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. She earned that distinction for the second straight week, and it marked the third time in as many weeks that a Wildcat received Rookie of the Week honors, as goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) received the award April 3.
Groszkowski, a former Franklin High School standout from Reistertown, Md., netted five goals and assisted on three others as UNH split four games last week [wins vs. Holy Cross (12-10) and Towson (14-9), losses to Old Dominion (8-5) and Delaware (14-9)].
Groszkowski recorded a team-high 17 ground balls last week, including nine in the loss to eighth-ranked Delaware. Offensively, she set one personal-best with two assists against Old Dominion and established another with three points (two goals, assist) at Holy Cross. The quantity of points was not most important in those games, however. In the game against ODU, her assists on consecutive goals allowed New Hampshire to trim the deficit from 4-1 to 4-3. Then against Holy Cross, her first goal tied the game, 5-5, and her second goal gave the 'Cats an 8-7 lead.
Groszkowski also potted a goal against Delaware and two more against Towson to extend her point-scoring streak, which includes six straight games with a goal, to 10 games.
For the year, Groszkowski has played in all 11 games (with eight starts). She is third on the team in points (17) and second in assists (five). Groszkowski is also ranked fourth on the team in goals (12). 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 (36) and draw controls (13).
UNH (5-6 overall, 3-1 America East) plays home games this week vs. No. 16 Penn State on April 18 (noon) and Boston College, April 20 (3:30 p.m.).