DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team honored four players at its annual banquet that was held earlier this month and also recognized the accomplishments of six seniors who wore the Blue and White for the final time in 2002.
Sandy Bridgeman, who was named America East Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, broke from the tradition of naming one Most Valuable Player and recognized an MVP from both the offense and defense. Junior midfielder Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) was named the MVP of the offense and senior defender Nicole Moore (Wilton, Maine) won MVP honors on defense.
Groszkowski, who became UNH's first America East Player of the Year recipient and was also an All-Conference First Team selection, broke the school's single-season records for both goals (60) and points (68) to lead the offense to its second-highest goal and point totals in school history. Groszkowski, 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 led the conference in both goals and points and was seventh in ground balls (2.89). Her season highlights included her 100th career point, 100th career goal and a seven-goal, one-assist effort at Vermont. She also potted the game-winning goal in four consecutive games and in five games overall. Groszkowski scored a goal in all 18 games to extend her goal-scoring streak to 28 games and netted two or more goals in 17 of 18 games, including the first 14 of the season. She scored three goals six times, four goals twice, five goals twice, six goals once and seven goals once.
Moore, an America East All-Conference First Team honoree and two-time selection as America East Defender of the Week, led the team in caused turnovers (28) and ranked third in the conference (1.75 per game) by vitrue of her high-energy, assertive style of play. This senior defense registered more than one caused turnover in 10 of 16 games. She had a solid all-around game with two goals, three ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls in the conference semifinal victory vs. Vermont. Moore was second among Wildcats in draw controls and fourth in ground balls despite missing two games due to injury. She led the team in ground balls four times, including a season-high six vs. Northwestern. Moore scored a career-high three goals in the regular-season finale against Boston College.
Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.), an attack who was feted as America East Rookie of the Year, led all UNH rookies in goals (25), assists (five) and points (30) and was named the team's Rookie of the Year. She finished 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, led the team with a .651 shooting percentage (28-for-43). She was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team and to the All-Rookie Team.
Senior attack Meagan Clavin (Grantham, N.H.), an America East All-Conference First Team selection, was bestowed the Coaches' Award that is presented to an individual who embodies the UNH women's lacrosse philosophies of selfless giving to the team. Clavin led the team in assists (22) and was third in the conference in that stat (1.22 per game). This co-captain became the first UNH player since 1993 to record 20 goals and 20 assists in a season as she also recorded 21 goals. Her 43 points was second on the team and she ranked ninth in the conference in scoring (2.39 per game). Clavin's 22 assists is the seventh-best single-season mark at UNH and her 33 career assists is 10th best. Her season highlights included career highs in both assists (four) and points (seven) against Vermont, and she matched her career best of four goals vs. Albany. Clavin leaves UNH with totals of 57-33-90 in 70 games.
In addition to Moore and Clavin, UNH honored four other seniors -- Molly Cherington (Meriden, N.H.), Jen Magill (Wynnewood, Pa.), Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine) and Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.). Behind this sextet, UNH recorded 38 wins over the past four seasons, which is the most since the Class of '93 recorded 40 victories.
Cherington, an All-Conference Second Team selection, was second on the team in assists (16) and fifth in points (27). She ended her career with a six-game point-scoring streak that included a three-point (two goals, assist) effort against Vermont in the conference semifinals and two assists in the title game vs. Boston University. Cherington, who played two seasons at Davidson College, compiled career totals of 90 goals and 50 assists for 140 points.
Magill, an America East All-Conference First Team selection, stepped into a full-time starting role this season and ranked second on the team in caused turnovers with 23. She ended the regular season ranked fifth in the conference in that statistic at 1.44 per game. In 58 career games (25 starts), Magill recorded two points, both on goals.
Maynes, who was selected to the America East All-Conference Second Team, led the team in ground balls with 54 and was fourth in the conference at 3.00 per game. She tied for third on the team in draw controls and contributed to the offense with three goals and three assists for six points. Maynes leaves UNH with 11 goals and four assists for 15 points in 65 games.
Yund, an America East All-Conference First Team selection, became the 20th Wildcat to record 100 career points with her three-point effort (two goals, assist) in the May 2 semifinal game against Vermont. She ranked second on the team in goals with 32 and third in points with 38. She led the team in free position goals (12) and ranked third in both ground balls (51) and caused turnovers (21). Yund ends her UNH career with 80 goals and 20 assists for 100 points in 70 games. UNH won 38 games in her four years, which is the most by any class since the Class of 1993 won 40 games.