'Cat Quartet Selected to Compete at USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship

DURHAM, N.H.Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Lindsey Nerbonne (Bow, N.H.) and Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team have been named to the 2014 New England Team that will compete at the USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship.

The four Wildcats continue training at various Division I institutions in New England through June 12 before heading to Spooky Nook Sports (Lancaster, Pa.) for a June 15 practice day and the June 16-21 National Championship tournament.

The event features the most elite athletes in the country, including top collegiate players, current National Team members and members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Field Hockey Team. This tournament also serves as the selection trials for the U.S. Women's National Squad. 

Bozek, a 2013 NFHCA All-America First Team selection, anchored UNH's stingy defensive unit that allowed a paltry 0.39 goals against in five America East conference games and she 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. Bozek was also selected to the NFHCA Northeast Region First Team.

Joyce's 2013 accolades as a junior midfielder included Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Second Team and America East All-Conference Second Team. She started all 22 games and recorded 11 points on two goals and seven assists; she ranked second on the team in assists. Joyce, one of the two primary stick-stops on offensive penalty corners, scored one game-winning goal and assisted on three others.

Nerbonne played in 19 games – with six starts – last year as a freshman at Syracuse University. The 5-foot-7 midfielder recorded four points and that included an assist in the Oct. 13 game against UNH. She helped lead Syracuse to a 16-4 overall record and No. 2 national ranking entering the NCAA tournament. Nerbonne competed for the Wildcats in the spring 2014 semester.

Tarbell, the 2013 America East Goalkeeper of the Year as a junior, 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. Tarbell led America East in both save percentage and shutouts, and she ranked second in GAA. She 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 was a 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region First Team honoree, and her other conference accolades this season included All-Championship Team and five-time Defensive Player of the Week.

The process began at the USA Field Hockey Northeast region tryouts that were held April 27 and May 4, and open to enrolled collegiate athletes and post-collegiate athletes identified by USA Field Hockey. The UNH foursome was among 38 athletes selected for the 2014 New England Training Squad and then subsequently named to the 18-player team that will compete at the national tourney. 

The UNH field hockey team captured the America East regular-season crown for the fourth consecutive year in 2013 by completing conference play with a perfect 5-0 record for the second straight year and third time in four years.

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 and finished at No. 16 in the national polls.

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