SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
February 4, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) of the men’s track and field 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.
Katie Mann, women’s swimming and diving
Katie, a sophomore from Prince George, British Columbia, broke a Swasey Pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke by touching the wall with a time of 2 minutes, 18.17 seconds in UNH’s 193-100 victory against the University of Maine on Feb. 1. She has won the 200 breaststroke in seven of eight meets in the 2012-13 season.
Katie’s record-setting time put her more than eight seconds ahead of the next competitor. She also swam the second leg (breaststroke) of the winning 200 medley relay time with a split of 30.16.
In the previous meet at Boston University (Jan. 21), she recorded three first-place finishes with wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.97), 200 breast (2:19.56) and 400 individual medley (4:25.76).
Katie also swept the 100 (1:06.22) and 200 (2:20.56) breaststrokes in a Jan. 16 home meet against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. She also swam a leg of the victorious 200 medley relay in that meet.
Katie ended the fall semester by placing second in a 36-swimmer field of the 200 breaststroke with an NCAA-provisional time of 2:14.63 at the Brown Invitational (Dec. 2).
One month earlier in a home meet against the University of Rhode Island, Katie proved to be the fastest swimmer in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM. She was also a part of the pool record-setting 400 medley relay with a winning time of 3:53.46.
Katie won the same three individual events Oct. 20 at the University of Vermont and was part of the first-place 200 medley relay. She opened the season by sweeping first place in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes Oct. 13 against Boston College.
As a freshman in 2011-12, Katie was named the America East Women’s Rookie of the Year and the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the America East Championships. She was also named to the conference’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll for recording a grade-point-average of 3.50 or higher.
In her first meet as a Wildcat, Katie broke the Swasey Pool record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.10. She also set the meet and America East conference record in both the 200 IM (2:01.32) and 400 IM (4:14.10) at the America East Championships.
Kevin Greene, men’s track and field
Kevin, a senior from Silver Spring, Maryland, bested a field of 23 runners in the 800 meters with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1 minute, 54.71 seconds at the URI Coaches Tribute Invitational on Feb. 2.
The middle distance specialist won his second event in as many days Jan. 26 when he topped a field of 64 runners in the 1,000m with an IC4A-qualifying time of 2:25.99 at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. Kevin also had an IC4A-qualifying time of 4:12.75 with a first-place finish in the mile at the Joe Donahue Games, which was held Jan. 25 at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Kevin had previously recorded an IC4A qualifying time in the 800m with a winning mark of 1:57.10 in a home meet against College of the Holy Cross on Jan. 19. He opened the 2012-13 indoor track season with a runner-up finish in the mile (4:16.74) at the Jay Carisella Invitational.
As a junior, Kevin won the 800m at the New England Outdoor Championships with a time of 1:50.28; he placed third in that event at the America East Championships (1:51.48). During the indoor season, he was the runner-up in the 1,000m at the conference championship meet.
AMERICA EAST FALL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
The UNH athletic department led the America East conference with 108 student-athletes named to the Fall Academic Honor Roll, as announced by the conference on Feb. 1. Additionally, 44 of those Wildcats received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll; that marked the second most in the conference.
This marked the fourth consecutive year UNH had the highest number of representatives on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll. The Wildcats led the conference in 2011 (96), 2010 (95) and 2009 (86). In 2008, the 'Cats had the second highest total of 82.
Of the 145 student-athletes that participate in America East sports in the Fall, 108 achieved the mark of 3.0 or higher, totaling 75 percent of the athletes. That mark gave the Wildcats the third ranking in percentage of honored athletes.
The Wildcats led the way in four sports -- men’s cross country (23 honor roll/15 commissioner’s honor roll), women’s cross country (31/29), field hockey (15/7) and volleyball (13/7).
