DURHAM, N.H. – Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), both of whom will be juniors on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, were recently selected to the 2010 Boston National Championship Travel Team that will compete at the USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship. Classmate Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) was named an alternate.
Deck and Frates were two of 14 athletes selected from a pool of 26 who competed on the training squad. In addition to Nagengast, Wildcats Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) competed on the training squad, as did 2010 graduate Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.).
The USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship is a round-robin tournament featuring the top athletes from USA Field Hockey's six regional High Performance Centers. The event will be held June 20-27 at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center at Virginia Beach. Athletes competing in the tournament have the opportunity for selection to the U.S. National Squad.
Boston is in Seniors Pool B and has games scheduled against the South (June 20), Mid Atlantic (June 21) and California (June 23). The teams are then seeded and play continues June 25-26.
Deck, a back, started all 18 games in which she played and was a linchpin of the defensive unit. She was selected to the 2009 America East All-Conference Second Team as well as the NFHCA Northeast Region Second Team.
Frates, a forward, tied for the team lead in assists (nine) and ranked second in both goals (10) and points (29) for UNH in the 2009 season. She recorded a point in 12 of 19 games en route to garnering America East All-Conference First Team and NFHCA Northeast Region First Team recognition.
Nagengast played all 1359 minutes, 22 seconds in goal for the '09 Wildcats. She compiled a 12-7 record with a 2.32 GAA, .679 save percentage and four shutouts. In the last eight games of the regular season, Nagengast went 7-1 with a 1.43 GAA and .786 save percentage. She was named to the 2009 America East Field Hockey All-Academic Team.
Connolly, who will be entering her senior season in 2010, started all 19 games last year for New Hampshire. The midfielder tied for third in assists (eight) and also had one goal for a total of 10 points. Connolly garnered America East All-Conference Second Team accolades in '09.
Lyons, who will be a junior, started all 18 games in which she played. She contributed seven points on two goals and three assists and an integral part of the offensive penalty corner unit.
Williams was a four-year leader of UNH's defensive unit. She started all 19 games as a senior and was an instrumental part of the defensive penalty corner unit.
Beginning in the early spring, High Performance Centers serving the New England, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Midwest, South and California regions conduct open trials for college-age and older athletes. Once selected to a High Performance Center, athletes receive elite-level training from some of the nation's top coaches over the course of the spring.
At the conclusion of the program,
each High Performance Center selects a team to represent its region
at the National Championship.