April 12, 2010

CASIANO TABBED WOMEN'S LAX PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY AMERICA EAST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.), a freshman midfielder on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was honored as the America East Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Casiano recorded three points, all on goals, as well as two ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls in two road games last week. She tallied two goals, two ground balls and one caused turnover in UNH's 12-8 victory at Stony Brook. Casiano's first goal of the game leveled the score, 3-3, with 10 seconds remaining in the first half; she also capped the game scoring with 1:33 remaining in the second half. Earlier in the week, Casiano finished with one goal, three draw controls and one caused turnover against nationally-ranked Boston University.

Casiano has played in 10 of 12 games this season and has started each of the last seven games. She has scored a goal in three consecutive games with five goals in that span, and she has a point in four of the last five games. Casiano tallied her first career point with an assist vs. Fairfield University (March 28) and scored her first career goal April 3 vs. UMBC.

This marks the third consecutive week and fourth time overall this season a UNH student-athlete is the league's Rookie of the Week recipient. Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) was previously honored March 8 & 29 as well as April 5.

New Hampshire returns to action April 17 at home against Binghamton University. The women's lax program will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1985 NCAA national championship team at halftime of the game, which begins at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field.

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