DURHAM, N.H. -- Jessie Groszkowski, a freshman attack on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was bestowed the honor Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday. This marked the second time in as many weeks that a Wildcat received Rookie of the Week honors, as goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) was awarded that distinction on April 3.
Groszkowski, a former Franklin High School standout from Reistertown, Md., netted two goals and assisted on another to help New Hampshire record victories against Brown University (8-6) and Vermont (18-3) last week.
Illness forced her out of the starting lineup against Brown, but she came off the bench to record a goal and an assist. Her goal was the first of five consecutive Wildcat goals in the second half that transformed a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 advantage. Her assist came on UNH's final tally of the game. Groszkowski returned to the starting lineup against Vermont - her fourth start in seven games - and her second-half goal extended her goal-scoring streak to six games.
Groszkowski earned a place in the starting lineup after scoring a pair of goals against No. 16 Vanderbilt in UNH's second game of the year. Her six-game goal-scoring streak was snapped April 10 against Old Dominion, but she did record assists on consecutive Wildcat goals that trimmed the deficit to one goal (from 4-1 to 4-3).
For the year, Groszkowski has played in all eight games (with five starts). She is tied for the team lead in assists (four) and is tied for third in points (11). Groszkowski is also ranked fourth on the team in goals (seven). She is the team's top rookie scorer in all three statistics. Also of note, Groszkowski is second on the team in both ground balls (22) and draw controls (nine).
UNH (3-5) is in the midst of a six-game stretch over 11 days. The Wildcats travel to Holy Cross on April 12 (4 p.m.) before playing host to America East foes Delaware (April 14, 3:30 p.m.) and Towson (April 16, noon) over the weekend.