September 12, 2011

Frates Honored as America East co-Player of the Week in Field Hockey

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), a senior forward on the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named the America East co-Player of the Week by the league on Monday afternoon. She shared the honor with the University of Maine's Stephanie Gardiner. 

Frates recorded seven points (three goals, one assist) to help UNH remain undefeated (6-0, 0-0 America East) with wins against Rutgers University (2-1, overtime) and intrastate rival Dartmouth College (5-2) last weekend. She recorded career highs in both goals (three) and points (six) to ignite a five-goal second half at DC. Frates scored the goals that started and ended a three-goal spurt spanning 3 minutes, 40 seconds that quickly gave the Wildcats a 4-1 lead. She tallied an assist on the team's first goal vs. Rutgers.

Frates attained a personal milestone in the Sept. 11 game at intrastate rival Dartmouth. She entered the game with 95 career points and became the third UNH Wildcat to attain the 100-point milestone with the last of her three goals vs. the Big Green. Frates now has 36 goals and 29 assists for 101 points to rank #6 in goals, #2 in assists and #3 in points on the program's all-time leaderboards. 

In six games this season, Frates has amassed seven goals and five assists for 19 points. With those numbers, she ranks sixth in the nation in points per game (3.17), 13th in goals per game (1.17) and 17th in assists per game (.0.83) Frates leads the team in assists and is second in both goals and assists.  In the America East rankings, Frates is second in both points per game and assists per game as well as third in goals per game.

The other 'Cats who surpassed 100 career points are Karen Geromini ('87) with 162 and Gaby Haroules ('81) with 119. 

A UNH Wildcat has garnered the league's top player award all three weeks this season. Frates was the inaugural recipient Aug. 30 and Hayely Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) was feted last week.

New Hampshire returns to action next weekend with a pair of home games against regional rivals. The Wildcats play host to College of the Holy Cross on Sept. 16 (7 p.m.) and then Northeastern University on Sept. 18 (2 p.m.).

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