GAME NOTES: Field Hockey Plays Home Opener vs. Providence (Sept. 13), Hosts Northeastern (Sept. 15)
The State of New Hampshire: The UNH field hockey team enters Friday's game vs. Providence College with a 1-3 overall record that includes 0-1 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites, as well as 0-2 against nationally-ranked teams ... UNH is coming off a 3-1 win vs. Pacific (at Stanford; Sept. 8) in which the Wildcats recorded a sizable advantage in both shots (13-3) and penalty corners (9-1) ... UNH went 5-3 in eight regular-season home games last year (6-4 including the postseason); the 'Cats have won five consecutive regular-season home games.
Tarbell Tabbed for America East Award: Junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Tarbell kept UNH tied 1-1 heading into halftime at 12th-ranked Stanford with 11 first-half saves; she finished with 12 saves to match her career high. Tarbell then recorded her first win of the season with a one-save effort vs. Pacific.
'Cat Nips: Megan Bozek recorded her 50th career point with her goal vs. Pacific last Sunday; she enters the weekend with 51 points (23g, 5a) ... Meg Flatley has recorded a point every game this season; she leads the team in both goals (four) and points (10) and is tied atop the assist leaderboard (two); Flatley has scored four goals on just nine shots for a .444 shooting percentage ... Lynne Lehman recorded her first career assist vs. Pacific ... Aggie Sutherland tallied her first career point with an assist vs. Ohio State.
For Openers: UNH has a 24-10-2 record in home openers and that includes a 1-0 overtime win against Providence College in 2002. The Wildcats were upended 2-1 in overtime last year by UMass but the'Cats are 4-2 in the last six home openers dating back to 2007. UNH won seven consecutive home openers spanning 1997-2003.
National Numbers: UNH entered the week ranked No. 22 in penalty corners per game (7.5). On the individual leaderboards, Carlie Tarbell is No. 14 in saves per game (8.5) and Meg Flatley is 16th in goals per game (1.0).
Conference Call: Meg Flatley ranks second in the America East conference in points per game (2.50 ppg) and is tied for second in goals per game (1.00 gpg).
Series vs. Providence: UNH has a 20-11 lifetime record against Providence. The Wildcats have won each of the last three meetings, including last year's 2-1 overtime road win; the Friars scored goal goal each of those three games. The last time these teams met at Memorial Field (Sept. 2010), UNH prevailed 6-1.
Scouting the Friars: Providence College enters tonight's game with a 2-2 overall record (all games at home). The Friars, who lost 2-1 to Northeastern University last Sunday, have alternated wins and losses through four games. PC opened with an overtime win vs. Northwestern, then lost to Albany (4-1) and defeated Holy Cross. The opposition has a slight edge in shots (40-36) and nearly doubled the penalty corners (30-16). PC is led offensively by Daniella Bernasconi (5g); four other Friars are tied for second in points with two. Deidra Clymer has been the only goalkeeper to see action this season; she has a 1.73 GAA and .731 save percentage.
Series vs. Northeastern: UNH has a 19-26-2 lifetime record vs. Northeastern, but the Wildcats have won three straight and 4 of 5, including last year's 3-2 double overtime victory at Memorial Field. Four of the last six meetings have been decided by one goal, and that includes one in overtime and two in double OT.
Scouting the Huskies: Northeastern enters the weekend with a 2-1 overall record that includes 1-0 on the road; the Huskies play host to Dartmouth College on Sept. 13 before traveling to Durham to face UNH on Sept. 15. NU is led offensively by one of its 11 freshmen, Emmy Zweserijn (2g, 1a); Lindsay Bennett is next with four points (1g, 2a). Becky Garner, another rookie, has played all three games in goal; she has a 1.93 GAA and .714 save percentage.
Familiar Foes: UNH head coach Robin Balducci ('85) and NU head coach Cheryl Murtagh ('81) are both UNH alums who played field hockey and have been inducted into UNH's Hall of Fame. Murtagh was named NU head coach in 1988 and Balducci was her assistant coach for three years before taking the UNH head coach job in 1991.