CHANDLER, Ariz. – Senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) of the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region First Team, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Thursday. Junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were Second Team selections.
Erler and Bozek, both of whom were 2012 America East All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team selections, advance to the ballot for the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Team, which will be announced Nov. 20.
|EMMA ERLER||MEGAN BOZEK||CASEY POHLMEYER||KELLIE JOYCE|
Erler started all 20 games, recorded three goals and six assists for 12 points to rank third on the team in assists. The captain had a team-best four-game assist streak spanning Aug. 31 to Sept. 14 in which she tallied a total of five assists. Her season highlights included a one-goal, two-assist effort at Brown University (Aug. 31) in which she tied her personal bests in both assists and points (four). Erler was an integral part of UNH's success on the offensive penalty corner unit as the insert, and she was also a member of the defensive penalty corner unit. Earlier this month, she was selected to compete in the prestigious NFHCA Senior Game.
Bozek, whose other 2012 accolades included America East Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 10 goals and four assists for 24 points to rank second on the team in both goals and points. Bozek also finished with a team-best four defensive saves, which led America East and is eighth best in the country. In other statistics, she ranked sixth in the conference in goals per game and eighth in points per game.
Bozek, named to the Northeast Region Second Team a year ago, tallied two goals and two assists for six points in five America East conference games; with those numbers, she ranked third in assists per game and sixth in points per game. Overall, Bozek recorded a point in 13 of 20 games and that included a goal in the semifinal vs. Fairfield University and an assist in the title tilt against University at Albany.
Pohlmeyer is another America East All-Conference First Team honoree in 2012 who also started all 20 games. She recorded five goals and nine assists for 19 points, and both the assist and point totals are personal single-season bests. She led UNH in assists and shots, and ranked fourth in points. In America East, Pohlmeyer ranked third in assists per game and sixth in shots per game. In five conference games, she recorded two goals and three assists for seven points, which put her atop the leaderboard in assists per game, fourth in points per game and 10th in goals per game as well as fifth in shots per game. In two postseason games, she recorded two points with a goal in the America East championship game vs. Albany.
Joyce, an All-Conference Second Team selection, started all 20 games and recorded five goals and seven assists for 17 points – all three totals exceeded lat year's rookie totals (2-3-7). The midfielder tied for the Wildcats' lead in game-winning goals with three, including one in the regular-season finale at Dartmouth, and ranked second in assists; Joyce's other rankings include fourth in goals and fifth in points, as well as third in shots. In America East, she ranked fifth in assists per game.
New Hampshire won the America East regular-season title for the third consecutive year and advanced to the conference championship game for the third time in as many years in 2012. The Wildcats finished the year 12-8 overall with a 5-0 record in America East.