UNH laxers named top player and defender

BOSTON -- Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) and Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team were named Player of the Week and Defender of the Week, respectively, by America East on Monday. This marked the second consecutive Player of the Week honor for Leland and the third Defender of the Week award this season for Covucci.

Leland, a sophomore attack, recorded 12 points with eight goals and four assists to spark the Wildcats past Binghamton (22-1) and Albany (20-1). She netted a career-high six goals and matched her personal benchmark of eight points Sunday vs. Albany. UNH led 3-1 in that game when Leland netted three of the next four goals to give the 'Cats control of momentum with a 7-1 lead. She opened the weekend with two goals and two assists vs. the Bearcats last Friday.

Covucci, a rookie defender, recorded five ground balls, three caused turnovers and eight draw controls, as well as a goal and two assists, in New Hampshire's pair of victories. She began the weekend with two ground balls, two caused turnovers, three draw controls and three points vs. the Bearcats; the two assists and three points are both career highs. Covucci was credited with three ground balls, one caused turnover and five draw controls vs. the Great Danes.

Leland leads the America East conference in points (4.33 per game) and is second in both goals (2.80 gpg) and assists (1.53 apg). Her 65 points ranks No. 3 on UNH's list of single-season superlatives, and her 23 assists is tied for sixth. In 32 career games, Leland as totals of 57 goals and 34 assists, which is No. 10 on the program's all-time list, for 91 points.

Covucci ranks second in the league in both ground balls (4.23 per game) and caused turnovers (2.00 per game) with her team-leading 51 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers. She also leads the team in draw controls with 34. Covucci has contributed to the offense with three goals and three assists for six points.

New Hampshire, which has tied a school record with 10 consecutive wins, returns to action April 28 (4 p.m.) at Vermont. The Wildcats play their final home game of the regular season May 1 vs. UMBC in a battle for first place in the conference standings. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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