May 22, 2014

Glory Days: New Hampshire Wins One for the North

As told to Phil Shore | | Twitter

New Hampshire edged Maryland in 1985 for its only NCAA title in school history. (UNH Athletics)

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New Hampshire 6, Maryland 5
Franklin Field, Philadelphia

New Hampshire went 9-3 in the regular season and received one of four invitations to the NCAA tournament. It beat then-defending champion Temple 7-3 in the semifinals then defeated 1984 runner-up Maryland in the title game.

It's the only NCAA championship in New Hampshire history in any sport.

Katey Stone, now the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey coach, was a freshman on that Wildcats team.

Katey Stone

We had a great team. It was an unbelievable dynamic. We had so much fun. We traveled all over the place. It was a great vibe.

Our team was in incredible shape. We were very mentally tough. We matched up very similarly to Temple more so than Maryland. They had a lot of multi-sport athletes at that time and a lot of speed. It was a track meet. It was pretty exciting.

It was a 6-5 game. It was tight. There weren't a lot of turnovers. It was smart lacrosse.

We had a blast. Back then, to be a northern school playing for a national championship in lacrosse was unheard of. We had great group. Every time we went on the road, we enjoyed it. We had a lot of positive energy that really propelled us forward. It's a great privilege. We're very lucky — all of us. It was a special group of people.

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