GAME NOTES: Field Hockey Battles Maine on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 11)
The Matchup: New Hampshire opens its America East conference slate with a home game against the University of Maine on Oct. 11 (6 p.m.) as part of Homecoming Weekend.
UNH has a 24-11 lifetime record against Maine. The Wildcats have won four straight and 7 of 8, including last year's 2-1 road win in which Casey Pohlmeyer broke the 1-1 tie at 54:45 and Maine did not register a shot on an untimed penalty corner at the end of the second half. Three of the last four games – and 8 of 10 – have been decided by one goal and that includes three overtime games. In the most recent meeting at Memorial Field (Oct. 21 2011), the Wildcats were 3-0 victors.
The State of New Hampshire: The UNH field hockey team enters Friday's game with a 6-5 record, including 2-2 at home, following last Sunday's 3-2 victory at Hofstra ... The Wildcats have won five of the last six games and they scored three goals four times in that span ... UNH recorded season highs in both shots (35) and penalty corners (16) at Hofstra ... New Hampshire has used the same starting lineup all 11 games this season.
Opening Act: UNH has won three consecutive America East conference openers and that includes 2010 at Maine (3-2); the Black Bears handed the 'Cats a conference-opening loss at Memorial Field in 2009 (6-3).
'Cat Nips: Megan Bozek recorded a point in both games last weekend and she has a point in six of 11 games this season ... Hannah Richard scored her sixth goal of the season vs. Hofstra; half of her goals have been game-winners; Richard leads the team in shooting percentage (.316) with six goals on 19 shots ... Carlie Tarbell has played all 810:15 in goal this season; since the start of the 2012 season, she has played all but 3:53 of a possible 2314:35 in 31 games.
Conference Call: On the America East leaderboard, Casey Pohlmeyer is tied for first in assists per game. Meg Flatley is fourth in points per game and tied for fourth in goals/game while Hannah Richard is tied for eighth in goals/game.
Getting Trendy: UNH has scored the game's first goal just twice in 11 games (1-1 record). In other scenarios, the Wildcats are 1-0 when leading at halftime; 4-2 when tied at the half; 5-2 when recording the shot advantage; 5-3 when tallying more penalty corners.
50 On The Horizon: A pair of Wildcats are approaching the career 50-point milestone. Hannah Richard has 47 points (21g, 5a) followed by Casey Pohlmeyer at 46 (14g, 18a). Pohlmeyer is also on the verge of entering the Top 10 on UNH's career assist leaderboard; she is currently tied at No. 15 and four players are tied at No. 10 with 20.
Scouting the Black Bears: Maine enters Friday's game with a 6-5 overall record that includes 1-1 in America East and 2-1 on the road. The Black Bears are 4-1 the past five games with the only loss a 2-1 setback to Albany last Saturday. Most recently, Maine upended Bryant, 3-2 in OT on Oct. 6. Each of the last four games have been at home.
Annabelle Hamilton leads the team in goals (six), points (16) and shots (52), as well as defensive saves (two). Holly Stewart also has six goals and is second in points (15). Nicole Sevey and Marissa Shaw are two of the other top goal scorers with five apiece. Becca Paradee has a team-high five assists.
Natasha Ford has started all 11 games in goal. She has a 1.79 GAA and .710 save percentage as well as three shutouts.
What's Next: UNH travels to the Empire State to play third-ranked Syracuse University on Oct. 13 (3 p.m.).