June 8, 2011

Top 20 Moments from 2010-11: Part II

DURHAM, N.H. -The University of New Hampshire athletic department continues its countdown of this past year's most memorable highlights with the second installment of a four-part video series. The series features 20 moments from the year that was, culminating with the top five moments from the 2010-11 season set to be announced Wednesday, June 22. Part II showcases moments 15 through 11.

15. On November 13 at Villanova Stadium, the UNH football team forced three turnovers including a strip-sack by defensive end Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) in the closing seconds to help knock off ninth-ranked Villanova, 31-24. Running back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) led the charge for the 'Cats racking up 157 yards on the ground, highlighted by a 51-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter to give New Hampshire a lead it would never relinquish. The victory over the defending national champions helped secure the Wildcats' seventh consecutive postseason appearance.

14. On March 12 at the NCAA Ski Championships at Stowe Mountain in Vermont, junior alpine skier Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) earned All-America First Team honors with a third-place finish in the men's slalom race. Clayton helped the team accumulate 344 points, marking UNH's best NCAA result in 11 seasons. The run marked Clayton's seventh top-10 slalom finish of the year.

13. Senior forward Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) of the men's ice hockey team was named the 2011 Hockey East Player of the Year and was selected as a Hobey Baker top 10 finalist. In conference play, Thompson finished first in points (42), power-play points (18) and power-play goals (9), and also ranked second in the nation in both power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (7) while helping the Wildcats to a 10th straight NCAA tournament bid.

12. Senior goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) of the women's ice hockey team made history on February 3 at Walter Brown Arena in Boston as she made a school-record 52 saves in a 4-2 victory over third-ranked Boston University.  The win snapped BU's 13-game winning streak and handed the Terriers only their third loss of the season. Herman, who notched 21 saves in the third period alone, surpassed the previous benchmark of 48 stops established by Alicia Roberts in 1999 against Harvard.

11. On New Years' Day at Lundholm Gymnasium, the women's basketball team outlasted Rhode Island in a triple-overtime battle, coming out on top, 88-74. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a career-high 25 points and teammate Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) also set a personal best with 22 points while competing in the program's first-ever triple-overtime game. The Wildcats were able to erase a six-point deficit in the second overtime and pulled away late in the final session to complete the 14-point win.

The countdown continues Wednesday, June 15, when highlights 10 through six will be revealed. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

Fans can vote for their favorite moment from Part II by participating in the fan poll located on the home page of UNHWildcats.com. The fan favorite for Part I, raking in 45 percent of the vote, was Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) of the women's soccer team backboning the squad to four shutouts and receiving America East All-Conference First Team recognition. Mooney advances to the final fan poll voting, which will begin Wednesday, June 29.

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