BOSTON – The America East announced Monday that sophomore defender Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team has been named America East Defensive Player of the Week.

LaPerch had another stellar week at the defensive end of the field with eight ground balls, five caused turnovers and three draw controls. In UNH’s stifling defensive effort at Albany, LaPerch recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls, as well as one draw control as the Wildcats limited the Great Danes to one first-half goal and held them scoreless for the last 22 minutes, 53 seconds of the game. Earlier in the week against nationally-ranked Vanderbilt University, she recorded a game-high five ground balls as well as two caused turnovers and two draw controls.

LaPerch, who played sparingly last season, has started all 11 games this season and become one of the Wildcats’ lock-down defenders. She leads in the team in ground balls (30), while placing second in caused turnovers (14).

LaPerch has led the team in ground balls in seven of 11 games this season, including games against the College of the Holy Cross (Feb. 27) and Vanderbilt (April 4) when she recorded a career-high five.

On two different occasions this season, LaPerch has registered a career-high three caused turnovers, including March 31 versus the University of Vermont and April 7 against the University at Albany.  It was against Holy Cross in the season-opener though, that LaPerch may have had her most impressive caused turnovers game.  Near the end of regulation, LaPerch stole the ball on back-to-back Holy Cross possessions, which led to a pair of Wildcat goals that tied the score and sent the game into overtime. The ‘Cats eventually came out on top 14-13.

LaPerch has also contributed 12 draw controls this season, placing her fifth on the team.

UNH (6-5, 3-0 America East) returns to action April 11 at 3 p.m. when they play host to conference foe Stony Brook University on Memorial Field.
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