DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire athletic department has started its countdown of this past year's most memorable highlights. The countdown features a four-part video series including 20 moments from the year that was, highlighting big wins, record-breaking performances and awards. The first part in the series showcases moments 20 through 16.
20. We kickoff our Top 20 countdown at Lewis Fields where the women's soccer team powered past Albany in the conference opener on September 29. Freshman Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) tallied five points on two goals and an assist in the 5-3 win. With the Wildcats already ahead 2-0, Ledwith would score the second of her two goals early in the second half, escaping from two Albany defenders and skipping the ball past the goalkeeper to extend the advantage. Later in the half with the score 3-1, Jordyn Krall (Duxbury, Mass.) sends the ball into the box on a corner kick, where Ali Rozelle (Stratham, N.H.) heads it off the crossbar, allowing senior Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) to pick up the rebound and score to put the game out of reach.
19. The men's basketball team completed its longest win streak since 2006 when the Wildcats won four straight, concluding with a BracketBuster victory over Towson on February 18. Senior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) averaged more than 13 points per game during the streak and played an instrumental role in turning the season around for the 'Cats down the stretch. The team would win six of its final eight games, including five conference victories, and earned the fifth seed in the America East tournament. Abreu concluded his career ranking first all-time in games played (118) and minutes played (3,879), and finished third all-time in scoring with 1,583 career points.
18. Coming in at number 18 is the men's soccer team who placed first in the Nike Fall Classic for the third consecutive year (Sept. 25). Freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) took home tournament MVP honors by serving up back-to-back shutouts against Air Force and Hartwick. Worra was joined on the All-Tournament team by juniors Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and sophomore Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.). Senior Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) also contributed in the two victories, scoring the lone goal in the win over Air Force and set up the game-winner against Hartwick.
17. Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) of the women's ski program earns number 17 on our countdown, skiing to victory in the giant slalom on February 13 at Burke Mountain in Vermont. Lepine posted a combined time of 1 minute, 59.53 seconds to take the top spot, marking the team's only individual win of the year.
16. On October 9 at Memorial Field, the field hockey team knocked off seventh-ranked Stanford, 6-3. Senior Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) notched a career-high seven points and scored the first two goals of the game giving the Wildcats an early 2-0 advantage. Frates would also help set up the first goal of the second half as she struck an entry pass to the top of the circle where Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored the first of her two goals. Putting the finishing touches on the performance, Frates would bury the team's sixth goal of the game as she redirected a centering feed from teammate Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.), giving the 'Cats a 6-1 lead.
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