May 2, 2011

Gunts Honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week in Women's Lax

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.), a junior goalkeeper on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, was honored as the America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Gunts backboned UNH's comeback effort at Binghamton University by holding the Bearcats scoreless for the final 20:46 of the game while the Wildcats rallied from a 10-5 deficit to win 12-10 and advance to the America East Championship tournament. She made six saves during that scoreless stretch and that included two in the final minute of the game to preserve UNH's two-goal lead. Gunts finished with a season-high 10 saves as well as two ground balls. She was named UNH's America East Player of the Game in recognition of her outstanding play.

In eight games (including six starts) this season, Gunts has a 3-1 record with a 10.09 GAA and .396 save percentage. She is 1-0 record with a .459 save percentage in three America East games to rank third in save percentage in league-only games.

This is the first collegiate accolade for Gunts, who has a 17-7 lifetime record in 35 career games (24 starts). Her career highlights include a career-high 11-save effort against Boston University in April 2009.

New Hampshire (8-8 overall, 3-3 America East) will extend its league record for consecutive America East Championship tournament appearances to 14 years when the Wildcats battle top-seeded and eighth-ranked University at Albany in a May 5 (1 p.m.) semifinal at UA's John Fallon Field. The winner advances to the America East title game, which will be played May 7 (1 p.m.).

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