DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, 18th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, has announced that Shayna Duffy (Dover, N.H.) and Mary Quill (Portsmouth, N.H.) will attend UNH beginning in the Fall 2009 semester and join the University’s field hockey team.
“We are very excited to add two of the top players in New Hampshire to our program,” Balducci said. “They join Emma Erler, another New Hampshire standout, as part of our incoming class. They bring speed, athleticism and skill.”
Duffy lettered in field hockey as well as both indoor and outdoor track & field at Dover High School, and she will continue to compete in field hockey and track at UNH. She has participated in the National Futures program since 2005 and at the National Festival since 2007. The speedy, athletic Duffy was a four-year letterwinner at Dover and garnered NHIAA Class L All-State First Team accolades as a senior. Furthermore, she was a member of the ’08 Seacoast United championship team at the National Festival Gold Medal Pool and played under former UNH field hockey head coach Marisa Didio at both the ’09 AAU Disney Classic and 2008-09 HockeyMates.
Duffy’s successful scholastic career includes being a track sprinter. She was a six-time letterwinner for the indoor team and was honored as MVP her senior year; she competed at the state championships in the 55-meter, 300m, 4x160m relay and 4x400m relay in the 2005-08 seasons. Duffy is also earning her sixth letter with the outdoor team this season as the team captain. She raced in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the state championship from the 2005-08 seasons.
Quill lettered in field hockey and lacrosse at Portsmouth High School. She was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey and was named to the NHIAA All-State First Team as a senior after garnering Second Team recognition in 2007. Quill utilized her poise and skill to lead the team in scoring each of the last three seasons. As team captain in 2008, she tallied 13 goals and 10 assists to garner MVP honors and finish her scholastic career with 36 goals and 25 assists. Her other ’08 accolades included Varsity Magazine First Team, Union Leader All-State Team and Foster’s Daily Democrat Dream Team. Quill has also played
for the Cape Ann Coalition club team, and she helped lead the PHS lacrosse team to a state championship in 2007 and 2008.
New Hampshire advanced to the America East conference championship game in 2008 and finished with an overall record of 9-11.