New Hampshire women's lax sweep America East awards

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team swept the America East individual awards as head coach Sandy Bridgeman was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) earned Player of the Year honors and Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) was presented the Rookie of the Year award at Wednesday night's conference banquet at the New England Center.

Groszkowski, who is the first UNH recipient of the Player of the Year award, was one of six Wildcats named to the All-Conference First Team. Seniors Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.), Jen Magill (Wynnewood, Pa.), Nicole Moore (Wilton, Maine) and Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.), as well as junior Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.), were also First Team selections.

Three Wildcats - seniors Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.) and Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine) and junior Jen Smith (Marshfield, Mass.) - were named to the All-Conference Second Team.

Burnap -- also the first Wildcat to earn Rookie of the Year honors -- as well as Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) and Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.) received America East All-Rookie Team honors.

Bridgeman, in her sixth year at New Hampshire, guided the Wildcats to an undefeated America East record of 4-0, an overall record of 11-5 and a fifth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament. Bridgeman is the second winningest coach in the program's history with 48 victories. UNH, which was selected second in the preseason coaches' poll, finished atop the conference standings and was nationally ranked at No. 20 for consecutive weeks (April 15-22). It marked the first time since April 1992 that New Hampshire was nationally ranked. Bridgeman's team is currently ranked second in the nation defensively.

Groszkowski, a junior midfielder who also earned first team honors in 2001 and was a four-time Player of the Week selection this year, is ranked sixth in the nation in goals (3.31 per game) and 18th in points (3.81) as well as 13th in draw controls (2.62). She leads the conference in both goals and points and is seventh in ground balls (2.88). Groszkowski's 53 goals is the third-highest single-season UNH total and her 61 points ranks sixth on the single-season superlative list. She will break the goals record with seven more tallies and surpass the points benchmark with six more points.

Burnap, an attack, leads all UNH rookies in goals (25), assists (five) and points (30). She is third on the team in goals and fourth in both points and assists, as well as second in free position goals with seven. Burnap, who recorded 16 goals and three assists for 19 points in four conference games, leads the team with a .658 shooting percentage (25-for-38). Another season highlight includes two game-winning goals (Duquesne, Boston U.).

Clavin, an attack, leads the team in assists (21) and is third in the conference in that stat (1.31 per game). Clavin is second on the team in points (41), fourth in goals (20) and she is eighth in the conference in points (2.56 per game). Clavin is the first UNH player since 1993 to record 20 goals and 20 assists in a season. Her 21 assists is the seventh-best single-season mark at UNH and her 32 career assists is 11th best.

Magill, a defender, leads the team in caused turnovers with 23. She is fourth in the conference in that statistic at 1.44 per game. Magill recorded a season-high four caused turnovers vs. both Boston College and Albany, as well as three vs. both Vanderbilt and Brown. Moore, a two-time selection as America East Defender of the Week, ranks second on the team in caused turnovers (22) and is fourth in America East at 1.57 per game. She is also fourth on the team in ground balls (36) and tied for fourth in draw controls (13).

Martin has started all 16 games for UNH and owns an 11-5 overall record with a 6.89 GAA and a .569 save percentage. Those numbers rank second in the nation in GAA and 13th in save percentage and she leads America East in both of those stats. Martin's 6.89 GAA is the lowest by a UNH goalie since 1992. In four conference regular season games, she had a 4-0 record with a 5.24 GAA and a .550 save percentage. Martin recorded a .567 save percentage in four games vs. nationally-ranked teams. She had a career-high 18 saves vs. Yale and had 10+ saves seven times.

Yund, a midfielder who was a Second Team selection in 2001, will become the 20th UNH Wildcat to record 100 career points with three more (current totals of 78-19-97). She is second on the team in goals (30) and third in points (35). Yund leads the team in free position goals (12), is second in draw controls (15) and is third in both ground balls (41) and caused turnovers (18). She is seventh in the conference in goals (1.88) and 11th in points (2.19).

Cherington, an attack, is second on the team in assists (13) and fifth in points (22). She set a personal best as a UNH Wildcat with three assists at Vermont and matched that with three assists against Albany. She finished both of those games with a season-high four points.

Maynes, a midfielder, leads the team in ground balls with 49 and is fourth in the conference at 3.06 per game. She is tied for third on the team in draw controls and has contributed to the offense with two goals and two assists. Maynes led the team in ground balls four times, including a season-high six vs. Yale, Holy Cross and Vermont.

Smith, a defender, is tied for fourth on the team in ground balls with 36. She recorded six ground balls in consecutive games vs. Vermont and Northwestern. Smith also had three draw controls and a caused turnover vs. NU. She was impressive vs. Albany with four ground balls, three caused turnovers and one draw control.

Dosdall, a midfielder, has recorded seven goals and one assist for eight points. She recorded career highs in both goals and points with two goals against UMass and also had four ground balls and two draw controls in that game.

Nemmers, a defender, has started 11 of the 12 games in which she has played with two goals and one assist for three points. She recorded five draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover vs. Binghamton. Nemmers also had two goals and an assist in that game.

UNH (11-5) is the top seed in the upcoming America East Championships by virtue of its 4-0 conference record. The Wildcats will host the tournament May 2-4 at Memorial Field and open play with a one o'clock semifinal matchup vs. Vermont. The title game is May 4 at 1 p.m.

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