CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), a senior forward and captain of the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named the America East Player of the Week on Monday. Frates has received the award a league-best four times this season; she was previously honored Oct. 10, Sept. 12 and Aug. 30.
Frates recorded 10 points last week as she scored five of the team's seven goals, including both game-winning goals, to propel UNH to a 4-3 overtime victory at 15th-ranked Boston University (Oct. 17) and 3-0 home win against 13th-ranked University of Maine (Oct. 21). She matched her career high of three goals at BU with goals that gave UNH leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in regulation as well as the game-winning goal with 58 seconds remaining in overtime. Frates continued her scoring touch against Maine by scoring the game's first goal in the 24th minute and striking again at 64:00, just 20 seconds after a Black Bears' timeout, to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
In 16 games, Frates has recorded 20 goals and 10 assists for 50 points – she is just the third UNH player in 37 years to record 50+ points in a single season. With those numbers, Frates ranks second in the nation in points per game (3.13) as well as fifth in goals per game (1.25). She is the America East leader in both of those statistics, as well as game-winning goals (five), and is second in assists per game (0.62).
Frates ranks second on UNH's all-time points list with 132, as well as second in assists (34) and third in goals (49).
New Hampshire (14-3, 4-0 America East) returns to action Oct. 29 (1 p.m.) at 15th-ranked University at Albany and concludes the regular season Oct. 30 at Harvard University (3 p.m.).
The Wildcats have clinched at least a share of the 2011 America East regular-season title and will be the top seed of the league tournament for the second consecutive year (Nov. 4 & 6).