Beliveau, Bronner: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

January 2, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) of the women’s basketball team and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) of the men’s basketball 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.

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Denise Beliveau, women’s basketball

     Denise, a senior forward from Framingham, Massachusetts, scored a season-high 24 points to lead four Wildcats in double figures in the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team’s 79-71 victory against the New Jersey Institute of Technology at the Cyclone Challenge (Iowa State University) on Dec. 30.

     Denise shot 8 of 14 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and also recorded 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. In the tournament opener against Iowa State (Dec. 29), she netted 12 points with three rebounds and four steals. Denise was selected to the All-Tournament Team for her two-game efforts.

     Denise recorded her 1,000th career point Dec. 3 at home against the College of the Holy Cross. She is the 16th player in program history to reach that milestone. Her other season highlights include a 17-point, 14-rebound effort in a 57-42 win against Manhattan College at home on Dec. 9; the 14 rebounds marks the highest total by a Wildcat this season.

     Denise leads this year’s team in points (153), rebounds (101), field goals made (56) and attempted (142) and steals (28). She is second in minutes (406), scoring average (12.8 ppg) and rebounding average (8.4 rpg) as well as third in both 3-pointers made (10) and attempted (34).

     Denise enters 2012 ranked 10th on UNH’s career scoring leaderboard with 1,095 points. On other lists, she is seventh in both rebounds (687) and 3-point field goals made (116) as well as 10th in steals (163).

Jordon Bronner, men’s basketball

     Jordon, a sophomore point guard from Sleepy Hollow, New York, scored a career-high 24 points to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to a 71-64 victory against Colgate University on Dec. 31 at Lundholm Gymnasium. He was selected the America East Player of the Game as he shot 7 of 11 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and also recorded five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

     Jordon netted 15 second-half points on 4 of 5 shooting from the floor and 6 of 7 from the foul line. He finished with career highs in points, free throws made (eight), field goals (seven) and 3-point field goals (two) made.

     The point guard has started all 11 games this season and is averaging 7.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Jordon enters 2012 as the team leader in both assists (33) and steals (13), and he is ranked third in minutes (367) as well as fourth in scoring average. His season highlights include a six-point, six-assist, eight-rebound effort at Brown on Dec. 7; both the assist and rebound totals are personal bests.

 
 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Thursday, December 29

Men’s basketball: Sacred Heard 77, at UNH 59

Women’s basketball: at Iowa State 71, UNH 57

Friday, December 30

Men’s ice hockey: Brown 5, at UNH 2

Women’s basketball: UNH 79, NJIT 71 (at Iowa State)

Saturday, December 31

Men’s basketball: at UNH 71, Colgate 64

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, January 2

Men’s basketball vs. UMBC, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at UMBC, 7 pm

Thursday, January 5

Women’s basketball vs. Hartford, 7 pm

Men’s basketball at Hartford, 7 pm

Saturday, January 7

Gymnastics at Rutgers, 1 pm

Men’s hockey vs. Maine, 7:30 pm (at Fenway Park) [Television: NESN]

 
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-6 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team went 1-1 last week with a 77-59 loss to Sacred Heart and a 71-64 victory against Colgate that was broadcast live on WBIN-TV from Lundholm Gymnasium.
  • Sophomore guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) scored a career-high 24 points vs. Colgate on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and 8 of 9 from the foul line. He also recorded five assists, three rebounds and two steals to garner America East Player of the Game recognition.
  • Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) netted 14 points against Colgate. He was 5-for-5 from the floor, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range, in the first half. On UNH’s career leaderboard, Abreu enters the Jan. 2 game vs. UMBC ranked No. 5 in points (1,337), 10th in FG made (450) and sixth in FG attempted 91,183), No. 4 in 3-pointers attempted (544) and No. 5 in 3-pointers made (178), and ninth in minutes place (3,229).
  • Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainseville, Fla.) ranks fifth in the America East conference in 3-point field goal percentage at .385 (15-for-39). In the last six games, his is shooting 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc.
  • Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) continues to lead America East in rebounding. He is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game and has three double-digit efforts this season.
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (7-5 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team went 1-1 at last week’s Cyclone Challenge tournament at Iowa State University. The Wildcats kept it close against the host team from the Big XII in the opener but succumbed 71-57, then defeated the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 79-71, with four Wildcats scoring in double figures (and the five starters combining for 77 points).
  • Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored a season-high 24 points against NJIT on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor that included 3-for-4 from 3-point range. She also recorded 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Beliveau averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds at the Cyclone Challenge to garner All-Tournament Team accolades.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) tallied 20 points and nine rebounds in UNH’s eight-point victory. In four games this season, Frame is averaging 21.5 points and 9.8 rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) is the most efficient 3-point shooter in America East at 47.5 percent. As a team, UNH leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (34.8%).
 

