DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire field hockey program gathered Saturday, Feb. 15 for its annual team banquet to reflect on the accomplishments of the 2013 season and its senior class. In addition, six student-athletes received awards.
Junior back Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) was named recipient of the Susan Kilmister Award, which is awarded to the team's "unsung hero" who reflects Sue's dedication, accomplishments and sportsanship as a student-athlete. Grew also received this distinction last year.
Grew, a starter in all 22 games, was an America East All-Conference Second Team selection in 2013. She was a staple of UNH's defense, including the penalty corner unit, and recorded her first career defensive save. Her efforts helped the Wildcats rank second in the conference with a 1.72 GAA.
The Joyce V. Hiller '54 Scholarship Award – which is given with respect to what Joyce has meant to the field hockey program: a person who is always there with a helping hand and gives selflessly to the program – went to sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.).
Flatley's 2013 accolades included Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Second Team and America East All-Conference First Team. She started all 22 games and recorded 38 points on 16 goals and six assists to lead the team in goals and points; on UNH's list of single-season superlatives, those numbers rank ninth in points and 11th in goals. The sophomore forward also led the 'Cats in shots (61) with an impressive .262 shooting percentage and ranked third in assists. Flatley ranked third in America East in goals per game and fourth in points per game.
Junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) was bestowed the Marisa Didio Award, which recognizes a student-athlete who represents the Extra Mile Theory, which states "Some choose the shortest distance doing only what is required. Others give of themselves more freely and go the extra mile." It marked the second consecutive year Joyce was honored with this award.
Joyce's 2013 accolades included Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Second Team and America East All-Conference Second Team. She started all 22 games and recorded 11 points on two goals and seven assists; she ranked second on the team in assists. Joyce, one of the two primary stick-stops on offensive penalty corners, scored one game-winning goal and assisted on three others.
The Donna Lynne '74 Scholarship Award, which goes to an athlete who makes a substantial contribution to the team through athletic and leadership abilities, was awarded to junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.).
Tarbell's 2013 accolades included Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Second Team and America East Goalkeeper of the Year. She started all 22 games and played all 1591:01. She compiled a 15-7 record with a 1.85 GAA, .745 save percentage and six shutouts. The junior leads America East in save percentage and is second in GAA. Tarbell recorded five consecutive shutouts spanning Oct. 18 to Nov. 1 for an overall shutout streak of 404:50. In five conference games, she went 5-0 with a 0.39 GAA, .895 save percentage and four shutouts.
Freshman midfielder Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was named the recipient of the Barbara Bridle Peyser '50 Award chosen by the coaching staff. It goes to the player that embodies a competitive spirit and, through their improved play, has made a significant contribution to the team's success.
Sutherland started all 22 games in her first season as a Wildcat. She recorded three points with her first coming in the second game of the season against the Ohio State University. Furthermore, Sutherland compiled two assists in five America East conference matchups with a point in consecutive games against UMass Lowell and the University of Vermont.
The inaugural Katherine Duffy Sandler '00 and Ross Sandler '98 Athletic Scholarship Award was presented to sophomore back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.). The Award has been established to provide scholarship to a field hockey player who brings similar dedication, leadership and passion to the team that they did as Wildcats. Both Kate (field hockey) and Ross (men's soccer) were standouts and team captains.
Giese started all 22 games and in addition to her performance on defense, she was one of two primary stick-stops on the offensive penalty corners. She recorded two goals and four assists for a total of eight points, and that included three points (1g, 1a) in five conference games as well as a career-high three points in the league semifinal against Fairfield University.
The senior class of Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.), Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Melissa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) was also honored. The quartet helped the 'Cats to a pair of NCAA tourney appearances and four consecutive America East regular-season titles. Spanning the 2010-13 seasons, UNH compiled a 19-1 conference record and 58 wins overall.
UNH, which ended the season ranked No. 16 in the nation, 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.
New Hampshire boasted an All-America selection, five All-Region honorees, the conference Defensive Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and, for the fourth consecutive year, the Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the highest number of representatives on both the All-Conference First Team and Second Team.