Five Field Hockey Student-Athletes Named to USA High Performance Teams

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire student-athletes Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.), Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls N.Y.) were all selected to a regional High Performance Team and will compete at the Women's National Championships, which will be held at the University of Maryland from June 1-8.

USA Field Hockey's High Performance Training Centers identify and train potential National Team athletes through comprehensive training and skill enhancement sessions as well as premier level competitions. They allow athletes to train in regional areas close to home with some of the country's top coaches. Trials are open to enrolled collegiate athletes and post-collegiate athletes identified by USA Field Hockey.

Bozek and Tarbell will compete for the North High Performance Tournament Team – which encompasses Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York – while Joyce, Pohlmeyer and Woods were named to the Boston WNC Team.

Bozek started all 22 games as a sophomore back for UNH in 2011 and tallied five goals and one assist for 11 points as an integral part of the offensive penalty corner unit. She led the Wildcats in defensive saves with three and was also a prominent part of the Wildcats' defensive penalty corner unit. Her 2011 accolades included Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Second Team, America East All-Conference Second Team and America East All-Academic Team. Bozek was named the recipient of the UNH field hockey program's Joyce V. Hiller Scholarship.

Tarbell played in six games with a 1-0 record during her freshman year for the 'Cats. She stopped 11 of 12 shots for a 0.39 GAA and .917 save percentage; in her only career start, Tarbell made five saves in a 2-1 victory at the University of Vermont. Tarbell was the recipient of The Freshman Award at UNH's annual team banquet.

Joyce also started all 22 games as a freshman midfielder for the Wildcats in the '11 season. She recorded two goals and three assists for seven points, and that included an assist in the NCAA tourney game vs. Michigan as well as a goal in the final weekend of the regular season at nationally-ranked University at Albany (Oct. 29). Joyce was a unanimous selection to the America East All-Rookie Team.

Pohlmeyer, a sophomore midfielder a year ago, started all 22 games and recorded 13 points on five goals and three assists while playing an integral role on the offensive penalty corner unit. With those numbers, she tied for fourth on the squad in goals and ranked fifth in points. She was also a vital part of the defensive penalty corner in addition to her role in transitioning the Wildcats from defense to offense. Pohlmeyer was presented the Susan Kilmister Memorial Award by the UNH field hockey program.

Woods started all 22 games as a junior midfielder. She recorded two goals and one assist for a total of five points. The two goals and five points matched her single-season highs established as a freshman in 2009. She was another key cog on the defensive penalty corner unit for the 'Cats and also was part of the offensive penalty corner. Woods was bestowed the Donna Lynne '74 Scholarship by the Wildcats' field hockey program.

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