SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
January 7, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) of the gymnastics team and Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) of the men’s ice hockey 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.
Austyn Fobes, gymnastics
Austyn, a senior from Howell, New Jersey, matched the fourth-best all-around score in UNH gymnastics history with a mark of 39.425 to lead the Wildcats to a 194.850 to 192.800 season-opening victory against EAGL foe Rutgers University on Jan. 6.
In addition to recording the highest all-around score, Austyn posted the meet’s top score in vault (9.850) and uneven bars (9.875), and tied for the top mark on floor exercise (9.875).
Last year as a junior, Austyn placed 14th in the all-around at the NCAA Regional. She was named to the All-EAGL First Team on bars for her excellence during the 2012 season and then earned a spot on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on floor and Second Team in all-around. Her other highlights of the season included a personal-best 9.85 on the balance beam.
Austyn tied for 13th place in the all-around at the 2011 NCAA Regionals. That year as a sophomore, she recorded a personal-high 9.95 on the bars and tied her career high of 9.875 on the floor in a single meet. Earlier that year, Austyn registered a personal best in the vault (9.850) and established a high mark on the floor. Prior to this 2011 season, her best all-around score of 39.1 came in a first-place effort at LSU. Her sophomore accolades included All-EAGL First Team in floor exercise and all-around as well as Second Team in bars; she went on to earn All-Tournament First Team in both bars and all-around.
As a freshman, Austyn was an EAGL All-Tournament First Team performer in vault and Second Team on floor.
Jay Camper, men’s ice hockey
Jay, a sophomore forward from Rocky River, Ohio, recorded four points (one goal, three assists) to help lead the UNH men’s ice hockey team to victories last week against Bemidji State (3-2, overtime; Dec. 31) and Rensselaer (5-2; Jan. 5).
In last Monday’s game against Bemidji State, Jay scored to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead and assisted on the game-winning goal in OT to record his first multiple-point game. This past Saturday vs. Rensselaer, he tallied a career-high two assists, including one on the game-winning goal.
Jay was a Hockey East All-Academic Team honoree last year as a freshman, when he tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in 13 games played.
Wednesday, January 2
Women’s basketball: at Vermont 63, UNH 60 (overtime)
Men’s basketball: Vermont 64, at UNH 51
Saturday, January 5
Men’s ice hockey: at No. 4 UNH 5, Rensselaer 2
Women’s basketball: Stony Brook 48, at UNH 44
Men’s basketball: at Stony Brook 65, UNH 49
Sunday, January 6
Gymnastics: at UNH 194.850, Rutgers 192.800
Monday, January 7
Coach’s Show with Dick Umile at Buffalo Wild Wings (Newington, NH), 7 pm
Wednesday, January 9
Women’s basketball vs. UMBC, 7 pm
Men’s basketball at UMBC, 7 pm
Friday, January 11
Men’s ice hockey at Boston College, 7 pm (TV: NESN)
Gymnastics at Central Michigan, 7 pm
Skiing at Vermont Winter Carnival (Alpine: Mt. Mansfield) [Day 1 of 2]
Saturday, January 12
Men’s ice hockey vs. Boston College, 7 pm
Skiing at Vermont Winter Carnival (Alpine: Mt. Mansfield) [Day 2 of 2]
MEN’S BASKETBALL (4-10 overall, 0-2 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team opened America East conference play last week with a 64-51 loss at home to Vermont (Jan. 2) followed by a 65-49 loss at Stony Brook.
- Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a game-high 19 points and also recorded five rebounds and two blocks against Vermont to be named the team’s America East Player of the Game.
- Myrick averaged 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.00 steals and 1.50 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game last week. Through 14 games, Myrick is averaging a team-high 15.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg, which ranks second; he is also second on the squad in steals per game (1.3) and minutes per game (30.1).
- Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored a team-high 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds at Stony Brook; he was selected UNH’s America East Player of the Game.
- Rhoads averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 36.5 minutes per game last week. Through 14 games, Rhoads ranks second among four double-digit scorers at 11.2 points per game; he is UNH’s leader in both assists (3.9 per game), steals (1.8 per game) and minutes (35.9 per game).
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 9 at UMBC. Game time at RAC Arena is 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-9 overall, 0-2 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team opened America East conference play last week with a 63-60 overtime loss at Vermont (Jan. 2) and 48-44 home loss to Stony Brook (Jan. 5).
- Senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) was named UNH’s America East Player of the Game in both contests. She recorded her fourth double-double of the season with team highs in both points (20) and rebounds (10) at UVM. Reed followed that with eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds, as well as two blocks, against Stony Brook.
