UNH lax duo earns All-Regional honors

Covucci named to First Team, Leland to Second Team

DURHAM, N.H.-- Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team were selected to the Division I North All-Regional Team, the IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-American Committee announced Wednesday evening. Covucci received First Team honors while Leland was named to the Second Team.

Both players were named to the America East All-Conference First Team earlier this month and are now eligible for the national All-America teams that will be announced May 22 in conjunction with the 2005 NCAA championship game.

Covucci, a North All-Region Second Team honoree in 2004, is ranked No. 4 in the nation in caused turnovers by leading the team with 47 in 19 games. The sophomore midfielder also led the Wildcats in ground balls (54) -- marking the second straight year she led the 'Cats in both caused turnovers and ground balls -- and was third in draw controls (40).

Covucci was relied upon to contribute more to the attack this season, and she did so by recording 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. She ended the year with a six-game point-scoring streak and registered a point in 9 of the last 10. Among Covucci's season highlights was an impressive all-around game at Binghamton University, in which she was credited with eight ground balls, four draw controls, four caused turnovers and three points (2g, 1a).

Leland, a North All-Region First Team selection last season, led UNH in goals (51), assists (21) and points (72) and all three of those numbers rank among the top 10 on the program's lists of single-season superlatives -- seventh in goals, 10th in assists and third in points. She also recorded a team-high seven game-winning goals. The junior attack scored a school-record nine goals against UMBC on April 11 and also became just the third Wildcat player to reach double digits in points with 11 (one less than the school record).

Leland's season highlights also included her 50th career assist, 100th career goal and 150th career point as well as a personal-best four assists at the University at Albany. She recorded a point in 18 of 19 games with 14 multiple-point games, including 13 multiple-goal efforts. She ended the season with a 12-game goal-scoring streak in which she scored 40 goals.

New Hampshire advanced to the America East championship game for the fourth consecutive year and finished as the runner-up. The Wildcats ended the 2005 season at 11-8 overall and went 5-1 in the America East regular season.

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