UNH's Covucci named America East top defender

BOSTON - Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.), a rookie defender on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was named Defender of the Week by America East on Monday, which marks the second consecutive week and fourth time this season that Covucci has won that award.

Covucci recorded 10 ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers to help UNH defeat both Vermont (13-4) and Maryland, Baltimore County (18-10) and secure the No. 1 seed in the upcoming America East Championships. Covucci was credited with six ground balls, four caused turnovers and four draw controls - all of which were game highs - at Vermont.

Covucci ranks second in the league in both ground balls (3.59 per game) and caused turnovers (2.00 per game) with her team-leading 61 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers. She also leads the team in draw controls with 39. Covucci has contributed to the offense with three goals and three assists for six points.

New Hampshire has won a school-record 12 consecutive games and tied the school record for wins in a season with its 13-4 overall record. The Wildcats went 6-0 in America East to earn the No. 1 seed and will host the America East Championships. UNH opens the tourney May 6 against fourth-seeded Albany (6-10, 3-3) in a one o'clock semifinal game at Memorial Field. The championship game is May 8 (12 p.m.).

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