June 15, 2011

Top 20 Moments 2010-11: Part III

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire athletic department continues its countdown of this past year's most memorable highlights with the third 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 release on Wednesday, June 22. Part III showcases moments 10 through six.

10. Senior javelin thrower Mike Simon (Durham, Conn.) of the men's track and field team captured his fourth-straight America East javelin title at UMBC Stadium in Baltimore (May 8). Simon, who owns the UNH school-record in the javelin, earned the victory with a toss of 63.62m. The Durham, Connecticut native qualified for the New England Championships (May 14) where he earned a third place finish, and concluded his season on May 26, competing in the NCAA East Regional.

9. Pole vaulter Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) helped the women's track and field team win its first title at the New England Championships at Jess Dow Field in Connecticut (May 14). Ciambra, who captured her third America East title in the pole vault (May 8), set a new meet record and won the event with a cleared height of 4.10m. During the 2011 outdoor season, the graduate student broke her own school-record and also set the all-time conference championship record en route to qualifying for the NCAA East Regional.

8. On November 5 at Memorial Field, the New Hampshire field hockey team earned a spot in the America East championship game with a 3-2 win over Maine. The semifinal win sent the top-seeded Wildcats to their sixth America East title game, and gave the 'Cats their highest win total since 2000. UNH broke a 2-2 tie with just over seven minutes to play in the game when Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) tapped in a diving pass from Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), giving the Wildcats the 3-2 advantage.

7. Hayley Rausch scored with 38 seconds remaining in the second overtime against Boston University to lift the UNH women's lacrosse team to a 13-12 victory at Memorial Field (Apr. 6). Rausch recorded a career-high five goals in the contest, and propelled the Wildcats to their first win over BU in seven seasons. The junior attacker scored four goals in the second half before notching the game-winner to finish off her five-goal, one-assist effort.

6. On December 4, junior quarterback Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) made his first start of the 2010 season and lead the UNH football team to a 45-20 playoff victory over Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Florida. Making only his second career start, Decker stepped in for injured starter R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.), and threw for 289 yards including three second-half touchdowns to launch the Wildcats into the national quarterfinals. The Armonk, New York native completed 23 of 35 passes and found wideout Terrance Fox (Piscataway, N.J.) seven times for 95 yards, capped off by a 14-yard touchdown that gave the 'Cats a 21-point lead, a lead on which they would not look back.

The countdown concludes Wednesday, June 22, when the top five highlights from the 2010-11 season will be revealed. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

Fans can vote for their favorite moment from Part III by participating in the fan poll located on the home page of UNHWildcats.com. The fan favorite for Part II, taking in 70 percent of the vote, was alpine skier Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) earning All-America First Team honors at the NCAA Ski Championships. Clayton advances to the final fan poll voting, which will begin Wednesday, June 29.

CLICK HERE to watch Part I (June 1)

CLICK HERE to watch Part II (June 8)

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