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     DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano has announced the release of the State of Athletics, which highlights the 2008-09 Wildcat season. Within this report you will find team-by-team accomplishments, both in the field of competition and in the classroom that will illustrate another highly successful year in Wildcat athletics.




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DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, 18th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, has announced the 2009 schedule for her UNH team. In addition to five America East league games, the Wildcats will battle four Ivy League teams as well as two ACC teams, a pair of Big East squads and a member of the Big 10.
    The 2009 season opens Aug. 30 at home against Syracuse University, a team that advanced to the semifinals of last year’s NCAA tournament and ended the year ranked third in the national polls.




DURHAM, N.H.Robin Balducci, 18th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, has announced that Shayna Duffy (Dover, N.H.) and Mary Quill (Portsmouth, N.H.) will attend UNH beginning in the Fall 2009 semester and join the University’s field hockey team.
      “We are very excited to add two of the top players in New Hampshire to our program,” Balducci said. “They join Emma Erler, another New Hampshire standout, as part of our incoming class. They bring speed, athleticism and skill.”




CHANDLER, Ariz.Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.), Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2008 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad, the NFHCA announced Monday.
     It marked the third consecutive year that Cooke, a junior back, received this academic distinction and the third overall for Jacobs, a senior midfielder who was also feted in 2005 and 2006. Nagengast was a rookie goalkeeper for the Wildcats in ’08.



DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire field hockey program and 18th-year head coach Robin Balducci paid tribute to the student-athletes on the 2008 UNH Wildcats team at the annual banquet, which was held Feb. 15.
    Junior Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) and freshmen Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, County Claire/Ireland) were recipients of the three major awards.



DURHAM, N.H.Robin Balducci, 18th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, announced Monday that four student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UNH field hockey program in the fall 2009 season.
   All four future Wildcats are from the Northeast region and that includes New Hampshire’s own Emma Erler (New Hampton), who is one of three to garner All-America honors in high school. The other three recruits who will be matriculating at UNH are Emily Buda (Simsbury, Conn), Kylie Damon (Skowhegan, Maine) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.).




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— The University of New Hampshire athletic department had 82 student athletes named to the America East Conference’s Academic Honor Roll last week.Students had to earn grade point averages of 3.0 or higher to receive this recognition. Of those student-athletes, 274 earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for completing the fall semester with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. UNH was tied for second in the conference for number of athletes receiving recognition. The Wildcats were ranked fifth in percentage of student-athletes honored.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.), a junior back on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was one of 11 student-athletes named to the 2008 America East Field Hockey All-Academic Team as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
      Cooke, a business administration major who was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team earlier this month, helped lead New Hampshire to a 9-11 overall record that included a second-place finish in the America East regular-season standings and a runner-up finish in the league tournament.




CHANDLER, Ariz.Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were selected to the 2008 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Northeast Region First Team, the NFHCA announced Wednesday. UNH’s Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vermont) was a Second Team selection.
     UNH is the only America East conference member with multiple First Team honorees. Earlier this month, Craigue was named America East Offensive Player of the Year and she was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Shea. Frates was an All-Conference Second Team selection.
     UNH (9-11 overall, 3-2 America East) finished second in the regular-season standings and as runner-up in the conference tournament.




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ALBANY, N.Y. – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), the America East Offensive Player of the Year, scored her 11th goal of the season, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 2-1 by the University at Albany in the America East Championship title game Sunday afternoon at alumni field.
     UNH, which finished as league runner-up for the fourth time (1992, 1994, 2000, 2008), ends its season at 9-11. Albany, which defeated the Wildcats 3-1 in last week’s regular-season finale to claim the regular-season crown, is now 12-9 and advances to the NCAA tournament.




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ALBANY, N.Y.
Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored at 4:53 of overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 3-2 victory against the University of Maine in an America East Championship semifinal game at the University at Albany’s Alumni Field on Friday afternoon.
      UNH, seeded second in the tournament with a 3-2 league record, improved to 9-10 overall to advance to the Nov. 9 (1 p.m.) championship game against Albany, which defeated Boston University, 1-0, in the first semifinal game. Shea scored two goals and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) tallied her first collegiate goal to lead the attack. Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) was credited with 11 saves.




