November 18, 2010

FOUR FIELD HOCKEY PLAYERS RECEIVE NFHCA ALL-NORTHEAST REGION HONORS

Whitney Frates Kara Connolly
Kyle Lyons Hayley Rausch

CHANDLER, Ariz. – A total of four University of New Hampshire field hockey players were selected to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Team, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Thursday.

Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was voted to the First Team for the second consecutive year after garnering Second Team recognition as a freshman in 2008. Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were 2010 Second Team honorees.

Frates, Connolly and Lyons were all named to the America East All-Conference First Team earlier this month, while Rausch was an All-Conference Second Team selection.

The 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Team will be announced Nov. 22.

Frates tied for the team lead in goals (11) and ranked second in points (30) as well as fourth in assists (eight); both the goal and point totals marked personal bests. In other statistics, Frates tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (three), had a team-best .297 shooting percentage and ranked fourth in shots (37). In the America East conference, the junior forward was fifth in assists per game, tied for sixth in points per game and tied for seventh in goals per game.

Frates tallied a point in 11 of 21 games and that included a career-high five points (two goals, one assist) at Maine in the regular-season matchup. She also factored in all three goals the Wildcats scored vs. the Black Bears in the America East semifinal to propel the Wildcats into the title game.

Connolly had a breakout year offensively in her senior season. The captain ranked third on the team in assists (10), fourth in points (22) and tied for fourth in goals (six); Connolly also tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (three) and was third in shots (38). With those numbers in 21 starts, she ranked third in America East in assists per game as well as 10th in points per game.

Connolly, a midfielder, opened the 2010 season with a four-game point-scoring streak and she went on to record a point in 12 of 21 games. Her season highlights included personal bests in both goals (two) and points (four) against Bryant University; she also tied her career high of two assists at Holy Cross.

Lyons, a junior back, led the team in shots (69) and tied for the team lead in both goals (11) and game-winning goals (three). She converted all three penalty strokes attempted and was credited with one defensive save. With those numbers, Lyons tied for seventh in America East in goals per game as well as ninth in points per game.

Lyons ended the 2010 season with a point in five consecutive games and she tallied a point in 12 of 21 games overall, including a goal in 10 games. Her season highlights included a two-goal, four-point effort at Holy Cross.

Rausch led the team in both assists (13) and points (31) and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (three); she ranked second in shots (51) and third in goals (nine). With those numbers, the junior forward ranked 16th in the nation in assists per game and was atop the America East conference in that statistic. The 13 assists is the highest total by a UNH Wildcat since 1998 and is tied for fifth on the program's list of single-season superlatives.

Rausch recorded a point in 12 of 20 games with four multiple-assist games, and she excelled against the nation's elite with 11 points (three goals, five assists) in six games vs. nationally-ranked teams. Her season highlights included a career-high five points (2g, 1a) vs. Boston University and a two-goal effort against Maine in the America East tournament to propel the Wildcats to the championship game.

New Hampshire won the America East regular-season championship with a perfect 5-0 record en route to a 14-7 overall record. The Wildcats climbed as high as No. 19 in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Poll.

View: Mobile | Desktop