January 11, 2010


DURHAM, N.H. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) of the women’s hockey team and Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) of the men’s hockey team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.





Kristina Lavoie, women’s hockey

     Kristina, a freshman forward from Fonthill, Ontario, broke a 3-3 tie with 5:30 remaining in the game and also scored an empty-net goal to lift fourth-ranked UNH to a 5-3 victory against ninth-ranked NU at Fenway Park, which was the first outdoor college women’s hockey game. The two goals matched Kristina’s career high, and she was named Bauer Rookie of the Week by Hockey East for her efforts.


Bobby Butler, men’s hockey

     Bobby, a senior forward – and captain – from Marlboro, Massachusetts, had five points to help UNH to a three-point weekend in Hockey East action against a pair of nationally-ranked foes. He had an assist on the game-tying goal Friday night against Mass.-Lowell and registered a career-high four points with two goals and two assists against UMass on Saturday. Bobby had a hand in UNH’s first three goals as the ‘Cats built a 3-0 lead vs. the Minutemen. He was named Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week for his efforts.



Men’s hockey – Bobby Butler, Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week (Hockey East)

Men’s hockey – Brian, Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week (Hockey East)

Women’s hockey – Kristina Lavoie, Bauer Rookie of the Week (Hockey East)



Wednesday, January 6

Women’s basketball: at Stony Brook 69, UNH 57

Thursday, January 7

Men’s basketball: Boston University 60, at UNH 56

Friday, January 8

Women’s hockey: UNH 5, Northeastern 3 (at Fenway Park)

Men’s hockey: at UNH 2, UMass-Lowell 2 (tie, OT)

Saturday, January 9

Men’s hockey: at UNH 7, UMass 2

Gymnastics: UNH 189.725, at Rutgers 188.925

Women’s basketball: Hartford 72, at UNH 45

Sunday, January 10

Men’s basketball: at Stony Brook 69, UNH 63



Tuesday, Jan. 12

Women’s basketball vs. Maine, 7 pm (White Out Lundholm Gym)

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Men’s basketball vs. Albany, 7 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Skiing at St. Lawrence Carnival

Saturday, Jan. 16

Women’s hockey vs. Providence, 2 pm (Skating Strides vs. Breast Cancer)

Men’s hockey vs. Dartmouth, 7 pm (at Verizon Wireless Arena; Manchester, N.H.)

Women’s basketball at UMBC, 2 pm

Men’s basketball at Hartford, 4 pm

Skiing at St. Lawrence Carnival

Sunday, Jan. 17

Gymnastics – UNH Invitational vs. Utah State, Ball State and Yale, 1 pm

Women’s hockey at Providence, 2 pm

Monday, Jan. 18

Women’s swim & dive vs. Northeastern, Boston University, 12 pm

Men’s basketball at Maine, 7 pm



MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-8, 0-2 America East)

  • UNH went 0-2 last week to open conference play with a four-point loss to Boston University and a six-point setback at Stony Brook.
  • The loss to BU was the Wildcats’ first home loss of the season and snapped their eight-game home winning streak. At 5-1, the ‘Cats have matched their best home start through six games since the 1997-98 season
  • Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) recorded his seventh double-double of his career with 20 points and 16 rebounds vs. Boston U. DiLiegro recorded his 500th career rebound at SBU.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (5-10, 0-3 America East)

  • UNH lost on the road to Stony Brook and at home vs. Hartford in last week’s action.
  • Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) ranks second in America East in assists at 5.3 per game and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) is second in the league in blocks (34). McDonald is also third in field goal percentage (.516)
  • Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) leads the team and ranks eighth in America East in rebounding at 6.8 per game.



  • UNH opened the 2010 season with a road victory against Rutgers on Jan. 9. The Wildcats finished 1-2-3 in the vault, uneven bars and balance beam as well; they also took the top two spots in the floor exercise.
  • Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the Wildcats with first-place finishes in the vault and balance beam as well as a second-place finish on bars.
  • Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) was the top performer on bars and Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) took top honors in the floor exercise. Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) tied Steinberg’s score in the vault to tie for first place in that event.
  • UNH opens the home portion of the 2010 season next weekend when the team will be the host of its own UNH Invitational, a four-team tournament featuring UNH, Utah State, Ball State and Yale. The meet will take place Jan. 17 in Lundholm Gymnasium.


MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-7-4, 9-2-3 Hockey East)

  • UNH captured three points last weekend with a 2-2 tie vs. #14 UMass-Lowell and 7-2 win vs. #16 UMass. The Wildcats have a four-point lead in the Hockey East standings, which is the team’s largest margin since the end of the ’08 season.
  • UNH has a nine-game league unbeaten streak of 7-0-2.
  • The seven goals vs. UMass marked the Wildcats’ highest goal output in a league game since Nov. 2, 2007 (7-4 win vs. Northeastern).
  • Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) and Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) both recorded two goals and two assists vs. UMass. The four points marked a career high for Butler.
  • UNH plays its final non-conference game of the season this Saturday, Jan. 16 in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX at Verizon Wireless Arena. Support the NH Food Bank: Bring a canned food item and you’ll be entered to win ski passes and other great prizes.


WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (13-2-4, 7-1-1-0 Hockey East)

  • UNH netted four third-period goals to defeat #9 Northeastern, 5-3, in the first game of a women’s/men’s Hockey East doubleheader at Fenway Park. It was the first outdoor women’s college hockey game, and UNH’s first goal of the game made ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 plays of the day.
  • Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) recorded her 50th career victory at Fenway Park by stopping 12 of the 13 shots she faced; Herman entered the game at the start of the second period with UNH trailing 2-1. Herman is the seventh UNH goalie to reach the 50-win milestone.
  • Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) broke a 3-3 tie with 5:30 remaining in the game and added an empty-net goal with 15 seconds to go to secure the victory.
  • Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) recorded a career-high three assists by setting up each of the team’s last three goals of the game.
  • Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) extended her point-scoring streak to 12 games with a goal  (game-tying goal) and an assist (game-winning goal) at Fenway Park.



  • UNH was idle last week. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 23 at home (Paul Sweet Oval) against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. Meet time is 12 p.m.



  • UNH was idle last week. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 23 at home (Paul Sweet Oval) against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. Meet time is 12 p.m.



  • UNH begins the 2010 season Jan. 15-16 at the St. Lawrence Carnival. The alpine races will be held at Whiteface Mountain and the Nordic venue is Mt. Van Hovenberg.



  • UNH did not race last week. The Wildcats resume the 2009-10 season Jan. 18 at home against Northeastern University and Boston University. The meet at Swasey Pool begins at 12 p.m.
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