UNH's Burnap named to All-America Second Team

DURHAM, N.H. -- Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.), a junior attack on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was named to the IWLCA/US Lacrosse Division I All-America Second Team on Tuesday evening. Burnap, the 33rd Wildcat lacrosse player to receive All-America recognition, was honored as an IWLCA Division I North All-Region First Team selection last week.

Burnap, who also garnered America East Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team honors in 2004, had a record-setting year. 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 finished the year ranked fifth in the nation in goals (3.60 per game) and 14th in points (4.05 per game), 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 both 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.

Behind Burnap's strong all-around play, UNH ranked No. 3 in the nation in offense (13.60 goals per game), No. 5 in defense (7.90 goals allowed per game), No. 4 in scoring margin (5.70) and No. 9 in winning percentage (.750).

Burnap's previous collegiate honors included America East All-Conference First Team in 2003 as well as America East Rookie of the Year, All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team in 2002. In 55 career games, Burnap has amassed 127 goals and 28 assists for 155 points, which ranks No. 5 on UNH's all-time list for both goals and points.

UNH, ranked No. 17 in the nation in the IWLCA poll, won the America East regular season and tournament titles 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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