McCandless, DeSimone: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Weekly Roundup

UNH WEEKLY ROUNDUP

February 21, 2011

DURHAM, N.H.Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) of the women’s swimming & diving team and Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) of the men’s hockey team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Lauren McCandless, women’s swimming & diving

     Lauren, a freshman from Macungie, Pennsylvania, was honored as Women’s Rookie of the Year following the conclusion of the America East Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships that were held at the Germantown Aquatic Center (Boyds, Md.) from Feb. 17-20.

     Lauren captured one individual title, contributed to three other first-place finishes in relays and was part of four school and conference record-breaking efforts. In last Thursday’s opening day of competition, she swam the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay that set school, conference and pool record with a time of 1 minute, 41.70 seconds.

     The rookie also broke a school record in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:52.87 in the preliminary heat; she went on to earn second place in that event at 4:53.84. On Saturday, Lauren swam a leg on the school and conference record-breaking 400 medley relay team that captured first place (3:43.89).

     On the last day of competition, Lauren won the 1,650 freestyle in 16:39.20 to break the school and conference records. She also swam to fourth place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.84.

 

Phil DeSimone, men’s hockey

     Phil, a senior from East Amherst, New York, became the 70th member of the UNH men’s hockey Century Club with the first of his two goals Feb. 18 at the University of Vermont (at 10:37 of the first period). It was his 26th career goal to complement 74 assists. Phil finished with three goals in the two-game series at UVM to increase his career totals to 28 goals and 74 assists for 102 points in 145 games. He is UNH’s active assist leader.

     The pair of goals was part of UNH’s 6-1 victory at Gutterson Fieldhouse and his third tally of the weekend gave the Wildcats a 2-1 second-period lead en route to a 2-2 tie.

     Phil is currently ranked second on the team in assists (26) and third in points (34) to rank eighth nationally in assists per game; in Hockey East stats, he is second in assists and eighth in points.

     In other stats, the forward is third in shots (95) and fourth in plus/minus (+11). He has tallied a point in 18 of 30 games with 11 multiple-point efforts, including his first career multiple-goal game with the two tallies last Friday at UVM.

     His collegiate accolades include 2010 Hockey East All-Academic Team.

WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Paul Atkinson, skiing: EISA Men’s Alpine Skier of the Week

Phil Goumas, men’s hockey: Hockey East Rookie of the Week

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Thursday, February 17

Women’s basketball: at Vermont 58, UNH 47

Women’s swimming & diving: at America East Championships, 1st place (Day 1 of 4)

Friday, February 18

Men’s hockey: #8 UNH 6, at Vermont 1

Women’s swimming & diving: at America East Championships, 3rd place (Day 2 of 4)

Men’s track & field: at America East Championships (Day 1 of 2)

Women’s track & field: at America East Championships (Day 1 of 2)

Skiing: at Middlebury Winter Carnival, 4th place (Day 1 of 2)

Saturday, February 19

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 0, at #7 Boston College 0 (overtime)

Men’s hockey: UNH 2, at Vermont 2 (overtime)

Men’s basketball: at Marist 58, UNH 49

Men’s track & field: at America East Championships, 5th place

Women’s track & field: at America East Championship, 4th place

Skiing: at Middlebury Winter Carnival, 3rd place

Women’s swimming & diving: at America East Championships, 3rd place (Day 3 of 4)

Sunday, February 20

Women’s swimming & diving: at America East Championships 3rd place (Day 4 of 4)

Women’s ice hockey: #7 Boston College 2, at UNH 1

Gymnastics: 3rd place at West Virginia (with Florida, George Washington)

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, February 22

Men’s basketball vs. Maine, 7 pm (Senior Day) (Comcast SportsNet tv)

Wednesday, February 23

Women’s basketball vs. Maine, 7 pm (Senior Day)

Lacrosse at Holy Cross, 4 pm

Friday, February 25

Men’s hockey vs. Northeastern, 7 pm

Gymnastics at Bridgeport, 7 pm

Swimming & diving at ECAC Championships (at University of Pittsburgh)

Men’s track & field at New England Championships (at Track & Tennis Center; Boston)

Women’s track & field at New England Championships (at Track & Tennis Center; Boston)

Saturday, February 26

Swimming & diving at ECAC Championships (at University of Pittsburgh)

Men’s track & field at New England Championships (at Track & Tennis Center; Boston)

Women’s track & field at New England Championships (at Track & Tennis Center; Boston)

Skiing at EISA Championships (Alpine: Sunday River / Nordic: Black Mountain)

Women’s lacrosse at Dartmouth, 12 pm

Women’s basketball at Hartford, 3 pm

Men’s hockey at Northeastern, 7 pm

Sunday, February 27

Swimming & diving at ECAC Championships (at University of Pittsburgh)

