DURHAM, N.H. – Eight student-athletes received nine awards and the Class of 2010 received special recognition at the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team annual banquet that was held Saturday, May 15 at Three Chimneys Inn.
Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) received both the MVP and Attack Player of the Year awards. The senior tri-captain tallied 53 points on 26 goals and 27 assists to lead the Wildcats in both points and assists and rank second in goals; those numbers included 25 points (12g, 13a) in six America East league games. Kaplan is just the second 'Cat in the past decade to record 20+ goals and 20+ assists in consecutive seasons, and the 27 assists ranks fifth (tie) on UNH's list of single-season superlatives.
Kaplan tallied a point in 16 of 17 games with 13 multiple-point efforts. She opened the season with a point in six consecutive games and ended her career with a 10-game point-scoring streak; she scored a goal each of her last six games. Kaplan's 2010 highlights included a seven-point effort (3g, 4a) at Stony Brook University and the regular-season finale at Vermont in which she recorded three goals, three assists, two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control. She also reached the 100-goal and 150-point milestones as a senior. Kaplan was a unanimous selection to the America East All-Conference First Team this season.
The Midfield Player of the Year went to sophomore Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.), who joined Kaplan on the All-Conference First Team. The statistics illustrate her all-around contributions – Keagins recorded double digits in goals (25), assists (15), ground balls (30), caused turnovers (28) and draw controls (30). She led the team in caused turnovers and ranked second in assists, ground balls and draw controls as well as third in goals.
Keagins ended the season with a 10-game point-scoring streak. She recorded a point in 16 of 17 games and scored a goal in 15 of 17 with seven multiple-goal efforts as part of 11 multiple-point games. Keagins recorded career highs in both points (nine) and assists (four) at Vermont, and the nine points marked the highest total by a Wildcat since the 2005 season. She finished with multiple ground balls eight times as well as seven multiple efforts in both draw controls and caused turnovers.
Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), another All-Conference First Team selection, was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year. The junior tri-captain was a defensive linchpin for the 'Cats who led the team in both ground balls (36) and draw controls (32) and ranked second in caused turnovers (15); she also contributed 12 points (9g, 3a).
Duclos recorded multiple ground balls eight of the last 10 games and nine times overall in 2010. She had nine games with multiple draw controls and that included a season-high five vs. both Stony Brook University and Harvard; she was also credited with four ground balls and two caused turnovers vs. SBU. Duclos recorded seven ground balls, four caused turnovers and two draw controls at Yale. Her other highlights included the regular-season finale at Vermont (4 GB, 2 CTO, 3 DC) and a career-high four-point effort (2g, 2a) vs. Binghamton University.
The Rookie of the Year was presented to Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.), who won three consecutive America East Rookie of the Week awards and was an All-Rookie Team selection. The midfielder started 12 of 15 games played and finished with 12 points on 10 goals and two assists, as well as 12 draw controls, seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Casiano scored a goal five consecutive games spanning April 3-24 with four multiple-goal efforts. She tallied career highs in both goals (three) and points (four) against Albany (April 24).
Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) received the Coaches' Award, which 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. Rausch recorded a point in all 13 games in which she played this season with totals of 25 goals and 14 assists for 39 points; she ranked second in assists as well as third in both goals and points. The sophomore attack ended the year with a seven-game goal-scoring streak. She recorded 11 multiple-point efforts, including nine multiple-goal games. Rausch opened the 2010 season with career highs in both goals (four) and points (five) vs. Holy Cross and matched those totals against Harvard.
JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.), an All-Conference Second Team honoree, was named the Most Improved Player. Last year as a freshman, the attacker recorded 12 points (6g, 6a) in 13 games (six starts). This season, Curro started all 17 games and led the team in goals with 30; she also had a team-best .566 shooting percentage and ranked fourth in points (38) as well as fifth in assists (eight); furthermore, an impressive 51 of 53 shots (96.2%) were on goal. Curro opened the season with a 10-game point-scoring streak and ended it with a goal each of the last five games. She had 11 multiple-point efforts, including eight multiple-goal performances. Her season highlights included a career-high six goals – the six points also marked a personal best – against UMBC and a five-point effort (3g, 2a) vs. nationally-ranked Dartmouth.
First-year head coach Michael Daly created a weekly award in honor of predecessor Sandy Bridgeman to recognize a player's work ethic during practice. Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) received the most weekly honors and was presented with the inaugural Roscoe Award. The sophomore midfielder also made significant contributions on game day. She recorded double digits in goals (12), assists (15), ground balls (22), draw controls (18) and caused turnovers (10); those numbers rank second in assists, third in caused turnovers, fourth in both ground balls and draw controls, and fifth in points. Cohen, another All-Conference Second Team selection, recorded a point in 11 of 17 games with nine multiple-point efforts. Her season highlights included a career-high four assists at UVM to match her personal best of four points that she established at Stony Brook (2g, 2a), as well as three goals vs. Fairfield.
The Strength and Conditioning Award, which recognizes tremendous work ethic in the weight room, was presented to Jess Cassotis (York, Maine). After seeing limited playing time in her first two years as a Wildcat, the junior defender parlayed her work ethic in the weight room into significant playing time on the field. Cassotis ranked third on the team in caused turnovers (10) and fifth in ground balls (21). She helped spark UNH to an 11-8 road victory against UMass with three ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Cassotis also recorded impressive numbers vs. Fairfield with two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one controlled draw.
Daly and the remainder of the coaching staff also lauded the two-member senior class of Kaplan and Kellen Millard (Ipswich, Mass.). Millard's role increased each successive year, culminating this season as a tri-captain. She emerged as a prominent player on the defensive unit midway through her sophomore season and was a mainstay thereafter. Millard started 13 of 17 games this year after recording seven starts each of the previous two seasons. In 60 career games, she recorded 35 ground balls, 22 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers, as well as two goals. Kaplan, who led the team in assists all four years, tallied 187 career points (108 goals, 79 assists) in 71 games; those numbers rank third in assists and sixth in points. She also finished with 90 ground balls, 88 draw controls and 55 caused turnovers.
At the conclusion of the team banquet, Cohen, Curro and Duclos were announced as tri-captains for the 2010-11 season.
2010 UNH Women's Lacrosse Awards
MVP – Shaunna Kaplan
Attack Player of the Year – Shaunna Kaplan
Midfield Player of the Year – Kate Keagins
Defensive Player of the Year – Allie Duclos
Rookie of the Year – Amber Casiano
Coaches' Award – Hayley Rausch
Most Improved – JoJo Curro
Roscoe Award – Ilana Cohen
Strength and Conditioning Award – Jess Cassotis