Rausch Honored as America East Player of the Week in Field Hockey

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.), a senior forward on the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named the America East Player of the Week on Tuesday. A UNH player has received this accolade each of the first two weeks of the season, as classmate Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was the first honoree of the 2011 season.

Rausch factored in seven of the team's 11 goals to lead UNH to wins against Brown University (5-0) and Providence College (6-1) last weekend. She established a personal best of three goals in the home opener vs. Brown on Sept. 2, then matched that and also had an assist for a career-high seven points at PC (Sept.. 4). It marked the first time since 1986 a UNH player scored three goals in back-to-back games. 

She scored consecutive goals 62 seconds apart (at 13:38 and 14:40) vs. Brown to quickly extend UNH's advantage to 3-0 and then she capped the scoring at 41:53. Rausch also scored back-to-back goals, including the game-winning goal, spanning 2:21 at PC to transform a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead of 2-1. She then set up the team's fourth goal at 21:55 to give the 'Cats a 4-1 halftime lead and once again completed the game scoring (at 56:44).

Rausch leads the team in goals (seven), game-winning goals (two), points (17) and shooting percentage (.368), and is ranked second in both assists (three) and shots (19). 

She is atop the America East leaderboard in points per game (4.25) and goals per game (1.75), and is second in shots per game (4.75) as well as third in assists per game (0.75).

In 60 career games, Rausch has compiled 32 goals and 27 assists for 91 points to rank ninth on UNH's all-time list in goals, third in assists and seventh in points. 

Rausch previously received the America East Player of the Week award Oct. 18, 2010.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 10 at home against Rutgers University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m. The Wildcats then battle intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Sept. 11 (3 p.m.).

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