SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
February 3, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) of the gymnastics team and Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) 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.
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Meghan Pfleiger, gymnastics
Meghan, a freshman from Barneveld, N.Y., competed in the all-around for the first time her collegiate career and compiled a winning mark of 39.100 to lead the UNH gymnastics team to a 195.450–193.950 victory against the University of Maryland at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Meghan began the day on vault and tied for fourth place with a mark of 9.825. She followed that with a 9.625 in collegiate debut on the uneven bars and a personal-best of 9.850 on the balance team to tie for first place before finishing tied for third on the floor exercise with a personal-best 9.800.
Meghan recorded a career high of 9.850 on vault in the Jan. 19 home opener, the UNH Invitational against Brown, Yale and nationally-ranked Minnesota; she was the top New Hampshire gymnast and fourth overall in the vault. She also established her personal best of 9.800 in that meet and was subsequently honored as the EAGL Rookie of the Week.
In her collegiate debut Jan. 11 at Rutgers, Meghan competed in the vault (9.750), beam (9.225) and floor exercise (9.775); she was the top Wildcat and third overall in the floor exercise competition. Two weeks later at Pittsburgh, her performances included a 9.825 on vault, 9.575 on beam and 9.675 on floor.
Casey DeSmith, men’s ice hockey
Casey, a junior from Rochester, N.H., stopped 70 of 74 shots for a .946 save percentage to backbone the UNH men’s ice hockey team to a weekend sweep of 14th-ranked University of Notre Dame at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 31 & Feb. 1.
The goaltender recorded double-digit saves all three periods (11-10-17) to finish with a season-high 38 saves in last Friday’s 4-2 victory. Casey then made 32 saves in Saturday’s 5-2 win against the Fighting Irish, and that included 14 in the second period and 10 in the third.
In 26 games (25 starts), Casey has a 14-11-0 record with a 2.24 GAA, .924 save percentage and two shutouts. In 14 Hockey East league games, he is 8-6-0 with a 2.29 GAA and .920 save percentage.
Casey has started each of the last 15 games and is 9-6-0 in that span. He has recorded 30+ saves six of the last seven games – the only other game was a 29-save effort. That seven-game stretch includes a 32-save effort in a 3-2 win vs. Maine (Jan. 25) and another 32-save effort in a 4-2 victory against Dartmouth (Jan. 11). The stretch of 15-consecutive starts began Nov. 29 at Colorado College, and the junior netminder stopped 63 of 65 shots that weekend for a .969 save percentage and two wins (6-2, 3-0). Earlier in the season, he stopped 53 of 54 shots in a home-and-home weekend sweep of Northeastern (3-1, 4-1 wins); he was honored as the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for that performance vs. the Huskies.
In 86 career games, Casey has compiled a 42-31-8 record with a 2.26 GAA, .924 save percentage and eight shutouts. He was a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star selection last year as a sophomore and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2012.
Casey was honored with the Roger A. LeClerc Award as team MVP in 2013, when he started 38 of 39 games and played 92.5% of the team’s overall minutes. He set the program record with a shutout streak of 203 minutes, 32 seconds that spanned four games. His other career highlights include a personal-best 50 saves in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Boston U. on March 11, 2012.
Elizabeth Belanger, women’s basketball – America East Player of the Week
Kevin Goumas, men’s ice hockey – Warrior Player of the Week (Hockey East)
Men’s ice hockey – Hockey East Team of the Week
Wednesday, January 29
Women’s basketball: UNH 74, at Maine 73
Men’s basketball: Maine 68, at UNH 60
Friday, January 31
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, No. 14 Notre Dame 2
Women’s swim & dive: UNH 170, at Maine 122
Saturday, February 1
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 5, No. 14 Notre Dame 2
Gymnastics: at UNH 195.450, Maryland 193.950
Women’s indoor track & field: 4th place at URI Coaches Meet
Men’s indoor track & field: 5th place at URI Coaches Meet
Women’s ice hockey: at Maine 3, UNH 2 [overtime]
Skiing: 3rd place at Vermont Carnival (Day 3 of 4)
Sunday, February 2
Women’s basketball: at UNH 72, Binghamton 53 (Play 4Kay)
Women’s ice hockey: at Maine 3, UNH 1
Skiing: 2nd place at Vermont Carnival (Day 4 of 4)
Monday, February 3
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7pm
[at Buffalo Wild Wings, Fox Run Mall, Newington, N.H.]
