October 31, 2013

GAME NOTES: No. 20 Field Hockey Holds Senior Day vs. Fairfield (Nov. 1)

Today's Matchup: UNH has won all seven previous meetings against Fairfield. Last year, the Wildcats were 3-2 victors on the road in double overtime and then the 'Cats ousted the Stags from the America East Championships with a 3-2 overtime semifinal win at Memorial Field. This series began in 2007, when Fairfield became an associate member of America East in field hockey.

The State of New Hampshire: The UNH field hockey team, which held steady this week at No. 20 in the national poll, has an 11-6 overall record that includes 5-2 at home and 4-0 in America East ... UNH has won four consecutive games, 6 of its last 7 and 10 of 12 ... The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 18-0 during the win streak, and they have scored at least one goal all eight halves ... UNH scored a season-high seven goals and nine Wildcats recorded at least one point last Saturday at Vermont (7-0 win) ... New Hampshire has used the same starting lineup all 17 games this season ... Since the start of the 2010 season, the Wildcats have an 18-1 record in America East regular-season games.

Playoff Picture: UNH won the America East regular-season title and top seed for the fourth consecutive year with last Sunday's 7-0 win at Vermont. The Wildcats will also be host of the America East Championships tournament for the fourth time as many years. The semifinals will be played Nov. 7 and the championship game is Nov. 9. Albany (3-1) is currently in second place, followed by Maine and Fairfield at 2-2.

Tarbell Repeats as Top Defender, Lehman Named Top Player: Junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week  on Oct. 28; it marked the second consecutive week and fourth time this season she received that award. The league also announced sophomore forward Lynne Lehman as Player of the Week on Oct. 28.
    Tarbell extended her shutout streak to four games and 284 minutes, 54 seconds last weekend by blanking both UMass Lowell (5-0 win; four saves) and Vermont (7-0 win; one save). Lehman recorded a career-high three points vs. UML, then surpassed that with four points on a personal-best two goals at UVM.

Saluting the Seniors: The senior quartet has led UNH to four consecutive America East regular-season titles with an 18-1 conference record and 54 wins overall. These 'Cats also advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2011.
    Melyssa Woods has been a four-year starter and staple in the midfield since arriving in 2009, when she was named to the America East All-Rookie Team. She became an integral part of both penalty corner units as a junior in 2011. After a redshirt year in 2012, Melyssa has returned to patrolling the midfield and playing on the penalty corners for the 'Cats this season, and she has recorded single-season highs in goals (three), assists (four) and points (10). In 79 career games, she has tallied eight goals and six assists for 22 points.
    Hannah Richard has been one of UNH's top goal scorers the past two seasons. She had a breakout junior year in which she led the team in both goals (14) and points (32). This year, she has tallied 10 goals and 20 points to rank second on the squad in both statistics, and she also has an astounding .370 shooting percentage. In 76 career games, Hannah has recorded 25 goals and five assists for 55 points. Her accolades include America East Academic Honor Roll and All-Conference Second Team.
    Casey Pohlmeyer has been a starter and integral part of both penalty corner units all four years at New Hampshire. This midfielder led the Wildcats in assists last year and is duplicating that feat as a senior with nine assists through 17 games. In 80 career games, Casey has compiled 16 goals and 21 assists for 53 points. The 21 assists ranks ninth in UNH's all-time leaderboard. Her collegiate accolades include America East Academic Honor Roll (three times), All-Conference First Team and All-Rookie Team.
    Megan Bozek is another four-year starter and a stalwart on the defensive end of the field, including the penalty corner unit. In addition to consistently leading the team in defensive saves, she is also a key part to the success of the offensive penalty corner unit as she ranks third on this year's team in both goals and points. In 80 career games, Megan has tallied 27 goals and eight assists for 62 points. Her career accolades include NFHCA All-Academic Squad, America East Academic Honor Roll, America East All-Academic Team, All-Rookie Team, All-Conference Second Team, All-Conference First Team, America East Defensive Player of the Year, All-Region Second Team, All-Region First Team and All-America Third Team.

Bozek, Pohlmeyer Selected to NFHCA Senior Game: Senior back Megan Bozek and senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer have been selected to compete in the prestigious Front Rush/NFHCA Division I Senior Game that will be played Nov. 23 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Only 38 student-athletes are selected to compete at the event.

Double Digit Wins: With 11 wins this season, UNH has reached 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 had recorded five straight winning seasons just one other time in its 39-year history – 1983 (14), 1984 (16), 1985 (13), 1986 (17) and 1987 (10).

