July 17, 2012

New Hampshire Makes Albrecht Hire Official

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DURHAM, N.H. -- U.S. women's national team veteran Sarah Albrecht has been hired as the head women's lacrosse coach at New Hampshire, the school officially announced Tuesday. The hire was first reported by Lacrosse Magazine's Clare Lochary.

"We are thrilled to have Sarah join us as the head coach of our lacrosse program," Steve Metcalf, the university's deputy athletic director, said in a statement. "Obviously she has impressive playing credentials, but she also has great teaching and leadership skills. This is an exciting day for our program and we are confident that she will lead our team to new heights."

Albrecht, whose impressive playing pedigree includes two collegiate national championships at Northwestern University and six years on the U.S. women's national senior team, has a broad-based coaching résumé.

"I'm extremely excited for this opportunity to be a part of the UNH family," Albrecht said. "UNH is an extremely attractive school given its academics, athletics, location and the family atmosphere. I'm excited to get started with the current team and push the student-athletes to be the best they can be on and off the field. I look forward to rebuild the program to compete for an America East title."

Albrecht comes to New Hampshire following her second stint at Massachusetts in which she served as associate head coach for two years. The Braintree, Mass., native helped lead UMass to an Atlantic-10 championship and the NCAA tournament in 2011 and 2012.

She worked specifically with the defensive unit, which ranked No. 10 nationally both years, and the goalkeepers, who ranked ninth nationally in goals against average in 2011 and 12th in 2012. Her other duties as the Minutewomen's associate head coach included assisting the head coach in all aspects of daily operations, including recruiting, practice planning, development of lacrosse fundamentals, administrative duties and video editing of game and scout films.

In three years (2008-10) at Harvard, Albrecht helped the Crimson to its best three-year record since 1994-96. Harvard boasted two Ivy League Rookies of the Year and had the league's leading scorer two consecutive years under her tutelage of the offensive unit.

Albrecht began her collegiate coaching career as a UMass assistant coach and the team went 8-9 in that 2007 season.

As a player, Albrecht spent five seasons at Northwestern, where she served as a team captain every year, missed the 2003 campaign due to injury and graduated with a degree in Psychology. She concluded her collegiate career in 2006 with a second consecutive national championship and recorded three goals as well as four assists in the '06 title game to earn the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player honor.

Albrecht finished her career ranked fourth all-time at Northwestern in assists (71), sixth in points (199) and seventh in goals (128). She was a two-time All-American. 

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 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.

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