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SCORE: The women's lacrosse program scored big this spring with the arrival of head coach Sarah Albrecht. The collegiate all-star led Northwestern University to two national championships and has spent six years with the U.S. women's national senior team. This summer, Albrecht helped the U.S. team earn gold at the International Women's Lacrosse World Cup and was named to the world team for her efforts. The only UNH sports team ever to win a national title, women's lacrosse never had an endowed scholarship fund—until this spring. A lacrosse alum from the 1990s, who wishes to remain anonymous, established the fund, which is open to others who would like to contribute to it. Now, Albrecht can use this recruiting tool to help build her team.

UNH Lunacats

GOOD OFFENSE: Former Quinnipiac University soccer standout Sam Lopes kicks off his first season as head coach of the UNH women's soccer team this fall. Hailed as one of the bright, up-and-coming stars of collegiate coaching, Lopes comes to UNH with 11 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional level, including stints with Providence College, Southern Connecticut State University, the Boston Breakers, and the New England Mutiny.

NAME CHANGER: During the school year, some 200 student-athletes pass daily through the doors of the athletic training room for services ranging from pre-practice taping to rehabilitative therapies. The dark uninviting space, located on the bottom floor of the Field House, was long known to students fondly—and sometimes not so fondly—as "the dungeon." Athletes may have to find a new nickname for the room, however. Renovations completed last spring brought in not only new equipment and expanded space, but now, for the first time, windows to bring in outside light.

UNH Lunacats

BIRTHDAY CREW: The UNH rowing program celebrated its 40th birthday this fall with an alumni row on the Oyster River, a tent at Homecoming, and a celebratory dinner in Portsmouth on Oct. 12. In past years, crew alumni have come together to compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, a two-day event that draws competitors from around the world—and UNH rowers from multiple decades. "These reunions are a fantastic way to connect with other UNH alumni from the rowing program," says Eileen Dunn Laskoski '04, who competed in the 2012 Head of the Charles race with alumnae spanning from 1981 to 2012. "We may come from different years and different decades, but we all bring similar experiences—and lots of funny stories."

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