October 10, 2011

Frates Named America East Player of the Week in Field Hockey for Third Time This Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), a senior forward and captain on the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named the America East Player of the Week on Monday. Frates has received that award a league-best three times this season; she was previously honored Aug. 30 and Sept. 12.

Frates recorded a nine-point week (three goals, three assists) by factoring in six of the team's eight goals to lead UNH to victories against both the University of Vermont (2-1 on Oct. 7) and seventh-ranked Stanford University (6-3 on Oct. 9). 

She set up both of the Wildcats' goals at UVM, then matched a personal best of three goals and also recorded an assist for a career-high seven points against Stanford. In that game, Frates scored the first two goals of the game – both unassisted – at 14:12 and 20:21 to give UNH a lead it would not relinquish. She also set up the team's fourth goal that extended the advantage to 4-1 and then put UNH in front 6-1 with a tally in the 58th minute.

In 13 games this season, Frates has tallied 14 goals and 10 assists for 38 points. With those numbers, she is currently ranked seventh in the nation in points per game (2.92) as well as No. 9 in goals per game (1.08) and 15th in assists per game (0.77). In America East, Frates ranks second in all three of those statistics. She leads the team in assists and is second in both goals and points. 

Frates, a 2010 NFHCA All-America Second Team selection, has amassed 120 points on 43 goals and 34 assists in 73 career games. She ascended into second place on the program's all-time points leaderboard with the last of her seven points Oct. 9 vs. Stanford; Gaby Haroules (1977-80) had held that spot with 119 points. Frates also climbed to No. 5 on the career goals list on that last goal against the Cardinal. Frates' 34 assists is one less than the benchmark established by Becky Craigue (1995-98).

New Hampshire has won four consecutive games to improve to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in America East. The Wildcats return to action Oct. 14 at 19th-ranked Boston University; game time is 7 p.m. at Harvard University's Jordan Field. UNH's next home game is Oct. 16 (3 p.m.) vs. ninth-ranked Boston College.

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