ALBANY, N.Y.Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), a senior forward on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named America East Offensive Player of the Year at Thursday night’s league banquet. Craigue was also a unanimous selection to the All-Conference First Team and was one of seven UNH Wildcats to receive all-conference recognition.
      Craigue was joined on the First Team by junior forward Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.), while junior back Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) and freshman forward Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) were Second Team selections. UNH had a league-high four representatives on the All-Rookie Team.  Frates, Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, County Claire, Ireland), Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) comprise that distinguished quartet.




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DURHAM, N.H. —     The University of New Hampshire field hockey team enters the 2008 America East Field Hockey Championship as the #2 seed with an overall 8-10 record that included 3-2 in America East. The Wildcats will battle third-seeded Maine (6-10, 3-2) in a Nov. 7 semifinal game at the University at Albany’s Alumni Field; game time is 4 p.m.
      UNH has a 19-10 lifetime record, including this year’s 4-3 road win, against Maine. The Wildcats also won last year’s meeting, 2-1 in overtime. Maine won four straight vs. the ’Cats from the 2003-06 seasons. Each of the last four meetings – and 8 of the last 10–  have been decided by one goal.




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DURHAM, N.H.
– In a battle for the America East regular-season title, the University at Albany field hockey team converted all three of its first-half penalty corners into goals and the Great Danes defeated the University of New Hampshire, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
      UNH ends the regular season at 8-10 and 3-2 in America East. The Wildcats tied with the University of Maine and Boston University for second place in the league standings and earned the No. 2 seed by virtue of the third tiebreaker – conference goals scored (13 in comparison to Maine’s 11 and BU’s nine). The ‘Cats will play third-seeded Maine in a Nov. 7 semifinal at Albany, which enters the postseason at 10-9, 4-1.




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FAIRFIELD, Conn
. – Leah Boody (Ambesbury, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal and set up the game-winning goal to ignite the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 4-2 come-from-behind victory against Fairfield University in America East action. UNH clinched one of four berths in the America East Championship tournament with the win.
     UNH concludes the regular season Nov. 2 (12 p.m.) at home against Albany. The teams are tied for first place in the standings and the winner of that game will be the regular-season champion and play host to the America East Championship Tournament.




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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.
– Jenna Anctil scored with 2:35 remaining in the first overtime session to lift the 14th-ranked Boston College field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-2 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at the Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex.
     Leah Boody (Amesbury, Mass.) and Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored UNH's goals and Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) finished with four saves.




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DURHAM, N.H.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) and Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) scored second-half goals 4:21 apart to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon’s 2-1 America East victory against the University of Vermont at Memorial Field.
     UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 7-8 overall and 2-1 in America East. The Wildcats conclude their non-conference slate Oct. 19 (3 p.m.) at 14th-ranked Boston College. UNH’s next home game is Senior Day against Albany on Nov. 2. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vermont), a freshman forward on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was honored as Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday. Frates received the same distinction Sept. 8.
     Frates extended her point-scoring streak to six games with a goal against Dartmouth College on Oct. 8 and an assist on the game-winning goal Oct. 11 at Maine. The six-game streak is the longest by a Wildcat since 2003, when then-sophomore Katie White had a seven-game streak.




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ORONO, MaineSarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) scored a career-high three goals to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 4-3 America East victory against the University of Maine at the Maine Field Hockey complex.
     Craigue’s six points also marked a personal best and Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, County Claire, Ireland) recorded her first multiple-assist game with two. UNH goalkeeper Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) finished with 13 saves, her second-highest total of the season. UM’s Brittany Fleck stopped seven shots.




