Four UNH laxers named to North All-Region teams

DURHAM, N.H. -- Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) and Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire were selected to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I North All-Region First Team, the committee announced Thursday afternoon. Teammates Laura Dosdall (Wellesley, Mass.) and Cristina Covucci (Concord, Mass.) were voted to the Second Team.

UNH's total of four players is second only to Dartmouth College, which had five players recognized. All 32 players on the North All-Region teams are eligible for national All-America honors.

Burnap, who garnered America East Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team honors earlier this month, had a record-setting year as a junior attack. She broke UNH's single-season records for both goals (72) and points (81) in a season. She also tied the school record for goals in a game with eight, which had not been accomplished since 1981, vs. Boston College on March 24.

Burnap is currently ranked fifth in the nation in goals and 14th in points, as well as first in America East in goals and third in points. Burnap led the Wildcats in goals, was second in both points and draw controls and third in assists. She broke both the goal and point records with the last of her four goals May 1 vs. the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Her season highlights also included reaching the 100 point milestone vs. Boston College and the 100 goal milestone on the third of her seven goals vs. Binghamton on April 23. Burnap recorded 24-2-6 in six America East games and scored a goal in all 20 games this season to extend her goal-scoring streak to 23 games. She had 16 multiple-goal games, including four goals in each of the last three regular-season games, five in the league semifinal and three in each the last two games of the season. Overall, she netted four goals six times, five goals three times and seven goals once in addition to her eight-goal effort, which ranks as the seventh-highest single-game total in Division I this season.

Leland, an All-Conference First Team and All-Championship Most Outstanding Performer honoree, also had a record-setting year as a sophomore attack. She finished with a school-record 90 points on 60 goals and 30 assists. Leland's 90 points surpassed the previous benchmark of 68 established by former teammate Jessie Groszkowski in 2002. Her 60 goals tied Groszkowski's old record that was surpassed by Burnap's 72 tallies this season, and the 30 assists is No. 3 on UNH's list of single-season superlatives. Leland is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in points, No. 15 in goals and No. 17 in assists.

Leland broke the America East Championships record for points in a game with nine against Albany in the semifinals and her six goals tied that single-game record. The six tallies matched her personal best that was established vs. Albany in the regular season and duplicated against UMBC in the regular-season finale. In addition to that nine-point effort, which is the sixth-highest total in the nation this season, she registered eight-point games vs. Stony Brook, Albany and UMBC and seven-point games vs. both UMass and Rutgers.

Her other season highlights included a career-high five assists at Stony Brook, which is eighth-best in the nation this season, and recording her 100th career point with the seventh of her eight points vs. UMBC.

Dosdall, an America East All-Conference First Team selection as a junior midfielder, had a breakout year in which she ranked second on the team in both ground balls and caused turnovers, as well as fifth in draw controls. On offense, she tallied 25 goals and three assists for 28 points and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with three.

Dosdall's season highlights included a career-high four goals in the NCAA tournament game at Dartmouth – she was also credited with three draw controls, one caused turnover and one ground ball – and the conference title game vs. Boston University in which she recorded one goal, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Her other season highlights included her 50th career point with her postseason goal vs. BU and a four-point performance with three goals and an assist at Vermont on April 28. Dosdall recorded a point in 15 of 20 games with nine multiple-point games, which included eight multiple-goal contests. She ended the season with a goal in seven consecutive games and tallied 15 goals in that streak.

Dosdall recorded multiple ground balls 14 times, multiple caused turnovers eight times and had six games with multiple draw controls.

Covucci, whose other honors include America East Rookie of the Year, All-Conference first Team and All-Rookie Team, made a smooth transition to the collegiate level as a rookie defender. She is No. 3 in the nation in ground balls (3.85 per game) with 77 in 20 games. She led the team in that statistic as well as caused turnovers and draw controls, and contributed to the offense with three goals and three assists for six points. In addition, Covucci led America East in ground balls and was No. 2 in caused turnovers.

Covucci was credited with five or more ground balls in a game nine times – including all three postseason games – and recorded multiple caused turnovers and multiple draw controls 10 times each. She was a four-time selection as America East Defender of the Week this season (3/29; 4/12; 4/26; 5/3).

UNH, ranked No. 17 in the nation, won the America East regular and tournament title to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 and ended the season with a 15-5 record following a 14-12 loss at Dartmouth in the first round.

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