DURHAM, N.H. – Seven student-athletes received eight awards and the Class of 2011 received special recognition at the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse annual team banquet that was held Sunday at Huddleston Hall Ballroom.
All three captains were feted as junior midfielder Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) was bestowed the MVP Award, classmate Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) was named Attack Player of the Year and senior Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) received the Midfield Player of the Year award.
Other accolades were received by Casey Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.) as Defensive Player of the Year, Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) as Rookie of the Year and Ally Stager (New Canaan, Conn.), who took home the Roscoe Award. Chelsea Cyester (Parker, Colo.) was the recipient of both the Coaches' Award and the Strength & Conditioning Award.
Cohen, who was named to the 2011 America East All-Conference First Team, ranked second on the team in assists (13) as well as third in both goals (24) and points (37) (37); she recorded a team-high .600 shooting percentage and ranked fifth in caused turnovers (12). In six America East league games, Cohen totaled 16 points on 10 goals and six assists.
The midfielder proved to be a consistent point-producer, as Cohen opened the season with a 10-game point-scoring streak and tallied a point in 14 of 16 games. She finished with 11 multiple-point efforts, including three five-point games, and seven multiple-goal performances with four three-goal games. And she also proved to be a clutch performer, as evidenced when she recorded three of her game-high five points during UNH's 7-0 run in the regular-season finale at Binghamton University that transformed a five-goal deficit into a 12-10 victory and sent the Wildcats into the America East Championship tournament.
In previous years, Cohen was the recipient of the Roscoe Award (2010) and Rookie of the Year (2009).
Rausch, who joined Cohen on the 2011 America East All-Conference First Team, ranked second on the squad in both goals (26) and points (38) as well as fourth in assists (12); she was also second on the shots leaderboard (62). Rausch was the Wildcats' top point producer in conference action with 19 points (10g, 9a) in six America East games.
The attacker recorded a point each of the first five games of the season to extend her overall point-scoring streak to 23 games. Rausch then recorded a six-game goal-scoring streak in which she tallied 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points. Overall, she had a point in 14 of 16 games with nine multiple-point efforts highlighted by a five-goal, six-point performance that propelled UNH to a 13-12 double-overtime victory against Boston University; both the five goals and six points marked personal bests. Rausch also had an impressive four-point effort (3g, 1a) against ninth-ranked Boston College and closed the 2011 season with three goals at eighth-ranked Albany.
At last year's team banquet, Rausch was honored with the Coaches' Award.
Duclos, who was voted to the 2011 America East All-Academic Team and was a three-time All-Conference First Team selection, recorded a team-high 29 draw controls and ranked second in both ground balls (33) and caused turnovers (23). The midfielder was also a consistent point producer with a goal in 13 of 17 games, including each of the last seven regular-season games as well as a five-game streak in mid-season.
Duclos was an across-the board contributor. She tallied at least one ground ball, draw control and caused turnover in eight consecutive games and also scored a goal in six of those contests. She recorded season highs in both ground balls (five) and caused turnovers (four) at 11th-ranked Vanderbilt University; her other season highs included five draw controls – most by any Wildcat in 2011 – vs. Stony Brook University.
Duclos, the lone senior on the 2011 roster, was the team's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and the recipient of the Strength & Conditioning Award in '09.
Doyle, who was one of two 'Cats two start all 17 games (Duclos was the other), was a shutdown player and vocal leader on UNH's defensive unit. The sophomore ranked third on the team – first among defenders – in ground balls with 26 and was fourth overall, second on defense, in caused turnovers (14).
Doyle's season highlights included the regular-season finale at Binghamton in which she recorded three ground balls and three caused turnovers; she helped ignite UNH's comeback effort with two caused turnovers in the last 15 minutes when the Bearcats were attempting to play stall ball. Doyle finished with a season-high four ground balls, as well as two caused turnovers and one draw control, at Vandy.
Rees, an America East All-Rookie Team selection, also was a starter in UNH's defensive unit from the start of the 2011 season. She started 14 games, including the America East semifinal at eighth-ranked Albany, and played in all 17 games. She ranked sixth on the team in draw controls (14) and also tallied double digits in ground balls (11). Rees recorded two draw controls against BU, including one in double OT that led to the game-winning goal, and three DC as well as two ground balls and once caused turnover vs. Stony Brook. She also contributed two points with an assist at Albany and a goal at Binghamton.
The Roscoe Award is presented weekly in recognition of a player's attitude and work ethic during practice and the most highly decorated player receives the year-end award. Stager, a starter in 15 of 17 games, was a cornerstone of the defensive unit, a significant factor in the possession game and contributed nine points (6g, 3a).
Stager, a 2011 America East All-Conference Second Team honoree, ranked second on the team in draw controls (25), third in caused turnovers (18) and fourth in ground balls (24). She led the team in ground balls in three games, in draw controls twice and caused turnovers twice. The sophomore tallied three ground balls and four caused turnovers in the season opener at College of the Holy Cross and also tallied impressive numbers at Vanderbilt (four GB, two CTO, two DC). Stager's season highlights also include a two-goal, three-point effort at Colgate University.
Cyester's hard work, work ethic and determination resulted in two accolades. The Coaches' Award is presented in recognition of a player who embodies the spirit of UNH women's lacrosse with tireless effort and selfless giving to the team without hesitation. The Strength & Conditioning Award recognizes tremendous work ethic in the weight room.
On the field, that translated into 13 games played and seven appearances in the starting lineup for the sophomore midfielder. Cyester recorded four points on three goals and one assist, as well as four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. She tallied a career-high two points (1g, 1a) against Presbyterian College.
UNH (8-9 overall) extended its league record for consecutive America East Championship tournament appearances to 14 by advancing to this year's four-team field.
2011 UNH Women's Lacrosse Team Awards
MVP: Ilana Cohen
Attack Player of the Year: Hayley Rausch
Midfield Player of the Year: Allie Duclos
Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Doyle
Rookie of the Year: Cori Rees
Roscoe Award: Ally Stager
Coaches' Award: Chelsea Cyester
Strength & Conditioning Award: Chelsea Cyester