COMPLETE GAME NOTES
The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team opens play in the 2013 America East Championship in a May 3 semifinal game as the No. 3 seed against second-seeded University at Albany. Game time at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium is 7 p.m.
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UNH has an 11-6 lifetime record, including this year's 11-6 road loss, against Albany. The Great Danes have won five consecutive meetings spanning the 2010-13 seasons and that includes an 18-7 victory in the 2011 America East semifinals at UA. The Wildcats' most recent win was April 30, 2009 – a 17-9 decision in the America East semis at Boston University.
UNH won the initial 10 meetings in this series spanning the 2001-08 seasons and the 'Cats hold a 3-1 edge in postseason play (all America East semifinal games). New Hampshire has been victorious in both neutral-site games; in addition to the aforementioned '09 game, UNH prevailed 14-6 in the 2005 conference semifinal at BU.
In the March 24 regular-season matchup at Albany's John Fallon Field, the Great Danes outscored UNH 4-0 the last 24 minutes of the game – including two goals in the final minute – to pull away for an 11-6 victory in the America East opener for both teams.
New Hampshire held a one-goal lead three times in the first half – 2-1 (at 16:11), 3-2 (11:14) and 4-3 (5:15). UA took a 6-5 lead into halftime by outscoring the Wildcats 3-1 in the last two minutes, including Maureen Keggins' goal with two seconds on the clock in response to UNH's Hannah Wohltmann tying the score, 5-5, with just nine seconds left.
Albany opened the second-half scoring just 69 seconds after the opening draw, but UNH closed back within one goal, 7-6, on a goal by Laura Puccia at 24:20. The 'Cats had an extended possession with a chance to level the score, but Jenny Simpson fired wide at 18:42 and then UA goalkeeper Anna Berman stopped shots by Simpson and Molly Gaffey within a 13-second span to preserve Albany's one-goal lead.
The Great Danes extended the advantage to 8-6 at 14:30. UNH once again had an opportunity to cut into the deficit but did not record a shot during a two-minute possession. Kathleen O'Keefe kept the 'Cats within two goals when she recorded a save at 10:53, but New Hampshire lost possession one minute later – once again, without recording a shot.
UA scored three minutes later to build a 9-6 lead at 7:05 and secured the win by maintaining possession of the ball for all but 18 seconds the rest of the way.
Albany recorded the advantage in shots (22-12) and draw controls (12-6) while committing fewer turnovers (13-16); ground balls were even at 14. In the second half, they held the edge in every stat – shots (14-5), ground balls (6-3), draw controls (5-2) and turnovers (3-6).
UNH was led offensively by Laura McHoul (1g, 2a) and Laura Puccia (2g). O'Keefe finished with seven saves and a team-high four ground balls.
UA was led by Rachael Burek (2g, 5a), Keggins (3g), Rachel Bowles (3g) and Ariana Parker (1g, 2a). Berman was credited with five saves and Kathleen Lennon was a difference maker with six draws as well as two caused turnovers.
Wildcat Duo Feted by America East
Sophomore attacker Kayleigh Hinkle was named co-Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe was selected Defensive Player of the Week by the America East conference on Monday, April 29. Both student-athletes were instrumental in UNH's 6-5 victory at UMBC on April 27 that lifted the Wildcats into the America East tourney.
Hinkle, who recorded a game-high four points with two goals and two assists, broke a 5-5 tie with 34 seconds remaining in regulation to give the 'Cats their first lead of the game and a postseason berth by virtue of the victory. Her first goal of the game tied the score, 1-1, midway through the first half and she set up the team's second and third goals in a span of 2:12 in the second half to trim a three-goal deficit to one.
UNH fell behind 5-3 with 15:32 left in the second half, but O'Keefe shut out UMBC the rest of the way to backbone the Wildcats' comeback win. She finished the game with six saves for a .545 save percentage. O'Keefe also held the Retrievers scoreless for a stretch of 15 minutes in the first half between their first and second goals, as well as 13 minutes in the second half between the fourth and fifth goals. The five goals against marked her lowest total allowed in complete-game effort since Feb. 23, 2011 (8-5 win at Holy Cross).
