Five UNH laxers named to America East First Team

BOSTON - Seniors Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) and Jen Smith (Marshfield, Mass.), as well as junior Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) and sophomores Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.), of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team were named to the America East All-Conference First Team, the league announced Wednesday evening.

In addition, Wildcats Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Mel Bourque (Topsfield, Mass.) and Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) were selected to the Second Team. Bourque, Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) were voted to the All-Rookie Team.

Groszkowski, the 2002 America East Player of the Year and only three-time First Team selection on this year's team, leads UNH in goals (47), points (54), draw controls (51) and ground balls (35). The senior midfielder, who is the program's all-time leading goal scorer (171) and is No. 2 in points (197), is ranked 10th nationally in goals (3.13 gpg) and sixth in draw controls (3.40 per game).

Smith, a senior defender, has started all 15 games and is the heart of UNH's defensive unit. She is second on the team in caused turnovers and ranks second among defensemen - and fourth overall - in ground balls.

Cahill, a junior midfielder, is third on the team in goals (15) and fifth in points (20). She leads the 'Cats in shooting percentage (.773) with 15 goals on 22 shots, and is also fourth in draw controls and fifth in ground balls.

Burnap, the 2002 America East Rookie of the Year, is tied for the team lead in ground balls and is second in goals (22), assists (11), points (33) and draw controls. She recorded both her 50th career point and 50th career goal this season.

Nemmers, a sophomore defender and 2002 America East All-Rookie Team selection, is one of the other leaders on a young Wildcat defensive unit. She leads the team in caused turnovers and leads all defensemen - third overall - in ground balls with 32.

Blaney, a sophomore attack and 2002 America East All-Rookie Team selection, leads the team in assists (13) and is third in the conference in that statistic (1.00 per game). Blaney is third on the team in points with 26.

Bourque, a freshman defender, immediately stepped into a starting role upon her arrival. She ranks third amongst defensemen - fifth overall - in ground balls.

Martin, a senior goalkeeper and 2002 America East All-Conference First Team honoree, has started all 15 games this season. She leads the conference in minutes played and is second in goals-against-average (10.98). In five conference games, Martin has an 8.35 GAA. She registered a career-high 20 saves against 13th-ranked Vanderbilt this season.

Blanchette, a rookie midfielder, is fourth on the team in goals (15) and sixth in points (17). In addition, she ranks third in draw controls. In five conference games, she recorded 11 points, all on goals.

Leland, a freshman attack, is third on the team in assists (eight), foruth in points (22) and fifth in goals (14). She recorded 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in five conference games.

Boston University swept the four major awards - Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year - but UNH placed five players on the First Team in comparison to BU's four.

New Hampshire (4-11 overall, 4-1 AE) opens the America East Championships with Thursday afternoon's semifinal matchup against the University of Vermont. Game time at BU's Nickerson Field is 3:30 p.m. The title game is May 3 (noon).

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