Field Hockey Quintet Receives NFHCA All-Region Recognition

 

CHANDLER, Ariz.Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) of the 16th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region First Team, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday. Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the Second Team.

Bozek, Pohlmeyer and Tarbell, all of whom were 2013 America East All-Conference Team selections, advance to the ballot for the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Team, which will be announced Dec. 2. 

New Hampshire has had at least one representative on the all-region first team each of the last seven years.

Bozek, named to the First Team for the second consecutive year, anchored UNH's stingy defensive unit that allowed a paltry 0.39 goals against in five conference games and was also an integral part of the offensive penalty corner unit. The senior back and captain started all 22 games and recorded 19 points on eight goals and three assists to rank third on the team in both goals and points. Bozek also tallied a team-high four defensive saves. She was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and was also named Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship. 

Pohlmeyer, a Second Team selection a year ago, was a linchpin in the Wildcats' midfield and instrumental to the success of both the penalty corner units.  The senior captain started all 22 games and recorded 17 points on four goals and nine assists; the nine assists matched her personal single-season high established in 2012. In addition to leading the 'Cats in assists, Pohlmeyer ranked fourth in points and sixth in goals. Her other 2013 accolades included America East All-Academic Team and All-Championship Team.

Tarbell, the 2013 America East Goalkeeper of the Year, started all 22 games and played all 1591:01. She compiled a 15-7 record with a 1.85 GAA, .745 save percentage and six shutouts. The junior leads America East in save percentage and is second in GAA. Tarbell recorded five consecutive shutouts spanning Oct. 18 to Nov. 1 for an overall shutout streak of 404:50. In five conference games, she went 5-0 with a 0.39 GAA, .895 save percentage and four shutouts. Tarbell tallied double digits in saves five times, including 12 at nationally-ranked Stanford University to equal her career high. Her other accolades included All-Championship Team and five-time Defensive Player of the Week. 

Flatley, another America East All-Conference First Team honoree, started all 22 games and recorded 38 points on 16 goals and six assists to lead the team in goals and points; on UNH's list of single-season superlatives, those numbers rank ninth in points and 11th in goals. The sophomore forward also led the 'Cats in shots (61) with an impressive .262 shooting percentage and ranked third in assists. Flatley ranked third in America East in goals per game and fourth in points per game. She ended the season with a six-game point-scoring streak in which she recorded five goals and three assists; overall, she tallied a point in 16 of 22 games. Flatley's season highlights included four two-goal games, including a personal-best five-point effort against Fairfield University in the regular season, and a career-high two assists against nationally-ranked University of Maryland.

Joyce, an All-Conference Second Team selection, started all 22 games and recorded 11 points on two goals and seven assists; she ranked second on the team in assists. The junior midfielder registered an assist in five consecutive games spanning Oct. 25 through the Nov. 7 America East semifinal game against Fairfield; she totaled seven points (one goal, five assists) during that streak. Joyce, one of the two primary stick-stops on offensive penalty corners, scored one game-winning goal and assisted on three others. 

UNH captured the America East regular-season crown for the fourth consecutive year by completing conference play with a perfect 5-0 record for the second straight year and third time in that span.

The Wildcats also won the America East Championship title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. UNH finished the 2013 season with a 15-7 record to mark the fifth highest win total in the program's 39-year history.

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