Game Notes: No. 19 Field Hockey Readies to Battle No. 22 Albany & No. 5 Virginia
Game 11: Friday, Oct. 5 vs. #22 Albany || Durham, NH || 3 pm
Game 12: Sunday, Oct. 7 at #5 Virginia || Charlottesville, VA || 1 pm
The State of New Hampshire || The UNH field hockey team slipped four spots to No. 19 in this week's Penn Monto/NFHCA Poll after splitting a pair of overtime games last week to move to 5-5 overall. The Wildcats opened America East conference play with a 3-2 victory in double overtime at Fairfield on Sept. 28, then traveled to then-No. 20 Drexel University and returned to Durham with a 3-2 OT loss – it marked the Wildcats' fourth consecutive game that went beyond regulation; the 'Cats had previously lost at then #5 UConn and defeated then #7 Northeastern, both by a 3-2 score in double OT. New Hampshire entered this week's action ranked No. 8 in the nation in offense at 3.34 goals per game; in other stats, the 'Cats rank 17th in corners per game (8.3), 18th in assists per game (2.40) and 31st in defense (1.90 gpg). Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) is seventh in goals per game (1.0) and ninth in points per game (2.40).
Challenging the Best || New Hampshire has already faced five nationally-ranked teams and that includes the only two remaining unbeaten teams – Syracuse and UConn; both of those games ended in a 3-2 loss (UConn on the road in double overtime). The Wildcats face two more nationally-ranked opponents this week when No. 22 University at Albany comes to Memorial Field for an Oct. 5 matchup and then the 'Cats hit the road to battle fifth-ranked Virginia.
The Leaderboard || Hannah Richard leads the team in goals (10) and points (24), and is tied for second in assists (four) with Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.). Pohlmeyer has a team-high 31 shots while Joyce and Richard top the leaderboard in shots on goal with 19. Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) is the assists leader with five, while Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) is second to Richard in both goals (six) and points (13).
Streaking || Hannah Richard's seven-game point-scoring streak and five-game goal streak ended when she was held off the score sheet last Sunday at Drexel. Both are best marks by a Wildcat in 2012. The only current multiple-game point streak belongs to Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), who scored a goal each of the last two games.
Career Highs || Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) matched her personal best of nine saves to backbone UNH to a 3-2 double overtime victory at Fairfield on Sept. 28. She established that mark Sept. 7 vs. Syracuse and also equalled it against UConn (Sept. 21) – all three were Friday games. Kellie Joyce tallied a career-high two assists in the 3-2 overtime loss at Drexel last Sunday, Sept. 30.
Close Calls || Seven of UNH's 10 games have been decided by one goal, and that includes five decided in overtime or double overtime. The Wildcats are 2-5 in those seven games with an 0-2 mark in OT and 2-1 ledger in double OT.
Gimme Three || New Hampshire is a perfect 5-0 when scoring at least three goals in a game. At the other end of the spectrum, UNH is 0-5 when scoring less than three goals.
Statistical Analysis || More often than not, UNH wins when: scoring first (3-1 record), leading at halftime (3-1), recording more shots than the opposition (4-0) or recording more corners (4-1).
She Shoots, She Scores || Hannah Richard has scored 10 goals on just 20 shots for an almost unbelievable .500 shooting percentage; and of her 20 shots, 19 have been on goal. Meg Flatley, the team's second-leading goal scorer, has six goals on 16 shots for an impressive .375 shooting percentage. Led by those two 'Cats, UNH has a .216 shooting percentage; in comparison, the opposition's shooting percentage is .159.
The Series vs Albany || UNH has a 7-8 lifetime record, including 1-1 last season, against Albany, which is the only America East team that has defeated the Wildcats in the past two years. The Great Danes prevailed 3-2 on their home field a year ago in the regular-season matchup, but UNH ousted Albany from the America East tourney with a 1-0 semifinal victory in Durham. In 2010, the 'Cats won the regular-season meeting, 4-1, here at Memorial Field but then fell in the conference title game, 3-2, in OT – also at Memorial Field. Each of the last three games has been decided by one goal. UNH has not won consecutive games vs. UA since the 2001-02-03 seasons.
Scouting the Great Danes || The 22nd-ranked University at Albany (5-6 overall, 0-1 America East) went 1-1 last week with a 2-1 loss to Boston U. followed by a 3-1 victory vs. nationally-ranked Louisville – both at home. UNH will be the Great Danes' sixth consecutive nationally-ranked team faced. Prior to last week, UA had beat UMass (3-2) and lost to Lafayette (2-1, 2ot) and Iowa (2-1). Albany, ranked third in the country in penalty corners per game (9.45), is led offensively by Jessica Longstreth (3g, 8a), Corrine McConville (6g, 1a) and Daphne Voormolen (5g, 2a). UA has outscored the opposition 22-19, including 15-8 in the second half. Kristi Trochi anchors the defensive effort in goal; she has played every second and her stats include a 2.08 GAA and .683 save percentage.
The Series vs Virginia || UNH has a 3-2-2 lifetime record against Virginia. The teams be annually between 1988-92, again in 1994 and most recently squared off in 2007, when the Cavaliers were 2-0 victors in a game played at the University of Vermont. This will be the first matchup between these programs in Durham – five of the previous seven meetings were at neutral sites. UNH's most recent victory in this series occurred in September 1994, when the 'Cats won 3-2 (at Ohio State).
Scouting the Cavaliers || The fifth-ranked University of Virginia enters the weekend with a 11-2 overall record that includes 2-0 in the ACC. The Cavaliers have won six consecutive games dating back to a 3-2 loss to Northeastern and play Yale on Saturday, one day ahead of UNH. UVA's potent attack is led by Paige Selenski (18g, 10a), Elly Buckley (13g, 4a), Rachel Sumfest (8g, 4a) and Michelle Vittese (7g, 5a). Jenny Johnstone has played in 11 of 13 games with eight starts; she is 8-1 with a 1.61 GAA and .659 save percentage. Rebecca Holden, in seven games (four starts), is 3-1 with a 2.09 GAA and .682 save percentage. The Cavaliers have outscored the opposition 57-22, including 31-11 in the second half, and recorded almost twice as many shots (228-117).