Field Hockey Trio Selected To Compete at USA National Championship


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 18-player roster for the New England/North Team that will compete at the USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship.

New England/North is one of six teams competing in the round-robin tournament at Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) from May 23-29. The New England/North team opens play May 23 (2 p.m.) against the Mid Atlantic/South team. 

For the athletes, including the three UNH Wildcats, participation at the Women's National Championship is a tryout for the U.S. National Team.

Bozek earned a gold medal as a member of the U.S. Senior Women's National Indoor Field Hockey Team at the 33rd RohrMax Cup (January 2013). Her accolades as a UNH junior in 2012 included Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Third Team, NFHCA Northeast Region First Team, America East Defensive Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team. 

Bozek, who was an integral part to the success of both the offensive and defensive penalty corner units, recorded 10 goals and four assists for 24 points to rank second on the team in both goals and points. The back also finished with a team-best four defensive saves, which led America East and was 13th best in the country. In other statistics, she ranked sixth in the conference in goals per game and eighth in points per game.

Joyce, a 2012 America East All-Conference Second Team selection, started all 20 games for the Wildcats as a sophomore midfielder last season. She recorded five goals and seven assists for 17 points, which ranked second on the team in assists, fourth in goals and fifth in points. In other stats, Joyce ranked second in game-winning goals and third in shots (41). 

Woods redshirted the 2012 season due to a preseason injury. As a junior in 2011, the midfielder started all 22 games and recorded five points on two goals and one assist.

The UNH field hockey program won its third consecutive America East regular-season title and advanced to the conference championship game for the third time in as many years in 2012. The Wildcats finished the year 12-8 overall with a 5-0 record in America East.

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