McCandless, Konan: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute
SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT &WILDCAT MINUTE
February 17, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) 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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Lauren McCandless, women’s swimming and diving
Lauren, a senior from Macungie, Pa., medaled in six events to propel the University of New Hampshire to a record-setting winning total of 877 points at the America East Championships that were held Feb. 15-17 at the WPI Sports & Recreation Center.
At the conclusion of the meet, Lauren was awarded the Dave Alexander Coaches Award (formerly known as the Senior Point Award), which is presented annually to the senior whom has accrued the most career points at the America East Championships.
Lauren became the first conference swimmer to win the 1,650-yard freestyle four consecutive year when she swam to a first-place time of 16 minutes, 46.64 seconds. She also won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.33 and was runner-up in the 500 free by touching the wall in 4:52.50.
In addition to those individual efforts, Lauren was part of UNH’s winning 400 medley and 800 free relays as well as the third-place 200 medley relay squad. The 800 free squad shattered the previous pool record by 10.39 seconds with a mark of 7:21.47.
Lauren holds two other America East Championship records. She established the 1,650 free benchmark of 16:39.20 in 2011 and was part of the 400 medley relay record time of 3:43.89 that same year. As a freshman in 2011, she set the conference and school record in the 1,650 free with a time of 16:35.31 at the ECAC Championships.
Lauren’s highly-decorated career includes 2012 America East Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2011 Rookie of the Year.
In other notable achievements this season, Lauren broke UNH’s Swasey Pool record in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.03 Oct. 19 against Vermont. She bested that mark with a 2:01.92 Oct. 26 vs. Northeastern. Lauren also improved her 200 fly benchmark on Senior Day with a clocking of 2:01.91.
Patrick Konan, men’s basketball
Patrick, a senior from Gainesville, Fla., recorded his 1,000th career point during a 15-point performance against the University of Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 15. He made 9 of 10 free throws – all in the second half – for the bulk of his team-high total. Patrick entered the game with 999 career points, 213 of which he scored at Liberty University; he now has 1,014 career points, including 801 in a UNH uniform.
Patrick, who played 22 minutes coming of the bench, also recorded four rebounds vs. the Hawks. In his Feb. 12 return to the lineup – he missed eight games because of injury and had not seen action since Jan. 9 – Patrick played 31 minutes off the bench with eight points and six rebounds.
The 6-foot-6 forward ranks second on the team in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg). He scored a career-high 25 points Dec. 30 at Towson University on 6 of 19 shooting from the floor and 11-for-14 from the foul line. He recorded double-doubles against both Marquette (14p, 10r) and Brown 14p, 13r).
Patrick averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game last year as a junior, when he played in 28 games with 27 starts. In his first year as a Wildcat (2011-12), he played in all 29 games (28 starts) and averaged 9.7 ppg.
Ariel Gaston, women’s basketball – America East co-Player of the Week
Wednesday, February 12
Women’s basketball: UNH 64, at Binghamton 46
Men’s basketball: Binghamton 72, at UNH 71 (overtime)
Friday, February 14
Women’s swim & dive: 1st place at America East Championships [Day 1 of 3]
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, Boston U. 3
Skiing: 6th place at Williams Carnival [Day 1 of 2]
Saturday, February 15
Women’s swim & dive: 1st place at America East Championships
Gymnastics: 1st place (195.575 points) vs. Centenary and Brown
Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 9, Hofstra 5 (Bremner Field)
Men’s basketball: at Hartford 61, UNH 59
Women’s ice hockey: Vermont 3, at UNH 2
Skiing: 6th place at Williams Carnival [Day 2 of 2]
Women’s track & field: non-scoring dual meet at Maine
Men’s track & field: non-scoring dual meet at Maine
Men’s hockey at Boston U., PPD to Monday, Feb. 17 (4 pm)
Sunday, February 16
Women’s swim & dive: 1st place (record 877 points) at America East Championships
Women’s basketball: at UNH 76, Hartford 71 (overtime)
Women’s ice hockey: Vermont 5, at UNH 1
Monday, February 17
Men’s hockey at Boston University, 4 pm
Wednesday, February 19
Men’s basketball vs. Vermont, 7 pm
Women’s lacrosse at Boston College, 4 pm
Women’s basketball at Vermont, 7 pm
Friday, February 21
Skiing at EISA Championships (at Middlebury) [Day 1 of 2]
Saturday, February 22
Women’s lacrosse vs. Dartmouth, 1 pm (at Cowell Stadium)
Women’s basketball vs. UMass Lowell, 1 pm (TV- FOX College Sports)
Men’s basketball vs. UMass Lowell, 3:30 pm (TV- FOX College Sports)
Women’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 2 pm
Gymnastics at Towson with William & Mary, 7 pm
Skiing at EISA Championships (at Middlebury) [Day 2 of 2]
Sunday, February 23
Women’s ice hockey vs. Northeastern, 2 pm (Senior Day)
Women’s track & field at America East Championships (at New York, NY), 3 pm
Men’s track & field at America East Championships (at New York, NY), 3 pm
Monday, February 24
Women’s track & field at America East Championships (at New York, NY), 3 pm
Men’s track & field at America East Championships (at New York, NY), 3 pm
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7 pm
[at Buffalo Wild Wings, Fox Run Mall, Newington, N.H.]
