MORRELL, KACKERT: STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & ROUNDUP

UNH WEEKLY ROUNDUP

November 9, 2009

DURHAM, N.H. - Mallory Morrell (Rush, N.Y.) of the women's swimming & diving team and Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) of the football team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Mallory Morrell, women's swimming & diving

     Mallory, a freshman from Rush, N.Y., won two individual events and anchored the record-setting 200-yard medley relay team to propel the UNH women's swimming and diving team to a 181-110 victory against Central Connecticut State last Saturday.

     Mallory began the meet with the Swasey Pool record-setting effort in the relay and continued with a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.89 seconds. She was also first to touch the wall in the 100 free with a mark of 52.44.

Chad Kackert, football

     Chad, a senior running back from Simi Valley, Calif., carried the ball 15 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns - he also had 101 kickoff return yards to finish with 267 all-purpose yards - to lead the eighth-ranked UNH football team to a 55-42 victory against the University of Rhode Island last Saturday.

     Chad's 57-yard TD run tied the score, 7-7, in the first quarter and his 47-yard score extended UNH's lead to 35-16 in the opening minute of the third quarter. After URI pulled within 35-30, Chad returned the ensuing kickoff 59 yards to the visitor's 31-yard line, and that set up a UNH field goal. Also of note, two of URI's kickoffs sailed out of bounds - giving the ‘Cats possession excellent field position on its 40-yard line - in an effort to keep the ball out of Kackert's hands.

 

WEEKLY AWARDS

Football: Tom Manning, CAA Special Teams Player of the Week

Women's ice hockey: Courtney Birchard,Pure Hockey Player of the Week (Hockey East)

 

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Field hockey: UNH 5, at Harvard 4 (overtime)

Men's soccer: Dartmouth 1, UNH 0 (Senior Day)

Friday, Nov. 6

Field Hockey:  at #17 Albany 3, UNH 0 (America East semifinal)

Volleyball: UNH 3, at Hartford 0

Men's hockey: at UNH 4, Boston College 4 (overtime)

Women's ice hockey: #3 UNH 4, at Boston University 3

Saturday, Nov. 7

Football: at #8 UNH 55, Rhode Island 42

Women's swimming & diving: at UNH 181, vs. Central Connecticut State 110

Women's ice hockey: at #3 UNH 4, #8 Boston U. 4 (overtime; BU wins shootout 1-0, 4 rounds)

Sunday, Nov. 8

Men's hockey: at #8 UMass-Lowell 6, UNH 3

Women's basketball: Bentley 73, at UNH 67 (exhibition)

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Men's soccer vs. UMBC, 1 pm (America East semifinal)

Friday, Nov. 13

Women's basketball vs. St. Joseph's, 7 pm (Jackie MacMullan book signing / 6 pm)

Men's hockey at UMass, 7 pm

Saturday, Nov. 14

Men's soccer vs. Stony Brook/Hartford, 1 pm (America East championship game; only if team advances)

Volleyball vs. Stony Brook, 1 pm

Men's basketball vs. Suffolk, 7 pm

Men's & Women's cross country at NCAA Northeast Regional (Franklin Park; Boston)

Football at Wlliam & Mary, 1:30 pm

Women's ice hockey at Vermont, 2 pm

Men's ice hockey at UMass, 7 pm

Sunday, Nov. 15

Volleyball vs. UMBC, 1 pm (Senior Day)

Monday, Nov. 16

Women's basketball at Maryland, 7 pm

 

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • There will be a Jackie MacMullan (UNH '82) book-signing event prior to the team's Nov. 13 season opener at home vs. St. Joseph's. Copies of her latest book, When the Game Was Ours, will be on sale at the event, which begins at 6 p.m.
  • In the only exhibition game of the season, UNH lost 73-67 to Bentley this past Sunday. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) scored a team-high 18 points. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also scored in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Candace Williams (Norforlk, Mass.) finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

 

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The cross country team did not race this past weekend. The team returns to action Nov. 14 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, which is being held at Franklin Park in Boston.

 

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The cross country team did not race this past weekend. The team returns to action Nov. 14 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, which is being held at Franklin Park in Boston.

 

FIELD HOCKEY (12-7, 3-2 America East)

  • UNH extended its winning streak to four games with a 5-4 overtime win in the regular-season finale at Harvard on Nov. 3. It was the 12th win of the season for the ‘Cats, which marked the team's highest total since 2002.
  • Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) and Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) were selected to the All-Championship Team.
  • The end of the 2009 season marks the end of UNH Wildcat field hockey careers for Shea, Leah Boody (Amesbury, Mass.), Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) and Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.).
  • Shea extended her school-record point-scoring streak to 18 games at Harvard. She finished the year with 23 goals and 55 points to rank second on UNH's list of single-season superlatives in both statistics. On the career leaderboard, Shea is #4 in goals (44) and #3 in points (99).

