October 5, 2009


DURHAM, N.H. Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) of the women’s ice hockey team and Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) of the football team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more is in this week's Wildcat Roundup.




Micaela Long, women’s ice hockey

     Micaela, a senior forward from South Boston, Massachusetts, recorded two goals and an assist to lead the fifth-ranked women’s ice hockey team to victories against UConn (3-1) and Quinnipiac (4-0) last weekend. With UNH trailing 1-0 vs. UConn, Micaela’s assist lifted the Wildcats into a 1-1 tie; her goal gave the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead they did not relinquish and proved to be the game-winning goal. She also potted a goal vs. QU.


Kevin Decker, football

     Kevin, a sophomore quarterback from Armonk, New York, led the football team to a 57-7 victory at Towson University in his first career start. He passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. Kevin completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 140 yards, including a long of 46 yards.



Football: Sean Jellison, CAA Special Teams Player of the Week



Wednesday, Sept. 30

Men’s soccer: at Fairfield 2, UNH 1

Thursday, Oct. 1

Women’s soccer: Boston U. 1, at UNH 0

Friday, Oct. 2

Men’s cross country: 27th place / 42 teams at Paul Short Invitational (Lehigh, Pa.)

Women’s cross country: 19th place / 40 teams at Paul Short Invitational (Lehigh, Pa.)

Volleyball: Binghamton 3, at UNH 1

Saturday, Oct. 3

Field hockey: Maine 6, at UNH 3

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 3, UConn 1

Football: UNH 57, at Towson 7

Men’s ice hockey: UNH 8, Acadia, 1 (exhibition)

Sunday, Oct. 4

Volleyball: Albany 3, at UNH 0 – “Dig Pink” (fundraiser to fight breast cancer)

Field hockey: at Northeastern 3, UNH 2

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, Quinnipiac 0

Women’s soccer: UNH 2, at Hartford 1




Wednesday, Oct. 7

Field hockey at Dartmouth, 3 pm

Men’s soccer at Boston U., 7 pm

Thursday, Oct. 8

Women’s soccer vs. Albany, 3 pm


Women’s ice hockey vs. Colgate, 7 pm

Volleyball at UMBC, 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 10--  HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Men’s and women’s cross country at New England Championships (Franklin Park; Boston)

Football vs. Villanova, 12 pm

Field hockey at Vermont, 1 pm

Men’s soccer at UMBC, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. Syracuse, 5 pm

Men’s ice hockey at Rensselaer, 7 pm

Sunday, Oct. 11

Field hockey vs. Michigan, 1 pm (at Harvard)

Volleyball at Stony Brook, 1 pm

Women’s soccer at Dartmouth (2 pm)



  • The men’s cross country team placed 27th overall – 42 teams competed – at the prestigious Paul Short Run, which is held at Lehigh University.
  • Senior Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.) led the Wildcats in 52nd place, and classmate Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) was next to cross the finish line in 101st place in the 386-runner field. Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.) completed the course seven seconds later for 121st place.
  • UNH returns to action Oct. 10 at the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.



  • The women’s cross country team placed 19th overall – 40 teams competed – at the prestigious Paul Short Run, which is held at Lehigh University.
  • Junior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) was the top Wildcat finisher in 23rd place in the field of 362 runners. Classmate Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) placed 107th and senior Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.) crossed the finish line three seconds later for 110th place.
  • UNH returns to action Oct. 10 at the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.


FIELD HOCKEY (5-5, 0-1 America East)

  • UNH dropped its America East league opener, 6-3, vs. Maine and then fell 3-2 at Northeastern in last week’s action.
  • Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) extended her point-scoring streak to 10 games with a two-goal, one-assist effort against Maine and a goal vs. NU. It is the longest point-scoring streak by a Wildcat in the 19-year tenure of head coach Robin Balducci.
  • Shea, with that goal at NU, moved into 10th place on UNH’s career points leaderboard with 73. She is seventh on the career goals list with 32.
  • UNH has used the same starting lineup in 9 of 10 games this season.


FOOTBALL (4-0, 1-0 CAA)

  • Fifth-ranked UNH rolled to a 57-7 victory at Towson University in its CAA conference opener on Oct. 3. The Wildcats’ 30 first-quarter points just missed the school record of 35 points in a quarter.
  • UNH recorded six interceptions vs. Towson; the school record of seven interceptions in a game was established in 1950.
  • UNH has scored 71 of its 148 points in the first quarter.
  • Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H.) returned a free kick (following a safety) for an 81-yard touchdown to give UNH a 23-0 first-quarter lead. He also carried the ball nine times for 46 yards.
  • Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) returned an interception for a touchdown for the second consecutive week. He scored on a 31-yard return vs. Towson.
  • The 57 points marked the highest UNH point total since the ‘Cats scored 62 vs. Stony Brook in 2006.


MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

  • UNH skated to a 8-1 victory against Acadia University in an Oct. 3 exhibition game at the Whittemore Center.
  • Senior cocaptain Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ontario) scored a team-high two goals while freshman Scott Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) led the team with three points, all on assists. The line combination of Pavelski, Greg Manz (Wayne, Pa.) and Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) totaled seven points.
  • A total of 15 Wildcats recorded at least one point with eight skaters recording multiple points.
  • Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) started the game and stopped 15 of 16 shots in 48:59 of action.


WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (2-0-0, 1-0-0-0 Hockey East)

  • Third-ranked UNH opened the season Oct. 3 with a 3-1 Hockey East league victory against UConn; the next day, the Wildcats prevailed 4-0 against Quinnipiac.
  • Junior goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) recorded her 12th career shutout with 13 saves vs. Quinnipiac. She also tallied her second career assist in the game.
  • UNH has a 63-0-9 record in Hockey East home games since the league’s inception.
  • Dating back to last season, Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) has recorded a point in 11 consecutive games.


MEN’S SOCCER (3-5-1, 0-0-0 America East)

  • UNH was upended 2-1 at Fairfield University – despite a 10-8 shot advantage – in its only match of the week. The Wildcats scored in the 82nd minute on the first collegiate goal by Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.).
  • Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) has recorded an assist in two consecutive games.


WOMEN’S SOCCER (2-9-1, 1-2-0 America East)

  • UNH split a pair of one-goal decisions last week with a 1-0 home loss to Boston University and a 2-1 road victory against Hartford.
  • Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) stopped 15 of 17 shots in the two matches for a .882 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against-average. She was credited with nine saves against BU and six vs. Hartford, who scored with 58 seconds remaining in the game to foil her shutout bid.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) scored her first collegiate goal when she gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at Hartford.
  • Alyssa Michel (Bellingham, Wash.) netted her first Div. I goal vs. the Hawks and it proved to be the game-winning goal. Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.) tallied her first career point with an assist on that goal.

VOLLEYBALL (8-11, 0-2 America East)

  • UNH opened America East league play last week with home losses to Binghamton (3-1) and Albany (3-0).
  • Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) recorded 28 kills in those two matches and she now has 936 career kills. Against Binghamton, she tied for the team lead in kills (14) and also had a match-high 19 digs. Bates also led the team in kills with 14 more vs. Albany.
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