McCandless, Evans: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

DURHAM, N.H.Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) of the women’s swimming & diving team and Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) of the football team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.


Lauren McCandless, women’s swimming & diving

     Lauren, a junior from Macungie, Pennsylvania, recorded first-place finishes in both the 200-yard butterfly and 1,000 freestyle to account for two of the team’s seven victories and help the UNH women’s swimming and diving squad to victory against both Bryant and Central Connecticut State on Nov. 2.

     It marked Lauren’s third first-place finish in the 200 fly this season; she was first to touch the wall with a time of 2 minutes, 5.26 seconds. It also was the second consecutive week she won the 1000 free in a time of 10:30.64.

     Lauren has won two races in all four meets this season with the aforementioned three wins in the 200 fly and two in the 1000 free as well as three first-place finishes in the 500 free.

     In the Oct. 13 season  – and home – opener against Boston College, she recorded a season-best time in both the 200 fly (2:04.74) and 500 free (5:06.22). She won both events for the second consecutive week Oct. 20 at Vermont with winning times of 2:07.92 in the 200 fly and 5:09.88 in the 500 free.

     Lauren was the fastest swimmer in the 500 free for the third consecutive week Oct. 27 at Northeastern University as she touched the wall in 5:07.25. She followed that race with a victory in the 1000 free at 10:26.35.

     Lauren was named the America East Rookie of the Year and to the All-Conference Team in 2011, when she was a Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention selection. She won the 1650 free at the America East Championships with a school and conference record time of 16:39.20. She also took second place in the 500 free and fourth place in the 200 fly, and swam a leg on the winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams.

     Her outstanding freshman season continued at the ECAC Championships, where she once again set a school and conference record in the 1650 free with a winning time of 16:35.31. She also took top honors in the 200 fly (2:01.09) and was part of three winning relay teams – the 800 free, 200 medley and 400 medley.

     Lauren repeated as 1,650 free champion at the 2012 America East Championships. She also placed third in the 200 fly and third in the 500 free, and swam in the 200 medley and 800 free relay teams, both of which finished third.


Matt Evans, football

     Matt, a senior linebacker from Hanover, Massachusetts, became UNH’s all-time leader in tackles during the Wildcats’ 28-25 victory against William & Mary at Coewll Stadium on Nov. 3. He recorded a team-high 10 tackles to increase his career total to 437 and surpass the previous benchmark of 434 established by Steve Doig (1978-81).

     In 10 games this season, Matt has a total of 103 tackles with 69 unassisted tackles and 34 assisted tackles and 8.5 for a loss, including three sacks. He has recorded double-digit tackles four consecutive games, including a season-high 16 tackles Oct. 13 vs. Richmond, and has five games with double-digit tackles. Matt ranks first in the CAA in tackles/game, solo tackles, solo tackles/game and total tackles.

     Matt was bestowed the Buck Buchanan Award last year – the first Wildcat to receive the honor – as the nation’s top defensive player. He finished the year with 165 total tackles (86 unassisted, 79 assisted), including 7.5 for a loss, as well as three interceptions – two of which her returned for a touchdown – three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two sacks.

     His other 2011 accolades included five All-America Team selections, Gold Helmet Award at New England’s FCS Player of the Year, All-CAA First Team and All-New England Team.

     As a sophomore in 2010, Matt tallied 79 unassisted tackles and 77 assisted tackles for a total of 156. His other stats that season included four sacks, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two interceptions.