The State of New Hampshire
UNH enters the America East Championship with a 6-10 overall record that includes 3-3 in America East and 3-6 away from home; the Wildcats did not play at a neutral site during the regular season.
The 'Cats closed the regular-season with a 6-5 win at UMBC on Saturday, April 27. They alternated wins and losses the last four games of the regular season and went 3-4 the month of April.
New Hampshire needs to win consecutive games to capture the 2013 conference tourney title – UNH won back-to-back games once during the 16-game regular season (March 16 at Longwood, 15-10; March 20 vs. Columbia, 12-11).
All three of UNH's victories in April were by one goal and four of the team's overall six victories came by that slimmest of margins.
The Wildcats have a winning record of 6-5 since opening the season with five consecutive losses.
During that five-game stretch, three losses were to nationally-ranked teams; two of those games were decided by one goal in overtime. Overall, three of the five losses were by one goal and another was by two goals.
UNH's offense has six 20-point scorers, all of whom have reached double digits in goals.
How We Got Here
In what came down to a play-in game for New Hampshire and UMBC last Saturday at UMBC Stadium, UNH erased a two-goal deficit in the last 15 minutes of the game to storm back for a 6-5 victory and a berth in the America East tournament.
New Hampshire trailed 3-1 at halftime and 5-3 at 15:32 of the second half, but the visitors closed the game on a 3-0 run to record the come-from-behind victory.
Laura Puccia scored her 29th goal of the season to lift the Wildcats within 5-4 at 15:00. At the other end of the field, UNH goalkeeper Kathleen O'Keefe kept the 'Cats within one goal when with a save on a free-position shot at 11:37. UNH called time out at 10:57 and, following two empty possessions by both teams, Amber Casiano scored on a free position at 7:54 to level the score at 5-5. It marked just the second tie of the game, the first of which occurred at 13:28 of the first half (1-1).
UMBC gained possession at 4:48 and called a timeout, but UNH's Cori Rees forced a turnover to give the ball back to the Wildcats with 1:59 on the clock.
Kayleigh Hinkle scored her second goal of the game and 11th of the season with 34 seconds to play to give UNH its first lead of the game, 6-5. Puccia extended the Wildcats' streak of consecutive draws to four and the 'Cats retained possession the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Hinkle finished with a game-high four points (2g, 2a). Puccia (1g, 1a) and Casiano (2g) both tallied two points and Jenny Simpson accounted for UNH's other goal. O'Keefe finished with six saves and two ground balls.
Playing the Field
UNH went winless in the 2013 regular season against the America East Championship tournament field of Albany, Stony Brook and Vermont. In addition to the 11-6 loss at Albany, the Wildcats were defeated at home by SBU (16-6 on April 13) and UVM (12-4 on April 3).
Senior midfielder Amber Casiano and freshman attacker Laura McHoul both carry a team-best six-game point-scoring streak into the postseason.
Casiano has also scored at least one goal each of those six games; in fact, she scored two goals each of the last five games of the regular season and the streak started with a four-goal game at Binghamton University on April 6; that's a total of 14 points, all on goals.
McHoul, on the other hand, has recorded at least one assist every game of her six-game point-scoring streak; she has also scored a goal in 5 of 6 games with totals of six goals and 16 assists for 22 points.
UNH in Postseason Play
New Hampshire, under the direction of first-year head coach Sarah Albrecht, returns to the postseason after a one-year absence in 2012; the Wildcats made a league-record 14 consecutive appearances spanning 1998-2011; during that stretch, UNH won the title in 2004.
UNH has advanced to the America East championship game seven of its last 10 tourney appearances – the 'Cats were ousted in the semifinals in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
Since 2002, 9 of the Wildcats' 10 conference tournament losses were to Boston University. The only other team to defeat the 'Cats in that span was Albany in 2011 (18-7).
