Sophomore midfielder selected to Third Team
DURHAM, N.H.-- Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.), a sophomore midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was selected to the 2005 Division I IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America Third Team, the IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America Committee announced Monday evening. Covucci had been named to the North All-Region First Team last week to become eligible for selection to the national team.
It is the second consecutive year and fourth time in the last five that a UNH Wildcat has received All-America honors. Jess Burnap was a Second Team honoree in 2004, Jessie Groszkowski received First Team honors in 2002 and Colleen Christopher was a Second Team selection in 2001. In the 28-year history of the program, 34 Wildcats have been named to an All-America team.
Covucci, who also received America East All-Conference First Team and All-Championship Team honors in May, is ranked No. 4 in the nation in caused turnovers by leading the team with 47 in 19 games. She 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). Covucci matched her single-game high of two goals three times, including the America East semifinal vs. the University at Albany. She also equaled her personal best of two assists vs. the University of Vermont, and duplicated her career high of three points in both of those games, as well as against Binghamton.
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.