Today's Matchup: UNH has a 2-0 lifetime record against Bucknell University. These programs played consecutive seasons in 1984 & 1985 as the Wildcats prevailed 4-2 at Bucknell in September 1984 and 2-0 at home in October 1985.
The State of New Hampshire: The UNH field hockey team enters Sunday's game with an 8-6 record, including 3-2 at home and 2-0 in America East ... UNH has won 3 of 4 and 7 of 9 ... The Wildcats have scored three goals in six of those seven wins ... New Hampshire has used the same starting lineup all 14 games this season ... Since the start of the 2010 season, the Wildcats have a 16-1 record in America East regular-season games.
What Just Happened: UNH prevailed 3-0 at 12th-ranked Albany on Friday; UA entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in defense (0.79 goals-against-average) and No.2 in offense (4.57 goals per game). Meg Flatley recorded her third two-goal game and fourth game-winning goal of the season against the Great Danes. Carlie Tarbell made seven saves for her first shutout of the season and second of her career. Flatley gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, then Meg Carroll scored in the 61st minute and Flatley struck again with 2:17 remaining. UNH limited Albany to 13 shots and two penalty corners.
'Cat Nips: Melyssa Woods already has a personal single-season high seven points (2g, 3a) ... Meg Flatley has exceeded her rookie totals (9-3-21) in goals (11) and points (25); Flatley has tallied a point in 10 of 14 games with a goal in 8 of 14 ... Emma Compagna did not record a point in 31 career games before scoring a goal in consecutive games against Maine and Syracuse ... Maegan Grew recorded her first career defensive save at Syracuse.
Conference Call: On the America East leaderboards (entering the weekend), Casey Pohlmeyer is tied for No. 1 in assists per game while Meg Flatley is tied for fourth in both goals per game and points per game.
Conference Play: In two America East conference games, Meg Flatley has tallied six points (3g) and five other 'Cats have tallied two points – Megan Bozek, Meg Carroll and Emma Compagna each have one goal while both Casey Pohlmeyer and Melyssa Woods have two assists. Carlie Tarbell has a 0.93 GAA and .833 save percentage in two conference games.
50 On The Horizon: A pair of Wildcats are approaching the career 50-point milestone. Casey Pohlmeyer (14g, 20a) has 48 career points and is followed closely by Hannah Richard at 47 points (21g, 5a).
Top 10 List: Casey Pohlmeyer climbed into a five-way tie at No. 10 on UNH's career assist leaderboard Friday with an assist – the 20th of her career – at Albany. Ahead of her on the list are Kristin Iarrusso (21) and Sandi Costigan (22).
Shoot to Score: Meg Flatley leads the team in shots, but the volume of shots isn't the only reason she is UNH's top scorer. With 11 goals on 42 shots, Flatley has a very impressive .262 shooting percentage.
Advantage, Wildcats: New Hampshire has recorded the shot advantage in 8 of 14 games and has a 6-2 record in those games; UNH is 2-4 when the opponent has the edge in shots. The Wildcats have tallied more penalty corners than the opposition in 10 of 14 games and are 7-3 in those games; the 'Cats are 1-2 when the opponent has the advantage and 0-1 when the total is even.
Scouting the Bison: Bucknell University enters Sunday with a 7-7 overall record that includes 4-1 in the Patriot League and 2-4 on the road. The Bison lost 2-0 at Boston University on Saturday before travelling to Durham to battle UNH; the Terriers recorded the edge in both shots (15-5) and penalty corners (8-3). Last weekend, Bucknell defeated Holy Cross (7-0) and lost to No. 8 Penn State (2-0). Abby Watson was honored as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for a three-goal effort vs. Holy Cross; it marked the third consecutive week a Bucknell player received the award. Rachel Misko leads the offense with 17 points (8g, 1a) and four of the top 10 scorers in the Patriot League play for the Bison. Erica Perrine has started all 14 games in goal and has a 1.84 GAA and .699 save percentage.