DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, 20th year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, announced Monday that Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.), Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vermont) have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UNH field hockey program in the Fall 2011 semester.
"We are thrilled that these three highly-decorated athletes will be joining our 2011 team," Balducci said. "We feel they have the skill set and athletic ability to be an immediate impact on our program."
Tarbell is a four-year letterwinner in field hockey, ice hockey and softball at The Rivers School (Weston, Mass.). She was selected to the NFHCA High School All-Region Team and named Independent School League MVP in 2010, when the goalkeeper recorded a 0.60 goals-against-average, .904 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 20 games.
Tarbell was also an ISL All-League First Team honoree in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and helped lead The Rivers School to New England Prep semifinalist appearances in '08 and '10. She is a two-time captain in both field hockey and softball, where she also garnered ISL All-League First Team recognition in 2010. Tarbell's other field hockey experience includes the Futures program as well as the Xist and Seacoast United club teams.
Grew led Winnacunnet High School (Hampton, N.H.) to the 2010 NH Division 1 state championship with a 16-0-1 record and her accolades as a senior back included NHFHCA Player of the Year, All-State, All-Region and Twin State selection. She also garnered All-State recognition in both 2008 and 2009. Grew also competed at the 2010 Futures Elite championship as well as the 2009 Junior Olympics tournament. In addition to her prowess on the defensive end of the field, Grew scored 31 career goals. She also played for the Xist Hockey Club.
Joyce, whose sister Mackenzie was a freshman on the 2010 UNH field squad, was a 2009 Regional All-America selection as a junior at Kimball Union Academy. The midfielder also garnered All Lakes Region Team accolades in '09, when she helped lead KUA to a third consecutive NEPSAC Class C championship with 15 goals and 15 assists. Joyce recorded 10 goals and 17 assists the previous year and was named to the NEPSAC Select field hockey team in '08 and '09. In addition to being reunited as a teammate with her sister, Kellie will once again be teammates with KUA alums Kyle Lyons and Whitney Frates.
Last summer, Joyce was selected to compete at Virginia Beach representing New England as a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Junior High Performance Team. She has competed at both the National Futures championships (five years) and National Indoor Futures championship (two years) as well as the AAU Junior Olympics (three years). Joyce also lettered in ice hockey and lacrosse at Kimball Union Academy, garnered All Lakes Region Team honors in both sports and was a member of five ice hockey state championships.
New Hampshire won the 2010 America East regular-season championship with a perfect 5-0 record en route to a 14-7 overall record. The Wildcats climbed as high as No. 19 in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Poll.