CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire field hockey team swept this week's America East awards with Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) receiving the Player of the Week award and Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) feted as Rookie of the Week. The league made the announcement Monday afternoon.
Rausch was the difference-maker in UNH's 3-2 victory against 15th-ranked Boston University on Oct. 16 that kept the Wildcats atop the league standings. With two goals and an assist, the junior factored in all three goals and recorded a career-high five points. Rausch gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, assisted on the goal that put the team back in front 2-1, and broke the 2-2 tie with 3:15 remaining in the game.
Bozek was an instrumental part of UNH's defensive unit that limited BU's high-scoring attack below its season average to just two goals and the 14th-ranked Boston College Eagles to one second-half shot and eight shots the entire game.
In 15 games this season, Rausch has seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. She is tied for the America East lead in assists, ranks eighth in points and tied for 10th in goals. Rausch is also tied for the team lead in assists and ranks second in both goals and points.
Bozek has started all 16 games this season. In addition to being a linchpin of the defensive unit, including the penalty corner unit, she is also an integral part of the offensive penalty corner unit and has scored three goals.
Rausch is the second UNH player to receive the Player of the Week award this season – Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected Oct. 4 – and Bozek is also the second Wildcat named Rookie of the Week. Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) was named top rookie Aug. 30.
UNH (11-5 overall, 3-0 America East) returns to action Oct. 22 (4 p.m.) at Fairfield University. The Wildcats then close out the regular season with home games against 10th-ranked Louisville (Oct. 24, 12 p.m.) and Albany (Oct. 30, 1 p.m.).