New Hampshire a 36-31-1 overall record in the postseason, and that includes an 8-13 mark in the America East tournament. UNH has been victorious in seven of its last 10 league semifinal games. The 'Cats have a 1-6 record in America East championship games.
UNH has lost each of its last three postseason games (all in America East Championship play) – 2011 semifinal (18-7 at Albany), 2010 semifinal (10-6 vs. Boston U.), 2009 final (16-6 at BU). The Wildcats' most recent postseason win was 17-9 against Albany in the'09 semis (at BU).
The Wildcats have a 21-15-1 ledger in neutral-site postseason games that includes 4-5 in America East play. New Hampshire's only neutral site championship game was a 12-10 loss to BU at UMBC in '06.
UNH has a 5-12 record, including 1-7 in the America East tournament (1-3 in semifinals), in postseason road games. The Wildcats' most recent road win in postseason play was in 2006, when they upended top-seeded UMBC, 12-5, in a league semifinal.
Senior attacker Jenny Simpson recorded her 100th career point with the fifth of her career-high six goals at UConn (March 6). She scored her 100th career goal with the second of her three goals at Binghamton University (April 6).
Top 10 List
Jenny Simpson is on the verge of entering UNH's top 10 career goals leaderboard. She enters the postseason with 111 career goals. Kristin Blanchette and Liz Brickley are currently tied at No. 9 with 112 and ahead of them at No. 8 is Nicole Rhodes with 118.
Laura McHoul and Kayleigh Hinkle have been a dynamic duo setting up UNH's attack with a combined 55 of the team's 77 assists (71%). McHoul's team-leading 30 assists is tied for third on the program's list of single-season superlatives with all-time leading point scorer Katie Leland, who recorded 30 assists in 2004.
The top single-season assist mark of 35 was established by Karen Geromini in 1986 and Laurie Leary tallied 32 assists in 1984.
Hinkle enters postseason play with 25 assists. That total is tied for ninth on UNH's Top 10 list with Laura Clark, who accomplished the feat in 1993, and Shaunna Kaplan (2009).
McHoul and Hinkle are the first UNH teammates to record 20+ assists since 2009, when Kaplan and Susie Piotrowski (24) did that. The last time multiple Wildcats recorded 25+ assists in a season was 1993 – Mandy Kernan (27) and Laura Clark (25).
Pass, Shoot and Score
A high percentage of UNH's goals are generated from the passing attack. The Wildcats have recorded 77 assists on 130 goals (excluding free-position goals), and that calculates to 59.2%.
Kayleigh Hinkle (11g, 25a) and Laura McHoul (14g, 30a) are the only two 'Cats to record double digits in both goals and assists.
Junior defender Jamie DePetris is the lone Wildcat to tally double figures in ground balls (18), draw controls (17) and caused turnovers (10).
Jenny Simpson (18 GB, 11 DC, 8 CTO) and Laura McHoul (13 GB, 14 DC, 7 CTO) are on the verge of accomplishing that feat. Simpson has also attained double digits in goals (42), while McHoul has done so in both goals (14) and assists (30).
New Hampshire enters the America East Championship ranked sixth in the league in offense (9.94 goals per game) and fourth on defense (11.05 gpg). The Wildcats are fourth in assists (4.81 per game) and ground balls (15.38 per game) as well as fifth in caused turnovers (6.25 per game) and sixth in draw controls (10.69 per game).
Jenny Simpson ranks fifth in goals (2.62 per game) and 10th in points (2.94 ppg). Wildcats rank 3-4 in assists per game with Laura McHoul (2.00) and Kayleigh Hinkle (1.56). Kathleen O'Keefe is second in saves per game (8.12) as well as fourth in ground balls (2.12 per game); she is fifth in save percentage (.438) and seventh in GAA (11.55).
Leaders of the 'Cat Pack
New Hampshire is led by tri-captains Casey Doyle, Kathleen O'Keefe and Jenny Simpson. All three seniors started all 16 regular-season games.
