Game Notes: No. 22 Field Hockey Battles No. 13 Boston U. and Providence

Game 15: Oct. 19 vs. #13 Boston U. || Durham, NH || 7 pm
Game 16: Oct. 21 vs. Providence || Durham, NH || 1 pm

The State of New Hampshire || The UNH field hockey team, ranked No. 22 in the nation, enters this weekend's action with a 7-7 overall record that includes 3-0 in America East, 4-3 at home and 2-6 against nationally-ranked teams. The Wildcats have alternated wins and losses the past eight games; last weekend, they scored three second-half goals to rally past Vermont, 4-2, and then lost 6-2 at 24th-ranked Boston College. UNH has not lost consecutive games since opening the season 0-2 and has not had a losing record since a three-game win streak put the 'Cats at 4-3. The 'Cats are ranked No. 14 in the nation in offense and 49th in defense, as well as 17th in penalty corners. Junior back Megan Bozek is fourth in defensive saves with four while junior forward Hannah Richard is 19th in goals per game and 23rd in points per game.

The Leaderboard || Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) leads the team in goals (11) and points (26), and is fourth in assists (four) while Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) has a team-best seven assists and is tied for fourth in points (13); Pohlmeyer also leads the team in shots with 39. Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) are tied for second in goals, and they rank 2-3, respectively, in points. Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) are tied for second in assists with five.

Conference Call || Including postseason play, UNH has a 15-2 record, including 8-1 at home, against America East opponents spanning the 2010-11-12 seasons. The Wildcats won the 2010 regular-season title outright at 5-0, then lost to Albany in the championship game. UNH went 4-1 in America East a year ago – with the lone loss against Albany – to share the regular-season crown (with BU) and then captured the tournament championship. This year, the 'Cats are unbeaten in three conference games.

Extended Conference Call || New Hampshire leads the America East conference in goals scored (45) and scoring average (2.97). The Wildcats rank second in assists per game (2.07) and saves per game (6.64) as well as third in shots per game (15.57). On the individual leaderboards, Hannah Richard ranks second in both points per game and goals per game as well as eighth in assists per game. Megan Bozek, who has a conference-best four defensive saves, and Meg Flatley rank seventh and eighth, respectively in points per game; they are also tied for fifth in goals per game. Kellie Joyce and Emma Erler are also among the America East leaders; they are fifth in assists per game. Carlie Tarbell is No. 2 in saves per game (6.36).

Strong in the Second Half || UNH has outscored the opposition 23-16 in the second half with a 96-76 edge in shots and 57-38 advantage in penalty corners.

Notable  || Molly Heaney (East Kingston, N.H.) recorded her first career points with a goal last Friday vs. Vermont. UNH was awarded its first penalty stroke of the 2012 season last week vs. UVM, and Megan Bozek converted that shot into a goal. Casey Pohlmeyer matched her career high of two assists Oct. 14 at Boston College. In that game, Carlie Tarbell recorded double-digit saves for the second time in her career with 10. After recording a 26-5 shot advantage against Vermont, the Wildcats were outshot 22-7 by BC; UNH finished with the edge in penalty corners both games (13-2 vs. UVM; 4-1 at BC). UNH has fallen behind 1-0 each of the last six games.

The Series vs Boston U. || UNH has a 17-19-3 lifetime record against Boston University, but the Wildcats have won each of the last three meetings. Last year, the 'Cats were 4-3 victors in overtime at BU in the regular season and defeated the Terriers, 4-2, in the America East championship game at Memorial Field. BU won eight consecutive meetings spanning the 2004 through 2009 seasons, and that included three matchups in Durham. Four of the last five meetings have been decided by one goal.

Scouting the Terriers || Boston U. enters Friday's game ranked 13th in the nation with a 9-5 overall record that includes 3-0 in America East, 7-2 on the road, 4-0 in overtime and 4-3 against nationally-ranked teams. Last weekend, BU upended then-No. 25 Maine, 3-1, and lost 1-0 at Hofstra University. Jacinda McLeod (7g) and Ella Gunson (4g, 6a) are tied for the team lead in points with 14. Tabi Hatch is tied for second in goals (four) and is third in points (eight). BU splits the goalkeeping duties. Valentina Cerda typically gets the starting assignment (12 starts in 14 games) and is 3-2 with a 1.84 GAA and .667 save percentage. Jess Maroney, the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week, then plays the rest of the way; she is 6-3 with a 1.09 GAA and .840 save percentage. Maroney is ranked #2 in the nation in save percentage and #6 in GAA. Overall, the Terriers are 13th in defense.

Common Opponents || UNH and BU have played seven common opponents; the Wildcats have a 2-5 record, whereas BU is 4-3.
                        UNH                       BU
Albany               2-1 win (home)      2-1 win (road)
Boston College    6-2 loss (road)      2-1 win (road)
UConn                3-2 loss (road)      3-2 loss (home)
UMass                2-1 loss (home)     3-2 win (road)
Syracuse            3-2 loss (home)     2-0 loss (home)
Vermont            4-2 win (home)      4-2 win (road)
Virginia             7-0 loss (road)        2-0 loss (home)

The Series vs Providence College || UNH has a 19-11 lifetime record, including last year's 6-1 road victory, against Providence College. These programs met annually from 1980-2006 and the annual series resumed in 2009 when the Friars won 4-3 in Providence. The Wildcats prevailed 4-1 the last time these teams met at Memorial Field in September 2010.

Scouting the Friars || Providence College enters the weekend with a 8-6 overall record that includes 2-2 in the Big East and 6-2 on the road. The Friars upended cross-town rival Brown University, 4-1, on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to three games, and they battle Rutgers on Friday before making the trip to play UNH on Sunday. Caitlin Malone, the reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, scored a goal vs. Brown to increase her team-leading total to nine; she also has a team-best 24 points. Steph Guglielmo and Henni Tietze are tied for second in goals (seven) and points (18). Kaleigh FitzPatrick leads the team in assists (seven). Kathi Weidman is the primary goalie; she has a 7-4 record with a 2.02 GAA and .718 save percentage in 13 games (12 starts). In the national rankings, PC is 21st in offense (2.66) and 38th in defense (2.05). The Friars have outscored the opposition 25-10 in the second half.

Common Opponents || UNH and Providence have played six common opponents; both teams have a 3-3 record in those games. Both teams beat Brown, Holy Cross and Vermont and both teams lost to Boston College, UConn and Syracuse.
                          UNH                    PC
Brown                 9-1 win (road)      4-1 win (road)
Holy Cross           8-3 win (road)      3-2 win (road)
Vermont              4-2 win (home)    4-2 win (road)
Syracuse             3-2 loss (home)    3-0 loss (home)
UConn                 3-2 loss (road)     4-2 loss (road)
Boston College     6-2 loss (road)     3-2 loss (home)

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