Field Hockey Travels To No. 4 Duke For NCAA Championship First Round Game


– The University of New Hampshire field hockey team will travel to play fourth-seeded Duke University in a Nov. 16 (11:30 a.m.) first round game of the 2013 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, the NCAA announced Sunday night. 

UNH (15-6 overall, 5-0 America East) earned automatic qualifier status into the NCAA tournament by virtue of winning the 2013 America East Championship with a 4-0 victory against Fairfield University in a Nov. 7 semifinal and 3-2 win vs. 16th-ranked University at Albany in the Nov. 9 title game at UNH's Memorial Field.

This will be the Wildcats' 10th NCAA tournament appearance. They most recently advanced to the NCAAs in 2011, when they played the University of Michigan in the first round after winning the America East Championship title. The 'Cats advanced to the NCAAs five consecutive years (1983-87) and six times overall in the 1980s; the other appearances were in 1998 and 2000. 

The winner of the New Hampshire vs. Duke first round game will play the victor of the University of Massachusetts vs. University of Virginia first round game.

The 'Cats have a 1-2 lifetime record against Duke; this will be the first postseason meeting between the programs. 

UNH, under the guidance of 23rd-year head coach Robin Balducci, enters the tournament with an eight-game winning streak during which it has shut out six opponents with a 29-3 scoring advantage.

New Hampshire was honored as America East Coaching Staff of the Year a conference record fourth consecutive year in 2013, as well as a record sixth time overall. 

The Wildcats are led defensively by two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), who was also named the America East Championship's Most Outstanding Player, and Goalkeeper of the Year Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.).

Bozek and Tarbell were joined on the All-Conference First Team by Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.). The 'Cats also had four representatives on the All-Conference Second Team – Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.), Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.), Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.). New Hampshire also placed Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) on the All-Rookie Team. 

Duke enters the NCAAs with a 14-6 overall record that included 3-3 in the ACC. The Blue Devils defeated Virginia, 2-1, in the conference quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded University of Maryland, 3-2 in overtime, in the semifinals.


1983 1st round Penn State ^ 1-0 loss

1984 2nd round at UConn 3-2 loss (overtime)

1985 2nd round at Boston College 1-0 loss

1986 1st round at UConn 2-1 win

   2nd round at North Carolina 2-1 win

    title game at Iowa 2-1 loss (double overtime)

1987 1st round MASSACHUSETTS 2-0 loss

1989 1st round Northeastern 2-1 loss

1998 1st round Boston College ^ 3-2 loss

2000 1st round at Maryland 9-1 loss

2011 1st round vs. Michigan # 5-4 loss

    ^ at UConn

   # at North Carolina

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