CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) of the 21st-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, by the America East conference on Monday.
The outstanding play of Richard and Bozek helped lead UNH to a 2-0 week with home wins against both University of the Pacific (7-1 on Sept. 14) and seventh-ranked Northeastern University (3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 16).
Richard recorded seven points with three goals and an assist to extend her point streak to five games. She scored consecutive goals five minutes apart – at 8:34 and 13:34 – to break a 1-1 tie and spark the Wildcats to victory vs. Pacific. The two goals matched her previous career high established earlier this season. Richard followed that with a goal and an assist against previously unbeaten Northeastern. Her tally gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute and then she set up the game-tying goal with 5:43 remaining in regulation.
Bozek backboned a UNH defensive effort that surrendered just three goals in two games, limited Pacific to three shots and held the nation's leading scorer, NU's Crystal Poland, off the scoresheet in 87-plus minutes of action. Bozek made two defensive saves – one in both the first and second halves, including one against Poland – and scored the game-tying goal that sent the game against Northeastern into extra sessions.
Through seven games, Richard leads UNH in goals (seven) and points (18) and she is second in both assists (four) and shots (15). She ranks second in the America East conference in points per game (1.57), goals per game (1.00) and assists per game (0.57). Richard is No. 9 in the nation in both ppg and gpg.
Bozek, who has also started all seven games this season, is tied for fourth on the squad in both goals (three) and points (seven); she leads the team in defensive saves with three. She has recorded a point in four of the last five games, including a stretch of three consecutive games spanning Aug. 31 to Sept. 9. Bozek ranks fourth nationally in defensive saves.
New Hampshire (4-3 overall, 0-0 America East) returns to action Sept. 21 (7 p.m.) at fifth-ranked University of Connecticut. The Wildcats' next home game is Oct. 5 (3 p.m.) against conference foe University at Albany.