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 and Oct. 16, recorded two goals and an assist to help UNH win all three games last week. She began the week by leading the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory against 15th-ranked Boston College by scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on the team's first tally. Over the weekend, Russell extended her goal-scoring streak to eight games in the team's 2-0 victory at Delaware that clinched the top seed. She did not record a point but was very instrumental to the team's 3-2 win at Towson.
Russell, who has registered 30 points in the last 12 games and scored a goal in 10 of 12, leads the team in both goals (15) and points (35) this season. Those numbers rank her seventh in both of the school's single-season top performance lists. They also rank Russell second in America East in both scoring (1.84 points per game) and goals (0.79 per game).
She attained a personal milestone earlier this season by recording her 50th and 51st career points on her third goal against Vermont on Oct. 14. Russell ended the regular season with career totals of 60 points on 24 goals and 12 assists.
New Hampshire is the No. 1 seed in the America East Championships, which is being played at Boston University's Nickerson Field. The Wildcats, who have won four straight, are 13-6 overall and 7-1 in the conference. They play fourth-seeded Drexel University on Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The title game is Nov. 4 (1 p.m).