Sarah Albrecht, whose impressive playing pedigree includes two collegiate national championships at Northwestern University and seven years on the U.S. women’s national senior team with two selections to the All-World Team, was named the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse head coach in July 2012.
Albrecht was honored as America East Coach of the Year in 2019, when she led UNH to a 10-7 overall record that included 5-2 in the conference and the No. 3 seed in the conference tourney. The 2019 season was the Wildcats' best in a decade, as UNH had not reached double-digit wins since 2010, and the five conference wins marked the program's highest total since 2005. Also of note, the 216 goals scored in 2019 was New Hampshire's highest output since 2009.
UNH had a league-high five representatives on the 2019 America East All-Conference Second Team and also placed five 'Cats on the All-Academic Team, which was also tops in the conference. There were also two Wildcats on the All-Rookie Team.
Albrecht has led UNH to the America East semifinals six times in seven years with an overall record of 44-74.
Under her tutelage, Laura McHoul '16 shattered the program record for career assists (133) and she became the sixth 'Cat to eclipse 200 career points (212).
In 2015, senior attacker Laura Puccia was feted as the America East Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Spanning the 2013-15 seasons, UNH had more representatives on the America East All-Academic Team than any other institution with a total of 11. Two more 'Cats earned that honor in 2016 and there was one UNH representative on the 2017 All-Academic Team.
In 2018, Albrecht led the Wildcats to a 6-11 overall record that included 4-3 in America East and an appearance in the conference tournament semifinals.
In the 2017 season, UNH won two of the first three conference games and secured the final berth in the America East tournament by defeating Binghamton University, 11-6, in the last conference game of the year. For the second consecutive year, the Wildcats' season ended with a semifinal loss at Stony Brook. New Hampshire went 3-14 overall.
In 2016, UNH opened America East conference play with three consecutive wins, including one in overtime at Binghamton as well as a home clash against Vermont, to improve to 6-6 overall. Despite losing the next three conference games, UNH earned the No. 4 seed in the America East Championship and a semifinal loss at Stony Brook University ended the season at 6-11 overall.
The Wildcats went 6-10 overall and 2-4 in America East in the 2015 season. UNH finished the 2014 season with a 7-10 overall record that included 2-3 in America East. The 'Cats defeated league foes UMBC (8-2) and Binghamton (18-5) to improve to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference in mid-April before facing a pair of nationally-ranked teams to end the regular season. They were ousted in the conference semifinals for the second consecutive year. New Hampshire had a league-high four student-athletes named to the America East All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.
In her first year at the helm of the UNH Wildcats in the 2013 season, Albrecht led the squad to third place in the America East conference standings – the 'Cats were selected sixth in the coaches' preseason poll. UNH closed the regular season with six wins in the last 11 games and that included a 6-5 come-from-behind victory at UMBC in the regular-season finale that sent New Hampshire to the postseason. UNH finished 6-11 overall, boasted the America East co-Rookie of the Year, Laura McHoul, and placed a league-high four representatives on the All-Academic Team.
Albrecht came to UNH following her second stint at the University of 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 both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
She worked specifically with the defensive unit, which was ranked No. 10 in the nation both years, and the goalkeepers, who ranked ninth nationally in goals-against-average in 2011 and 12th in that statistic the following year. 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) as an assistant coach at Harvard University, 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.
Through her coaching career, Albrecht has demonstrated an affinity for community outreach programs. At both Harvard and UMass, she fostered a relationship with the “Friends of Jaclyn Foundation” and the lax programs. Albrecht was also heavily involved in community projects as a student at Northwestern University, where she volunteered with Special Olympics, the athletic department's field day for low-income children and Northwestern Natural Ties, an organization creating and supporting friendships between people with and without disabilities.
Albrecht spent five seasons as a student-athlete 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). In both 2005 and 2006, she was an IWLCA All-America selection, all-tournament pick at the NCAA Championship and All-Conference First Team honoree.
In four years on the field, Albrecht led the Wildcats, who gained varsity status in 2002, to a 58-15 record. In 2006, she received the N Club Scholarship and Lisa Ishikawa Award for her leadership.
Albrecht announced her retirement from the U.S Women's National Senior Team following the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in July 2013, when she was named to the All-World Team for the second consecutive World Cup. 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 FIL 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.