Wednesday, February 6
Men’s basketball at UMBC, 7 pm
Thursday, February 6
Women’s basketball vs. UMBC, 7 pm
Friday, February 7
Men’s ice hockey vs. Vermont, 7:30 pm (TV: WBIN and FOX College Sports)
Skiing at Dartmouth Carnival (Alpine- Dartmouth Skiway, Nordic- Craftsbury Center)
Saturday, February 8
Men’s ice hockey vs. Vermont, 7 pm
Gymnastics at Yale, 1 pm
Men’s basketball at Stony Brook, 2 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Boston U., 3 pm
Skiing at Dartmouth Carnival (Alpine- Dartmouth Skiway, Nordic- Craftsbury Center)
Sunday, February 2
Women’s ice hockey vs. UConn, 2 pm (TV: FOX College Sports)
Women’s basketball at Stony Brook, 2 pm
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (13-8 overall, 7-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team extended its win streak to three games with last week’s road win against the University of Maine (74-73 on Jan. 29) and home win vs. Binghamton University (72-53 on Feb. 2).
- UNH is 9-1 the past 10 games to mark the program’s best 10-game stretch since Jan. 3 to Feb. 11, 1993, when the Wildcats went 11-1.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) was named America East Player of the Week on Monday. She averaged 18 points and 5.5 rebounds in the pair of UNH wins last week. Belanger matched her career high of 20 points, including the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds remaining, at Maine; she also had a career-high four steals in that game. Belanger paced the ‘Cats with 16 points, seven rebounds and personal-best five assists vs. Binghamton.
- Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) has 1,048 career points, which ranks No. 15 on the program’s all-time list; just ahead of Hogan are Kendall Daly (1,061) and Amy Simpson (1,063). Hogan tallied 14 points, including 7 of 8 from the foul line, and seven assists at Maine. She followed that with 10 points and six assists vs. Binghamton.
- Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) recorded her fifth career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds at Maine.
- Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) tallied 14 points (7-10 FGs), four rebounds and two assists at Maine. She finished with seven points, three assists and three steals against Binghamton.
- In the America East conference, UNH ranks first or second in six statistical categories; the Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.725), defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.270), and defensive rebounds (27.1 per game).
- New Hampshire returns to action Thursday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.) at home against UMBC; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
- The Wildcats conclude the week Feb. 9 (2 p.m.) at Stony Brook University.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-16 overall, 3-5 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team was defeated 68-60 by the University of Maine last Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats, who entered the game with two consecutive wins, trailed 51-50 with 9:30 remaining but the Black Bears went on a 13-4 run the next five minutes to build a double-digit lead, 64-54. UNH was unable to get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
- Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) led the ‘Cats in both scoring (13 points) and rebounding (nine). He also had three steals and two blocks.
- Freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.
- Sophomore forward Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) made 4 of 5 shots from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, to score 11 points in 21 minutes off the bench.
- UNH leads the America East conference in defensive field goal percentage by limiting the opposition to 39.7% shooting from the floor.
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 5 (7 p.m.) at UMBC and is also on the road for a Feb. 8 (2 p.m.) game at Stony Brook University.
- The Wildcats’ next home game is Wednesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m.) vs. Binghamton University. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
GYMNASTICS (3-3 overall, 1-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team recorded a season-high score of 195.450 to rally to victory against University of Maryland (193.950) at Lundholm Gym last Saturday, Feb. 1. The Wildcats finished with season high team scores on all four apparatus – vault (49.075), uneven bars (48.400), balance beam (48.925) and floor exercise (49.050).
- Senior co-captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) recorded a personal-best 9.850 on vault (third place) and a season-high 9.850 on floor exercise.
- Freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas), the reigning EAGL Rookie of the Week, established career highs on vault (9.825; fourth place tie), beam (9.850; first place tie) and floor (9.800; third place tie).
- Freshman Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) competed in the all-around for the first time and compiled a winning mark of 39.100. She started with a tie for fourth on vault (9.825), then had a 9.625 in her collegiate debut on bars, personal-best 9.850 on beam to tie for first and finished with a career-high 9.800 on floor (third place tie).