Skiing at EISA Championships (Alpine: Sunday River / Nordic: Black Mountain)

Men’s basketball at Hartford, 3 pm (MyTV New England / Connecticut Sports Network)

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (12-15, 6-8 America East)

  • New Hampshire had a break from league action last week and competed in an ESPNU Sears BracketBusters matchup at Marist College. The Wildcats dropped a 58-49 decision to the Red Foxes. 
  • UNH has not yielded 70+ points in a game since Dec. 30, when Virginia Commonwealth netted 78; the ‘Cats have played 15 games since that date. 
  • The Wildcats will recognize three student-athletes who will be playing their last regular-season home game at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 22 vs. Maine. The senior class is comprised of Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.), Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) and James Valladares (Kaufman, Texas). 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (8-18, 5-9 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team lost its only contest last week by a score of 58-47 at Vermont. 
  • Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has been named UNH’s America East Player of the Game each of the last four games and in five of six. 
  • The Wildcats will recognize two student-athletes who will be playing in their last regular-season home game at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 23 vs. Maine. The senior class consists of Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.). 

GYMNASTICS (8-5, 2-3 EAGL)

  • New Hampshire traveled to West Virginia University and finished third in a quad meet against WVU, Florida (the #1 team in the nation) and George Washington. The ‘Cats amassed 194.4 points to place ahead of GWU.
  • UNH had the second-best team score on vault at 49.125. Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for second place with a season high scored of 9.875.
  • Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) tied for fourth place on uneven bars at 9.825.
  • Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was the team’s top all-around performer in fifth place (38.55 points).

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (18-7-5, 16-4-3 Hockey East)

  • UNH played a two-game series at Vermont and returned home with a 6-1 win and 2-2 tie at Gutterson Fieldhouse. With that 6-1 victory last Friday, UNH became the first team to clinch home-ice advantage for the Hockey East quarterfinals; the Wildcats have been host of a quarterfinal series a league-best 15 consecutive seasons.
  • Senior forward Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) became the third UNH skater this season and 70th overall to join the Century Club. He recorded career point 100 with the first of his three goals on the weekend.
  • Linemates Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.; junior) and Kevin Goumas (Lake Worth, Fla.; freshman) both recorded a goal and three assists in the two-game series at UVM. Both skaters tallied three points in the 6-1 victory.
  • Goumas was selected Hockey East Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
  • Junior goalie Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 61 of 64 shots (.953 save percentage) against the Catamounts. He made 40 saves in the 2-2 tie.
 

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-16-2, 7-13-1 Hockey East)

  • New Hampshire gained one point with a 0-0 tie Feb. 19 at seventh-ranked Boston College, but the Wildcats’ 2011 season came to an end the following day with a 2-1 loss at the Whittemore Center against those Eagles. UNH needed a tie or win in the regular-season finale to advance to the postseason
  • Senior goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) made 29 saves to record her 16th career shutout; that total is tied for third on the program’s career leaderboard. She had a .948 save percentage spanning her last nine games.
  • UNH’s penalty kill was perfect in the month of February (31-for-31 in seven games).
  • The six-member Class of 2011 was honored Senior Day (Feb. 20), which marked the last home game for Herman, Julie Allen (Brampton, Ontario), Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario), Raylen Dziegelewski (Southwick, Mass.), Molly Morrison (South Burlington, Vt.) and Courtney Sheary (Melrose, Mass.).
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team, behind a victory in the women’s 3x3 freestyle sprint relay, rallied to a third-place finish at the Middlebury Carnival that was held Feb. 18-19.
  • The trio of Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) and Tasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) completed the 3x3 relay in 32 minutes, 3.5 seconds. In the individual competition, Guiney finished 10th in the women’s 10k free and Egan crossed the finish line two seconds later for 11th place.
  • Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) was named EISA Men’s Alpine Skier of the Week for recording the highest point total at the Middlebury Carnival. He raced to a second-place finish in the slalom and followed that with fifth place in the giant slalom.
  • Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) finished fourth in the men’s and women’s giant slalom, respectively.
  • The alpine squad also had three other top-10 efforts in the slalom. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) was fifth in the men’s race and followed by Clayton in 10th. Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) had the fifth-best time in the women’s slalom.
 

