Leland breaks UNH career points record
Katie Leland

DURHAM, N.H.-- Katie Leland (Timonium, Md./Dulaney HS) ascended to the top of the career points list for the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse program with the last of her seven points -- the 236th of her career -- April 5 in UNH's 14-4 victory at the University of Vermont.

Leland, a senior tri-captain, entered the game with 229 career points and sparked the Wildcats to a 5-0 first-half lead with two goals and an assist to enter halftime with 232 points. She recorded an assist on the team's opening goal of the second half and netted back-to-back goals to extend UNH's lead to 10-1 and move into a first-place tie with Karen Geromini (1984-87) at 235 career points. Leland broke that tie to claim sole possession of No. 1 on UNH's career points list with her fifth goal of the game at 54:37. With that tally, she also moved into No. 3 on the program's career goals list at 156.

On New Hampshire's all-time goals list, Leland trails only former teammates Jess Burnap (168) and Jessie Groszkowski (178). Leland's 80 assists ranks second to Geromini (101).

Leland also holds the school records for points in a season (90 in 2004) and goals in a game (nine vs. UMBC on April 11, 2005).

Leland was named to the 2006 Inside Lacrosse Pre-season All-America Third Team and has been honored as Player of the Week by America East twice this season. She leads this year's team in goals (30), game-winning goals (three), assists (18) and points (48). Furthermore, Leland ranks second in draw controls and third in ground balls. She entered this week's action ranked 21st in the nation in assists per game (1.63) and 22nd in points per game (4.13).

Leland had a breakout year as a sophomore in 2004, when she broke the school single-season points record, and that mark of 90 is tied for 30th in NCAA history. Her 60 goals from that season ranks No. 2 on the program's list of single-season superlatives and the 30 assists is third. Last year as junior, Leland compiled 72 points, which is No. 3 on the single-season list.

Leland's other collegiate accolades include 2005 America East Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete of the Year, 2005 IWLCA National Honor Roll, 2005 IWLCA North All-Region Second Team, 2004 IWLCA North All-Region First Team, America East All-Conference First Team (2005 and 2004) and America East All-Rookie Team (2003).

Her single-game highs include the nine-goal game vs. UMBC, five assists (April 10, 2004 at Stony Brook) and 11 points vs. UMBC. This season, Leland has recorded a point in all 10 games with seven multiple-goal games, including six tallies against then No. 18 Towson University (March 16). She also recorded a season-high eight points (5g, 3a) March 29 vs. Brown University and has at least six points in each of the last five games.

UNH (6-4 overall, 2-0 America East) takes a five-game winning streak into a four-game homestand that begins April 8 vs. UMBC. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.

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