Richard Tabbed Top Player in America East Field Hockey For Second Time This Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.), a junior forward on the 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named America East Player of the Week on Monday. Richard received that same accolade Sept. 17.

Richard scored three goals spanning approximately 300 miles in two games in as many days, as the Wildcats defeated both 25th-ranked University of Maine (2-1) and Dartmouth College (5-4 in overtime) on the road last weekend.

Richard broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal in the 55th minute at Maine on Oct. 27, and it proved to be the game-winning tally in a victory that gave UNH the America East regular-season title outright by completing the conference season unbeaten at 5-0.

The 'Cats traveled back to Durham following the game, then Sunday morning the team hit the road for a mid-afternoon intrastate battle in Hanover against Dartmouth. Richard scored consecutive goals in the 34th and 38th minutes as part of a 3-0 UNH spurt that transformed a two-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. The two goals matched her personal best for goals in a game.

Richard, who has started all 18 games this season, leads UNH in goals (14) and points (32) as well as shooting percentage (.424). Her four assists ranks fourth. In America East conference-only games, Richard once again leads the 'Cats in both goals (four) and points (eight), as well as shooting percentage (.400). She has scored a goal in 10 of 18 games and has a point in 11 of 18.

In the America East rankings, Richard ranks second in both points per game (1.78) and goals per game (0.79).

New Hampshire (11-7 overall, 5-0 America East) returns to action as the host of the America East Championships for the third consecutive year. Top-seeded UNH faces Fairfield University in a Nov. 2 semifinal. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.

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