Doyle, a defender, ranks third on the team in ground balls (20) and is tied for fifth in caused turnovers (eight). Her season highlights include matching a personal best of four ground balls in the season opener at Hofstra University (Feb. 16); she recorded a season high of two caused turnovers three times – at Hofstra, at UConn (March 6) and at Albany (March 24). Doyle has tallied at least one ground ball in 12 of 16 games with six multiple ground ball efforts. She is a great marking defender who often defends the opponent's top attacker.
O'Keefe, a goalkeeper, has played 867:53 of a possible 972:00. She has a personal-best .438 save percentage and an 11.55 GAA with a 5-9 record. O'Keefe leads the team in both ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (12). She recorded double-digit saves four consecutive games spanning March 6-20 and seven times overall, including 13 saves against both UConn (11-9 loss) and Boston University (13-12 win). O'Keefe was credited with 12 saves in a 10-9 overtime loss to nationally-ranked Boston College; she stopped 11 shots and tallied a career-high six ground balls in the 11-10 overtime loss at nationally-ranked Navy.
In six America East conference games, O'Keefe is 2-3 with a .425 save percentage and 11.54 GAA. Most recently, she backboned UNH's 6-5 comeback victory in the regular-season finale at UMBC by shutting out the Retrievers for the final 15 minutes of the game.
O'Keefe combined with Taylor Hurwitz to shut out Iona College on March 27. O'Keefe started the game and exited at halftime with nary a save.
O'Keefe went the distance in goal each of the last five regular-season games; overall, she played the complete game in 11 of 16.
Simpson is atop the UNH leaderboard in goals (42), points (47) and shots (78) – both the goal and point totals are personal single-season bests. In other stats, the attacker ranks second in shooting percentage (.538), fourth in assists (five), fifth in draw controls and tied for fifth in caused turnovers (eight).
Simpson opened the season with a goal in 12 consecutive games and scored a goal in 15 of 16 regular-season games with 12 multiple-goal games as part of 13 multiple-point efforts. She scored a career-high six goals – the six points matched a personal best – at UConn (March 6) and followed that with five goals at nationally-ranked Navy (March 13). Simpson has netted three goals eight times, including four consecutive games spanning March 27 to April 10 (Iona, Vermont, Binghamton, Boston College).
Simpson lifted UNH to a 13-12 come-from-behind victory at Binghamton by breaking the 12-12 tie with one second remaining in regulation. She also helped the 'Cats defeat Boston University, 13-12, with a four-point (3g, 1a) second half in which she scored to give UNH a 12-9 lead and assisted on the tally that made it 13-11 with 20 seconds to play.
In six America East conference games, Simpson recorded 12 points (11g, 1a).
Freshman attacker Laura McHoul made an immediate impact in her first year as a Wildcat. She leads the team in assists (30) – the last freshman to accomplish that feat was Shaunna Kaplan in 2007 (with 12) – and ranks second in points (44) as well as tied for fourth in goals (14) and fourth in draw controls (14).
McHoul, a two-time America East Rookie of the Week honoree, tallied five assists in her collegiate debut Feb. 16 at Hofstra to start an eight-game point-scoring streak (8g, 14a). She enters the postseason with a six-game point-scoring streak (6g, 16a) in which she has tallied at least one assist every game.
Overall, she recorded a point in 14 of 15 regular-season games with 13 multiple point efforts, including eight multiple-assist performances.
McHoul tallied career highs in assists (seven), points (nine) and ground balls (three) in UNH's 13-12 victory at Binghamton University (April 6). The nine points mark the highest total by a Wildcat since May 2010 and no other 'Cat has tallied seven (or more) assists in a game the past decade.
In five America East conference games, McHoul recorded 20 points (6g, 14a), nine ground balls and five caused turnovers.
The only game McHoul didn't record a point was UNH's 16-0 win against Iona College (March 27). She did not play in last Saturday's regular-season finale at UMBC.
Sophomore attacker Kayleigh Hinkle is one of New Hampshire's top point producers. She ranks second in assists (25) and third in points (36); in other stats, she ranks second in draw controls (37).
