DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, the 23rd-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, has announced that Lindsey Nerbonne (Bow, N.H.) has transferred to the University and will join the UNH program in 2014.
"We are thrilled Lindsey will be returning to New Hampshire to represent the University," said Balducci, head of UNH's reigning four-time America East Coaching Staff of the Year. "Lindsey was an outstanding high school athlete at Bow and she had a terrific freshman season at Syracuse. We look forward to Lindsey having an immediate impact within our program moving forward."
Nerbonne played in 19 games – with six starts – last year as a freshman at Syracuse University. The 5-foot-7 midfielder recorded four points and that included an assist in the Oct. 13 game against UNH. She helped lead Syracuse to a 16-4 overall record and No. 2 national ranking entering the NCAA tournament.
Nerbonne was a three-time New Hampshire All-State First Team and 2012 New Hampshire Division 3 Player of the Year at Bow High School. As a senior, she was also proclaimed Player of the Year by both the Union Leader and Concord Monitor. Nerbonne was named team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior. She scored 20 goals as a senior and finished her four-year career with 53 tallies.
Nerbonne's other field hockey experience includes team MVP at the Seacoast United Sports Club under the direction of UNH assistant coach Meg Shea.
Nerbonne also had a highly-decorated basketball career at Bow, where she was a two-time All-State selection, New Hampshire Division 3 Basketball Player of the Year, and scored more than 1,000 career points.
The UNH field hockey team captured the America East regular-season crown for the fourth consecutive year in 2013 by completing conference play with a perfect 5-0 record for the second straight year and third time in four years.
The Wildcats also won the America East Championship title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. UNH finished the 2013 season with a 15-7 record to mark the fifth highest win total in the program's 39-year history.