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DURHAM, N.H.
– Senior Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) and freshman Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) each scored goals to rally the University of New Hampshire field hockey team from a 2-0 deficit, but a late tally in the 70th minute lifted Dartmouth College to a 3-2 victory in non-conference action Wednesday evening at Memorial Field.
      With the game tied at two in the waning seconds, Dartmouth had one last shot at keeping the game from going into overtime. Virginia Peisch blasted a shot that deflected off the stick of a UNH defender and caromed to Rebecca Sobel, who was positioned three yards out in front of the cage. The ball bounced once before Sobel checked it out of midair past freshman goalkeeper Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) into the left side of the cage with two seconds remaining on the game clock to give Dartmouth the victory.




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DURHAM, N.H.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) scored two goals and both Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) recorded a goal and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday evening’s 4-1 non-conference victory against Northeastern University at Memorial Field.
     Frates extended her point-scoring streak to four games with her first career multiple-goal game. UNH goalkeeper Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) made six saves, including five in the first half. NU goalie Colleen Duffy, who entered the game with a 1.10 goals-against-average and .814 save percentage, was credited with three saves.




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DURHAM, N.H.Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) recorded a career-high two assists to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a two-goal lead in the first half, but Boston University rallied behind two Giovanna Monaco goals to record a 3-2 victory in Friday afternoon’s America East action at Memorial Field.
     Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) extended her goal-scoring streak to three games and Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) scored the Wildcats' other goal. Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) finished with five saves.




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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Freshmen Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored second-half goals to erase a second-half deficit, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey lost 4-3 in overtime to 17th-ranked Rutgers University on Sunday afternoon at RU Stadium Complex. It was the second straight overtime loss for the Wildcats.
      Frates, who finished with a goal and an assist, and Rausch scored goals 75 seconds apart, at 52:41 and 53:56, to lift the 'Cats into a 3-3 tie. Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored UNH's other goal and Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) finished with five saves.




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EASTON, Pa. – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored first-half goals to give the University of New Hampshire field hockey team a 2-1 halftime lead, but Lafayette College scored the lone second-half goal and prevailed 3-2 in overtime Friday night at Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex.
     UNH goalkeeper Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) turned in another strong performance defending the Wildcats’ cage and finished with eight saves, including seven in the first half.




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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Shannon Taylor and Martina Loncarica both recorded three goals and two assists to propel the third-ranked Syracuse University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 10-0 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at J.S. Coyne Stadium.
      UNH lost for the second time in as many days to a nationally-ranked team to fall to 4-4; all four of the Wildcats’ losses this season have been against nationally-ranked teams. Syracuse is now 8-0.




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SYRACUSE, N.Y.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored two goals and Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) made 10 saves, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was edged 4-3 in overtime by the 11th-ranked University of Louisville Saturday afternoon at Syracuse University’s J.S. Coyne Stadium.
      The two goals and four points marked career highs for Rausch, who forced the overtime session with a goal at the end of regulation. Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored UNH's other goal.




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WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire field hockey team overcame a two-goal second-half deficit and Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) scored in overtime to complete the comeback and lift the Wildcats to a 4-3 victory at the College of the Holy Cross in Wednesday night’s non-conference action at Hart Turf Field.
      UNH, winners of four of its last five, is now 4-2 this season while HC fell to 1-5.




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DURHAM, N.H.  – Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) was impressive in a 15-save effort, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was upended 6-1 by 10th-ranked Michigan State University at Memorial Field on Sunday afternoon.

UNH, which entered the game with a three-game winning streak, is now 3-2 on the season. MSU improved to 5-1 with its second win in as many days.

Lehman made 15 saves and surrendered four goals before exiting the game with 11:20 to play; it marked the highest single-game save total by a Wildcat since Oct. 15, 2006, when current assistant coach Margaux Shute made 16 against Providence College.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), a freshman forward on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named Rookie of the Week by America East on Monday. A UNH player has received a conference honor each of the two weeks in the 2008 season, as Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) was the Player of the Week last week.
      Frates recorded three points (one goal, one asssist) to help lead UNH to victories against Ivy League foes Brown University (5-2 on Sept. 5) and Harvard University (3-2; Sept. 7) last weekend.



