WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.), a sophomore goalkeeper on the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Tarbell was a difference maker in UNH's 2-1 overtime victory against then-No. 22 University at Albany last Friday (Oct. 5). She made seven saves, some of them spectacular, to keep the Wildcats in the game until they tied the score, 1-1, with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Tarbell recorded one of her best stops of the game in the extra session when she made a blocker save on Jordyn Homyak's blast targeted for the right post at 1:36 of OT.
Two days later at fifth-ranked University of Virginia, Tarbell recorded a career-high 12 saves, including eight in the second half.
In 12 games this season (all starts), Tarbell has a 6-6 record with a 2.21 GAA and .726 save percentage. She is 2-0 in America East conference games with a 1.22 GAA and .842 save percentage. Tarbell's other season highlights include nine-save efforts against then-No. 2 Syracuse University (Sept. 7), then-No. 5 UConn (Sept. 21) and Fairfield University (Sept. 28).
New Hampshire (6-6 overall, 2-0 America East) returns to action Oct. 12 against the University of Vermont. The game, which is part of UNH's Homecoming Weekend, begins at 3 p.m. at Memorial Field. The Wildcats then play at 24th-ranked Boston College on Oct. 14 (3 p.m.).