Six Lax Players Receive Nine America East Awards at Annual Banquet
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Six University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse student-athletes received a total of nine awards at the annual America East banquet that was held Thursday evening.
Senior defender and captain Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) was voted to the All-Conference First Team. Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.), another senior defender and captain, was joined on the All-Conference Second Team by junior attack Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and sophomore attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.). Midfielder Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) was selected to the All-Rookie Team.
UNH placed a league-high four representatives on the All-Academic Team. DePetris received the honor for the third consecutive year while Puccia was feted for the second time in as many years. Rees and junior attack Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) are both first-time selections to the All-Academic Team.
DePetris, who has a 3.93 cumulative GPA with a double major in finance and accounting, started all 16 regular-season games and she leads the Wildcats in both ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (13). She recorded at least one ground ball in 15 of 16 games; the only exception was last Saturday's regular-season finale against nationally-ranked University at Albany. DePetris collected multiple ground balls eight times, including a career-high four against both Hofstra University in the Feb. 15 season opener and at UMBC (April 5). Her other highlights include a personal-best three caused turnovers vs. the University of Vermont (March 29) and at UMBC.
Rees started all 16 regular-season games and is second on the squad in ground balls (26) as well as tied for third in caused turnovers (nine). She recorded at least one ground ball in 12 of 16 games with a season high of four ground balls at nationally-ranked Stony Brook (April 19) and vs. Hofstra. Rees finished with multiple ground balls six other times, including three vs. Lehigh University (March 1) and at Iona College (March 10). She also matched her personal best of three caused turnovers vs. Lehigh. Rees has a 3.40 GPA in exercise science.
Puccia, who was named America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year on Tuesday, started all 15 games in which she played. She has 39 goals and six assists for 45 points to lead the 'Cats in goals and rank second in points. Puccia is also atop the UNH leaderboard in shots (72) and draw controls (58). With those statistics, her America East conference rankings include sixth in goals per game, 10th in points per game and fourth in draw controls per game. Puccia has a 3.67 GPA in neuroscience.
She has scored a goal each of the last 12 games and in 14 of 15 this season; she began that streak with multiple goals in 11 consecutive games and she has netted multiple goals in 13 of 15. Puccia's season highlights include reaching the century milestone in both goals and assists. She recorded four four-goal efforts and matched her personal best of six points (4g, 2a) at Iona .She also finished with career highs in draw controls (eight), ground balls (four) and caused turnovers (three) against Binghamton en route to being named the America East Defensive Player of the Week.
McHoul, a starter in all 16 regular-season games, has tallied 20 goals and 36 assists – a UNH single-season record -- for 56 points to lead the team in both assists and points. She ranks No. 8 in the nation with a league-leading 2.25 assists per game. McHoul is also sixth in America East in points per game. She has recorded a point in 14 of 16 games with 12 multiple-point efforts, including eight games with multiple goals and 10 with multiple assists. McHoul's season highlights include a career-high four goals and season-high seven points at Drexel (March 23). She tallied six points four times as part of an impressive 19 points (9g, 10a) in a three-game span.
Gurello played in all 16 regular-season games and was in the starting lineup 12 times. She tallied nine goals and two assists for 11 points and that included six points (5g, 1a) in five America East conference games. Gurello recorded career highs in both goals and points with three goals vs. Binghamton. She also scored two goals against both Drexel and Stony Brook.
Hinkle, another 'Cat who has started all 16 games, has 42 points on 25 goals and 17 assists. She ranks second on the team in goals and assists, as well as draw controls (49), and is third in both points and shots (56). With those numbers, Hinkle ranks fifth in America East in draw controls per game and seventh in assists per game. Hinkle recorded a career-high seven points with two goals and a season-high five assists against Binghamton. Her other season highlights included the game at UMBC in which she finished with personal bests in both goals (four) and ground balls (four). Hinkle tallied a point in 13 of 16 games with 11 multiple-point efforts, including eight multiple-goal games and four multiple-assist performances.
New Hampshire (7-9 overall, 2-3 America East) begins postseason play Friday, May 2 with an America East Championship semifinal game against top-seed and host Stony Brook University. Game time at LaValle Stadium is 5 p.m.