Frates and Lyons receive Longstreth/NFHCA All-America recognition


CHANDLER, Ariz.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), a senior forward and captain of the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team on Monday. Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.), a senior back and captain, was selected to the Second Team.

Both Frates and Lyons, as well as teammate Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.), were eligible for an All-America team honor after being voted to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team on Nov. 18. 

Frates, an All-America Second Team selection last year, is just the second UNH Wildcat to receive multiple All-America awards. The other is Karen Geromini, who was picked to the First Team in 1985 and 1986.

Prior to this year, the most recent UNH All-America First Team honoree was Marcie Boyer in 2002. The last time multiple Wildcats received All-America accolades the same season was 1986, when Geromini and Sandi Costigan were First Team and Pauline Collins was Second Team. Two 'Cats were also honored in 1985, 1983 and 1979. 

Frates started all 21 games in which she played and recorded 23 goals and 11 assists for 57 points. On UNH's list of single-season superlatives, those numbers rank tied for second in points and tied for third in goals. The senior forward and team captain ranks #3 in the nation in points per game (2.71) as well as #7 in goals per game (1.10), and she led America East in both of those statistics.

Frates tied for the team lead in assists, game-winning goals (six) and shots (73), and she ranked second in both goals and points. She recorded a point in 17 of 21 games with a goal in 12 games, including eight multiple-goal efforts. Frates opened the year with a six-game point-scoring streak and also had a six-game point streak in October. Her season highlights included her 100th career point, 50th career goal, a seven-point effort (three goals, one assist) against nationally-ranked Stanford University and three-goal performances against Dartmouth College and Boston University. 

Frates' 2011 America East conference accolades include Offensive Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team, All-Championship Team and four-time Player of the Week.

Lyons started all 22 games as a senior back and captain of the 'Cats. She recorded eight goals and eight assists for 24 points to rank third on the team in goals and points, and she also ranked third in shots with 67. The eight assists marked a personal single-season high and with that total Lyons ranked fifth in America East in assists per game. 

Lyons opened the year with a point in five consecutive games and closed the regular season with a career-high two assists at Harvard University (Oct. 30). She scored a goal in the America East championship game and in the NCAA first-round game. Overall, she tallied a point in 14 of 22 games. In addition to those contributions as a member of the offensive penalty corner unit, Lyons was a linchpin of the defensive unit and was credited with one defensive save.

Her 2011 America East accolades included All-Conference First Team and All-Championship Team.

UNH (17-5) won the America East regular-season and tournament titles en route to advancing to the NCAA Championship for the first time since the 2000 season under the guidance of 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci – recipient of the 2010 and 2011 America East Coaching Staff of the Year. This year's squad tied the benchmark for wins in a season established by the 1986 national runner-up team and broke the single-season records for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).

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