Five New Hampshire players named Regional All-Americans

DURHAM, N.H. -- Five players from the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2000 AstroTurf/NFHCA Northeast Regional All-America Team on Monday. Senior Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) and sophomore Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) were named to the First Team, while seniors Amy Agulay (London, Ontario), Melissa Richards (Reading, Mass.) and Kelly Stowe (Topsfield, Mass.) were selected to the Second Team.

Russell, who was honored as America East Player of the Year earlier this month, led the Wildcats and was second in the conference in both goals (17) and points (40). Those numbers rank the co-captain third on the program's top single-season points list and fourth on the goals list. Through games of Nov. 7, Russell ranked 12th in the nation in goals and 20th in goals-per-game. Her 2000 highlights include three game-winning goals and an eight-game goal-scoring streak. Russell finished her career with 65 points on 26 goals and 13 assists.

Boyer, a forward, ranked third on the team in all three scoring statistics with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points.She tied Russell for the team lead in game-winning goals with three.Her season highlights included a five-point game (two goals, assist) in the regular-season finale at Towson University. In two seasons, Boyer has compiled 32 points on 11 goals and 10 assists.

Agulay, a Northeast Regional All-America First Team selection in 1999 and two-time All-Conference First Team player, set a school recrod by playing all 1652:06 in goal this season. She recorded a 2.08 goals-against-average with a .806 save percentage and two shutouts. She leaves UNH as the career leader in games played (79), minutes (5564:07) and saves (818). Through games of Nov. 7, Agulay was ranked fourth in the nation in saves (194) and 14th in save percentage (.829). She compiled career numbers of 46-31 with a 1.96 GAA and a .841 save percentage.

Richards and Stowe have been cornerstones of New Hampshire's defense over the last four seasons. Richards started 79 of 80 games in her four-year career and was a staple of the defensive penalty corner unit. Stowe, a 1999 Regional All-America Second Team selection and a two-time All-Conference First Team selection, recorded seven points this season on two goals and three assists. This co-captain has been instrumental to the success of both the offensive and defensive penalty corner units. Stowe, who will play alongside Russell in the North/South Senior All-Star game on Nov. 18, finished with career numbers of 18-15-51.

UNH won the America East regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA championships for the second time in three years. The Wildcats were defeated by defending national champion Maryland in the first round to end the year at 14-8.

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