Game Notes: No. 20 Field Hockey Plays Host to Vermont on Homecoming Weekend

Game 13: Oct. 12 vs. Vermont || Durham, NH || 3 pm
Game 14: Oct. 14 at #24 Boston College || Newton, MA || 3 pm

The State of New Hampshire || The UNH field hockey team, ranked No. 20 in the nation, enters this weekend's action with a 6-6 overall record that includes 2-0 in America East and 3-3 at home. The Wildcats have alternated wins and losses the past six games following Sunday's 7-0 loss at fifth-ranked Virginia; in last week's other game, UNH rallied to a 2-1 overtime victory against Albany by scoring with 20 seconds remaining in regulation and then scoring at 6:29 of the extra session. New Hampshire entered this week's action ranked No. 14 in the nation in offense at 2.96 goals per game; in other stats, the 'Cats rank 21st in assists per game (2.17) and 23rd in corners per game (7.75). Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) is 14th in goals per game (0.83) and 18th in points per game (2.00) and junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) is 12th in defensive saves with three.

Tarbell Tabbed Top Defender by America East || Sophomore goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) was honored as the America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Tarbell was a difference maker in UNH's 2-1 overtime victory against then-No. 22 Albany last Friday (Oct. 5). She made seven saves, some of them spectacular, to keep the Wildcats in the game until the 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 Virginia, Tarbell recorded a career-high 12 saves, including eight in the second half.

Challenging the Best || New Hampshire has already faced seven 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 another nationally-ranked team this weekend with an Oct. 14 trip to 24th-ranked Boston College.

The Leaderboard || Hannah Richard leads the team in goals (10) and points (24), and is tied for third in assists (four) with Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.). Pohlmeyer has a team-high 34 shots while Richard and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) are tied atop the leaderboard in shots on goal with 19. Joyce and Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) are the assist leaders with five, while Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) is second to Richard in both goals (seven) and points (15). In goal, Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) is 6-6 with a 2.21 GAA and .726 save percentage; in two America East conference games, she is 2-0 with a 1.22 GAA and .842 save percentage.

Consistent 'Cats || UNH has had the same starting lineup each of the last 11 games. The Wildcats have a nearly even first half–second half split in goals (17-19), shots (85-80) and saves (38-34).

Close Calls || Eight of UNH's 12 games have been decided by one goal, and that includes six decided in overtime or double overtime. The Wildcats are 3-5 in those eight games with a 1-2 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 1-6 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 (4-2). The 'Cats have trailed at halftime just three times in 12 games (1-2 record in those games). UNH has recorded 30+ shots three times this season, but the Wildcats have also been held to single-digit shots six times, including each of the past two games.

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 seven goals on 19 shots for an impressive .368 shooting percentage. Led by those two 'Cats, UNH has a .211 shooting percentage; in comparison, the opposition's shooting percentage is .171.

The Series vs Vermont || UNH has a 25-5 lifetime record, including last year's 2-1 road victory, against Vermont; these teams have met annually since the 1982 season. The Wildcats have a 13-1 home record in this series vs. the Catamounts, and that includes a 2-0 win the last time these teams met at Memorial Field (Oct. 9, 2010). UNH has won each of the last four meetings. Prior to that, Vermont won three straight games spanning the 2005-06-07 seasons; that included the Catamounts' only win in Durham – 4-3 in overtime in October 2006.

Scouting the Catamounts || The University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.) enters this week's action with a 1-11 overall record that includes 0-2 in America East and 0-4 on the road. UVM lost its third consecutive game with a 4-2 setback to Providence College on Monday; prior to that, the Catamounts won its only game of the season vs. Siena College (1-0; Sept. 23). The Catamounts are led by Kelsey Bonner, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week; she scored three of the team's four goals last week and has a team-high four goals this season; Bonner is tied with Alana Izzo (3g, 3a) for the team lead in points (nine). Stephanie Zygmunt ranks fifth in the nation in saves per game (9.1) and her 21-save effort vs. Indiana is the second-highest single-game total in 2012. She has played all but 16 of a possible 840 minutes and has a 1-11 record with a 3.57 GAA and .724 save percentage.

Common Opponents || UNH and UVM have played two common opponents –UMass and Brown. UMass beat both New Hampshire (2-1, overtime) and Vermont (10-1), whereas UNH was a 9-1 victor against Brown, which won 3-2 vs. UVM.

The Series vs Boston College || 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 Eagles || The 24th-ranked Boston College squad enters the weekend with a 7-6 overall record that includes 1-3 in the CAA and 0-4 at home. The Eagles lost to North Carolina, 4-0, at home last Saturday and plays host to Northeastern on Friday prior to playing UNH on Sunday. That loss snapped a three-game winning streak, which was preceded by a three-game losing streak. BC has the edge in both goals (16-7) and shots (87-62) in the first half, but the opposition holds the second-half advantage in both stats (16-10; 85-68). Virgynia Muma (5g, 1a), Jacqui Moorfield (3g, 4a) and Chapin Duke (4g) lead the offense. Leah Settipane has a 7-6 record with a 1.75 GAA, .729 save percentage and three shutouts.

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