November 24, 2009

UNH'S SHEA NAMED TO NFHCA ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM; THREE 'CATS NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM

MEG SHEA
WHITNEY FRATES
KENDALL DECK

CHANDLER, Ariz.Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.), a senior forward and captain of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named to the 2009 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Third Team, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Monday.

The NFHCA also recently announced the Northeast Region teams. Shea and teammate Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) were named to the First Team while Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) was a Second Team selection. Shea is a repeat First Team honoree from last year.

Shea recorded 23 goals and nine assists for 55 points in 19 games to rank sixth in the nation in both goals per game (1.21) and points per game (2.89). She led the America East conference in points per game, goals per game and game-winning goals (four) as well as sixth in assists per game. The captain recorded team highs in goals, game-winning goals, points, shots (66) and shooting percentage (34.8%) and tied for the lead in assists.

Shea had a school-record point-scoring streak of 18 games, scored a goal in 15 of 19 games with seven multiple-goal efforts and tallied an assist in nine games, including the last five of the regular season. In UNH’s record book, both the 23 goals and 55 points rank #2 on the list of single-season superlatives.

Her season highlights included a three-goal effort at Dartmouth College (Oct.7) that tied her career highs in both goals and points (six). She also had two-goal efforts against Brown University, Providence College, Penn, Harvard, Fairfield  and Maine.

Shea was the 2009 America East Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the All-Conference First Team. She was the only player to win back-to-back America East Player of the Week awards this season and received that honor three times overall, which was another league high.

Frates, who was a Northeast Region Second Team selection last year and an America East All-Conference First Team honoree this season, compiled 29 points on 10 goals and nine assists to tie Shea for the lead in assists and rank second in both goals and points. The sophomore forward ranked third in America East in assists per game as well as fourth in both points per game and goals per game.

Frates ended the regular season with a four-game point-scoring streak and a goal in each of the last three. In a span from mid-September to early October, she scored a goal in six of seven games. Overall, she recorded a point in 12 of 19 games. Her season highlights included a career high of two assists at Brown, and she tied her personal best of four points in that game.

Deck, a sophomore back who was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team, once again proved to be a leader of the defensive corps and was an integral part of the defensive penalty corner unit as UNH recorded four shutouts and limited three other opponents to one goal. She started all 18 games in which she played during the 2009 season.

UNH finished the season with a 12-7 overall record and advanced to the America East semifinals for the third consecutive year.

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