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DURHAM, N.H.
– The University of New Hampshire field hockey team scored three second-half goals in a 13-minute span to rally past Harvard University, 3-2, in Sunday afternoon’s non-conference game at Memorial Field.
      The Wildcats won their third consecutive game to improve to 3-1 this season. Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.), Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) scored UNH's goals and Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) made four saves for the win.



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DURHAM, N.H.
Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) spearheaded the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon’s 5-2 non-conference victory against Brown University at Memorial Field.
      UNH won its second consecutive game to improve to 2-1 while this marked the season opener for Brown.
      Craigue, the reigning America East Player of the Week, tallied one goal and two assists to set a career high in assists and tie her personal best of four points. Shea scored the first goal of the game as well as the game-winning goal to finish with four points while Rausch recorded a goal and an assist for three points.



By Kristine King, UNH Athletic Media Relations

Collectively, they have traveled over 20,000 miles, and have traded ocean and continents for opportunities to play on the field and court. They have come to UNH ready to play and ready to teach.
      Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia), Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, Ireland), Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) and Rony Tchatchoua (Douala, Cameroon) are four of eight foreign student-athletes that have traveled over seas to UNH to excel as Wildcats and share their culture.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), a senior forward on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was honored as Player of the Week by America East on Tuesday.
      Craigue recorded career highs in both goals (two) and points (four) to lead UNH to its first win of the season, a 3-0 victory against Radford University in second-day action of the AU Tournament Championship on Aug. 31. She is currently tied for the league lead in goals, points and shots (eight).



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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) scored a career-high two goals to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-0 victory against Radford University at American University’s William I Jacobs Recreational Complex.
     Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored UNH's other goal and fellow freshmen Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) combined to shut out the Highlanders with one save apiece. The Wildcats (1-1) finished with the advantage in both shots (20-6) and penalty corners (10-0).



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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 15th-ranked American University field hockey team scored three goals in an eight-minute span of the second half to break open a close game en route to a 4-0 victory against the University of New Hampshire in the season opener for both teams Saturday at William I Jacobs Recreational Complex.
     UNH freshman goalkeeper Jenna Lehmann (Kingston, Pa.) had an impressive collegiate debut and finished with five saves. New Hampshire’s offense was led by junior Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) and senior Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), who accounted for all five of the team’s shots.



DURHAM, N.H.  — The 2008 University of New Hampshire field hockey team, under the guidance of 18th-year head coach Robin Balducci, looks to build on the foundation established by last year’s team that advanced to the America East league tournament. The Wildcats return experience and depth at forward, midfield and back. They also welcome into the program a corps of players ready to step in and play.
     “We made strides last fall and had a number of close games that we lost by one goal,” Balducci said. “We are looking to turn that around with our experience, leadership and a group of freshmen who will immediately step in and make an impact on our program. And coming off a successful spring season developmentally should prove beneficial this fall."



DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire athletic department released the nine names of those being inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2008. The announcement was made today by UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano.
    The inductees will be honored on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 at the Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Huddleston Hall. The event is set to begin at 6 p.m.
This year’s class includes;Ty Conklin ’01 (men’s ice hockey), Grover Daniels ’79 (men’s skiing), Stacy Fimple-Glidden ’96 (Field Hockey), David Gamble ’93 (football), Theresa Redmond-Stevens ’83 (women’s basketball), Mary Beth Sydlowski-Pichette ’92 (women’s soccer), Kate Scanlon-Gehn ’92 (women’s crew), Ian Smith ’99 (men’s swimming), and David O’Connor ’66 (football and hockey), who is the winner of the Leitzel Award.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR HALL OF FAME BANQUET


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – It could be a case of déjà vu for the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, which finished fourth in the 2007 America East standings and has been selected fourth in the 2008 America East Field Hockey Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released Thursday.
      UNH received 14 points overall to place behind the University at Albany (four first-place votes; 24 points), Boston University (two; 22) and the University of Vermont (16 points). The University of Maine (nine) and Fairfield University (five) completed the poll.





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