Jess Burnap enters her fifth season
as an assistant coach at her alma mater. Burnap, who earned a B.S.
in Psychology in 2005, was a four-year standout for the New
Hampshire women’s lacrosse program. As one of the
program’s most prolific scorers, Burnap broke the UNH
single-season goals record with 72 in the 2004 season and recorded
81 points that year. She compiled career totals of 168 goals and 45
assists for 213 points to leave the program ranked No. 2 in both
goals and points as well as No. 9 in assists.
Burnap, who started all 74 games in her four-year career, became the third Wildcat to reach the 150-goal milestone with the 150th of her career April 13, 2005 vs. Harvard. She also became just the third player in program history to attain the 200-point milestone with a point vs. Albany on April 24, 2005. And her eight-goal effort vs. Boston College in 2004 tied the school record at the time.
A native of New Canaan, Conn., Burnap earned IWLCA All-America Second Team and America East Player of the Year honors in her record-breaking junior season. She was a three-time selection to the America East All-Conference First Team (2003, 2004, 2005) and earned both Second Team and Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. As a senior tri-captain, Burnap was named to the preseason Tewaaraton Watch List (nation’s top player award) and to the IWLCA National Honor Roll for her academic achievement.
Burnap grabbed headlines for her offensive prowess but was a multi-dimensional player for the ‘Cats. She led the team in draw controls as a junior and senior and was the team leader in ground balls as a sophomore. She led the Wildcats to league regular-season and tournament titles – and an NCAA tournament appearance – in 2004, as well as runner-up league tourney finishes in the other three seasons.
Prior to coming back to UNH as part of the coaching staff in the summer of 2006, Burnap was head coach of the girls lacrosse team at Deering High School (Portland, Maine) for the 2006 season.