender, tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (12) and ranked second in ground balls (21). She recorded at least one ground ball in 14 of 17 games with eight multiple GB efforts. Gaffey played every game – she was in the starting lineup three times – and tallied seven points (6g, 1a) out of the midfield.

Back on the Attack
Three of the top attackers – junior Kayleigh Hinkle and sophomores Laura McHoul and Nicole Grote – return to the roster. McHoul led the 2013 Wildcats in both assists (33) and points (49) en route to being named America East co-Rookie of the Year. The 33 assists marked the second highest single-season total in program history, and her seven assists against Binghamton was the highest by a 'Cat the past decade. She opened her career with a point in eight consecutive games and tallied a point in 15 of 16 games overall. In other stats, McHoul ranked fourth in draw controls and fifth in shots.
    Hinkle also had one of the best single-season assist marks in UNH history a year ago with 25, which is tied for ninth. She also scored 12 goals to finish third overall in points (37). Hinkle recorded a point in 15 of 17 games and that included a six-assist effort at UConn. In other stats, Hinkle ranked second in draw controls and fourth in shots.
    Grote tallied 15 goals and seven assists for a total of 22 points en route to being selected to the conference's All-Rookie Team. Grote had five multiple-point efforts and that included seven points (3g, 4a) against Iona.

Junior midfielder Laura Puccia is the top returning goal scorer (30) and tallied three assists for a total of 33 points, which ranked fourth overall and third among returning players. Puccia – more than a point producer – was atop the UNH leaderboard in draw control and ranked fourth in ground balls. She recorded a point in 15 of 17 games with multiple goals nine times and was voted to the America East All-Conference Second Team.

In Goal
Taylor Hurwitz, a junior, is the only goalkeeper on UNH's 2014 roster. She played in five games and had a 1-1 record with a 6.92 GAA and .455 save percentage in a total of 104:07 of action last year. In two years as a 'Cat, Hurwitz has a 11.69 GAA and .429 save percentage in 15 games (six starts). In her first career start since April 28, 2012 Hurwitz made eight saves to earn the win in the Feb. 15 season opener against Hofstra.

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth College opens the 2014 season Saturday in Durham against the UNH Wildcats. The Big Green finished the 2013 season 11-8 overall (5-2 Ivy League) after advancing to the NCAA second round. Liz Calby led the team in assists (19) and was second in both goals (37) and points (56). The other top returning point producers are Sarah Byrne (26-3-29) and Jaclyn Leto (21-8-29), who tied for third in points. At the other end of the field, Kristen Giovanniello is the starting goalkeeper for the fourth consecutive year; she had a 10.37 GAA and .413 save percentage. Gone from the squad are top scorer Hana Bowers (51-15-66) as well as the top two leaders in both draw controls and caused turnovers as well as the first- and third-ranked players in ground balls.

Did You Know?
Once upon a time, Dartmouth assistant coach Christine Anneberg was an America East All-Rookie Team selection in 2001 as a freshman at UNH. She tallied 29 goals and six assists for 35 points – as well as 32 GB, 17 CTO and 17 DC – in 18 games that season, then transferred to Brown University.

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