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 8 (1 p.m.) at Yale University. The Wildcats’ next home meet is Feb. 15 (4 p.m.) vs. Centenary and Brown; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
- Tickets are available for the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22 (2 p.m.). For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-16-2 overall, 4-9-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team traveled to Alfond Arena last weekend for a two-game series against the University of Maine and returned home with a 3-2 overtime loss (Feb. 1) and 3-1 loss (Feb. 2).
- On Saturday, the Wildcats scored goals 73 seconds apart early in the third period to transform a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead, but Maine scored an extra-attacker goal with 42 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. The Black Bears then scored at 2:53 of the extra session to complete the comeback.
- On Sunday, Maine broke a scoreless tie at 6:16 of the third period and struck again at 12:45 to build a 2-0 lead. UNH scored a power-play goal to pull within 2-1 at 17:21, but the Black Bears scored an empty-net, power-play goal with 1:45 remaining to secure the victory.
- Seven Wildcats recorded one point apiece in the series at Maine with Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario), Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) and Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) scoring the goals.
- With three weeks (six games) remaining in the regular season, UNH is sixth in the Hockey East standings. Providence College sits ahead of the ‘Cats with 12 points while both UConn and Maine are tied for seventh with nine points.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 8 (3 p.m.) at Boston University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 9 vs. UConn; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (16-13-1 overall, 8-6-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team played host to 14th-ranked University of Notre Dame and recorded a series sweep at the Whittemore Center with victories of 4-2 (Jan. 31) and 5-2 (Feb. 1).
- Last Friday, the Wildcats carried a 2-1 lead into the third period but surrendered a shorthanded goal at 15:28 and responded with a power-play goal 29 seconds later to regain the lead, 3-2. The ‘Cats netted an empty-net goal with 1:21 remaining to secure the victory.
- In the rematch, ND erased a pair of one-goal deficits but New Hampshire netted a shorthanded goal late in the second period to take a lead of 3-2 it would not relinquish. For the second time in as many nights, the Wildcats scored an empty-net goal. Eleven skaters recorded at least one point.
- Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 70 of 74 shots for a .946 save percentage. He recorded double-digit saves all three periods (11-10-17) to finish with a season-high 38 on Friday. Then on Saturday, DeSmith made 32 saves with 14 in the second and 10 in the third.
- Sophomore defenseman Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) recorded four points in the weekend series. He matched his career high in assists (two) with a personal-best three points in the 4-2 win.
- Senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) tallied five points with two goals and three assists. He scored the game-winning goal Friday and also had two assists in that game. Goumas set up the game-winning goal and also scored a goal Saturday. He was honored as Hockey East’s Warrior Player of the Week.
- Senior defenseman and captain Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) recorded a point in both games last weekend with two assists Friday and another Saturday.
- Senior forward Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) also tallied a point in both games with an assist in the opener and a goal in the finale.
- On the Hockey East leaderboard, Goumas is No. 4 in both points (35) and assists (23) as well as tied for 10th in goals (12). Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) is No. 8 in points (29) as well as fourth in goals (15). Knodel and Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) are tied for the league lead in defensemen scoring at 23 points.
- New Hampshire plays host to the University of Vermont for a two-game series Feb. 7-8; Friday’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. and is televised on both WBIN and FOX College Sports; Saturday’s opening faceoff is 7 p.m.; tickets for both games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
- The UNH ski team held steady at third place following the Feb. 1 classic sprint races, then won the men’s 10K freestyle Feb. 2 to climb to second place overall at the Vermont Carnival. The Wildcats totaled 728 points to finish behind the University of Vermont (857 points) in the 16-team carnival.
- Sophomore Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) was the top ‘Cat last weekend by skiing to second place in the men’s 10K free on Sunday; he completed the course in 25 minutes, 5.1 seconds.
- Senior co-captain Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) and junior co-captain Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) also recorded top-10 finishes Sunday in eighth and 10th place, respectively.
- Freshman Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) paced the UNH women’s Nordic team in the 5K free by crossing the finish line in 14:56.7 for third place. Senior co-captain Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.; 12th place) and sophomore Emily Larson (Boulder, Colo.; 17th) completed the team scoring with finishes in the top 20.
- Freshman Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont.) recorded the first top-10 finish of her collegiate career by racing to seventh place in Saturday’s women’s classic sprint race with a tie of 3:53.9. Larusson narrowly missed a top-10 result in 11th place, and sophomore Claire Galvin (Minneapolis, Minn.) rounded out the team scoring in 26th place.