Shut Out: Prior to the current streak of four consecutive shutouts, the last time UNH shut out four consecutive opponents was September 1997. In program history, there have been just four shutout streaks longer than four games – five in both October 1983 and Sept.-Oct. 1980, six in September 1984 and seven in 1977.

Battle of the 'Cats: UNH recorded season highs in goals (seven), assists (five), points (19) and shots (38) Oct. 27 at Vermont ... The Wildcats held the Catamounts without a shot in the second half and to a total of two [UNH did not allow UMass Lowell to record a shot in the first half (Oct. 25) and limited the River Hawks to five overall] ... Chandler Giese scored her first goal at Vermont ... Lynne Lehman tallied career highs in both goals (two) and points (four) ... Hannah Richard matched her personal best of two goals ... Kellie Joyce matched her career high of two assists.

Winning Ways: During the four-game shutout streak, UNH has recorded more shots each half (42-1st; 32-2nd) than the opposition has overall (30). The same is true of penalty corners with 14 in the first half and 16 in the second compared to 13 overall by the opponent. The Wildcats also have an impressive .243 shooting percentage with 18 goals on 74 shots.

Home Sweet Home: UNH has a 5-2 record at Memorial Field this season and has won three consecutive home games. The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 19-9, including 9-2 in the second half. New Hampshire also has the edge in both shots (101-62) and penalty corners (54-36). Hannah Richard leads all point scorers at Memorial Field with 10 (5g). In seven home games, Carlie Tarbell has a 1.26 GAA, .743 save percentage and two shutouts.

October Synopsis: UNH went 6-2 in October (3-1 both home and away) and closed the month with a four-game winning streak – all by shutout. The Wildcats outscored the opposition 26-10, including 13-4 in the second half, and also tallied a sizeable advantage in both shots (159-81) and penalty corners (70-41). The offense was led by Hannah Richard (5g), Meg Flatley (4g, 1a), Lynne Lehman (4g, 1a) and Casey Pohlmeyer (3g, 3a). Carlie Tarbell compiled a 1.23 GAA and .796 save percentage with four shutouts.

'Cat Nips: Melyssa Woods has established personal single-season highs in goals (three), assists (four) and points (10) ... Meg Flatley has exceeded her rookie totals (9-3-21) in goals (12) and points (27); Flatley has tallied a point in 11 of 17 games with a goal in 9 of 17; she leads the 'Cats in goals, points and shots (47) ... Casey Pohlmeyer has matched her single-season high in assists (nine) ... Carlie Tarbell has played all 1241:01 in goal this season and has an active shutout streak of 284:54.

Conference Call: On the America East leaderboards, Carlie Tarbell is No. 1 in save percentage and Casey Pohlmeyer is No. 2 in assists per game. Meg Flatley ranks fourth in both goals per game and points per game while Hannah Richard is sixth in goals/game.

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). Hannah Richard was the most recent Wildcat to reach that milestone; she entered the Oct. 25 game vs. UMass Lowell at 49 points and scored a first-half goal to increase her total to 51; Richard enters Friday's game with 55 points (25g, 5a). Meg Flatley is on the verge of recording her 50th career point; she is currently at 48 (21g, 6a).

Top 10 List: Casey Pohlmeyer, with her 21st career assist vs. Bucknell (Oct. 20), 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 12 goals on 47 shots, Flatley has a very impressive .255 shooting percentage that is bested only by Hannah Richard (.370; 10g/27th).

Advantage, Wildcats: New Hampshire has recorded the shot advantage in 10 of 17 games and has an 8-2 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 13 of 17 games and are 10-3 in those games; the 'Cats are 1-2 when the opponent has the advantage and 0-1 when the total is even.

Scouting the Stags: Fairfield University (Fairfield, Conn.) enters Friday's game with a 10-5 overall record that includes 2-2 in America East and 5-4 on the road. The Stags are coming off last weekend's 6-1 loss at Albany. Fairfield has a 1-3 record the past four games; prior to that, they won six consecutive games. Overall, the Stags hold the edge in scoring (47-38), shots (238-187) and penalty corners (126-82). They rank second in America East in scoring average (2.97).
    Felicitas Heinen leads the team in goals (14) and points (31). Julie de Paeuw  (9g, 2a), Shealyn Testa (4g, 9a), Hillary Fitts (4g, 5a) and Ann Burgoyne (5g, 2a) are the other top point producers.
    Caitlin Bennett has started all 15 games and played all 1109:08 in goal. She has a 10-5 record with a 2.40 GAA, .667 save percentage and two shutouts.

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