 

FOOTBALL (8-1, 5-1 CAA)

  • UNH improved to 5-0 at home this season with a 55-42 win against Rhode Island. The 8-1 start is the best by the Wildcats since the 2005 team opened 11-1.
  • Senior running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) climbed to No. 7 on UNH's all-time rushing leaderboard. He now has 2,263 career rushing yards.
  • Senior tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) moved into 10th place on UNH's list of career receptions with 142.
  • Senior kicker Tom Manning (Rome, N.Y.) made field goal attempts of 42 and 47 yards and also made all seven PATs to score 13 points and earn CAA Special Teams Player of the Week award for the third time this season.

 

MEN'S ICE HOCKEY (2-5-2, 2-1-1 Hockey East)

  • UNH scored three third period goals in a 4-4 tie vs. Boston College last Friday at the Whittemore Center. It marked the third time the Wildcats scored three (or more) goals in a period this season.
  • Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) recorded three points in two games last weekend. He scored the game-tying goal vs. BC with under a minute remaining in regulation. Butler has a team-best 11 points in nine games.
  • UNH plays a weekend series at UMass this weekend. It will be the team's fifth and sixth consecutive games against a nationally-ranked opponent.

 

WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY (8-1-3, 4-0-1-0 Hockey East)

  • Third-ranked UNH went 1-0-1 in a home-and-home series against eighth-ranked Boston University. The Wildcats prevailed 4-3 on the road and then scored the game-tying goal with 54 seconds remaining in regulation in a 4-4 tie at home.
  • Dating back to last season, Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ont.) has recorded a point in 21 consecutive games; it is the longest streak by a UNH Wildcat since Karyn Bye ('93) tallied a point in 23 consecutive games spanning the 1990-91 seasons.
  • Paton scored her 50th career goal Nov. 6 at BU. She is UNH's 32nd member of the 50-50 Club (50 goals - 50 assists).
  • Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) has already tied her single-season high of 16 assists in just 12 games.
  • UNH has a 34-game regular-season home unbeaten streak of 28-0-6.
  • UNH is 65-0-10 in league regular-season home games since the inception of Hockey East in the 2003 season.

 

MEN'S SOCCER (9-6-2, 6-0-1 America East)

  • As the top seed in the America East Championship tournament, UNH was idle last week.
  • UNH won four major America East awards last week. Senior back Joe Annese (Attleboro, Mass.) was named Defender of the Year, junior Colin O'Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) was honored as Goalkeeper of the Year, and Rob Thompson and his assistant Ewan Seabrook were selected as the Coaching Staff of the Year and senior forward Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) was tabbed Men's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year.
  • Annese, Banks and O'Donnell were named to the All-Conference First Team. Sophomore midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team and forward Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), midfielder Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) and back Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) were all named to the conference All-Rookie Team.
  • The Wildcats begin postseason play Nov. 11 (1 p.m.) in a semifinal matchup against UMBC. UNH recorded a 2-0 road victory vs. the Retrievers on Oct. 10.
  • With a win in the semifinals, UNH would play host to the league title game Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.

 

SWIMMING & DIVING (4-0)

  • UNH improved to 4-0 with a commanding 181-110 victory against Central Connecticut State University in its home opener at Swasey Pool last Saturday.
  • The team won 10 of 16 events and broke two pool records, starting with a first-place effort in the 200-yard medley relay (1:46.70). Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario), Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) and Mallory Morrell (Rush, N.Y.) were the record-setting quartet in the medley relay.
  • UNH concluded the meet with another record-setting performance in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario), Perrault, Reed and Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.) combined for a winning time of 7:53.
  • In addition to anchoring the medley relay, Morrell placed first in two events -  the 50 free (23.89 seconds) and 100 free (52.44).

VOLLEYBALL (11-14, 3-5 America East)

  • UNH won its only match of the week with a 3-0 road victory against Hartford to keep its America East postseason hopes alive. The ‘Cats fought off eight set points to win the third set by a score of 34-32.
  • The Wildcats have now won six consecutive sets.
  • Senior Day will be celebrated this Sunday, Nov. 15 (1 p.m.) against UMBC in the team's regular-season finale.
  • Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) led the ‘Cats with 17 kills, a .343 hitting percentage and six digs at Hartford.

 

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