CHANDLER, Ariz. – Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), a senior forward and captain of the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Northeast Region Player of the Year, the NFHCA announced Tuesday.
Frates is one of five Regional player of the year award winners now under consideration for the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year, which will be announced Nov. 28.
Frates was feted as a Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team selection on Monday. Last week, it was announced that she was selected to the Northeast Region First Team for the third consecutive year in 2011; she was a Second Team honoree as a freshman in 2008.
Frates, a unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year and to the All-Conference First Team, 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. She ended the 2011 season ranked third in the nation in points per game as well as seventh in goals per game, 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 in which she tallied 19 points (seven goals, five assists) and also had a six-game point streak spanning Oct. 2-21 in which she recorded 25 points (10g, 5a). Frates excelled against the best competition with 29 points (13g, 3a) in 12 games against nationally-ranked teams.
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 both Dartmouth College and nationally-ranked Boston University.
Frates was a four-time America East Player of the Week honoree and was also named to the All-Championship Team for her performance in the conference tournament.
In 81 career games, she amassed 52 goals and 35 assists for 139 points. Those numbers rank No. 2 in points, No. 3 in goals and tied for first in assists on UNH's career leaderboards.
UNH (17-5), under the guidance of 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci – recipient of the 2010 and 2011 America East Coaching Staff of the Year, 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. 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).