Casey DeSmith, men’s hockey – Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week



Friday, November 2

Field hockey (America East semifinal): at No. 20 UNH 3, Fairfield 2

Women’s swimming & diving: UNH 137, at Bryant 124; UNH 180, Central Conn. 80

Men’s ice hockey at UMass 2, No. 9 UNH 1 (overtime)

Women’s ice hockey: St. Lawrence 3, at UNH 1

Saturday, November 3

Football: at No. 11 UNH 28, William & Mary 25 

Women’s ice hockey: St. Lawrence 2, at UNH 1

Men’s soccer (America East quarterfinal): UNH 0 at Albany 0

     UNH advances on penalty kicks, 5-4

Sunday, November 4

Men’s ice hockey: UNH 4, at Maine 0

Field hockey (America East title game): No. 21 Albany 3, at No. 20 UNH 1

Volleyball: at Stony Brook 3, UNH 1



Monday, November 5

UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings; Newington

   (with football head coach Sean McDonnell)

Tuesday, November 6

Women’s ice hockey at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Wednesday, November 7

Men’s soccer at Vermont, 1 pm (America East semifinal)

Friday, November 9

Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston U., 7 pm

Women’s volleyball vs. Hartford, 7 pm

Women’s cross country at NCAA Northeast Regional, 12 pm (at Madison, Conn.)

Men’s cross country at NCAA Northeast Regional, 1:15 pm (at Madison, Conn.)

Saturday, November 10

Women’s swimming & diving vs. Rhode Island, 1 pm

Men’s basketball vs. Suffolk, 1 pm

Men’s ice hockey vs. Vermont, 7 pm

Sunday, November 11

Volleyball vs. Albany, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Providence, 2 pm



     The New Hampshire Food Bank and WOKQ 97.5 F.M. have teamed up again with UNH Athletics for the annual Wildcat Food Drive. All proceeds and contributions will go to support the Food Bank and granite state communities.

     Fans can continue their support by bringing a canned food item to the following UNH Athletic events and will receive a discount ticket rate for doing so.

  • • Men’s basketball: Saturday, Nov. 10 vs. Suffolk, 1 pm
  • • Men’s ice hockey: Saturday, Nov. 10 vs. Vermont, 7 pm



MEN’S BASKETBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team opens the 2012-13 season Nov. 10 at home against Suffolk University. Game time is 1 p.m.
  • The Wildcats were picked sixth in the America East Coaches’ Preseason Poll that was released in late October.
  • UNH closed last season with five wins in its last seven games and reached double digits in wins for the fourth straight season at 13-16 overall (7-9 America East).
  • Nine letterwinners, including three starters, return from last year’s squad. Senior guard and tri-captain Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) is the team’s top returning scorer (11.2 ppg) and has been named to the conference All-Defensive Team each of the last two years.
  • Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and senior center Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) are the other captains.



  • The UNH men’s cross country team did not race last week. In their most recent action, the Wildcats were runner-up at the America East Championship meet (Oct. 27).
  • Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) led four ‘Cats in the top 20 in second place overall. Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) finished sixth and was followed by sophomore John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) in 12th and junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) in 18th.
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 9 at the NCAA East Regional, which will be held at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team did not race last week. In the most recent meet, the Wildcats finished as runner-up at the America East Championships for the third consecutive year with its second-place finish Oct. 27.
  • Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) was the overall individual champion as all seven ‘Cats placed in the top 20.
  • Two other Wildcats recorded top-10 efforts. Junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, Mass.) finished sixth and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) placed 10th.
  • Sophomore Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) placed 14th and was followed by juniors Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) in 15th (17:33.55), Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) in 18th and Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) in 20th.
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 9 for the NCAA East Regional at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn.

FIELD HOCKEY (12-8 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team was the top seed and host of the America East Championship for the third consecutive year. In a Nov. 2 semifinal, the Wildcats defeated Fairfield University, 3-2 in overtime, to advance to the title game for the third time in as many years. UNH fell one victory short of defending its 2011 crown with a 3-1 loss to University at Albany in the Nov. 4 championship game.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, the America East conference announced its annual awards and all-conference teams. UNH, led by 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year – it is the first time anyone received that award three consecutive years, and the five overall awards ties the conference benchmark.
  • Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She is the first Wildcat to receive that distinction since the award’s 2001 inception.
  • Bozek was joined on the All-Conference First Team by senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.).
  • Sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) were named to the Second Team, while the All-Rookie Team included forwards Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) as well as back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.).
  • At the conclusion of the tournament, the three members of the First Team – Bozek, Erler and Pohlmeyer – were also announced to the All-Championship Team.
  • Senior forward Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.) scored her first goal of the season to give UNH a 1-0 lead against Fairfield. Flatley ended the game with a goal at 9:07 of overtime; she tallied an assist on Quill’s goal.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded 11 saves in the championship game; that total is one less than her personal best.

