Teschner, Dion: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE

February 10, 2014

DURHAM, N.H.Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) of the ski team and Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) of the men’s basketball team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Randa Teschner, skiing

     Randa, a sophomore from Petawawa, Ontario, skied to a pair of top-10 finishes at the Dartmouth Carnival, which was held at the Dartmouth Skiway on Feb. 7-8. She raced to third place in the slalom with a two-run time of 1:45.98 and placed eighth in the giant slalom in 2:08.40 to help the UNH ski team finish third.

     Randa was the top Wildcat in both races and also was the top ‘Cat in the slalom races at the Vermont, Colby and UNH carnivals. She has excelled in that discipline this season with a fourth-place finish at those three events.

     Last year as a freshman, Randa placed fourth in the slalom at the EISA Championships; she also took 21st in the giant slalom at the league championship. Her highlight of the season came one week earlier at the Middlebury Carnival, where she won the giant slalom and finished fifth in the slalom.

Daniel Dion, men’s basketball

     Daniel, a freshman from Cedar Park, Texas, gave the UNH men’s basketball team a 71-69 lead on a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and that proved to be the game-winning basket in a 73-69 victory Feb. 8 at Stony Brook University that ended the Seawolves’ 23-game conference home win streak.

     The 6-foot guard finished that game with 13 points, including four of the team’s 14 3-pointers. Including the game-winning shot, Daniel netted 10 second-half points with three 3-pointers in 18 minutes.

     One game earlier at UMBC, he scored 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range; he also tallied two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

     Daniel ranks fourth on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg) and he leads the ‘Cats in both assists (2.4 per game) and 3-pointers made (32). He is also second in 3-point field goal percentage (.348).

     Daniel’s season highlights include a personal-best 20 points – 8 of 11 field goals, including 4 of 6 3-pointers – at UMass Lowell on Jan. 26. He also had a career-high seven assists that game.

     His other season highs include five rebounds against both Central Connecticut State University (Dec. 4) and University of Hartford (Jan. 18). Daniel has scored in double digits each of the last five games and in nine of 19 games.

AMERICA EAST FALL 2013 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL

     In an announcement made Feb. 6 by the America East conference, UNH had the highest number of student-athletes (114) recognized on the America East Fall 2013 Honor Roll; it marked the fifth consecutive fall semester New Hampshire accomplished the feat.

     UNH’s women’s cross country team had the highest percentage of honor roll recipients from a single team, with 33 of a possible 35 (94.3%) student-athletes recognized. Fifteen of those Wildcats received distinction on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.50 or higher gpa).

     The UNH volleyball team placed 13 of 16 (81.3%) student-athletes on the Honor Roll and eight made the grade for the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The men’s cross country had the next highest percentage among UNH teams at 76% (19 of 25 runners) and was followed closely by men’s soccer at 73.3% (22 of 30). In women’s soccer, 10 of the 15 ‘Cats who made the Honor Roll also made the Commissioner’s Roll and half of the 12 field hockey student-athletes on the Honor Roll were also on the Commissioner’s Roll.

      Overall, UNH boasted 73.1% of its student-athletes on the Honor Roll, and 46.5% of those ‘Cats made the Commissioner’s Roll.

RECENT RESULTS

Wednesday, February 5

Men’s basketball: at UMBC 68, UNH 57

Thursday, February 6

Women’s basketball: at UNH 46, UMBC 35

Friday, February 7

Men’s ice hockey: No. 19 Vermont 5, at No. 20 UNH 2

Skiing: 3rd place Dartmouth Carnival (Day 1 of 2)

Women’s track at BU Valentine Invitational (non-scoring meet)

Saturday, February 8

Men’s ice hockey: No. 19 Vermont 2, at No. 20 UNH 1

Gymnastics: UNH 195.400, at Yale 188.700

Men’s basketball: UNH 73, at Stony Brook 69

Skiing: 3rd place at Dartmouth Carnival (Day 2 of 2)

Women’s ice hockey: at Boston U. 7, UNH 4

Men’s track at BU Valentine Invitational (non-scoring meet)

Sunday, February 9

Women’s basketball: at Stony Brook 76, UNH 63

Women’s ice hockey: UConn 3, at UNH 1

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, February 10

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 12

Men’s basketball vs. Binghamton, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at Binghamton, 7 pm

Thursday, February 13

Women’s swim & dive at America East Championships (Worcester, Mass.) [Day 1 of 4]

Friday, February 14

Men’s ice hockey vs. Boston U., 7 pm (TV: NBC Sports) [Senior Day]

Women’s swim & dive at America East Championships (Worcester, Mass.) [Day 2 of 4]

Skiing at Williams Carnival (Alpine- Jiminy Peak; Nordic- Prospect Mtn) [Day 1 of 2]