- Springer headlined the men’s Nordic contingent in the sprint with an 11th-place finish (3:13.9). Lindgren (15th) and Fosnaes (20th) also pointed for the ‘Cats.
- New Hampshire continues the EISA season Feb. 7-8 at the Dartmouth Carnival with alpine events at Dartmouth Skiway and Nordic races at Craftsbury Nordic Center.
SWIMMING & DIVING (8-1 overall, 2-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team completed the dual meet season with a 170-122 victory against the University of Maine at Stanley M. Wallace Pool on Friday, Jan. 31. The Wildcats won 11 of 16 events and that included six 1-2-3 finishes.
- Senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, Ontario) placed first in two individual events – the 50 freestyle (25.18 seconds) and 100 butterfly (55.69) – and was also runner-up in the 200 butterfly.
- Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) also recorded a pair of first-place finishes. She bested the competition in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.61 and then won the 500 freestyle in 5:02.46.
- Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) took first place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:07.26. She was runner-up in the 500 free (5:09.27).
- Senior Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) was the fastest swimmer in the 1,000 freestyle with a mark of 10:38.06.
- Junior Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 free by touching the wall in 1:55.38.
- Freshman Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) outsprinted the field in the 100 backstroke at 59.80 seconds.
- Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:21.55.
- Junior Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) was the fastest swimmer in the 200 individual medley with a clocking of 2:08.33.
- The quartet of Roberts, Broderick, Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Bull combined to capture first place in the 200 free relay at a time of 1:37.54.
- Junior Kelsey Fachini (East Hampton, Conn.) was the top ‘Cat and overall runner-up in the 1-meter dive (212.03 points) and junior Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) placed second in the 3-meter dive (231.75).
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 13-16 at the America East Championships, which will be held at the WPI Sports & Recreation Center (Worcester, Mass.).
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team earned 74 points to finish fourth at the URI Coaches Tribute Meet that was held Saturday, Feb. 1 at Mackal Fieldhouse.
- Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) claimed the only individual victory for the Wildcats by running to first place in the 800-meter race with an ECAC- and New England-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 13.42 seconds.
- New Hampshire took three of the top four spots in the 1,000m. Freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.; 2:55.74), senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.; 2:58.95) and freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.; 2:59.27) finished 2-3-4, respectively.
- Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) and senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed second and fourth, respectively in the 60m dash with times of 7.77 and 7.88. Brehm was eighth across the finish line in the 200m at 26.10.
- Perrodin and Brehm combined with Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Ordway (Plaistow, N.H.) to earn third place in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:10.03.
- The Wildcat duo of sophomore Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) and freshman Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) earned points in the 800m. Kruse was fifth overall with a time of 2:18.41 and followed by Szymanski in seventh place at 2:19.11.
- Junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) took fourth place in the high jump at 5-feet, 5-inchdes.
- Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) captured sixth place in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.07 seconds.
- Senior captain Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 16-11.50 inches.
- A pair of Wildcats earned points in the pole vault with senior Bryn Estes (Lebanon, N.H.) in sixth place (9-10.00) and junior Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.) in eighth (9-4.25).
- DePalma also raced to seventh place in the 500m dash with a time of 1:21.21.
- Junior Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) placed seventh in the shot put at a distance of 39-1.25.
- Freshman Katherine Estep (Plaistow, N.H.) ran to seventh place in the 3,000m race by crossing the finish line in 11:01.10.
- Senior Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) recorded the eighth-best effort in the weight throw with a mark of 48-8.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 15 for a tri-meet at Maine with the University of Vermont.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team accrued 43 points to earn fifth place at the URI Coaches Tribute Meet that was held Saturday, Feb. 1 at Mackal Fieldhouse.
- A pair of Wildcats placed in the top five in the 800-meter race. Senior Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) was the runner-up with a time of 1 minute, 55.50 seconds and classmate Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) took home fifth place at 1:56.62.
- Sophomore D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) was the fourth-fastest runner in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.50 seconds.
- Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) also earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 50.54 in the 400m.
- Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) logged a throw of 55 feet, 2.00 inches to take fifth place in the weight throw.
- Senior Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine) raced to sixth place in the one-mile run with a time of 4 minutes, 19.65 seconds.
- Freshman John Cox (Rome, Ga.) placed seventh in the 500m race by crossing the finish line in 1:07.07.
