Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Women take aim at second seed
The Wildcats will attempt to do it again on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The UNH and UMass-Lowell men meet at 3:30.
“If we can find a way to take care of what we need to take care of and finish in the second spot, to me that would be incredible considering how we started the season,” Magarity said. “In some of those home games we were looking pretty rough. Now we’ve been able to win the games we’re supposed to win and it’s different. The target’s on our back and everyone seems to be playing us well.”
UNH won 75-68 at Lowell, but had its hands full.
After Saturday, UNH has Albany in on Wednesday and then plays Maine on Saturday at 1 to close out the regular season.
The Wildcats won their first four league games before getting drilled at Albany, 88-47, on Jan. 23. They won a thriller, 74-73, on Elizabeth Belanger’s basket with less than a second remaining at Maine on Jan. 29.
Maine is 14-12 overall and 8-5 in the league.
The UNH men will be out to bounce back from Wednesday’s 79-44 loss at home to first-place Vermont.
UNH is 6-20 overall and 4-9 in America East. The River Hawks are 8-18 and 6-8.Bill Herrion’s men hit the road after UMass-Lowell. They finish out the regular season with games at Albany on Thursday night and at Maine on Sunday.
The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team got the two wins and four points in the standings it needed out of last weekend’s home-and-home series with Boston University.
The Wildcats are on the sidelines with a bye and must wait things out this weekend.
Boston College has wrapped up the regular season championship.
UMass-Lowell is two points in front of Maine and New Hampshire, and Northeastern is a point behind them in fifth. Providence is three points behind Northeastern in sixth.
The biggest rewards come with finishing in one of the top four spots.
Those teams earn a bye through the first round of the Hockey East playoffs and then have home ice for the quarterfinals.
Teams that finish sixth, seventh and eighth will be at home for a single game to open the tournament and play the teams that are ninth, 10th and 11th.
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THE men’s and women’s track teams will be each be out to improve on last year’s fifth-place finishes in the America East Indoor Championships on Sunday and Monday at the New York Armory in New York City.
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KUDOS to the women’s swimming and diving team, which won its second straight America East championship last weekend.
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THE women’s lacrosse team plays Dartmouth at home on Saturday at 1. UNH is 1-1 after losing a 17-8 verdict on Thursday at Boston College. Saturday’s game is the season opener for Dartmouth.