- Junior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored 12 points in both of last week’s games.
- Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) matched her career high of 11 points vs. Stony Brook.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 9 at home against UMBC. Opening tipoff at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.
GYMNASTICS (1-0 overall, 1-0 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team, which was selected third in the EAGL preseason poll that was announced last week, opened the 2013 season Jan. 6 with a 194.850 to 192.800 defeat of Rutgers University at Lundholm Gym.
- Senior Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) recorded a personal best all-around score of 39.425 to match the program’s fourth-best effort and propel the Wildcats to victory. Fobes was the meet’s top performer on vault (9.850) and uneven bars (9.875), tied for the top mark on floor exercise (9.875) and her top all-around score was 0.05 lower than the UNH record.
- Sophomore Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) tallied a first-place score of 9.875 on the balance beam.
- UNH took the top four spots on floor exercise and the team score of 49.175 matched the best score from the 2012 season. Fobes shared first place with Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and the 9.875 marked a personal best for Barile. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) tied her career high of 9.850 and Erica Rudiger (Slidell, La.) set a personal best of 9.825.
- On vault, Rudiger’s personal best equaled Barile’s career-high-tying mark of 9.775 for third place.
- On bars, UNH’s second-best performer was Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) in fourth place overall at 9.800.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 11 at Central Michigan. The Wildcats’ next home meet is Jan. 28 (7 p.m.) against EAGL preseason favorite North Carolina State.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (13-3-2 overall, 8-2-1 Hockey East)
- UNH won both games last week with a 3-2 overtime victory vs. Bemidji State in the second day of action at the Ledyard Classic (at Dartmouth College) as well as a 5-2 win at home against Rensselaer. The Wildcats have the second-highest winning percentage in Division I (.778).
- New Hampshire has completed its non-league schedule with a 5-1-1 record, and the 13-3-2 overall record is the Wildcats best through 18 games since 2007 (14-3-1).
- Junior forward Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) recorded four points (1 goal, 3 assists) last week. His goal gave UNH a 2-1 lead against Bemidji State and then he set up the game-winning goal in OT. Camper tallied two assists, including one on the game-winning goal.
- Freshman forward Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) recorded two assists in the Wildcats’ win vs. Rensselaer. He set up both the third (game-winning) and fourth goals. It marked the first multiple-point game for Correale, who has four points on the season.
- Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) scored the overtime game-winning goal against Bemidji State and also tallied an assist in that game for his sixth two-point effort of the season.
- Through 18 games, van Riemsdyk is tied for second on the team in points (15), assists (nine) and plus/minus (+11).
- In the national statistics, New Hampshire leads the nation in penalty kill (.937) and ranks fifth in offense (3.50 gpg) as well as sixth in defense (1.94 gpg).
- Junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) is No. 5 in the nation in points (1.44 ppg) and No. 3 in assists (1.00 apg) while senior forward Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) is 15th in goals (0.56 gpg) and van Riemsdyk is sixth in defensemen scoring (0.83 ppg). Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) is 13th in GAA (1.90) and 11th in save percentage (.934).
- New Hampshire returns to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against third-ranked Boston College. Friday’s game at BC will be televised on NESN, and the teams face off again Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (7-11-2 overall, 4-4-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team has not played a game since its 2-2 tie at home against nationally-ranked Harvard University back on Dec. 8.
- The Wildcats return to action Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Union College. UNH’s next home game is Thursday, Jan. 24 vs. Northeastern University.
- Freshman defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for December. She recorded four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in as many games last month with one point against each of the four nationally-ranked teams. Crossley tallied an assist in both games of the home-and-home series against Northeastern University, then netted a goal vs. Boston College and extended her point streak to four games with an assist vs. Harvard University.
- Crossley is currently tied for the team lead in points (13) with six goals and seven assists; she is second in both goals and assists. On the national leaderboard, she is 18th in defensemen scoring, 19th in power-play goals (four) and 22nd in rookie scoring.
- The UNH ski team opens the 2013 season Jan. 11-12 with alpine competition of the Vermont Winter Carnival at Mt. Mansfield. The full team – Nordic and alpine – competes Jan. 18-19 at the St. Lawrence Winter Carnival.
- Senior Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) is a Nordic co-captain for the second consecutive season. Guiney was crowned the team’s MVP last year, when she qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season and made it back-to-back EISA All-East Second Team honors.
