Jessica Russell named America East Player of the Week

DURHAM, N.H. - Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.), a senior co-captain on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named Player of the Week by America East on Monday afternoon.

Russell, who also earned the award Sept. 25, recorded four goals and an assist last week to lead New Hampshire to a 2-1 overtime victory against 15th-ranked Boston University and a 6-2 decision against Vermont.

Russell began the week against BU by scoring the game-tying goal on a penalty stroke at 11:23 of the second half. She followed that effort with a career-best three goals and an assist vs. Vermont. In that game, she assisted on the Wildcats' first goal, which tied the game at 1-1, and scored the next goal, which gave the 'Cats a lead they would not relinquish. Her back-to-back goals in the second half extended UNH's lead from 3-2 to 5-2.

Russell, who has registered 16 points in the last four games and scored a goal in six of seven, leads the team in both goals (11) and points (26) this season. She is ranked second in America East in both scoring (1.86 points per game) and goals (0.79 per game).

She attained a personal milestone by recording her 50th and 51st career points on her third goal against Vermont. She currently has career totals of 20 goals and 11 assists.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 17 against Providence College. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.

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