DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, 16th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey program, has announced that Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Lyndsey Natale (Warren, N.J.) and Devan Weed (East Hampstead, N.H.) have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the UNH Wildcats beginning in the 2007 season.
    Connolly earned 2006 All-America Second Team honors as a senior midfielder at Lakeland High School and led the team to the state championship. She also earned All-State, All-Section and All-League honors in both 2005 and 2006 and was named to the Regional All-America Team in ’05. Connolly led her team to the gold medal in the Empire State Games in both 2005 and 2006, and also competed in the 2005 Junior Olympics. She served as team captain in her junior and senior seasons and also lettered in soccer at Lakeland HS.
    Natale is a 5-foot-9 forward out of Hun School of Princeton. She received All-State First Team, First Team Central Jersey Coaches Association and All-Prep First Team in 2006, when she recorded 15 goals and 10 assists. She finished her high school career with 34 goals and 16 assists and also has playing experience with Spirit Eagles club team. Natale led her team to the national hockey festival championship in 2005 and to the NJ prep semifinals in 2004.
    Weed is a 5-foot-3 midfielder from Pinkerton Academy, where she earned Regional All-America First Team and All-State Team honors in 2006. She was a Futures Elite selection this year and competed at the National Festivals from 2003-06. Weed’s other accolades as a Pinkerton senior included Union Leader and Eagle Tribune All-Star Team and Varsity No. 1 player in New Hampshire. Weed led the Astros in scoring last year with 11 goals to help lead the team to first place for the second consecutive year. She also played on the Seacoast United club team and letters in lacrosse at Pinkerton.
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