November 2, 2010

Jones Tabbed Top Assistant at UC Davis

from press release

DAVIS, Calif. -- Former New Hampshire standout and assistant coach Katie Leland has joined the UC Davis women's lacrosse program as the top assistant, it was announced by head coach Elaine Jones during the fall of 2010. Leland arrives to the Aggies after two-year stops at American University and her alma mater of UNH.

Originally from Timonium, Md., Leland enjoyed a record-setting Wildcat career from 2003 to 2006, setting four school records and earning postseason honors every year. After claiming America East

All-Rookie honors as a freshman, she posted 60 goals with 30 assists to set a UNH season mark of 90 points. She also ranked eighth nationally in that category while finishing 15th in goals and 17th in assists. Along the way, Leland led the Wildcats to a school-record 15 wins, garnering IWLCA All-Region and All-America East first-team accolades.

In 2005, Leland struck again, compiling 51 goals and 21 assists to repeat her all-conference nod and earn a spot on the All-Region second team. She also added America East Student-Athlete of the Year acclaim. As a senior, she again led UNH in goals (53), assists (29) and points (82), ranking among the national leaders in each. Leland capped her career by capturing a third All-America East first-team award and making the IWLCA All-America squad.

For her career, Leland set school records with 179 goals and 270 points. She also held the UNH standards in single-game goals (9).

After graduating with a degree in kinesiology (emphasis in sports studies), Leland took a position as an assistant coach at American University. She helped guide the Eagles to a share of the Patriot League title in her second season, then returned to Durham to rejoin UNH for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Also assisting Jones and Leland is Molly Peterson, who will serve as an undergraduate assistant. Peterson started every game from 2007 through 2010, finishing among all-time Aggie leaders in career caused turnovers (84). She ranked 38th nationally in that category as a senior, averaging 1.65 per contest.

UC Davis went 11-6 during the 2010 season, advancing to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation semifinal round and earning the designation as the most improved Division I program from 2009 to 2010 according to the website LaxPower.com.


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