March 27, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. - The 12th-ranked Vanderbilt women's lacrosse team travels to face New Hampshire on Wednesday, March 28. Opening draw is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT.
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The Commodores (5-3) start the second half of the 2012 season on the road trying to get back on the winning side after dropping a pair of American Lacrosse Conference match ups over the last 10 days. Vanderbilt is 2-2 in road games so far this year, having won at Stanford and Canisius. Stanford is the only common opponent between Vanderbilt and New Hampshire. The Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 15-13 in Palo Alto, Calif., earlier this month.
Senior All-American Ally Carey leads the Commodores in scoring (16 goals), draw controls (39) and caused turnovers (9). Five other players are averaging at least one goal per game. Midfielder Kendall Pittinger and defender Alyssa Dunlap share the team lead with 13 ground balls apiece.
New Hampshire (2-5) has won two of three after opening the season with four straight losses. The Wildcats defeated Fairfield, 8-3, on Saturday in Durham. New Hampshire is led in scoring by Kate Keagins and Jenny Simpson. All three of New Hampshire's goalkeeper have logged at least 120 minutes this season, with Kate Gunts holding a team-low 8.00 goals against average.
Vanderbilt holds a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series with New Hampshire. The Commodores are looking for their third consecutive victory in the series. VU defeated UNH last year in Nashville, 11-6.
Following Wednesday's game, the Commodores return home for a three-game home stand. Vanderbilt will play host to ALC rival Johns Hopkins this Sunday, April 1. Next week, Presbyterian will visit Nashville on Wednesday before league foe Ohio State comes to town on Sunday.