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (16-9 overall, 10-2 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team went 2-0 last week with a 64-46 victory at Binghamton University (Feb. 12) and 76-71 overtime win at home against the University of Hartford.
- Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) was honored as America East co-Player of the Week on Monday. She averaged 16.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 37.5 minutes per game in the two victories. Gaston recorded career highs in points (19) and steals (five) at Binghamton; she scored all 19 points in the second half on 8 of 8 shooting from the floor. In the overtime win against Hartford, Gaston registered her first career double-double with 14 points and personal-best 11 rebounds; she also had a game-high five assists.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) tallied 16 points and seven rebounds, as well as five steals, at Binghamton.
- Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists at BU.
- All five starters scored in double digits in the OT win vs. Hartford. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored a game-high 17 points followed by senior guard Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany; 15 points), Gaston (14), sophomore center Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.; 12) and Belanger (11).
- Hogan also tallied six rebounds and five assists, while Belanger also contributed nine rebounds.
- UNH trailed Hartford 61-57 with 39 seconds remaining in regulation, but pulled within one point on Belanger’s 3-pointer with 14 seconds on the clock. After the Hawks went 1-for-2 from the foul line, Hogan’s layup tied the score, 62-62, with seven seconds to play and Hartford missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Hogan’s 3-pointer with 1:42 to play in OT gave the ‘Cats their first leadoff the extra session, 69-66. Gaston made one foul shot, and then hit a layup to extend the advantage to 72-66 with 37 seconds remaining.
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, February 19 (7 p.m.) at Vermont.
- The Wildcats conclude the week as part of a doubleheader vs. UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 22; the women’s game tips off the action at 1 p.m.; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-19 overall, 4-8 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team lost two games last week by a combined three points with a 72-71 overtime loss to Binghamton University (Feb. 12) and a 61-59 loss at the University of Hartford (Feb. 15).
- Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 15 points, including the 1,000th of his career, in Saturday’s game at Hartford. Konan made 9 of 10 free throws – all in the second half – for the bulk of his team-high total. Konan entered the game with 999 points, 213 of which he scored with Liberty University. He now has 1,014 career points, including 801 in a UNH uniform.
- Senior guard Jordan Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) made a pair of free throws to give the Wildcats a 62-59 lead with 25 seconds remaining in regulation vs. Binghamton. The Bearcats forced OT by making three foul shots with four seconds to play. UNH scored the initial four points of the extra session, but the Bearcats responded with a 9-4 spurt to take a 71-68 lead with 31 seconds on the clock. Freshman guard Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to tie the score, but BU’s Jordan Reed made the second of two free throws with two seconds remaining to give the visitors the win.
- Bronner scored a game-high 19 points on the strength of 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded a double-double on 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dion added nine points and a career-high nine assists.
- In the game at Hartford, UNH took a 58-56 lead on a Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas) 3-pointer with 2:37 remaining in the second half. Hartford scored four consecutive points to go ahead 60-58 before Konan trimmed the deficit to one point at 1:03; the ‘Cats would get no closer, however.
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 19 (7 p.m.) at home against the University of Vermont. The Wildcats conclude the week as part of a doubleheader vs. UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 22; the men’s game concludes the action at 3:30 p.m.
- Tickets for both games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
GYMNASTICS (6-3 overall, 1-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team recorded a season-high 195.575 points to defeat both Brown University (191.600) and Centenary College (188.600) in a Feb. 15 meet at Lundholm Gym. The meet was featured as Stick It for the Cure against breast cancer.
- New Hampshire, which has eclipsed 195.00 points three consecutive meets, boasted the top three scorers each of the four disciplines.
- Senior co-captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Md.) spearheaded a 48.850 team score on vault with a first-place mark of 9.825. Freshman Meghan Pfleiger (Banreveld, N.Y.; 9.800) placed second, and junior Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) and freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) tied for third at 9.775.
- Sophomore Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) scored a personal-best 9.825 on uneven bars to tie for the top score with junior Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.). Senior Janelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) claimed third place at 9.775.
- Junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) continued her superb season on balance beam with a first-place mark of 9.875. She was followed by Hill (9.800) and Aucoin (9.775).
- Aucoin capped the meet with first place on floor exercise at 9.850. Senior co-captain Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) posted a 9.825 for second place and was followed by Barile in third at 9.800.
- Pfleiger was crowned the all-around champion for the third consecutive meet with a 38.775.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m.) at Towson University with the College of William & Mary.
- 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 (9-20-2 overall, 4-12-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team was swept in a two-game home series by the University of Vermont; the Catamounts left town with 3-2 and 5-1 wins despite UNH’s shot advantages of 47-31 and 39-23, respectively.
- The Wildcats led Saturday’s game 2-0 on second-period goals by Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) and Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario), but UVM tied the game before the second intermission and netted the game-winning goal with 3:36 remaining in regulation.
- UNH also struck first in Sunday’s game, but Vermont tied the score 93 seconds later and led 2-1 at the first intermission. The Catamounts struck three times in the last nine minutes to pull away.
- Gifford scored a goal in both games last weekend to increase her team-leading total to 11. She has a tally in three of the last four games.
- Sophomore goaltender Marie-Eve Jean (Gatineau, Quebec), in her first start since the third game of the season (Oct. 4), made 18 saves in Sunday’s game.
- New Hampshire concludes the regular season with a home-and-home series against Northeastern University with a Feb. 22 game at NU’s Matthews Arena; the teams face off again at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 23; both games begin at 2 p.m.; tickets for UNH’s Senior Day on Sunday are available at the box office or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (17-15-1 overall, 9-8-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team skated to a 4-3 victory against Boston University at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 14. The game scheduled for Feb. 15 at BU was postponed until Feb. 17 (4 p.m.).
- Junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) scored two goals as his third goal gave the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead at 17:40 of the first period and he scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he extended the advantage to 4-2 at 11:41 of the seconds stanza.
- Willows has recorded multiple points three of the past four games. He previously had three points (1g, 2a) Feb. 1 vs. Notre Dame and two (2a) Feb. 7 against Vermont.
- Senior defenseman Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) matched his career highs in both assists and points with a three-assist effort.
- Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded double-digit saves all three periods (12-13-12) to finish with 37 overall.
- Wildcat defensemen Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) and Brett Pesce (xx) rank 1-2 in blocked shots with 76 and 68, respectively.
- UNH enters the week fifth in the Hockey East standings with 18 points; UMass Lowell (22 points), Maine (20) and Northeastern (19) are 2-3-4 in the standings and all three teams have a game in-hand vs. the Wildcats.
- New Hampshire returns to action Monday, Feb. 17 (4 p.m.) at Boston University – the game was postponed from Feb. 15. The Wildcats then close the regular season with a two-game road series at Merrimack College (Feb. 28 and March 1); both games are at 7 p.m.
- The UNH ski team placed sixth at the Williams Carnival that was held Feb. 14-15. The Wildcats compiled 536 points in the 15-team event.
- Sophomore Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) recorded his top finish of the season in the classic races by placing third in the 10K on Saturday. He crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, 19.0 seconds.
- Junior co-captain Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) was the top ‘Cat in the women’s 5K classic with a 12th-place effort of 17:14.6.
- In Saturday’s giant slalom, junior Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) clocked in at 1:44.63 for eighth place in the men’s competition and freshman Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) was UNH’s top finisher in the women’s GS in 11th place (1:47.80).
- On Friday, sophomore Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) skied to fourth place in the women’s slalom with a two-run time of 1:37.76. Freshman Morgan Klein (Oregon ,Wis.) clocked in at 1:40.09 for 11th place and Farrow followed in 12th place at 1:40.15.
- Senior captain Charlie Kidd (Toronto, Ontario) paced the men’s alpine team with a 12th-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:36.44.
- The Nordic competition was a freestyle relay race. The women’s trio of freshman Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont.), sophomore Emily Larson (Boulder Colo.) and classmate Claire Galvin (Minneapolis, Minn.) placed seventh in the 3x5K with a time of 37:45.8.
- UNH’s combination of freshman Rion O’Grady (Sherborn, Mass.), junior Will Meyer (Bozeman, Mont.) and freshman Gavin Hess (Rochester, N.Y.) took 10th place in the 3x5K at 32:39.7.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 21-22 at the EISA Championships, which also serve as the NCAA East Regional, at Middlebury. The alpine events will be at the Snow Bowl and the Nordic races are at Rikert Touring Center.
SWIMMING & DIVING (8-1 overall, 2-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team won the America East Championship for the second consecutive year with a conference-record 877 points in the three-day event that was held Feb. 14-17 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports & Recreation Center.