FOOTBALL (8-2 overall, 6-1 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team won its sixth consecutive game overall and 10th straight at home with a 28-25 against William & Mary at Cowell Stadium on Nov. 3.
  • Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) became the Wildcats’ all-time tackles leader with the eighth of his team-high 10 tackles vs. the Tribe. Evans now has 437 career tackles, which surpasses the previous benchmark of 434 held by Steve Doig (1978-81).
  • Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) carried the ball 19 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Steriti has three 100-yard efforts the past five games and five overall this season, including 201 at Old Dominion on Sept. 22.
  • UNH continued its shuffling of quarterbacks throughout the game and redshirt freshman Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) completed 21 of 30 passes for 215 yards and had a rushing TD. Sophomore signal called Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) completed his only pass attempt for six yards and carried the ball 11 times for 53 yards, which made him the team’s second-leading rusher.
  • Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) recorded a team-leading 10 catches for 77 yards. He ascended into a tie for fifth place in UNH single-season history with 71 receptions and seventh place in receiving yards at 961.
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 17 in the regular-season finale against No. 19 Towson University. The game, which begins at noon, will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet New England. A victory in the game will assure the ‘Cats at least a share of the CAA championship.


MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-1-1 overall, 3-1-1 Hockey East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team split a pair of road games last week with a 2-1 overtime loss against UMass and a 4-0 win vs. interstate rival Maine. At 5-1-1, this is the team’s best start since the 2007-08 ‘Cats also went 5-1-1 through seven games.
  • Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 76 of 78 shots in two games last week for a 0.97 GAA and .974 save percentage to earn Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award for the third consecutive week; he shared the honor the previous two weeks.
  • He stopped all 42 shots at Maine to record his second shutout in as many weeks. DeSmith ranks first in Hockey East in both GAA (1.54) and save percentage (.947), and in league-only games he is atop the leaderboard in those stats with a 1.17 GAA and .962 save percentage.
  • Senior forward Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored a pair of goals in UNH’s 4-0 victory at Maine (Nov. 4). He scored the first goal of the game, which proved to be the game-winning goal. Block ranks first in the league in goals (five) and second in power-play goals (three).
  • Senior defenseman Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) recorded two assists at Maine to increase his team-leading total to eight. Hardowa ranks first in Hockey East in assists and is No. 6 in the nation in assists per game; he also ranks sixth in defenseman scoring (1.14 points per game).
  • Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was also credited with two assists in the victory at Maine.
  • New Hampshire plays one game this week – Saturday, Nov. 10 at home against Vermont. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.


WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-6-0 overall, 1-2-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team was swept in a two-game series at home by St. Lawrence. The Saints, who fell behind 1-0 both games, were 3-1 and 2-1 victors at the Whittemore Center.
  • Freshman goalie Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) stopped 29 of 32 shots in Friday’s loss, which was her sixth consecutive start.
  • Marie-Eve Jean (Gatineau, Quebec) made 35 saves, including all 13 shots against in the first period, in her collegiate debut Saturday but the ‘Cats were upended 2-1.
  • Freshman forward Brittney Redlick (Biggar, Saskatchewan) recorded her first collegiate point Nov. 3 when her second-period goal gave UNH a 1-0 lead.
  • Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) recorded her team-leading fifth assist Nov. 2. She is also atop the UNH leaderboard in points (eight).
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 6 (7 p.m.) on the road against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The Wildcats then play host to Boston University (Nov. 9, 7 p.m.) and travel to Providence College on Nov. 11 (2 p.m.).


