Two New Hampshire lax players feted by America East

BOSTON - Jessie Groszkowski (Reistertown, Md./Franklin H.S.) and Nicole Moore (Wilton, Maine/Mt. Blue) of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team received Player of the Week and Defender of the Week honors, respectively, from America East on Monday.

Groszkowski, a junior midfielder, recorded 12 goals, including two game-winning tallies, and two assists for 14 points in leading UNH to a 3-0 record last week. She scored seven goals - one less than the school record and the last of which was her 100th career point - April 5 at the University of Vermont. In addition to her impressive offensive numbers, she also contributed 10 ground balls, three caused turnovers and nine draw controls.

Groszkowski had a quick start in the Vermont game on a goal with 52 seconds elapsed. She ended the first half with four goals and recorded her seventh goal of the game - and her 100th career point - to give UNH a 17-7 lead at 45:57. She set up UNH's next tally to finish with a career-high eight points. The seven goals was the most by a UNH player since Dottie Catlin recorded seven tallies in back-to-back games in 1994 and the eight points matched last year's effort by Colleen Christopher.

Her week began with a two-goal, one-assist effort in the 11-8 home-opening victory against Brown University and concluded with a three-goal game in the 7-6 win against Northwestern University. With UNH trailing 6-4 against the Wildcats from the midwest, Groszkowski scored the game's last three goals -- in a span of 5:27 -- to give UNH its first lead of the game with 6:33 remaining.

Groszkowski, who has netted at least two goals in every game this season, has recorded 27 goals and two assists for 29 points in eight games this season. She is No. 2 in the America East conference in goals (3.38 per game) and is third in points (3.63). Groszkowski also leads the team in draw controls (15) and is second in ground balls (21).

In three seasons, Groszkowski has career numbers of 91 goals and 13 assists for 104 points in 43 games. She became the 19th UNH Wildcat to reach the 100-point plateau and is currently 16th on the program's all-time points list. Her 91 goals ranks eighth on that career list.

Moore, a senior defender, ignited UNH's come-from-behind 7-6 victory against Northwestern with tenacious defense. With New Hampshire trailing 6-1 in the second half and the visitors attempting to preserve its lead by playing a perimeter offense, Moore's assertive checking caused three turnovers, all of which resulted in a UNH goal. Moore also recorded six ground balls in that game and 12 for the week, which was the most by any Wildcat player. She also played a prominent role in the team's win vs. Brown by registering four ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls.

Moore has started 40 of 41 games in her three-year Wildcat career and has recorded three points, all on goals. She joined the women's lacrosse team in 2000 despite never having played lacrosse at any level.

UNH, which has won three consecutive games and five of its last six to improve to 5-3, returns to action April 10 (4 p.m.) at Holy Cross. The next Wildcat home game is April 12 against Binghamton University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.

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