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-1)

  • UNH placed third at the America East Championships, which were held Feb. 17-20 at UMBC. Head coach Josh Willman and his staff were honored as America East Coaching Staff of the Year for the second consecutive year and 11th time in Willman’s 18-year tenure at UNH. 
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was honored as Women’s Rookie of the Year. She captured one individual title and had three record-breaking swims and also contributed to three first-place finishes and four record-breaking efforts. She was second in the 500-yard freestyle and swam a school-record 4:52.87 in the preliminaries. On the final day of competition, she won the 1650 freestyle with a school/conference mark of 16:39.20. 
  • Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) earned the Coaches Award, which is presented to a senior who recorded the most career points at the America East Championship. She broke the school/conference record in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning time of 2 minutes, 1.99 seconds. On the third day of competition, she raced to second place in the 100 butterfly (55.11). One day later, Perrault swam won the 200 backstroke with a school/conference record 1:57.98. 
  • UNH led the standings following the first day of competition, when the Wildcats broke two school and conference records. The quartet of Perrault, Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario), Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) and Sydney Tribou (Belle Island, Fla.) won the 800-yard freestyle relay with a school/conference record time of 7:19.79. The ‘Cats also won the 200 medley relay with a school/conference/pool record of 1:41.70; Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wis.), McCandless, Perrault and Reed combined to accomplish that feat. 
  • Nahin broke a school/conference record in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.48 to win the event. 
  • Perrault, McCandless, Wollenzien and Nahin completed the 400 medley relay with a winning time of 3:43.89 that broke the school and conference records. Perrault broke the school/conference records with a leadoff swim of 54.34 in the 100 backstroke.
  • Little was the first competitor to touch the wall in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:15.50.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • UNH finished fifth at the America East Men’s Indoor Track & Field that was held Feb. 18-19 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) won an individual title with a leap of 6 feet-8.25 inches in the high jump.
  • Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) finished second in the shot put one day after placing fourth in the weight throw.
  • The 4x800 relay team of Kevin Greene, Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.), Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and Jake McDougle (Walpole, N.H.) placed second. Dinnan was the third-fastest runner in the mile.
  • Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) and Dan Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) both had a second-place effort in the opening day of competition. DeTurk was runner-up in the weight throw and Decrescenzo placed second in the 5,000 meters.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • New Hampshire finished fourth at the 2011 America East Indoor Track & Field Championship that was held Feb. 18-19 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) captured the individual title in the pole vault for the third consecutive season at a height of 12 feet-3.50 inches.
  • Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.) also won an individual title. She was the fastest runner in the 500 meters with a timem of 1 minutes, 15.48 seconds.
  • Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) was the third-fastest runner in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16 minutes, 34.81 seconds and was the fourth runner to cross the finish line in the 3,000m (9:38.69).
  • Jacky Mendes (Datyon, Maine) was the runner-up in the pentathlon with 3,485 points.
  • Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) placed second in the 800m with a time of 2 minutes, 12.68 seconds.
  • Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished third in the triple jump (40 feet-1.25 inches) as well as seventh in the long jump (18-1.75).
  • Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) placed third in the weight throw with a mark of 50-6.25.
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) ran to third place in the 1,000m (2:55.83) and Chelsey Canavan (Stoneham, Mass.) placed fifth in the 400m (57.25).
  • The 4x400m relay team of Canavan, Donohue, Kwiecien and Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) combined for third place with a time of 3:54.13.
 

FALL SEASON WRAPUP

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • UNH wrapped up the 2010 season with a 12th-place finish at the ICAAAA Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 20; 20 teams competed at the meet.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • UNH concluded the 2010 season with a 14th-place finish at the ECAC Championships, which were held Nov. 20 at Van Cortlandt Park; 23 teams competed at the meet.
 

FIELD HOCKEY (14-7 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • UNH completed the 2010 season with a 14-7 record following a 2-1 overtime loss to Albany in the America East championship game on Oct. 6. The 14 victories marked the highest single-season total since the ’00 squad also had 14 wins.
  • Junior forward Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was named to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Second Team. It marks the second consecutive year a Wildcat was honored as an All-American.
 

FOOTBALL (8-5 overall, 5-3 CAA)

  • The 10th-ranked UNH football team was defeated 16-3 by fifth-ranked University of Delaware in an NCAA quarterfinal at Delaware Stadium on Dec. 10.
  • Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) was named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was also named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.

MEN’S SOCCER (9-5-6 overall, 2-3-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team concluded the 2010 season with a tie in the America East championship game at UMBC. The Wildcats and Retrievers battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime, then UMBC won the title by virtue of a 5-3 edge on penalty kicks.
 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-8-4 overall, 4-3-1 America East)

  • UNH’s 2010 season came to an end with the fifth-seeded Wildcats’ 2-1 loss at fourth-seeded Albany in the America East quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
 

VOLLEYBALL (10-17 overall, 5-7 America East)

  • UNH ended the 2010 season on a high note with a 3-2 come-from-behind win at UMBC on Nov. 12. UNH has reached double digits in wins five of the last six seasons.
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