Tuesday, January 29
Women’s basketball: at UNH 61, Maine 54
Wednesday, January 30
Men’s basketball: UNH 57, at Maine 54
Friday, February 1
Men’s ice hockey: #3 UNH 3, at Northeastern 1
Women’s ice hockey: at Vermont 3, UNH 1
Women’s swimming & diving: at UNH 193, Maine 100 (Senior Day)
Saturday, February 2
Men’s basketball: Stony Brook 56, at UNH 54
Women’s basketball: at Stony Brook 60, UNH 47
Men’s ice hockey: Merrimack 4, at #3 UNH 1
Women’s ice hockey: UNH 4, at Vermont 2
Skiing: 3rd place at UVM Carnival (day 3 of 4)
Men’s track & field: second place (11 teams) at URI Invitational
Women’s track & field: fourth place (11 teams) at URI Invitational
Sunday, February 3
Gymnastics: first place (195.425) vs. George Washington, Yale
Skiing: 3rd place at UVM Carnival (day 4 of 4)
Monday, February 4
UNH Coach's Show (featuring men’s ice hockey; at Buffalo Wild Wings - Newington)
Wednesday, February 6
Women’s basketball vs. Vermont, 7 pm
Men’s basketball at Vermont, 7 pm
Friday, February 8
Gymnastics at Maryland with Towson, N.C. State, 7pm
Skiing at Dartmouth Winter Carnival (Alpine: Dartmouth Skiway | Nordic: Oak Hill)
Men’s ice hockey at Providence, 7 pm (TV: Cox Communications)
Saturday, February 9
Women’s ice hockey at Boston U., 3 pm
Skiing at Dartmouth Winter Carnival (Alpine: Dartmouth Skiway | Nordic: Oak Hill)
Sunday, February 10
Women’s ice hockey vs. Connecticut, 12 pm (TV: Live Well Network, FOX College Sports)
Men’s ice hockey vs. Providence, 4 pm (TV: CBS Sports)
MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-15 overall, 2-7 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team split a pair of games last week with a 57-54 win at the University of Maine followed by a 56-54 home loss to Stony Brook University.
- With the score tied at 52 with two minutes remaining at Maine, Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) made one free throw and then Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) hit a jumper at 1:08 to give UNH a three-point lead. The Black Bears closed within 55-54 with 11 seconds remaining, then Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) grabbed an offensive rebound off the missed front end of a 1-and-1 and made his two foul shots for a 57-54 lead with five seconds on the clock. Maine missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats their first win at Maine in five years.
- With that win, UNH head coach Bill Herrion earned his 152nd America East conference victory to tie for the most in league history.
- Rhoads recorded team highs in both points (18) and rebounds (seven) at Maine and he also netted a team-high 12 points vs. Stony Brook. For the week, he averaged 15.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg and played 39 minutes per game.
- Matagrano averaged 12.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg in last week’s action. He shot 8-for-12 from the floor, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range, and made 7 of 9 free throws.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 6 at the University of Vermont (7 p.m.) The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 13 (7 p.m.) vs. UMBC.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (8-13 overall, 3-6 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team split a pair of games last week with a 61-54 home win against the University of Maine and 60-47 loss at Stony Brook University.
- Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) recorded her 250th career assist with the second of three assists Feb. 2 at Stony Brook; she is the 13th player in program history to reach that milestone. Hogan, who had missed the previous five games, also tallied four points and one rebound in 16 minutes of action.
- Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) was named the team’s America East Player of the Game vs. Maine with 16 points (6-11 FGs, 4-5 FTs), four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a career-high four blocks.
- Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) tied a career high of 12 rebounds vs. Maine. She also matched her personal best of four assists for the third consecutive game.
- UNH continues to lead the America East conference in free throw percentage at 71.6%. The Wildcats made 11 of 14 from the foul line vs. Maine and went 11-for-12 at Stony Brook.
- Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads America East in free throw percentage (87.0%). She also ranks third in scoring (13.1 ppg), fifth in rebounding (7.5 rpg), third in minutes (35.3 per game) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (35.7%).
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 6 against the University of Vermont. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.
GYMNASTICS (6-1 overall, 3-0 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team recorded a second consecutive tri-meet victory by recording a score of 195.425 to defeat George Washington University (194.750) and Yale University (191.225) in the Feb. 3 “Stick It For The Cure” meet at Lundholm Gym.
- UNH recorded the highest team score in three of the four events – vault (48.725), uneven bars (48.775) and floor exercise (49.050).
- Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) tied for first place on floor exercise (9.850) and placed second on vault with a personal-best 9.825.
- Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.), the reigning EAGL co-Gymnast of the Week, won the all-around with a score of 39.275. She tied Barile for the top score on floor and also tied for first [with teammate Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.)] on uneven bars at 9.825. Fobes also placed third in both vault (9.800) and balance beam (9.800).
- Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) was the meet’s top performer on balance beam with a mark of 9.875, which tied her season high.
- Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied Fobes for third place on vault at 9.800.
- Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) was part of UNH’s 1-2-3 finish on bars. She placed third at 9.775.
- The Wildcats return to action when they travel to 15th-ranked Maryland for an all-EAGL tri-meet against the Terrapins, Towson and 24th-ranked North Carolina State on Friday, Feb. 8 (7 p.m.).
