BOSTON - The University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team received two first-place votes and 32 points overall to place second in the 2003 America East Coaches' Preseason Poll that was released Wednesday.
The Wildcats, who went undefeated in conference play to win the regular-season title last year, finished behind Boston University in the poll. The Terriers, who won the tournament championship, received the other four first-place votes and 34 points.
UNH is followed by Albany (21 points), Vermont (19), Stony Brook (12) and Binghamton (8). The top four teams in the conference will advance to the America East Championships, which will be held May 1-3 at the site of the No. 1 seed. The tourney winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The 2003 Wildcats, under the guidance of seventh-year head coach Sandy Bridgeman, who is a two-time America East Coach of the Year, will be led by senior co-captains Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) and Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.). Groszkowski, a midfielder, broke the school single-season records for both goals (60) and points (68), and was an All-America First Team selection in 2002. Martin ranked second in the nation in goals-against-average (7.02) and 13th in save percentage (.566).
New Hampshire opens the regular season Feb. 22 at Stanford University and concludes its west coast trip Feb. 23 at California. The Wildcats are scheduled to play their home opener on the new AstroTurf against Yale on March 5 (4 p.m.).