CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) of the 16th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
It is the second accolade in as many days for Bozek, who was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Her outstanding play led 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).
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 against Northeastern that sent the game into extra sessions.
Bozek, who has started all seven games this season, is tied for fourth on the squad in both goals (three) and points (seven); she leads the team – and is ranked No. 4 in the nation – 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.
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.