GYMNASTICS (0-0 overall, 0-0 EAGL)

  • UNH gymnastics opens the 2012 season Jan. 7 at Rutgers. The Wildcats’ home opener is Jan. 15 (1 p.m.) against Penn State University.
  • Senior Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) and junior Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.H.) are captains of the ’12 squad. Carr was named to the 2011 All-EAGL First Team on vault and Second Team on uneven bars.
  • Carr is one of four Wildcat seniors; the rest of the class is Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine), Tasia Percevecz (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.). Reibold was an All-EAGL First Team competitor on the uneven bars in 2011.
  • Junior Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was named to the 2011 All-EAGL First Team in both all-around and floor exercise, and she was a Second Team selection in uneven bars. She went on to earn EAGL All-Tournament First Team in both bars and all-around.
  • Junior Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) earned a spot on the 2011 EAGL All-Tournament First Team on the uneven bars with a second-place finish at the conference championship meet.
 

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-10-2 overall, 4-7-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team returned to action Dec. 30 with a 5-2 loss to Brown – despite a 41-25 shot advantage – at the Whittemore Center.
  • Freshman goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped five of the six shots he faced in the third period vs. Brown. He has turned aside 37 of 40 shots (.925 save percentage) in his last two games.
  • Senior forward Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) has eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last six games. Moses leads the team in goals (11) and is tied atop the points leaderboard (20).
  • Sophomore forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) also has tallied eight points (one goal, seven assists) the last six games. Sorkin has a team-best 14 assists and has 20 points.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-12-3 overall, 0-6-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team returns to action Jan. 10 at Boston College. The Wildcats’ next home game is Jan. 13 vs. UConn.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team returns to action Jan. 21 at home against Holy Cross and Stonehill. Starting time at the Paul Sweet Oval is 12 p.m.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team resumes competition Jan. 21 at home against Holy Cross and Stonehill. Starting time at the Paul Sweet Oval is 12 p.m.
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team begins its EISA schedule Jan. 20-21 at the Bates Winter Carnival. The Wildcats then host a Winter Carnival on Jan. 27-28; the alpine events will be held at Attitash while the Nordic races will take place at Jackson Ski Touring Center.
 

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

  • The UNH swimming & diving team returns to action Jan. 16 at home against Boston University. The meet begins at Swasey Pool at 12 p.m.
 
 

2011-12 COMPLETED SEASONS

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]
 

FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
  • The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
  • Frates was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • Robin Balducci was named the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
  • Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
  • UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
  • Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
  • Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.
 

FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team was ousted from postseason play with a 26-25 second-round loss at seventh-ranked Montana State University on Dec. 3.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to the Associate Press All-America Second Team on Dec. 16. It was the second All-America honor in 2011 for Evans, who was named to the College Sports Madness National FCS Football All-America Team. Earlier this season, Evans was honored with the 2011 Gold Helmet Award (New England’s Top FCS player) and was named to both the All-CAA First Team and All-New England First Team. Evans is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is bestowed upon the nation’s top FCS defensive player.
  • UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
 

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

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

 

VOLLEYBALL (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) were voted to the 2011 America East All-Academic Volleyball Team on Dec. 9.
  • Keding was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Laquerre, Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
  • Keding was named to the All-Championship Team.
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