UNH lax duo earns IWLCA academic honor

DURHAM, N.H. -- Renee Nemmers (Englewood, Colo.) and Lauren Zerbinopoulos (Kennebunk, Maine), both of whom were junior defenders on the 2004 University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll, the IWLCA announced Thursday. Juniors and seniors with a grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher for the 2003-04 academic year are eligible to receive this distinction.

Nemmers served as tri-captain for this year's team, which advanced to the NCAA championships after winning the America East tournament and regular season titles, Nemmers was voted to the America East All-Conference First Team despite missing the last seven games of the season (including three postseason games) due to an injury incurred April 18 vs. Rutgers University,

Nemmers was the leader of the defensive unit – even on the sidelines after her season-ending injury – and she backboned the UNH defense to a No. 5 national ranking. Through 13 games, Nemmers ranked third on the team in ground balls and was tied for fourth in caused turnovers. She tied her career high of two goals with a pair of tallies at Fairfield University on March 21.

Zerbinopoulos was another key component to the defensive unit for the Wildcats. She started all 17 games in the regular season, then came off the bench in the America East semifinals before returning to the starting lineup for the conference title game against Boston University – she recorded three ground balls and one draw control in that game – and the NCAA first round game at Dartmouth. She ranked fifth on the team and second among defenders in ground balls.

Zerbinopoulos, whose speed was essential to the team's success in transition from defense to offense, recorded her first career point with a goal on her first – and only – career shot March 21 at Fairfield University.

UNH, ranked No. 17 in the nation, advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 and ended the season with a 15-5 record following a 14-12 loss at Dartmouth in the first round.

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