MEN’S SOCCER (6-7-5 overall, 2-3-1 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team entered the America East Championship as the fifth seed and advanced out of the quarterfinals by virtue of a 5-4 advantage through six rounds of penalty kicks against University at Albany on Nov. 3.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, three Wildcats received America East recognition for their season-long excellence. Senior forward Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) was named to the All-Conference First Team while Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany) was an All-Rookie Team selection and senior back Ryan McNabb (Downington, Pa.) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) did not have to make a save through regulation and the pair of 10-minute overtime sessions. In the round of five PKs, he stopped the Great Danes’ first attempt. The game advanced to sudden-victory penalty kicks, and Worra turned aside the UA shooter. Robert Palumbo (Hampton, N.H.) then deposited the ball in the upper-right corner of the net to send the Wildcats into the semifinals.
  • Thomas, Goerigk, McNabb and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) converted their penalty kicks, with Hussein needing to score to extend the game beyond the best-of-5 PKs.
  • UNH plays at top-seeded Vermont in a Wednesday, Nov.  7 semifinal. The game begins at 1 p.m.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (5-0 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s swimming & diving team edged Bryant (137-124) and outpaced Central Connecticut State (180-80) in a Nov. 2 meet at Bryant’s Chace Center Pool.
  • Junior Jenni Roberts (Sanford, Maine), the reigning two-time America East Swimmer of the Week, won three individual events – the 100-yard butterfly (56.75 seconds), 200 individual medley (2:05.28) and 200 freestyle (1:53.01).
  • Junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) swept the 200 fly (2:05.26) and 1,000 freestyle (10:30.64).
  • Junior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) was the fastest swimmer in the 200 backstroke (2:07.39) and was the runner-up in 100 back (59.81) and 200 IM (2:09.26).
  • The Wildcats’ 200 freestyle relay team of senior Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), sophomore Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.), Bull and sophomore Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) raced to a first-place finish.
  • Reed had a pair of second-place efforts – 100 (53.8) and 200 free (1:53.80) – and Suffel was the second swimmer to touch the wall in the 100 fly (59.12).
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 10 at home (Swasey Pool) against the University of Rhode Island. Meet time is 1 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL (14-12 overall, 6-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team traveled to Stony Brook University for a Nov. 4 match and returned home with a 3-1 loss.
  • Junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a team-high 13 kills. Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.), another junior right side hitter, and freshman outside hitter Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) tallied 10 kills apiece.
  • UNH continues to lead America East in both assists (11.70 per set) and kills (12.60 per set), as well as second in hitting percentage (.198), digs (15.93 per set) and blocks (1.81 per set).
  • Thatcher has a league-high 388 kills; she ranks second in kills per set (3.61).  Senior libero Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) leads America East in digs (522) and is second in digs/set (4.92).
  • UNH concludes the regular season this weekend with home matches against Hartford (Nov. 9; 7 p.m.) and Albany (Nov. 11; 1 p.m.).



WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team, making its conference-record 12th consecutive tournament appearance, was ousted from the 2012 America East Championships with a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook University in an Oct. 25 quarterfinal game at Lewis Fields.
  • Junior goalkeeer Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America District 1 First Team on Nov. 2.
  • Correa, who was also named to the America East All-Academic Team, started all 18 games in which she played. She had a 1.43 GAA with a .755 save percentage and three shutouts, and ranked third in the conference in both total saves (83) and saves per game (4.61).
  • Prior to the start of postseason play, four Wildcats received America East honors. Senior back Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.
  • Correa, Curry and junior midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • The end of the 2012 season marks the end of UNH careers for eight Wildcat seniors – captain Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.), Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.), Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.), Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.), Drea Noguiera (New Bedford, Mass.) and Curry .
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