- The Wildcats collected eight individual victories and won four of five relays to break the record total of 858 they established last year and they have a total of six conference titles. Head coach Josh Willman headlines the UNH staff that was honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the fifth consecutive year and 13th time overall in his 21-year tenure.
- Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was awarded the Dave Alexander Coaches Award (formerly know as the Senior Point Award), which is annually presented to the senior who has accrued the most career points at the America East Championships.
- McCandless medaled in six events, including a first-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the fourth consecutive year with a time of 16 minutes, 46.16 seconds; she became the third student-athlete to win an event four straight years.
- McCandless also won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.33, placed second in the 500 free (4:52.50) and was part of the winning 400 medley and 800 free relays as well as the third-place 200 medley relay squad.
- The 800 free relay quartet of senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine), junior Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), McCandless and senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, British Columbia) shattered the previous pool record by 10.39 seconds with a mark of 7:21.47.
- The combination of Roberts, junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia), McCandless and Bull was first to touch the wall in the 400 medley relay in 3:41.88.
- Mann swept the 200 and 400 individual medley races with conference-record times of 4:12.91 (NCAA B cut time) and 1:59.12, respectively. She also set the 200 breaststroke mark with a timing of 2:10.30 in an individual time trial that ranks 19th in the nation.
- Cooper was victorious in both the 200 and 500 free with respective times of 1:50.24 and 4:52.45.
- Roberts successfully defended her title in the 100 fly with a winning and NCAA B cut time of 53.96 seconds that broke the pool record. She was runner-up in the 200 IM at 1:59.19.
- Bull led a 1-2 finish in the 200 backstroke with a winning and career-best time of 2:00.18. Cooper followed in 2:01.29. Bull was runner-up in the 400 IM at 4:20.06.
- Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Germany) earned an NCAA B cut in the 200 breaststroke with her second-place time of 2:13.56.
- The quartet of freshman Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.), junior Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.), Cooper and Bull was first to touch the wall in the 400 free relay with a time of 23:24.99.
- UNH established a school record in the 200 free relay with a winning time of 1:33.25 compiled by Roberts, Broderick, Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Bull.
- Junior Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) took third place in the 3-meter dive with a score of 222.60 points.
- New Hampshire returns to action at the ECAC Championships on Feb. 28, March 1 & 2 at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.).
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team won seven events at the non-scoring dual meet at the University of Maine on Saturday, Feb. 15.
- Senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) opened the meet by placing first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.81 seconds.
- The Wildcats finished 1-2 in the 800m with junior Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.) recording the fastest time of 2:22.73 followed by junior Lauren Brown (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) at 2:23.65.
- Freshman Rachel Provost (Keene, N.H.) was the fastest runner in the 3,000m with a winning time of 11:04.84.
- Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) captured first place in the 60m hurdles at 8.97 seconds.
- Senior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) was victorious in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 7.75 inches. She placed third in the 60m hurdles (9.40 seconds).
- Freshman Lexie Arbour (Monson, Mass.) won the triple jump with a mark of 34-7.75.
- The Wildcats’ other victory came in the 4x400m relay with the quartet of sophomore Taylor Ordway (Plaistow, N.H.), Lavallee, sophomore Andrea Nash (Hampton, N.H.) and classmate Katherine Hickey (Northfield, N.H.) crossing the finish line in 4:10.05.
- Junior Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) was the runner-up in both the 60m (8.00 seconds) and 200m (26.22).
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 23-24 at the America East Championships, which will be held at the New York Armory (New York, N.Y.).
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team captured five first-place finishes in the Feb. 15 non-scoring dual meet at the University of Maine.
- Freshman Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) led a quartet of ‘Cats who took the top four spots in the 800-meter run. He crossed the finish line in 1 minute, 54.48 seconds and was followed by senior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.; 1:56.98), freshman Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.; 1:57.98) and junior James Anderson (Melrose, Mass.; 1:59.27).
- UNH swept the top three places in the 3,000m with junior Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) leading the way in 8:39.45. Sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) was the runner-up in 8:40.62 and senior John Corona (Middletown, Conn.) was next across the line in 8:46.50.
- Sophomore D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) took first in the 60m hurdles (8.37 seconds), second in the 200m (22.84) and third in the 60m (7.19).
- The Wildcats won both relay events. The quartet of freshman Ross Hardy (North Andover, Mass.), sophomore Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.), sophomore Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) and freshman John Cox (Rome, Ga.) captured the 4x400m in 3:26.08. In the 4x800m, the combination of Poggi, Stys, junior Zachary Chabot (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Jacob Kittredge (Amherst, N.H.) had a winning time of 8:00.78.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 23-24 at the America East Championships, which will be held at the New York Armory (New York, N.Y.).
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.
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.
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.