September 12, 2012

Game Notes: No. 21 Field Hockey Plays Host to Pacific (FRI) and No. 7 Northeastern (SUN)

Game 6: Sept. 14 vs. Pacific || Durham, NH || 7 pm
Game 7: Sept. 16 vs. #7 Northeastern || Durham, NH || 4 pm

The State of New Hampshire || The UNH field hockey team climbed three spots to No. 21 in this week's Penn Monto/NFHCA poll following last weekend's results, when the Wildcats were edged 3-2 by second-ranked Syracuse at Memorial Field – the 'Cats led 2-1 with six minutes remaining – and then recorded an 8-3 victory at Holy Cross to move to 2-3 overall on the season. In the last four games, UNH has alternated wins and losses. New Hampshire entered this week's action ranked No. 5 in the nation in offense at 3.94 goals per game; in other stats, the 'Cats rank eighth in assists per game (2.80) and 38th in defense (1.97 gpg). Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) is 19th nationally in points per game (2.20) and senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) is ninth in assists (0.80 apg).

Flatley Receives Rookie Recognition From America East || Freshman forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) was honored as America East Rookie of the Week on Monday. Flatley extended her goal-scoring streak to three games last week with a goal against second-ranked Syracuse and a career-high two goals (and four points) at Holy Cross.

Close Calls || UNH is winless in three home games this season; all three losses have been by one goal, including one in overtime and another in which the game-winning goal was scored in the last minute of regulation.

The Leaderboard || Hannah Richard leads the team in points (11) and is tied atop the goals leaderboard – with Meg Flatley –  at four. Emma Erler has a team-high four assists, followed by Richard with three. Flatley ranks second in points (9), followed by sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.; 8). Junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) leads four 'Cats in double-digit shots with 17. Sophomore goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) has played all 354:55 in goal; she has a 1.97 GAA and .714 save percentage.

Streaking || Five Wildcats carry a three-game point-scoring streak into Friday's matchup against Pacific. Meg Flatley has scored a goal each of the last three games (4g), while Hannah Richard (3g, 3a), Kellie Joyce (3g, 2a), Emma Erler (1g, 4a) and Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.; 2g, 1a) have a point in three straight.

Career Highs || Carlie Tarbell recorded a career-high nine saves, including seven in the first half, last Friday against second-ranked Syracuse. Both Meg Flatley and Kellie Joyce tallied two goals and four points Sept. 9 vs. Holy Cross; the goal and points were personal bests for both student-athletes. Freshman forward Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.) finished with a career-high three points in that game against the Crusaders.

Career Firsts || Senior forward Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) recorded her first collegiate points with a goal at Holy Cross on Sept. 9; it was her 16th career game.

Statistical Analysis || UNH has outscored the opposition 20-10, including 11-4 in the second half. The Wildcats also have the overall edge in both shots (87-62, including 42-23 in the second half) and penalty corners (36-31 with a 20-14 second-half advantage). UNH also has a .230 shooting percentage in comparison to the opposition's .161.

All or Nothing || New Hampshire has recorded 30+ shots in its two wins, but has been held to single digits in the three losses. Along those lines, the Wildcats have tallied at least 10 penalty corners in its wins, but five or less in the losses.

The Series vs Pacific || UNH has a 3-1 lifetime record, including 2-0 at home (by an aggregate score of 4-0), against Pacific. The last time these teams met was here at Memorial Field in Sept. 2007, when the Wildcats prevailed 1-0. One year earlier, Pacific was the 1-0 victor (at Cal). UNH also won in 1994 (5-1 at Maine) and 1990 (3-0).

Scouting the Tigers || University of Pacific enters the week with a 2-3 overall record and plays Siena College at UNH's Memorial Field on Thursday, Sept. 13 (4 p.m.) before battling UNH on Friday the 14th. The Tigers opened the season with three consecutive home games and went 2-1 before losing neutral-site games against nationally-ranked opponents Northwestern (5-1) and Iowa (6-0). Pacific's offense, ranked 37th in the nation, is led by Emily Tregoning (2g, 3a), Jenna Vivian (2g, 2a), Paige Counsman (2g, 1a) and Samantha Romero (2g). The goalkeeping duties have been split evenly (175 minutes each) by Molly Macierz and Maggie Corder. Macierz, the starter, is 0-3 with a 4.40 GAA and .703 save percentage. Corder is 2-0 with a 3.20 GAA and .619 save percentage. The first half-second half breakdown is relatively even in goals (5-6), shots (29-33) and penalty corners (12-13).

The Series vs Northeastern || UNH has an 18-26-2 lifetime record, including 8-8-2 at home, against Northeastern University, but the Wildcats have won two straight and three of the last four vs. the Huskies. Last year at New Hampshire's Memorial Field, the 10th-ranked 'Cats prevailed 4-0 with a 15-6 shot advantage against 20th-ranked NU. Emma Erler recorded two assists to lead the offense, which scored in the 3rd, 4th, 15th and 43rd minutes. Prior to its recent success, UNH lost nine straight in the series spanning the 1999-2007 seasons.

Scouting the Huskies || Seventh-ranked Northeastern University enters this weekend's action one of six unbeaten teams in the nation at 5-0; the Huskies, who are 3-0 on the road, play at UMass on Friday before making Sunday's trek to Durham. NU has already beaten four ranked opponents with wins against Louisville, Northwestern, Virginia and Michigan State – three of those games were decided by one goal. Crystal Poland has scored 11 of the team's 15 goals to lead the nation in goals per game (2.2) and rank second in points per game (4.8). In goal, Lizzie Priest has played all but 4 minutes, 38 seconds of 350:00; she has a 1.82 GAA and .811 save percentage. NU's superior shooting percentage of .231 in comparison to the opposition's .108 accounts for its 15-7 scoring advantage despite the shots being equal at 65.

Did You Know? || UNH 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci (UNH '85) began her collegiate coaching career at Northeastern University; she was an assistant coach for three years. Northeastern 25-year head coach Cheryl Murtagh is a UNH alum from the class of '81. Both Balducci and Murtagh are members of the UNH Hall of Fame.

Bonus Games ||  If two field hockey games aren't enough, come to Memorial Field to watch Pacific play Siena College (Sept. 13; 4 p.m.) or Pacific battle the Maine Black Bears (Sept. 16; 12 p.m.).

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