October 24, 2013

GAME NOTES: No. 20 Field Hockey Plays Host to UMass Lowell (Oct. 25)

The Matchup: Friday's game is the first matchup between the UNH and UML field hockey programs. The Wildcats will wear pink shirts during pre-game in support of breast cancer awarness and encourages fans to also wear pink.

The State of New Hampshire: The UNH field hockey team, which re-entered this week's NFHCA Poll at No. 20, has a 9-6 record that includes 4-2 at home and 2-0 in America East ... UNH has won two straight games, 4 of its last 5 and 8 of 10 ... The Wildcats have scored three goals in seven of those eight wins ... New Hampshire has used the same starting lineup all 15 games this season ... Since the start of the 2010 season, the Wildcats have a 16-1 record in America East regular-season games.

Double Digit Wins: With its next victory, UNH will reach double-digit victories for the fifth consecutive season. The current streak began in 2009 (12-7) and continued in 2010 (14-7), 2011 (17-5) and 2012 (12-8). New Hampshire has had five straight double-digit winning seasons just once in its 38-season history -- 1983 (14), 1984 (16), 1985 (13), 1986 (17) and 1987 (10).

Tarbell Tabbed Top Defender: Junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 21. She held Albany, which entered the game ranked No. 2 nationally in offense, scoreless with a seven-save effort Oct. 18 for her first shutout of the season. Tarbell then recorded her third career shutout with five saves vs. Bucknell (Oct. 20).

Shut Out: UNH recorded 3-0 shutout victories in last weekend's games at 12th-ranked Albany and home vs. Bucknell. The last time the Wildcats recorded consecutive shutouts was Sept. 16 & 18, 2011 (Holy Cross, 5-0; Northeastern, 4-0). The most recent time UNH shut out three consecutive opponents was September 2007 (UMass, 1-0; Pacific, 1-0; Holy Cross, 2-0).

What Just Happened: UNH scored goals 2:51 apart early in the second half to break open a close game en route to a 3-0 victory against Bucknell University at Memorial Field on Oct. 20. Melyssa Woods gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 23:50, then Casey Pohlmeyer (at 37:31) and Hannah Richard (40:22) scored after halftime. Pohlmeyer was also credited with an assist, as was Megan Bozek.

'Cat Nips: Melyssa Woods already has personal single-season highs in goals (three), assists (three) and points (nine) ... Meg Flatley has exceeded her rookie totals (9-3-21) in goals (11) and points (25); Flatley has tallied a point in 10 of 15 games with a goal in 8 of 15; she leads the 'Cats in goals, points and shots (42) ... Casey Pohlmeyer has matched her single-season high in assists (nine) ... Carlie Tarbell has played all 1101:01 in goal this season.

Conference Call: On the America East leaderboards (entering the week), Casey Pohlmeyer leads the conference in both assists and assists per game while Carlie Tarbell is No. 1 in save percentage. Meg Flatley ranks 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 Points: Casey Pohlmeyer recorded her 50th career point with a goal vs. Bucknell; she later tallied an assist to increase her total to 51 (15g, 21a). Two teammates are on the verge of the 50-point milestone – Hannah Richard at 49 points (22g, 5a) and Meg Flatley at 46 (20g, 6a).

Top 10 List: Casey Pohlmeyer, with her 21st career assist last Sunday vs. Bucknell, climbed into a tie at No. 9 on UNH's all-time assist leaderboard with Kristin Iarrusso. Ahead of her on the list are Sandi Costigan '86 (22), Nicole Pellechia '94 (23) and Tami Street '01 (24).

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 that is bested only by Hannah Richard (.318; 7g/22sh).

Advantage, Wildcats: New Hampshire has recorded the shot advantage in 8 of 15 games and has a 6-2 record in those games; UNH is 3-4 when the opponent has the edge in shots. The Wildcats have tallied more penalty corners than the opposition in 11 of 15 games and are 8-3 in those games; the 'Cats are 1-2 when the opponent has the advantage and 0-1 when the total is even.

Scouting the River Hawks: UMass Lowell, in its first year not only in America East but Division I, enters Friday night's game at UNH with a 2-14 overall record that includes 1-2 in America East and 0-7 on the road. Last Friday, UML ended a seven-game losing streak with a 6-1 win vs. Vermont. The River Hawks then lost 5-0 at Fairfield on Sunday to mark the ninth time they were shut out this season. Melissa Effertz leads the team in both goals (seven) and points (15). Georgia Cowderoy is the other UML player in double-digit points with 12 (5g, 2a). Melanie Hopkins has played all 1120:00 in goal; she has a 3.62 GAA and .683 save percentage; she has made double-digit saves in five games, including a season-high 14 at UMass.

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