New Hampshire Names Sarah Albrecht Head Lacrosse Coach

Albrecht finished her career ranked fourth all-time at Northwestern in assists (71), sixth in points (199) and seventh in goals (128). In both 2005 and 2006, she was an IWLCA All-America selection, all-tournament pick at the NCAA Championship and All-Conference First Team honoree.

In four years on the field, Albrecht led the Wildcats, who gained varsity status in 2002, to a 58-15 record. In 2006, she received the N Club Scholarship and Lisa Ishikawa Award for her leadership.

Albrecht remains active as a player and was one of 24 players on the U.S. women's national senior team that competed at the North American Challenge Cup this past weekend (July 13-15) in Oshawa, Canada. In June 2008, she was one of the top scorers at the Prague Cup and the midfielder was named to the FIL All-World team for her efforts in helping Team USA win the gold at the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup. Albrecht recorded 14 goals and three assists in seven games. She scored the game-winning goal in the USA's first victory over Australia and scored four goals in a win over England.

Albrecht is the ninth head coach in the 37-year history of the New Hampshire program. She succeeds Michael Daly ('90), who compiled a 23-27 record in three years. UNH is the third program at which Albrecht has coached that has won an NCAA women's lacrosse championship (only 10 schools have won an NCAA title); UMass won it all in 1982, followed by New Hampshire in 1985 and Harvard in 1990.

What They Are Saying About Sarah Albrecht

Angela McMahon, UMass head coach and teammate at Northwestern

"It has been a pleasure working with Sarah the past two years. She is an exceptional coach, mentor, and friend. I have no doubt that with her work ethic, knowledge, and passion for the sport, she will have New Hampshire lacrosse competing at a very high level very quickly. I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors."

Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Northwestern head coach

"Sarah is a very special person and a tremendous leader and coaching talent. There is no doubt that Sarah will create a tremendous environment for the student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire. It has been my honor to mentor Sarah over the years and I am looking forward to seeing her excel as a head coach."

Ricky Fried, U.S. National Team head coach since 2009

"Sarah is one of the up and coming young coaches in the game and will be bring a spark to the UNH program. She is a great teacher of the game and is a tremendous competitor. She will be able to relate well to her players and I think they will respond to her quiet intensity. Sarah has a great passion for the game and for winning and I expect her to be very successful as a head coach."

Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers President and Chief Executive Officer, and former Northwestern Director of Athletics

"Sarah Albrecht is a great hire for UNH. I have tremendous respect for Sarah. She was a gifted athlete, but, more importantly, is a quality person, and was a coach on the field for Northwestern's national championship teams. I'm confident that she will build UNH women's lacrosse into an outstanding program."

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2012-07-17



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