- Freshman Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.) claimed seventh place in the 1,000m with a clocking of 2:34.32.
- The quartet of Cox, Poggi, Tanner Kent (Amherst, N.H.) and junior Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) ran to fourth place in the distance medley relay.
- Kent also combined with freshmen Jacob Kittredge (Amherst, N.H.) and Nathan Kittredge (Amherst, N.H.) as well as sophomore Christopher DeCarlo (Derry, N.H.) to place fourth in the 4x400m relay.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 15 with a tri-meet at Maine that includes the University of Vermont.
LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS’ CUP
The University of New Hampshire amassed 133 points in the final fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings to rank 41st of 148 teams that earned points (our of 314 Div. I schools overall). UNH is the highest ranked team in the America East conference as well as fourth best among both FCS and New England schools.
New Hampshire recorded points in three of a possible eight fall sports with NCAA tournament appearances in field hockey, football and volleyball. The Wildcats earned 83 points by virtue of third place in FCS football as well as 25 points in both field hockey (ninth place) and volleyball (33rd place).
CAPITAL ONE CUP STANDINGS
The University of New Hampshire athletics program received high marks in the Capital One Cup standings that were announced by the NCAA last week. UNH is ranked No. 16 on the men’s side with 18 points and the Wildcats are No. 32 on the women’s side with two points. The ‘Cats earned all of its men’s points on the football team’s NCAA semifinal appearance; field hockey and volleyball both earned a point for the women by advancing to the NCAA tournament.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team concluded its highly successful 2013 season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). Thirty-seven teams competed at the event.
- Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in 37th place in the field of 254 runners.
- The Wildcats won the 2013 America East Championship title (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University); the only other time New Hampshire won the team title was 2003. Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led the ‘Cats in sixth place and Twombly was next across the finish line. The ‘Cats then finished 10th through 12th, starting with junior Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) followed by senior captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia).
- UNH won the 2013 New England Championship that was held Oct. 12 at Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.). Purrier once again led the squad in third place overall. She was followed by Donegan (fifth place), Twombly (11th), Serrano (15th) and Beattie (16th).
- Senior captains Beattie and Twombly were named to the America East All-Academic Team. It marked the second time both received this honor – Beattie was previously feted in 2011 while for Twombly it marked the second consecutive year she was honored.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country finished the season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). A total of 37 teams competed.
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) won the America East Championship individual title with a first-place finish (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University). He became the first Wildcat runner to win the men’s title since 2004 (Anthony Truax).
- UNH placed fourth at the America East Championship – the top four teams were separated by 14 points. The ‘Cats, with 72 points, were edged by UMBC (58 points), Binghamton (65) and Stony Brook (70); in comparison, fifth-place Maine tallied 110 points.
- Junior Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) also recorded a Top-10 effort in eighth place while senior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was just outside the Top 10 in 11th place.
- Prizzi, who was also the top ‘Cat at the Northeast Regional meet in 12th place overall, was selected to the America East All-Academic Team.
FIELD HOCKEY (15-7 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 16th-ranked UNH field hockey team, which advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament as the America East automatic qualifier by winning the conference tourney, was defeated by fifth-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke University, 6-1, in a Nov. 16 first round game at Jack Katz Stadium.
- The Wildcats won the America East regular-season title for the fourth consecutive year – the second straight year and third time in four years with a perfect record – and won the conference tournament for the second time in three years.
- The 15 wins marks the fifth-highest single-season total in the program’s 39-year history. UNH ended the regular season with six consecutive wins and extended the win streak to eight games with a 4-0 win vs. Fairfield University in the America East semifinals and 3-2 victory against University at Albany in the title game. Each of the first five wins during that streak was by shutout to mark the longest streak since September 1984 (six games).
- Senior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team. She was voted to the Third Team a year ago. This marks the fifth consecutive year UNH has had at least one All-America Team honoree.
- Bozek, senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) were voted to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team.
- Sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were named to the Northeast Region Second Team.
- Flatley finished the 2013 season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. On UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, that is tied for No. 9 in points and tied for 11th in goals.
- UNH won three of the six major America East awards with Bozek feted as Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Tarbell as Goalkeeper of the Year and, for the fourth time in as many years, the Coaching Staff of the Year.
- Bozek and Tarbell were joined on the All-Conference First Team by Flatley and Pohlmeyer, who was also voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Joyce, Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were all Second Team selections.
- Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.
FOOTBALL (10-5 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The No. 5 UNH football team’s 2013 season came to an end with a 52-14 loss to top-seeded and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State University in an FCS semifinal game at Fargodome on Dec. 20. It marked the Wildcats’ first trip to the semifinals and ended a six-game win streak.
- New Hampshire has reached double digits in victories five times during its national-leading 10-year playoff streak. The 2005 Wildcats finished with a school-record 11 victories. The 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013 teams all had 10 wins.
- UNH had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers for the first time in school history. Senior Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) finished with a team-high 1,038 yards on 73 catches in 15 games; the yardage and receptions both rank No. 7 on UNH’s single-season list. Junior R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) recorded 1,004 yards on 76 catches in 12 games; on the single-season leaderboard, those numbers are No. 6 in receptions and No. 9 in yards.
- UNH had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver for just the second time in program history. In addition to the aforementioned Mello and Harris with 1,000+ receiving yards, junior Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) recorded 1,028 rushing yards.
- Senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.), senior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) and junior wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) were named to the New England Football Writers’ Association FCS All-New England Team.
- Harris was named to the CAA All-Conference First Team. Archer and junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) were Second Team selections. Sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson (Morristown, N.J.), senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.), senior offensive lineman Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.), junior tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) and Asam were Third Team honorees.
- The 15 games played marked the most in a season for the Wildcats; nine of the 15 games were on the road and that included the last three playoff games vs. Maine, Southeastern Louisiana and North Dakota State.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
- Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
- Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
- Borkan led America East in save percentage and ranked second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she was No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
- Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
- O’Neil ranked seventh in America East in points/game, sixth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she was No. 4 in goals/game (0.50), points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75).
MEN’S SOCCER (12-5-1 overall, 5-2-0 America East)
- The second-seeded UNH men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in the America East semifinal against third-seeded University of Hartford at Bremner Field on Nov. 13. The Hawks then advanced to the title game by virtue of a 4-3 decision in PKs.
- UNH entered the game with a conference-record six consecutive tournament shutouts that spanned the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
- The Wildcats rank No. 5 in the nation in team GAA with a conference-leading mark of 0.58. The team also ranks fifth with a conference-best .867.
- The 12 wins ties the third-highest total in program history.
- Prior to the start of the conference tourney, junior Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. He was joined on the All-Conference First Team by seniors Uguchukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) as well as sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany).
- The Second Team included sophomores A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) while Jesus Tedula (Zaragoza, Spain) and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned All-Rookie Team honors.
- Senior co-captains David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Worra led America East in both GAA (0.55) and save percentage (.883) as he recorded six shutouts in 12 games. In the national stats, Worra is No. 4 in save percentage and No. 7 in GAA.
- Uche ranked sixth in the conference in goals/game and seventh in points/game. He led the ‘Cats in goals (six) and points (13).
VOLLEYBALL (20-13 overall, 12-2 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was defeated 3-0 by sixth-ranked University of Southern California in a Dec. 5 NCAA first-round game at the Galen Center. The set scores were 25-9, 25-10, 25-12.
- The Wildcats’ season-high nine-match win streak was snapped by the Women of Troy, who improved to 27-5.
- UNH followed up its America East regular-season title by winning the 2013 America East Championship tournament, which was held Nov. 22-23 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats extended their win streak to nine matches by defeating Stony Brook University (3-0) in the semifinals and UMBC (3-2) in the final.
- This is the seventh time head coach Jill Hirschinger has led the ‘Cats to a 20-15th-year
- This was the Wildcats’ fourth NCAA tourney appearance, all under Hirschinger; they previously advanced to the NCAAs in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
- New Hampshire claimed a total of 10 America East awards at the conference banquet. Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was honored as Player of the Year and the Wildcats, led by Hirschinger, were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
- UNH tied the highest total on both the All-Conference First and Second Team with two on each. Thatcher was joined on the First Team by sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) while junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) and senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) were Second Team selections.
- Demi Muses (Orangeville, Calif.) was voted to the All-Rookie Team.
- The ‘Cats also placed the highest number of representatives on the All-Academic Team with Forrest, sophomore Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) and junior Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) all making the grade.
- Dunklau, a junior setter, was named Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship. Thatcher and Tolliver joined Dunklau on the All-Championship Team.