Hinkle recorded a point in 14 of 16 regular-season games as she opened the season with a nine-game point-scoring streak and enters the America East Championship with a point in five consecutive games. Hinkle has 10 multiple-point efforts, including seven multiple-assist games, highlighted by a career-high six assists at UConn (March 6); the six points were also a personal best.
Hinkle has proven to be a clutch performer. She scored with no time remaining in regulation to give UNH a 12-11 win vs. Columbia University (March 20) and lifted the 'Cats into the postseason by breaking a 5-5 tie with 34 seconds left in the 6-5 victory at UMBC (April 27).
Hinkle recorded at least one draw control in all 16 regular-season games with multiple draws 11 time, including the last eight games. That included a stretch of three consecutive games spanning April 6-13 (Binghamton, Boston College, Stony Brook) in which she tied her personal best of four draw controls that was established March 13 at Navy.
A Rare Feat
New Hampshire was a 16-0 victor against Iona College at Memorial Field on March 27 to mark the eighth shutout in UNH history and first since April 12, 2002 (23-0 win vs. Binghamton University); the other six shutouts occurred between the 1977-81 seasons.
The Wildcats recorded a 35-6 shot advantage, including 20-1 in the first half.
Sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia ranks second on the team in goals (29) and fourth in points (32). She also leads the 'Cats in draw controls (44) and is fourth in ground balls (19) as well as second in shots (63) and third in shoot percentage (.460).
Puccia recorded a point in 13 of 16 regular-season games with 11 multiple-point efforts and enters the America East Championship with a four-game point-scoring streak. She scored a goal in 12 of 16 games with nine multiple-goal performances. Puccia scored a season-high four goals against Dartmouth (Feb. 28), Longwood (March 16) and Iona (March 27).
Puccia has tallied at least one draw control every regular-season game with 13 multiple-draw games, including a career-high six at Longwood; she also tallied the aforementioned four goals, three ground balls and two caused turnovers that game.
Senior midfielder Amber Casiano has been a consistent point producer this season. She has a team-best .545 shooting percentage, ranks third in goals (24) and fifth in points (26); the 24 goals is a single-season high and the 26 points equals her top mark set as a sophomore in 2011.
Casiano carries a six-game point-scoring streak – all 14 points have been recorded on goals – into the America East Championship. She scored two goals each of the last five games and the streak started with a four-goal effort at Binghamton (April 6).
Casiano recorded a point in 11 of 16 regular-season games with nine multiple-point efforts, all of which were also multiple-goal efforts. She opened 2013 with a season-high five points (4g, 1a) at Hofstra on Feb. 16.
Her other season highlights include a three-goal game at nationally-ranked Navy (March 13).
This Defense Never Rests
Junior defenders Jamie DePetris and Cori Rees are two key cogs in shutting down the opposition. The duo ranks 2-3 on the team in caused turnovers with Rees at 11 and DePetris with 10. The latter is also third in draw controls (17) and fifth in ground balls (18) – DePetris is the only Wildcat to record double digits in GB, DC and CTO.
Rees recorded at least one ground ball in 13 of 16 regular-season games. Rees established a career-high five ground balls and tied her personal best of three caused turnovers in the season opener at Hofstra (Feb. 16). She went on to tie both of those totals March 6 at UConn.
DePetris was credited with at least one ground ball in 12 of 16 regular-season games with six multiple-ground ball efforts. She tallied a draw control in 10 of 16 and a caused turnover in half the games.
Senior defender Chelsea Cyester and junior midfielder Molly Gaffey play significant minutes. Cyester played in 12 regular-season games with 10 starts; after missing four of the first five games, she started the last 11 games and recorded at least one ground ball in 9 of those 11 with five multiple ground ball efforts; Cyester recorded a caused turnover four consecutive games spanning April 10-20. Gaffey recorded seven points (6g, 1a) in 16 games (three starts); she recorded a point in four consecutive games spanning April 6-17 (at Binghamton; vs. Boston College; vs. Boston U.; at Fairfield); Gaffey tallied one ground ball each of the last four regular-season games and was credited with a caused turnover in three of those four games; overall, she had a GB in 10 of 16 games.
