Frates Honored As Honda Sports Award Finalist In Field Hockey

DURHAM, N.H.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was a finalist for the Honda Sports Award for field hockey in 2011, when the senior forward captained the University of New Hampshire squad. Field hockey is one of 12 sports in which this player of the year award is presented.

Frates, who graduated this past May with a degree in Family Studies, was named a finalist for being one of the top vote getters among the 16 members of the 2011 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team. She was also selected to the Synapse Sports All-America First Team.

"It is a great and well-deserved honor to be recognized as one of the top field hockey players in Division I," UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "We are very proud of Whit's success and accomplishments in her senior season as well as her entire collegiate career.  Her outstanding performance during the 2011 season paved the way for our team's success."

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. She ranked #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.

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. The 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).

Frates' regional accolades included Longstreth/NFHCA Div. I Northeast Region Player of the Year and First Team as well as ECAC Div. I Offensive Player of the Year and All-Star First Team.

Her 2011 America East Conference accolades were Offensive Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team, All-Championship Team and four-time Player of the Week.

On UNH's career leaderboard, Frates ranks third in goals (52), tied for first in assists (35) and second in points (139) in 81 career games – all starts.

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