Adena Rothbard commits to UNH

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Newport Harbor girls’ lacrosse player Adena Rothbard has committed to play NCAA Division 1 women’s lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.

“This was something she was working very hard for,” Newport Harbor head coach Matt Armstrong said. “I’m really looking forward to 2017 and 2018 with her. 2019 will be amazing for her.”

Rothbard, a junior midfielder, scored 25 goals last year for the Sailors (fourth on the team) and added six assists. She helped Newport Harbor advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs last season.

“I was really excited,” Rothbard said. “I just really like the campus, the whole school spirit and the community there.”

Originally from Pennsylvania, Rothbard said she really wanted to go back east for college. Rothbard said she also was recruited by George Mason.

“Thank you to my parents and [assistant coach] Kaleigh Gibbons, she really helped,” Rothbard said.

UNH competes in the America East Conference against Albany, Binghamton, Stony Brook, UMass Lowell, UMBC and Vermont. The Wildcats went 6-11 overall last season and 3-3 in conference last season. The Wildcats’ season ended with a 17-4 loss to Stony Brook in the semifinals of the America East tournament.