- Senior Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) is also a second-year Nordic co-captain who garnered Team MVP recognition in 2012. He was UNH’s lone men’s Nordic skier to compete at the ’12 NCAAs.
- Junior Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) will captain the women’s alpine squad. She competed at the NCAA championships for the second time in as many years in 2012 and finished 11th in the giant slalom to miss All-America recognition by one spot. She recorded a team-best fourth-place finish at the EISA Championships in the giant slalom.
- Senior Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) is captain of the men’s alpine team. He was the team MVP a year ago, when he qualified for the NCAAs for the second consecutive year and competed for the first time. He finished a career-high third in the slalom race at the EISAs.
- Senior Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) has competed for the women’s alpine team at the NCAA Championships all three years. She was an EISA All-East Second Team honoree last year and the team MVP in 2011.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team has not competed in a meet since the Brown Invitational (Dec. 1-2).
- New Hampshire resumes the 2012-13 season Jan. 16, 2013 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Meet time at Swasey Pool is 6 p.m.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team has not competed in a meet since Dec. 8, when the Wildcats lost 102-89 at home to the University of Maine.
- New Hampshire resumes the 2012-13 season Saturday, Jan. 19 at home against College of the Holy Cross and Stonehill College.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team last competed Dec. 8, when the Wildcats recorded a 109-80 win at home against the University of Maine.
- New Hampshire resumes the 2012-13 season Saturday, Jan. 19 at home against College of the Holy Cross and Stonehill College.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team ended the 2012 season with a 21st-place finish at the 34-team NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Hammonasset State Park (Madison, Conn.) on Nov. 9.
- The Wildcats finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) placed second overall to lead four ‘Cats in the top 20. Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also recorded a top-10 finish in sixth place.
- Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) was named to the America East All-Academic Team.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team had one individual qualify for and compete at the NCAA Championships that were held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisvile, Ky.).
- Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 52.5 seconds to finish 112th in the 253-runner field.
- Maguire, the 2012 America East individual champion, earned a spot in the NCAAs by receiving one of four individual regional bids following a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 10. She received All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year.
- UNH finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Maguire was followed by junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.; sixth) and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia; 10th). The other two scoring ‘Cats finished in the top 15 and all seven Wildcat harriers placed among the top 20.
- Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Twombly
were voted to the America East All-Academic Team.
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.).
- The end of the 2012 season marked the end of UNH careers for three seniors – Erler, Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) and Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.).
FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 23-7 loss at ninth-ranked Wofford College in an NCAA second round game Dec. 1 at Gibbs Stadium.
- UNH head coach Sean McDonnell received two awards as he was named New England Football Writers Coach of the Year and AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. It marked the fourth time McDonnell was feted as New England Football Writers Coach of the Year (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012) and third AFCA regional honor (2004, 2005, 2012).
- Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to The Sports Network FCS All-America First Team for the second consecutive year and senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) was named to the Third Team.
- Evans was named to a total of six All-America teams, including Associate Press (AP) and AFCA.
- Senior left guard Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was voted to the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. He was also selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I Football Districk 1 First Team for the second time in as many years.
- The Wildcats placed 11 members on CAA All-Conference teams. Evans, Smith, sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) and junior left tackle Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.) were First Team selections. Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), senior cornerback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) were tabbed to the Second Team. Zarkoskie, sophomore tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.), sophomore center Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.) and junior place kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) earned a spot on the Third Team.
MEN’S SOCCER (7-7-6 overall, 2-3-1 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team finished as runner-up at the America East Championship tournament for the second time in three years following a 0-0 tie at UMBC in the title game in which the Retrievers prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-2, on Nov. 10.
- The Wildcats advanced out of the semifinals with a 1-0 victory at top-seeded Vermont on Nov. 6. UNH did not surrender a goal in three tourney games this year to match the feat accomplished in 2010; the six consecutive postseason shutouts is a conference record.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all six shots vs. Vermont and seven against UMBC to extend his streak of consecutive shutouts to four games and 408 minutes, 50 seconds.
- At the conclusion of the America East Championship, senior backs Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), as well as Worra, were selected to the All-Championship Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the conclusion of Wildcat careers for Ryan McNabb (Downington, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.), Thomas and Hussein.
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.
VOLLEYBALL (15-14 overall, 7-5 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was ousted from the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded University at Albany in a Nov. 16 semifinal match.
- Prior to the start of the tournament, junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team while outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) were All-Rookie Team honorees and senior defensive specialist Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the end of Wildcat careers for Schnepp and setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.). Schnepp established a UNH single-season record for digs with 560 in 2012 and ended her career with 997 digs.