UNH vs. The Nation
New Hampshire has an 0-5 record against nationally-ranked teams. Three of the losses were by one goal, including two in overtime. Jenny Simpson was the top point producer with 14 (12g, 2a). She was followed by Laura McHoul (5g, 8a), Kayleigh Hinkle (3g, 8a), Amber Casiano (9g, 1a) and Laura Puccia (8g). In goal, Kathleen O'Keefe went 0-4 with a 13.04 GAA and .408 save percentage.
Sophomores Rachael Nock and Brooke McGillis patrol the midfield. Nock started all 16 regular-season games and tallied nine points, all on goals; she scored nine goals on 16 shots for a .562 shooting percentage; Nock netted a career-high three goals to match her personal best of three points at Longwood (March 16); she also tallied two ground balls, one draw control and two caused turnovers that game. McGillis played in all 16 regular-season games and was in the starting lineup twice; she tallied four points on two goals and two assists; McGillis recorded her assists in back-to-back games against Binghamton (April 6) and Boston College (April 10); her other season highlights included three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control in the opener at Hofstra (Feb. 16).
New 'Cats In Town
Freshmen Nicole Grote and Hannah Wohltmann played in 15 of 16 regular-season games; Grote was in the starting lineup 12 times, whereas Wohltmann came off the bench each time.
Grote has tallied 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists. She recorded a point in four consecutive games spanning March 16-27 (at Longwood; Columbia, at Albany; Iona) and that included career highs in assists (four) and points (seven) against Iona. Grote's other highlights included a personal-best four goals vs. Longwood and four-point effort (3g, 1a) against Boston University (April 17).
Wohltmann recorded four goals and one assist for five points. She scored a goal three consecutive games against Longwood (March 16), Columbia (March 20) and Albany (March 24).
New Hampshire has recorded more ground balls than the opposition as many games as the opponent has the advantage – seven; UNH has a 3-4 record both with and without the edge in ground balls. The GB total has been even twice.
The Wildcats recorded a season-high 25 ground balls in the Feb. 16 season opener at Hofstra University (25-24 edge; 13-12 loss). The 'Cats also tallied 20+ ground balls at Longwood (23-17; 15-10 win) and at Binghamton (21-10; 12-13 win).
It's a Draw
Draw controls have been an accurate barometer to predicting the winner of the game. UNH has recorded the advantage in draws seven times and has won six of those games. The Wildcats are winless (0-9) when the opponent had the edge in draw controls.
Take A Free Shot
New Hampshire has scored on 29 of 55 free position-shots for a .527 shooting percentage. The opposition has scored nearly as many free-position goals – 45 – as UNH has free-position shots (55) but the opponents have a much lower shooting percentage of .437 (45-103).
Jenny Simpson in the Wildcats' top sniper. She has scored on 10 of 11 free-position shots. Laura Puccia is 6-for-12 on free positions.
Made of Granite
Two of the 25 student-athletes on the 2013 roster hail from New Hampshire. Junior midfielder Molly Gaffey is from North Hampton and junior defender Cori Rees calls East Hampstead home.
That Was Close...
Half of UNH's 16 games have been decided by one goal and the Wildcats are 4-4 in those games. Four of the last six regular-season games were decided by one goal and the 'Cats won three of those four, including the regular-season finale at UMBC (6-5 on April 27).
Four of the initial five games of the season were decided by one or two goals. UNH lost by one goal at Hofstra (13-12) in the opener and then in three consecutive games the Wildcats lost at nationally-ranked Dartmouth (11-10), at UConn (11-9) and at nationally-ranked Navy (11-10 in overtime).
...But Sometimes It's Not
At the other end of the spectrum, seven of UNH's 16 games were decided by five or more goals, and the Wildcats won two of those seven games. UNH's largest margin of victory was 16 goals (16-0 vs. Iona; March 27) and the largest margin of defeat was 10 (16-6 to Stony Brook; April 13).
