September 30, 2013

Field Hockey's Flatley, Tarbell Receive America East Honors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were honored as Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, by America East on Monday. 

The duo led UNH to victory last week against both seventh-ranked University of Massachusetts (3-2, overtime; Sept. 27) and Harvard University (3-1; Sept. 29).

Flatley ignited the comeback at UMass by lifting the Wildcats within 2-1 with 3:49 remaining in regulation, then matched her career high of two goals against Harvard. Against the Crimson, the sophomore forward leveled the score, 1-1, in the 19th minute and then scored the game-winning goal in the 39th minute as she scored two goals on two shots. 

Flatley leads UNH in goals (eight) and points (18) as well as shots (23) and shooting percentage (.348). With those numbers, she ranks No. 17 in the nation in goals per game (0.89) and No. 22 in points per game (2.00). In the America East conference, she is second in goals per game and third in points per game.

Tarbell, a junior goalkeeper who was also named the conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9, went 2-0 last week with a 1.50 GAA and .813 save percentage. She made eight saves, including three in overtime, in the victory at UMass and followed that with five saves against Harvard. 

Tarbell has played all 670 minutes, 15 seconds in goal through nine games. She has a 5-4 record with a 2.40 GAA and .709 save percentage. Tarbell opened the season with three consecutive double-digit save efforts, including when she matched her personal best of 12 saves at 12th-ranked Stanford University (Sept. 6).

New Hampshire, which has won four consecutive games to improve to 5-4 overall, returns to action Oct. 4 at home against ninth-ranked Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 4 p.m.

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