DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire field hockey team held its annual team banquet recently where the team named the captains for the 2000 season as well as the recipients for the Susan Kilmister Memorial Award and the Joyce V. Hiller Scholarship Fund.
Juniors Kelly Stowe (Topsfield, Mass.) and Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) will serve as the co-captains for the 2000 squad. Stowe served as a tri-captain in the 1999 season as a junior. Stowe finished the year as the Wildcats second leading scorer with seven goals and 10 assists for 24 points. She was rewarded as a second team regional All-American and received AMERICA EAST Player of the Week honors on September 13 after scoring the game winning goal against Northwestern University and assisted on another goal in the 3-2 win. Russell started all 18 games she appeared in and contributed four goals and seven assists for 15 points. She scored two goals, including the game winner, and added an assist in the 3-1 victory over Towson University on October 31.
The recipient of the Susan Kilmister Memorial Award is junior Allie Lehmann (Granby, Conn.). The award was established in memory of Susan Kilmister, a member of the UNH field hockey and lacrosse teams in 1978 and 1979. She died unexpectedly during the 1979 NCAA National Lacrosse Championships. Recipients of this award reflect Kilmister's dedication, accomplishments and sportsmanship as a student-athlete. Over the last three seasons, Lehmann has gradually stepped into a starting role for the Wildcats. Last year, Lehmann started all 17 games she appeared in and contributed one goal and one assist.
The Joyce V. Hiller Scholarship Fund was awarded to Russell. The scholarship fund has been established through the generosity of Joyce V. Hiller. Hiller earned her degree in Physical Education from UNH in 1954. Over the years, she has been an enthusiastic advocate and generous benefactor for UNH women's athletics, particularly the field hockey program. The scholarship is given with respect to what Joyce has meant to the field hockey program - a person who is always there with a helping hand and gives selflessly to the program. Russell had a breakout year for the Wildcats in 1999 as she nearly doubled her career totals with four goals and seven assists in 18 games. She served as an important component in the midfield and was a go-to player for UNH.