New Hampshire field hockey inks Edwards, Lee

DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire field hockey head coach Robin Balducci announced Monday that both Liz Edwards (Essex Fells, N.J.) and Nicole Lee (Trinidad and Tobago) have signed a National Letter of Intent with the University to join the Wildcat field hockey program in the 2004 season.

Edwards was a Mid-Atlantic Regional All-America First Team selection and named to the All-State team as a senior at West Essex High School in 2003. Her other honors that season included All-Essex County First Team, all-conference First Team, All-Hills Division First Team and New Jersey Iron Hills All-Star.

"Liz comes to New Hampshire with a winning attitude having played for such a successful program," Balducci said. "She's a fierce competitor with tremendous speed and very strong stick skills. I am looking forward to her making an immediate impact in her first season as a Wildcat."

Lee, the first Wildcat field hockey player from outside of North America, is a member of the Junior National Training Squad in Trinidad and Tobago. She also plays for the Magnolia's Hockey Club, which competes in the Championship division of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board League. From 1995-2002, Lee played defense, midfield and forward at Holy Name Convent Secondary School. Her 2002 awards included most valuable player at both the Ministry of Sport Youth Programme and the School's Naitonal Indoor Tournament, as well as most outstanding defender at both the FIH World Youth Day tournament and Invitational U-21 Indoor tournament.

"Nicole will bring an international style of play with extensive experience at a highly competitive level," Balducci said. "Her maturity and work ethic will raise the level of play of those around her."

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