Field Hockey Game Notes: No. 24 UNH vs. No. 2 Syracuse

Carroll Receives Rookie Recognition From America East || Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.), a freshman forward, was honored as Rookie of the Week by America East on Tuesday. Carroll scored her first collegiate goal in UNH's 9-1 victory at Brown University on Aug. 31. Her unassisted goal, in which she drove along the left end line and fired a shot inside the far post, at 43:07 established a 5-1 lead and ignited a 5-0 game-closing run by the Wildcats. Carroll finished the game with four shots, three of which were on goal.

The State of New Hampshire || The UNH field hockey team, ranked No. 24 in this week's Penn Monto/NFHCA Poll (the Wildcats were No. 18 in the preseason poll), rebounded from a pair of one-goal losses on opening weekend of the 2012 season to record a 9-1 road victory against Brown University on Aug. 31 to improve to 1-2 overall. The last time the Wildcats had a losing record through three games was the 2009 season (also 1-2), but that squad reeled off four consecutive wins en route to a 12-7 record. Nine players have started all three games and two other players have two starts; three of those are freshmen, and one other is a sophomore who did not see game action last year.

The Leaderboard || Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.), whose totals through two years were one goal and one assist for three points, leads the 2012 'Cats in both goals (three) and points (seven); all seven of her shots have been on goal. Other statistical leaders are Emma Erler (assists-2), Casey Pohlmeyer (shots-10) and Megan Bozek (defensive saves-1). Carlie Tarbell has played all 214:55 in goal; she has a 1.30 GAA and .765 save percentage.

Offensive Outburst || New Hampshire scored nine goals in last Friday's victory at Brown University. It marked the Wildcats' highest goal output since October 2006 (9-1 win at UMBC) and most shots – 39 – since recording 40 against the University at Albany in October 2002. UNH, which scored a total of one goal on 13 shots in the first two games, had a 4-0 lead with a 17-9 shot advantage at halftime against Brown.

Career Highs || Senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.), junior forward Hannah Richard and sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) had personal-best efforts in the Aug. 31 game at Brown University. Erler recorded a goal and two assists to match her personal bests in both assists and points (four). Richard finished with two goals and an assist to tally career highs in both goals and points (five). Joyce tallied a personal-best three points with a goal and an assist.

Career Firsts || Three Wildcats – sophomore Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and freshmen Meg Carroll and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) – scored their first career goal in the win at Brown and Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) recorded her first career point with an assist.

Statistical Analysis || UNH is unbeaten when holding the advantage in shots and/or penalty corners. The Wildcats are winless when the opposition has the edge in either/both of those two stats. New Hampshire's half-by-half breakdown is even in goals (5-5) and practically even in shots (25-27); there is a noticeable disparity in corners (7-13). The 'Cats have surrendered just four goals overall – two in the first half, one in the second half (by Brown) and one in overtime.

The Series vs Syracuse || UNH has a 4-2 lifetime record, including 1-1 at home, against Syracuse. In the most recent meeting (August 2009), the Orange traveled to UNH's Memorial Field and recorded a 5-2 victory. One year earlier, SU prevailed 10-0 at home. The Wildcats won each of the first four meetings – 1-0 at SU in '92; 2-0 at SU in '05; 2-1 in double OT at SU in '02; and 4-2 at home in '03.

Scouting the Orange || Syracuse University (3-0, 0-0 Big East) vaulted to No. 2 in the nation following last Saturday's 1-0 overtime victory against previous No. 2 North Carolina; it is the team's highest ranking since being No. 1 in October 2008. The Orange – No. 7 in the preseason poll – opened the year with wins against Monmouth (8-1) and Ohio (6-0). Kelsey Millman leads five multiple-goal scorers with three, and she also is atop the team leaderboard in both assists (three) and points (nine). In goal, Leann Stiver is 3-0 with a 0.32 GAA, .917 save percentage and two shutouts. As a team, SU has outscored the opposition 15-1 with a 67-28 shot advantage and 21-12 edge in penalty corners.

On Deck || Following Friday's game vs. Syracuse, the UNH Wildcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 9 at the College of the Holy Cross. Start time is noon.

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