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (16-7-2 overall, 11-6-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team split a pair of games last weekend with a 3-1 victory at Northeastern University (Feb. 1) followed by a 4-1 home loss to Merrimack College one night later in which the Wildcats recorded a 52-24 shot advantage. The 52 shots, which included 20 in both the second and third periods, marked a season high.
- Junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.)
recorded two assists at NU. He was the only Wildcat to record
multiple points for the weekend. Goumas has recorded a point in 19
of 25 games with nine multiple-point efforts.
- Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded a season-high 47 saves in the 3-1 win at Northeastern. He stopped every shot faced in both the first (16 saves) and third (15) periods; DeSmith also tallied 16 saves in the second stanza.
- New Hampshire returns to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against Providence College. The teams face off Feb. 8 (7 p.m.) at PC’s Schneider Arena and Feb. 10 (4 p.m.) at UNH’s Whittemore Center. Sunday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (11-14-2 overall, 7-7-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team split a weekend series at Vermont with a 3-1 loss Friday night followed by a 4-2 victory Saturday afternoon. With 11 wins, the Wildcats have already surpasses last year’s total (10).
- Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) recorded her 100th career point with the second of her season-high three points in the Feb. 2 win at UVM. She inched closer to the milestone with a first-period assist and became the 43rd UNH Wildcat to join the Century Club on a second-period assist. She helped secure the win with an empty-net goal late in the third period. In 127 career games, Lavoie has 52 goals and 49 assists for 101 points.
- Freshman goaltender Marie-Eve Jean (Gatineau, Quebec) earned her first career win Feb. 2 by stopping 18 of 19 shots in a 59 minute, 22 second relief appearance. Jean had not seen game action since Nov. 24 against the University of Minnesota. She is now 1-1-1 on the season with a 2.71 GAA and .906 save percentage.
- Junior forward Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario) scored a career-high two goals Feb. 2. Her back-to-back goals transformed a one-goal deficit into a 2-1 lead.
- Junior forward Arielle O’Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) and senior defenseman Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) both recorded two points in Saturday’s win. O’Neill, who also scored the Wildcats’ goal Friday, finished with a goal and an assist while Chappell tallied two assists.
- Armstrong, Lavoie and O’Neill are tied for second on the team in goals. Lavoie leads the ‘Cats in both assists (12) and points (19).
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team returns to action Feb. 9 (3 p.m.) at Boston U. and the Wildcats play host to UConn on Feb. 10 (12 p.m.) in a game that will be televised live on Live Well Network and FOX College Sports Atlantic.
- The UNH ski team finished third with 744 points at the Vermont Winter Carnival, which completed the Nordic portion Feb. 2-3 at Trapp Family Lodge. The alpine races were held in January.
- Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), competing in her first EISA carnival of the season, notched fourth place in the women's Nordic 5K freestyle on Saturday. She crossed the finish line in 14 minutes, 11.2 seconds. Guiney followed that with a fifth-place effort in the 10K classic with a time of 32:54.6.
- Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif), the reigning EISA Woman's Nordic Skier of the Week, finished in 11th place (14:32.3) in the 5K and Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) tallied a 12th-place finish of 14:32.7.
- Taylor was also the second ‘Cat across the finish line in
the 10K classic with her ninth-place effort of 33:26.2.
Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) rounded out
UNH’s scoring in the 10K classic at 14th place
- Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) was the top 'Cat in the men's 10K free with a 13th-place time of 26 minutes, 16.6 seconds. He followed that with 14th place in the 10K classic at 29:01.2.
- Erik Lindgren (Pitea ,Sweden) was UNH’s top finisher in the 10K classic in ninth place overall with a time of 28:45.9. Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) had a top-20 effort in that race with a 17th-place time of 29:10.3.
- UNH returns to action Feb. 8-9 at the Dartmouth Carnival. Alpine racing is at Dartmouth Skiway and Nordic races will be at Oak Hill.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-2 overall, 2-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team ended the regular season with a 193-100 victory Feb. 1 against the University of Maine in a Senior Day meet at Swasey Pool. The Wildcats won 15 of 16 events; they swept the top three spots in two of those events and recorded a 1-2 finish in seven others.
- Sophomore swimmer Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) broke a Swasey Pool record in the 200 breaststroke by touching the wall with a time of 2 minutes, 18.17 seconds, which was more than eight seconds ahead of the second place time.
- Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) won three individual events – the 100 backstroke (57.87), 200 butterfly (2:02.86) and 100 freestyle (52.37 seconds).
- Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) won both diving events, starting with a score of 277.35 points in the 1-meter dive. She would also win the 3-meter dive with a 271.42 point total.
- Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) also claimed a pair of individual victories. She touched the wall first in the 50 free with a time of 24.71 seconds and bested the 200 individual medley competitors at 2:08.95.
- Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) recorded a dominant finish in the grueling 1000 free, finishing 12 seconds ahead of second place with a time of 10:33.62.
- Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) was the fastest swimmer in the 200 free (1:53.45)
- Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) notched a first-place time of 5:10.01 in the 500 free.
- Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was victorious in the 100 fly (56.86).
- Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) sped through the water in the 200 back, registering a winning time of 2:07.96.
- The 200-yard medley relay squad -- consisting of Cooper, Mann, McCandless and Reed -- opened the meet with a first place time of 1:48.60.
- The 'Cats capped off the meet with another first place finish in the 200 free relay. Roberts, Reed, Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) and Bull tallied a time of 1:38.79 in the event.
- UNH returns to the pool Thursday, Feb. 14 in the first day of the America East Conference Championships. The four-day event will be held at the University of Maine.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team had a runner-up finish in the 11-team field of the URI Coaches Tribute Invitational (Feb. 2) with a total of 83.5 points.
- Senior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) captured his fourth individual victory in as many races as he won the 800 meters in an IC4A-qualifying time of 1 minute, 54.71 seconds. Sophomore James Anderson (Melrose, Mass.) placed third in the event and also qualified for IC4As in 1:55.90.
- Senior Victor Adejuyigbe (Penacook, N.H.) took second in the 60-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a New England-qualifying time of 7.08 seconds.
- Sophomore Nicholas Sullivan (Newport, N.H.) finished fifth overall in the 200 meters in a time of 23.05 to qualify for the New England Championships. He also qualified for New Englands in the 400 meters with a fifth-place time of 51.01.
- Senior Cory Sinotte (Monchester, N.H.) finished fifth in the 1,000 meters as he crossed the finish line in a time of 2:33.80, junior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) placed sixth in the 500 meters in a time of 1:08.38 and sophomore John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) added a seventh-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:20.65.
- The Wildcats' distance medley relay team of Sinotte, Prizzi, Anderson and Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine) finished runner-up in an IC4A-qualifying time of 10:22.69.
- Senior Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) placed fifth overall in the high jump with a cleared height of 6-6.25 to qualify for New Englands in the event.
- In the shot put, seniors Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) and Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, with tosses of 47-6.5 and 46-7.25. Lyle also took fifth in the weight throw with a New England-qualifying toss of 5-4.25, while senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) took sixth and qualified for New Englands at 52-8.
- The Wildcats next compete at the America East Championships on Feb. 11-12 at the Reggie Lewis Center.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team amassed 73 points to place fourth of 11 teams at the URI Coaches Tribute Invitational that was held Feb. 2.
- Junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) captured the 800 meters in an ECAC-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 14.29 seconds while senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) finished third and qualified for New Englands in a time of 2:18.45.
- Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, N.H.) was victorious in the mile as she crossed the finish line in a New England-qualifying time of 5:03.47.
- Freshman Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) was runner-up in the 60-meter dash in a New England-qualifying time of 7.81. Fellow rookie Natalie Bilynsky (Epping, N.H.) took sixth and also qualified for New Englands at 7.93.
- Freshman Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) finished fourth in the 200 meters in a New England-qualifying time of 26.25, while Bilynsky took fifth at 26.52.
- Junior Brenna McLaughlin (Derry, N.H.) added a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 10:45.90.
- Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles in a New England-qualifying time of 9.17.
- In the field, sophomore Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) was third overall in the high jump with a cleared height of 5 feet, 5 inches and senior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) placed sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 48-3.50.
- The Wildcats next compete at the America East Championships on Feb. 11-12 at the Reggie Lewis Center.
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.
- UNH placed the highest number of men’s cross country student-athletes (23) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
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.
- UNH placed the highest number of women’s cross country student-athletes (31) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll, and that represented 93.5% of the team. Of those 31, 29 received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
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 three awards as he was named New England Football Writers Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year and Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Football 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), as well as fourth Gridiron Club award (2000, 2004, 2009, 20012).
- 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. He is just the fourth player ever named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-America Team three times; two of the others are UNH wide receiver David Ball and quarterback Ricky Santos.
- 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 District 1 First Team for the second time in as many years.
- Evans played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game (Jan. 19) while senior cornerback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and Smith were selected to play in the Texas vs Nation All-Star Game (Feb. 2).
- 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.), Peters 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.
- The UNH men’s soccer team had the highest percentage of representation (72.5%) on the America East Academic Honor Roll – a total of Wildcats made the grade.
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.
- A total of 18 women’s soccer players were named to the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
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.
- UNH had the highest number of volleyball student-athletes (13) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.