DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team - the 2002 America East regular-season champions -- will host its annual Wildcat Fall Classic tournament at renovated Memorial Field on Sept. 29 from 11:30 am to 3:30 p.m. In addition to UNH, the tourney includes UConn, UMass and Vermont.
These will be the first lacrosse games played at Memorial Field since AstroTurf was installed. The $1.5 million project began in August and is scheduled for completion on Friday, Sept. 27 for Saturday's field hockey home opener against Providence College and the Wildcat Fall Classic.
UNH is led at opposite ends of the field by Maryland products. Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown) was a 2002 IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America First Team selection and the America East Player of the Year as a junior. She ranked fifth in the nation in goals (3.33 per game) and 19th in points (3.78 ppg) as well as 14th in draw controls (2.56 per game). Classmate Danielle Martin (Ellicott City) was an America East All-Conference First Team selection as a goalkeeper. She registered the second-best goals-against-average in the nation (7.02) and ranked 13th in save percentage at .566.
The 2003 roster features four student-athletes from the Granite State - sophomores Jill Albee (Pembroke) and Lorin Tedeschi (Lebanon) as well as freshmen Celine Murphy (Candia) and Erin Garnsey (Wolfeboro).
In addition to a regular-season conference crown, 2002 featured the team's first appearance in the league championship game, a national ranking and the second-most wins in the 26-year history of the program with a 12-6 record.