The University of New Hampshire field hockey team enters the 2007 America East Field Hockey Championship with a 9-11 overall record and the Wildcats earned the fourth seed in the tournament with a 2-3 league record. UNH begins postseason play Nov. 2 with a semifinal against 13th-ranked and top-seeded Boston University (15-5, 5-0) at MIT’s Jack Barry Field on Nov. 2 (12 p.m.).
Live stats will be available online at BU’s athletic website.
UNH has a 14-16-3 lifetime record, including this year’s 4-1 road loss and a 2-3 mark in postseason play, against Boston University. BU has won five consecutive games in the series and that includes a 3-0 home win in the 2004 America East semifinals. The Wildcats’ most recent win vs. the Terriers was in 2003 – 3-2 on the road. In the last 10 meetings, BU holds a 6-4 edge.
In this year’s game (Sept. 28), the Terriers took an early 1-0 lead on Pam Spuehler’s goal at 6:28. The Wildcats tied the game, 1-1, at 12:43 on a tally by Shauna Sellenger (from Brooke Bercari). BU regained control of the game before halftime with goals 2:38 apart by Spuehler and Hadley Adams – at 17:24 and 20:02, respectively. The Terriers led 3-1 at halftime with a 10-2 shot advantage and a 4-2 edge in penalty corners. The shots (15-3) and corners (5-3) ended in favor of BU. UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute finished with eight saves and BU’s Kim Kastuk was not credited with a save.
UNH will be making its 13th appearance in conference postseason play at this weekend’s America East Field Hockey Championship. The Wildcats have a 5-11 record in the America East Championship tourney and won their lone title in 1998. In their most recent appearance, the fourth-seeded ‘Cats lost 3-0 to top-seeded Boston University in a 2004 semifinal matchup at Jack Barry Field. The ‘Cats have a 4-8 mark overall in conference semifinal games and a 1-3 mark in title games.
With a win Friday, UNH will advance to the Nov. 4 (1:30p.m.) championship game at MIT’s Jack Barry Field against the winner of the second semifinal – 15th-ranked Albany vs. Vermont. The America East tournament champion will receive an automatic
berth into the NCAA tourney.
UNH has a 3-3 lifetime record vs. Albany with a 3-0 road loss on Oct. 27, and a 20-5 mark against Vermont with a 3-0 road loss on Oct. 13.
The STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire ended the regular season with a 9-11 overall record that included 2-3 in America East and 1-8 in road games (0-3 in conference road games). The Wildcats have lost three consecutive games, including last weekend’s road trip to Albany (3-0) and Sacred Heart (3-1).
Five of UNH’s losses were to nationally-ranked teams. The Wildcats were outscored 20-3 in those five games. New Hampshire outscored the opposition 27-21 in the other 15 games.
UNH generated a 137-107 advantage in penalty corners and that included a decisive 62-44 edge in the second half.
Seven Wildcats started all 20 regular-season games; two others started all 19 games in which they played.
SELLENGER SHINES IN SENIOR SEASON
Shuana Sellenger has had a standout senior season. She entered her last year as a Wildcat with career totals of eight goals and three assists for 19 points, and her single-season highs included five goals and 11 points as a sophomore in 2005. This year, Sellenger is the team leader in all three statistics with six goals and seven assists for 19 points. Among the seven ‘Cats with double digits in shots, Sellenger has the top shooting percentage of .158. With those statistics, Sellenger ranks ninth in America East in points per game and eighth in assists per game.
Sellenger recorded a point in 10 of 20 regular-season games and had a pair of three-game point-scoring streaks, the latter of
which (Oct. 16-21) was a three-game goal-scoring streak. The two-assist performance Aug. 31 vs. Colgate marked the first (and only) multiple-assist game of her career. Sellenger has started all 57 games since the start of the 2005
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
(Fifth-year) Senior goalkeeper Margaux Shute, who is very adept at charging from the goal mouth to thwart opponent’s scoring
opportunities, has saved her best for last. Through three years, Shute compiled an 11-27 record with a 2.97 GAA, a .717 save percentage and three shutouts. In 20 games this season, she is 9-11 with a 1.89 GAA, .737 save percentage and five shutouts – all of which are single-season bests for Shute (her 1479:34 is also a single-season high).
The last time UNH’s starting goalie recorded a sub-2.00 goals-against-average was in 2002 (Christine Buckley, 1.96). Shute will move to No. 2 on the program’s single-season minutes played leaderboard if she plays 64+ minutes in the postseason; Shayne Medico is currently second at 1543:00 (1994 season). The record of 1652:06 is held by Amy Agulay (2000).
Shute recorded three consecutive shutouts – against UMass, Pacific and Holy Cross (from Sept. 9-16) – as part of a total shutout streak of 292 minutes, 45 seconds. It marked the first time since 1997 that the ‘Cats blanked three consecutive opponents. Shute also recorded back-to-back shutouts vs. Davidson (Oct. 16) and Fairfield (Oct. 20).
In five conference games, Shute went 2-3 with a 2.03 GAA, .711 save percentage and one shutout.
Shute has made 57 consecutive starts dating back to the start of the 2005 season.