PHILADELPHIA – Five alumnae of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team competed at the inaugural Harrow Cup, a post-collegiate women's field hockey championship that was held June 8-9 at Temple University's Geasey Field.
Kendall Deck (2008-11), Kyle Lyons (2008-11), Hayley Rausch (2008-11), Meg Shea (2006-09) and Katie White (2002-05) were among the 144 athletes selected in a March 15 draft to compete from the pool of more than 300 registrants. This Wildcat quintet combined for two All-America awards, nine regional accolades (including five First Team selections), and 12 all-conference team awards.
"We all would agree that it was an awesome opportunity for us to play again together and compete at a high level," said Shea, who is also currently an assistant coach with the UNH field hockey program. "We all watched one another's games and of course supported one another on the sideline."
Eight teams competed and were separated into two pools of four to compete in two games both days, including a crossover classification match. Deck and Lyons were teammates on Titans while Shea and White were on the Ninjas squad in the same pool and Rausch was in the opposite pool with the Tomahawks, who advanced to the title game.
"It was such a great environment," Shea said. "We all worked hard and we were able to enjoy the weekend with friends and colleagues from other universities. All five of us agree we would play next year. It was fun to do what we love and be together."
Deck was a three-time selection to the America East All-Conference Second Team (2009-10-11) and was named to the league All-Rookie Team in '08. Her other collegiate accolades included NFHCA Northeast Region Second Team and America East All-Championship Team, both in 2009. Deck was also well accomplished in the classroom, as evident by making the NFHCA All-Academic Squad as a junior and senior.
Lyons was named to both the NFHCA All-America Second Team and NFHCA Northeast Region First Team as a senior in 2011, which she also earned ECAC All-Star First Team recognition. One year earlier, Lyons was tabbed to the Northeast Region Second Team. On the conference level, she was a two-time First Team honoree (2010-11) and All-Championship Team selection (2010-11).
Rausch joined Lyons on both the NFHCA Northeast Region First Team in 2011 and Northeast Region Second Team in 2010. Following her senior year, Rausch was also named to the ECAC All-Star Second Team. Her America East accolades included All-Conference First Team (2011) and All-Conference Second Team (2010) as well as All-Championship Team in 2010 and Championship Most Outstanding Player in '11. Rausch broke the UNH single-season points record in 2011 with 62, and on the career lists she is No. 3 in points (136) and assists (34) as well as No. 4 in goals (51).
Shea was named to the 2009 NFHCA All-America Third Team. She also garnered ECAC All-Star Second Team recognition in '09 and was honored as the America East Offensive Player of the Year that season. Furthermore, Shea was an NFHCA Northeast Region First Team and America East All-Conference First Team selection back-to-back years in 2008-09; she was also picked to the All-Championship Team those two seasons. Her other accolades included All-Conference Second Team in '07 and All-Rookie Team in '06. On UNH's career leaderboards, Shea was No. 3 in points (99) and No. 4 in goals (42) upon her graduation.
White was voted to the NFHCA Northeast Region Second Team as a senior captain in 2005 and the America East Rookie of the Year in 2002. In between, White was a two-time selection to the All-Conference First Team ('03 and '05) and garnered Northeast Region First Team recognition (2003). She ranked No. 3 on UNH's career leaderboard in both goals (45) and points (95) at the time of her graduation.
The Harrow Cup mission is to promote post-collegiate field hockey in a competitive and structured environment, extend the length of American field hockey careers and cultivate a lifetime sport ethos through the provision of a national competition, and serve as the initiative for the establishment of a U.S. women's FIH-sanctioned semiprofessional premier league.