It's Only One Goal
UNH and its opponent combine to score approximately 21 goals per game but surrendering the game's first goal has not been a good omen for the Wildcats, who are 2-6 when falling behind 1-0. New Hampshire has a 4-4 record when scoring the game's first goal.
A 30-minute Game?
A collegiate women's lacrosse game is officially 60 minutes, comprised of two 30-minute halves. But the team that has led at halftime has gone on to victory 11 of 16 games.
The Wildcats have a 6-2 mark when leading at halftime and are 2-5 when trailing at the midway point.
Looking Back at the Crystal Ball
Here is a look at the America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released in February in comparison to the final league standings.
1. Stony Brook (3) 33 1. Stony Brook 6-0
2. Albany (2) 29 2. Albany 5-1
Boston U. (2) 29 3. UNH 3-3
4. UMBC (1) 19 4. UMBC 2-4
5. Vermont 17 Vermont 2-4
6. UNH 13 Boston U. 2-4
7. Binghamton 7 7. Binghamton 1-5
Scoring in Single Digits
UNH scored in single digits eight times and had a 1-7 record in those games – the only win was in last Saturday's regular-season finale, 6-5 at UMBC. The six goals marked the Wildcats' lowest goal total in a victory since April 7, 2007 (6-4 at Albany).
New Hampshire has limited two opponents to single figures – in addition to UMBC, the 'Cats shut out Iona College (March 27) at Memorial Field.
On The Bench
Junior defender Cara Dowdle has played in six games, all off the bench. She did play each of the last two regular season games against Fairfield University and UMBC.
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz has played in five games, all off the bench. She has a .455 save percentage and 6.92 GAA with a 1-1 record in 104:07 of action. Hurwitz combined with Kathleen O'Keefe to shut out Iona College (March 27); Hurwitz played the second half and made a season-high three saves.
Sophomore attacker Becca Graves has played in two games, both off the bench. She scored a career-high three goals against Iona and the three points also marked a personal best.
Senior midfielder Ally Stager has been sidelined a second consecutive season due to injuries incurred prior to the 2012 season.
Junior attacker Meghan Bridges is redshirting the 2013 season due to a preseason injury.
Sophomore attacker Emma Kriss played in three regular-season games, all off the bench. She tallied her first point as a UNH Wildcat with an assist against Iona. Kriss made her UNH debut at Longwood (March 16). She redshirted the 2012 season after transferring from Old Dominion, where she played in all 15 games and tallied four points (1g, 3a) in 2011.
Freshman attacker Trinity Scanlon made her collegiate debut March 27 against Iona; she was credited with a ground ball vs. the Gaels.
Freshman midfielder Emma Rossi played in one game; she came off the bench in the Feb. 16 season opener at Hofstra.
Freshman defender Gen Eby has not seen game action this season.
Scouting the Great Danes
The University at Albany enters the America East Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament as the No. 2 seed with an 11-4 overall record that includes 5-1 in America East and 3-4 away from home (including 0-1 at neutral sites). All four losses have been to nationally-ranked teams – No. 3 Florida, No. 13 Stony Brook, No. 14 Cornell and No. 17 UMass (all rankings at date of game).
The Great Danes enter the postseason with a five-game winning streak following a 21-9 victory vs. Vermont – the tourney's No. 4 seed – in the April 27 regular-season finale.
Combining for 12 points between the two of them, seniors Jess Antelmi (8g) and Rachael Burek (2g, 2a) were Albany's top performers against UVM as they have been all season. Burek has tallied 79 points on 30 goals and 49 assists, while Antelmi has totaled 47 points on 42 goals and five assists.
Goalkeeper Anna Berman has been steady all year starting all 15 games allowing 7.37 goals-per-game while saving 44.3% of shots on goal.
In the America East conference, Albany ranks second in both offense (14.40 gpg) and defense (7.35). The Great Danes are atop the leaderboard in assists (6.33 per game) as well as second in draw controls (12.80), fifth in ground balls (14.67) and third in caused turnovers (8.00); they also commit the fewest turnovers per game (10.07).