November 6, 2013

Field Hockey Garners 13 America East Awards At Annual Banquet, Including Top Defender, Goalie & Coaching Staff

DURHAM, N.H. – A total of nine University of New Hampshire field hockey student-athletes, led by Defensive Player of the Year Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Goalkeeper of the Year Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.), were honored at the America East annual banquet that was held Wednesday night at Huddleston Hall on the UNH campus. In addition, the Wildcats, led by 23rd-year head coach Robin Balducci, were named Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. 

Bozek, who repeated as Defensive Player of the Year, and Tarbell were joined on the America East All-Conference First Team by senior back Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) to give the Wildcats the highest number of representatives on the squad.

UNH also had the highest total on the All-Conference Second Team, again with four members – senior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.), senior midfielder Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.), junior back Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.). 

New Hampshire also placed freshman midfielder Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) on the All-Rookie Team. Pohlmeyer was recognized a second time with her selection to the All-Academic Team.

The UNH staff earned its fourth consecutive Coaching Staff of the Year award in recognition of leading the Wildcats to a fourth straight America East regular-season championship with a 5-0 conference record in 2013. This marks head coach Balducci's conference record sixth time receiving the award; in addition to 2010-11-12-13, she was feted in 1998 and 2000. 

Tarbell continued her successful Wildcat career as the five-time Defensive Player of the Week was a consistent presence in goal for all 1381 minutes, 1 second of New Hampshire's games this season. The Wildcat goalie started all 19 regular-season games and registered a 13-6 record with a conference-leading .755 save percentage, second-ranked 1.72 GAA, and five shutouts. Her five shutouts came consecutively during a dominating stretch between Oct. 11-Nov. 1 (404:50 overall). Tarbell was especially commanding at home. In eight games at Memorial Field, she went 6-2 with a 1.10 GAA, .757 save percentage and three shutouts. Additionally, she led America East in both GAA and save percentage in conference-only games, where she was 5-0 with a 0.39 GAA and .895 save percentage.

Bozek was a unanimous All-Conference First Team selection for the second straight season and became the second player to earn Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. The veteran defender started all 19 regular-season games and led New Hampshire to a second-ranked goal-against-average (1.72) and shutouts (five) with her team-high four defensive saves that ranked fourth in America East. Bozek was even more effective when it meant the most. In conference play, UNH allowed just two goals in five games while totaling four shutouts behind their top defender. The senior back also tallied seven goals and three assists for 17 points. 

Flatley led UNH in goals (15), points (34), and shots (55). Flatley's offensive production ranks third in America East categories such as goals per game while ranking fifth in both points per game and shots per game. She recorded 13 points (six goals, one assist) in five conference games to rank second in points/game and tied for second in goals/game The forward started all 19 games for the 'Cats and led her team offensively with 11 points in eight regular-season home games. Furthermore, she matched a personal best vs. Fairfield with two goals as part of a career-high five points, the highest single-game output by a Wildcat this season.

Pohlmeyer was a consistent force for New Hampshire. She started all 19 regular-season games and compiled a team-high nine assists to tie her personal single-season record set last season. Her steady assist production ranked the UNH senior fourth in America East assists per game. Aside from her assists, she ranked second on the team in shots (49) and accumulated a 2013 single-season high for a Wildcat with nine shots at Hofstra University. In five conference games, Pohlmeyer compiled four points with one goal and two assists. Her other highlights included two-assist games against both Central Michigan University and Harvard University. 

Grew was a staple of UNH's defense, including the penalty corner unit, this season. In 2013, she recorded her first career defensive save against third-ranked Syracuse University. Grew's play helped UNH rank second in the conference with a 1.72 GAA.

Joyce ranked second on the team in assists with six, including one on the game-winning goal at UMass Lowell, and also scored two goals for a total of 10 points. She compiled seven points (3 goals, 1 assist) in five conference games, ranking her third on the team in conference scoring. The midfielder started all 19 regular-season matchups and ended with an assist in four consecutive games. 

Richard's offensive production assisted UNH to win its fourth consecutive regular-season title. While starting all 19 games, Richard led the 'Cats in shooting percentage (.333) and ranked second on the team in both goals (11) and assists (22). With those numbers, she ranked eight in both goals and points per game. Richard delivered in the most critical moments, scoring a team-high five game-winning goals. In five America East games, she tallied eight points (4g) and a .400 shooting percentage.

Woods started all 19 games for the 'Cats. A key member of both the offensive and defensive penalty corner units, Woods totaled a slew of personal bests this season. She recorded three goals and four assists for 10 points, all of which break personal records. One of the goals was a game-winner that lifted New Hampshire over Bucknell University. Her highlights included a personal-best three points (1g, 1a) against Northeastern University. 

Sutherland started all 19 games in her first season as a Wildcat. She registered three points with her first coming vs. Ohio State. Furthermore, Sutherland compiled two assists in five America East conference matchups with a point in consecutive games against UMass Lowell and Vermont.

New Hampshire (13-6 overall, 5-0 America East) is top seed and host of the 2013 America East Field Hockey Championship. The Wildcats play Fairfield in a Nov. 7 (2 p.m.) semifinal and the winner advances to the Nov. 9 (2 p.m.) title game.

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