Saturday, February 15

Women’s lacrosse vs. Hofstra, 12 pm [season opener] (Cowell Stadium)

Women’s ice hockey vs. Vermont, 2 pm (TV: Fox College Sports)

Gymnastics vs. Centenary and Brown, 4 pm

Men’s hockey at Boston U., 7 pm

Men’s basketball at Hartford, 7 pm

Women’s swim & dive at America East Championships (Worcester, Mass.) [Day 3 of 4]

Women’s track & field at Maine, 3 pm [with Vermont]

Skiing at Williams Carnival (Alpine- Jiminy Peak; Nordic- Prospect Mtn) [Day 2 of 2]

Sunday, February 16

Women’s basketball vs. Hartford, 2pm (Internet broadcast: ESPN3)

Women’s ice hockey vs. Vermont, 2 pm

Women’s swim & dive at America East Championships (Worcester, Mass.) [Day 3 of 4]

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (14-9 overall, 8-2 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team went 1-1 last week with a 46-35 victory at home against UMBC (Feb. 6) and a 76-63 loss at Stony Brook (Feb. 9).
  • Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) recorded game highs in points (14), rebounds (eight) and assists (four) vs. UMBC. She came off the bench to make 5 of 8 field goals and all four free throw attempts in 34 minutes.
  • Senior guard and captain Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored a game-high 25 points at Stony Brook.  She made 9 of 14 field goals, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range.
  • Hogan leads the ‘Cats in scoring (12.3 ppg), 3-pointers made (35) and attempted (100), 3-point FG percentage (.350) and minutes per game (32.5).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m.) at Binghamton. The Wildcats conclude the week at home against the University of Hartford on Feb. 16 (2 p.m.); the game will be broadcast online on ESPN3; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-17 overall, 4-6 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team split a pair of road games last week with a 68-57 loss at UMBC (Feb. 5) and 73-69 win at Stony Brook (Feb. 8); the Seawolves entered that Saturday game with a 23-game home win streak in conference play.
  • Freshman guard Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining; that basket gave UNH a 71-69 lead and senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) made two foul shots with five seconds left to secure the win.
  • Dion finished that game with 13 points, including four of the team’s 14 3-pointers. Bronner also made four 3-pointers as part of a team-high 16 points.
  • Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas) made three 3-pointers as part of his 14 points.
  • Freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) netted a team-high 14 points at UMBC on the strength of 10-for-10 at the foul line. He also pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds. Dion (10) also scored in double digits.
  • Pelcher is the UNH leader in points (11.8 ppg) and rebounds (9.8 rpg), as well as blocks (2.6 per game).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m.) at home against Binghamton University; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
  • This week’s action also includes a Feb. 15 (7 p.m.) trip to the University of Hartford.
 

