Wildcats ready for tough schedule
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 18:08
The UNH field hockey team had a very successful season in 2012 by all accounts, but the team was still left with a bitter taste in their mouths.
After going 12-8 in the regular season and 5-0 in conference play, the Wildcats fell to Albany 3-1 in the America East conference championship, missing out on a berth in the NCAA tournament.
They will start the season ranked at No. 20.
The team looks to reload after graduating four seniors last year. They will return nine of 11 starters, including the 2012 America East defensive player of the year Megan Bozek. Carlie Tarbell returns to net after a successful 2012 campaign, which saw her post a 2.24 goals against average and a .727 save percentage.
UNH also returned a few key pieces on offense with their top two scorers, senior Hannah Richard and sophomore Meg Flatley at forward. Junior Kellie Joyce and senior Casey Pohlmeyer are two key returning midfielders for the team, who led their position in scoring last season.
The team opens the season against sixth-ranked Maryland in the Conference Cup tournament in Philadelphia, PA.
Following that, they will travel to Stanford to play a two game series against the No. 11 Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 6 and Pacific University on Sept. 8.
After a two game home stand where they face Providence and Northeastern, the ‘Cats will take on Central Michigan and then travel to face No. 16 Massachusetts.
The team has three more games against ranked opponents, playing No. 21 Boston College at home on Oct. 4, traveling to Syracuse to face the fifth-ranked Orange and then going to Albany the following weekend for their first game against the No. 17 Danes since the America East title game.
With matchups against at least five ranked opponents, the Wildcats have constructed a schedule to use as a measuring stick with the rest of the nation.