New Era Begins for New Hampshire Women's Lacrosse

Emma Rossi (Northfield, Ill.), who was an All-State First Team selection as a senior at New Trier High School, and Hannah Wohltmann (Towson, Md.) join the midfield unit.

Other than Simpson, the attack is young. Sophomore Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) is the next top point producer. Hinkle recorded 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points in 16 games (11 starts). Classmate Becca Graves (Rowley, Mass.) saw limited action last year in eight games and tallied one point on an assist. Emma Kriss (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) sat out the 2012 season after transferring from Old Dominion University, where she played 15 games (10 starts) with four points (3g, 1a) as a freshman in 2011.

Incoming freshmen Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.), Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) and Trinity Scanlon (Upton, Mass.) have the opportunity to make an immediate impact. Grote amassed 198 career points on 85 goals and 113 assists. McHoul compiled 453 career points (210 goals, 243 assists) and was an UnderArmour All-America Team honoree as a senior in 2012, when she led Westwood to the state title with 75 goals and 96 assists.

In addition to Doyle, the defensive unit has a wealth of experience in returning veterans Brittany Conner (Wilton, Conn.), Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.), Cara Dowdle (Northbrook, Ill.) and Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) all of whom are juniors. The lone new defender is freshman Gen Eby (Towson, Md.).

Conner was in the starting lineup seven times last year as a sophomore and played in 14 games overall; she has appeared in 25 games with 12 starts in two years. DePetris was selected to the 2012 America East All-Academic Team; she started the same number of games as Conner and played in every game, while Dowdle started five of the 14 games in which she played. Rees is a cornerstone of the defensive unit, as she has 25 starts in 33 career games and she ranked fifth on last year's squad in caused turnovers.

Sophomore Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) is the other goalie on the roster. She played the same number of games as O'Keefe but Hurwitz had one less start and played 100 fewer minutes.

Following the Feb. 16 season opener, UNH will play its first of seven home games Feb. 23 against the University of Massachusetts at Memorial Field. The Wildcats open the America East portion of the schedule March 24 (at Albany) as they look to return to the conference tournament, in which the 'Cats made a record 14 consecutive appearances spanning 1998-2011.

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