UNH's Groszkowski named to All-America First Team

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin), a junior attack at the University of New Hampshire, was named to the 2002 IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-America First Team, the organizations announced Tuesday.

Groszkowski, who became eligible for selection to the national All-America team by virtue of her nomination to the IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse North All-Region First Team earlier this month, is the first Wildcat player named to the All-America First Team since 1995, when Maja Hansen was bestowed that honor. Groszkowski is the 17th UNH player in the 26-year history of the program to earn All-America First Team honors.

Groszkowski, who became UNH's first America East Player of the Year recipient and was also selected to the All-Conference First Team and All-Championship Team in 2002, broke the school's single-season records for both goals (60) and points (68) to lead the offense to its second-highest goal and point totals in school history.

A four-time Player of the Week selection this year, Groszkowski finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in goals (3.33 per game) and 19th in points (3.78) as well as 14th in draw controls (2.56). She led the conference in both goals and points and was seventh in ground balls (2.89).

Groszkowski's 60 goals accounted for 30% of the team's total (198) and she had the second-best shooting percentage at .583. In four games vs. nationally-ranked teams, she recorded 10 goals and an assist for 11 points. Her season highlights included her 100th career point, 100th career goal and a seven-goal, one-assist effort at Vermont; the seven goals was one less than the school record. Groszkowski also potted the game-winning goal in four consecutive games and in five games overall.

She scored at least one goal in all 18 games to extend her goal-scoring streak to 28 games and netted two or more goals in 17 of 18 games, including the first 14 of the season. She scored three goals six times, four goals twice, five goals twice, six goals once and seven goals once.

Groszkowski helped lead UNH to a banner 2002 season that included an America East regular-season title, the team's first appearance in the conference championship game, a national ranking and the second-most wins in the 26-year history of the program with a 12-6 record.

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