GYMNASTICS (4-3 overall, 1-2 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team won all four events to capture a 195.400-188.700 victory at Yale University on Saturday, Feb. 8.
  • Junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) matched her season high with a meet-leading 9.875 on balance beam. She led a dominant contingent that swept the top four scores and had six of the highest seven marks.
  • The Wildcats recorded the top six scores on vault. Freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) and senior co-captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) shared the top mark of 9.850.
  • Junior Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) tied for first place on uneven bars with a season-high 9.775.
  • Senior co-captain Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) performed the top floor exercise routine with a 9.850 and three teammates tied for second place, followed by another ‘Cat in fifth place.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 15 (4 p.m.) vs. Centenary and Brown for its annual Stick It For the Cure fund raiser; 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 (9-18-2 overall, 4-10-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team skated to a 7-4 loss at Boston University (Feb. 8) and 3-1 loss at home to UConn (Feb. 9).
  • The Wildcats recorded their second-highest shot total of 38 at BU, then surpassed that one day later with 39 vs. UConn.
  • After falling behind 3-0 at Boston U., the ‘Cats rallied within 3-2 on goals by freshman Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) and senior Arielle O’Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario). The Terriers netted the next three goals, but UNH once again responded with consecutive goals by senior Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) and Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario).
  • Vilgrain extended her point streak to three games with another goal Sunday vs. UConn. She has a point in six of the last seven games (5g, 2a).
  • Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) and Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) both matched their career high of two assists at BU. Hitchcock (12) climbed to the top of the assist leaderboard and Carlson (11) is now second.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 15 at home against Vermont in a game televised on FOX College Sports; the teams face off again at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 16; both games begin at 2 p.m.; tickets are available at the box office or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (16-15-1 overall, 8-8-0 Hockey East)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team played host to 19th-ranked University of Vermont for a two-game series at the Whittemore Center, and UVM won the Battle of the ‘Cats with 5-2 and 2-1 victories.
  • Senior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) and junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) both recorded two assists in Friday’s game. Sorkin recorded his third point of the weekend with a goal Saturday.
  • Sorkin leads the Wildcats in goals (16) and power-play goals (six); he is second in points (32).
  • Senior goaltender Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) played the last 10:03 of Friday’s game and held the Catamounts scoreless on four saves.
  • New Hampshire plays host to Boston University for Senior Day on Friday, Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) in a game televised on NBC Sports Network; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
  • UNH and BU face off again Feb. 15 (7 p.m.) at Agganis Arena.
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team was in third place (338 points) following the first day of competition at the Dartmouth Carnival and held that position at the conclusion of the two-day event on Feb. 8 with a total of 710 points.
  • UNH recorded second-place team scores in the men’s and women’s slalom, men’s 20K classic and women’s 5K freestyle.
  • Junior co-captain Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) led three ‘Cats in the top 11 of Friday’s women’s 5K freestyle race in fourth place overall; she completed the Craftsbury Nordic Center course in 15 minutes, 9.8 seconds. Freshman Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) followed in seventh place (15:26.9) and sophomore Claire Galvin (Minneapolis, Minn.) was 11th in 15:38.4.
  • Taylor recorded her second top-10 finish of the weekend by placing eighth in the 15K with a time of 51:30.3.
  • The men’s alpine team recorded a pair of top-10 efforts in Saturday’s giant slalom. Junior Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) raced to fifth place in 2:03.38 and sophomore Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) placed 10th at 2:04.37.
  • Oliver’s two-run time of 1:43.05 in the slalom earned sixth place. Senior Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) took eighth place at 1:43.30.
  • Sophomore Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) skied to a pair of top-10 finishes with third place in the slalom (1:45.98) and eighth place in the women’s giant slalom (2:08.40).
  • Sophomore Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) was the top ‘Cat and 14th overall in the men’s 10K free by crossing the finish line in 27:22.3. One day later in the 20K classic, Fosnaes (57:45.8) earned sixth place and finished immediately behind teammate and junior co-captain Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), who was sixth in 57:41.5.
  • Back on the slopes of Dartmouth Skiway, freshman Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) placed 13th in the women’s slalom and sophomore Celine Guilmineau (Edwards, Colo.) was next in 14th at 1:48.44.
  • New Hampshire continues the EISA season Feb. 14-15 at the Williams Carnival; the alpine events will be held at Jiminy Peak and the Nordic races are 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.
  • 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.).
  • The Wildcats won the 2013 America East title with a record 858 points. They were led by America East Swimmer of the Year Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) and the conference Coaches of the Year.
 

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team competed at the non-scoring David Hemery Valentine Invitational that was held Feb. 7 at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.
  • Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) had the highest finish of any Wildcat with sixth place in the 60-meter dash. She crossed the finish line in 7.68 seconds.
  • Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) posted an ECAC-qualifying time with an eighth-place time of 4 minutes, 43.36 seconds in the mile. It marked the second-fastest time in UNH history.
  • Senior Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) claimed 11th place in the weight throw with a personal-best effort of 50 feet, 7.50 inches.
  • Senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) finished with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:52.50 in the 3,000-meter run. Freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) also had an ECAC qualifying time of 9:54.42 for 44th place.
  • 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 competed at the non-scoring David Hemery Valentine Invitational that was held at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center on Feb. 8.
  • Senior Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) ran to seventh place in the 500-meter race with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 4.56 seconds.
  • Classmate George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) placed seventh in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 57 feet, 9.75 inches. Jake Renaud (Lancaster, N.H.), another senior, earned 18th place at 48-05.5.
  • Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) took 18th place in the 400m with a time of 48.60 seconds.
  • Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) ran to a personal-best 8:14.17 and placed 15th in the 3,000m. Senior Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford) crossed the finish line in 8:24.97 for his fastest time.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 15 with a tri-meet at Maine that includes the University of Vermont.

NEW ATHLETIC COMPLEX OUTLINED AS PART OF CAMPUS MASTER PLAN

     With a focus on meeting its strategic priorities, UNH is moving forward with fundraising and planning for a new athletic complex that will benefit the University, Durham and the Seacoast region, and the state. Athletic facilities and venues, including a new stadium, were identified as a priority in the campus’ master plan to improve recruitment, student satisfaction, and overall visibility in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

     Expected to cost $25 million and open in late 2015, the facility, which is referred to as the West Stadium, will offer increased and improved seating, state-of-the art broadcast and WiFi capability, concessions, restrooms, and a special student section. The original concrete section of the current East Side facility dates to the 1930s.

     The new athletic complex will offer increased seating capacity of more than 10,000, a new home side on the opposite side of the existing field, and gathering and social spaces.

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.

COMPLETED SEASONS

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.
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