New Hampshire women's lax sweeps America East awards

BOSTON - The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team swept this week's weekly honors from America East, the conference announced Monday, as Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) received the Player of the Week award, Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) earned Defender of the Week and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) was named Rookie of the Week.

New Hampshire, now 10-4, went 3-0 last week and won its first America East regular-season title with a 13-9 victory at Boston University and home wins against Albany (16-2) and Stanford (10-9).

Groszkowski, a junior midfielder, recorded 12 goals, including the game-winning goal vs. Stanford, and one assist for 13 points. She scored three goals in both conference games against BU and Albany. Her first tally against BU gave UNH a 1-0 lead 28 seconds into the game and was the 100th goal of her career. Her second goal in that game came during a five-goal first-half run by New Hampshire that put the Wildcats ahead to stay. Against Albany, she scored goals 2:30 apart to spark UNH's run of seven consecutive goals to end the first half and give the 'Cats an 8-1 halftime lead.

With UNH trailing 2-1 midway through the first half vs. Stanford, Groszkowski figured in five consecutive goals by scoring the game-tying goal, assisting on the go-ahead goal and netting the next three goals to give UNH a 6-2 lead. Her sixth goal of the game gave UNH a 10-6 lead and proved to be the game-winning tally. In addition to her contributions in the scoring column, Groszkowski recorded five ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls vs. BU. She followed that with two ground balls, one caused turnover and six draw controls vs. Albany and two ground balls, one caused turnover and three draw controls against Stanford.

Groszkowski leads the team in goals (47), points (53) and draw controls (37). She ranks second in ground balls with 41.

Martin, a junior goalkeeper, was 3-0 last week with a 6.67 GAA and a .556 save percentage. She stopped 18 of 29 shots in conference play to record a .621 save percentage and a 5.50 GAA. Martin reached double figures in saves for the seventh time this season with 12 stops at Boston University. She held the Terriers scoreless for a stretch of 22:34 overlapping the first and second halves and preserved UNH's 10-9 lead late in the game by stopping a free position shot. Martin held Albany scoreless for 46:44, including the opening 28:51 of the second half. For the season, Martin has a 7.10 GAA and a .568 save percentage with a 10-4 record.

Burnap, a freshman attack, recorded 10 goals, including the game-winning goal at BU, and two assists for 12 point. She registered a career-high six goals and seven points at BU and followed that with four goals and an assist against Albany. With New Hampshire trailing 4-1 at BU, Burnap ignited a five-goal run (in which she scored three goals) to give the 'Cats a lead they would not relinquish. Her fifth goal of the game put UNH ahead 10-8 with 4:51 remaining and proved to be the game-winning goal. Against Albany, Burnap kept momentum in UNH's favor by scoring 21 seconds into the second half. She scored all four of her tallies in the second half. Burnap also contributed four ground balls and one draw control in the game vs. BU and had three ground balls and one caused turnover against Albany. She is third on the team in goals (23) and fourth in points (28).

UNH, which has won three consecutive games and eight of its last nine, concludes the regular season this week with a pair of home games at Memorial Field. UNH plays host to Harvard University on April 24 (4 p.m.) and Boston College travels to Durham for a game on April 28 (1 p.m.).

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