Coia, Willows: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE

February 24, 2014

DURHAM, N.H.Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) of the women’s basketball team and Matt Willows (Congers, 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 the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Corinne Coia, women’s basketball

     Corinne, a sophomore from North Smithfield, R.I., helped lead the UNH women’s basketball team to last week’s victories against the University of Vermont (71-50) and UMass Lowell (78-71). She recorded her fifth career double-double with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds against UML. The 6-foot-4 forward began the week with 12 points in just 13 minutes at UVM.

     In the game vs. UMass Lowell, Corinne scored 21 points in the second half on 9 of 10 shooting from the floor and 3 of 4 from the foul line to help the Wildcats erase a 38-31 halftime deficit. The ‘Cats trailed 48-44 with 13 minutes to play when she singlehandedly outscored the River Hawks 15-8 to lift UNH to a 59-56 lead that was not relinquished.

     At UVM, Corinne made all four field goal attempts and shot 4-for-6 from the foul line for 12 points for a very economical 13 minutes played.

     Corinne is averaging a team-high 12.2 points per game and she ranks third in rebounding (5.9 rpg). She also leads the ‘Cats in field goal percentage at 48.8% with 119 field goals on 244 attempts.

     In 13 America East conference games, Corinne is averaging 12.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg with a 52.6% field goal percentage.

     Corinne has scored in double digits in 20 of 26 games. She recorded her first career double-double Nov. 25 vs. Colgate University with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Her other highlights include 19 points and 11 rebounds Dec. 22 against Boston University.

     Corinne redshirted the 2013 season after transferring from the University of Rhode Island as a freshman in 2012, when she ranked third on the team in points (207), field goal percentage (.407) and rebounds (107).

 

Matt Willows, men’s hockey

     Matt, a junior from Congers, N.Y., scored five goals to lead the UNH men’s hockey team to a season sweep of Boston University. He recorded his second hat trick of the season to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 victory at Boston University on Feb. 17. One game earlier, the forward scored twice to propel the ‘Cats past the Terriers, 4-3, at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 14.

     Matt erased UNH’s 1-0 deficit at Agganis Arena with an even-strength goal at 12:37 of the first period and gave the Wildcats a (2-1) lead they would not relinquish with a shorthanded tally at 11:49 of the second stanza. Matt capped the scoring and secured the victory on an empty-net goal with 1:17 remaining in regulation.

     In the home win, Matt scored the last of three consecutive New Hampshire goals at 17:40 of the first period. His next goal gave the Wildcats a 4-2 lead midway through the second stanza and proved to be the game-winning goal.

     Matt leads the team and is third in Hockey East in goals (18). He is also atop UNH’s leaderboard in plus/minus (+23), game-winning goals (six), shorthanded goals (two) and shots (109). In other stats, Matt is tied for second on the team in both points (32) and power-play goals (five).

     The junior has tallied a point in 21 of 34 games with eight multiple-point efforts and that includes 10 points (6g, 4a) the past five games. His other season highlights include a hat trick vs. Nebraska Omaha (Jan. 4) and a three-point effort (1g, 2a) against Notre Dame.

     As a freshman in 2012, he played in 20 games and tallied three points, all on assists. Then as a sophomore, Matt recorded eight goals and five points for 13 points in 29 games; he was honored as UNH’s Most Improved Player. His three-year career totals are 26 goals and 23 assists for 89 points in 83 games.

RECENT RESULTS

Monday, February 17

Men’s hockey: UNH 3, at Boston University 1

Wednesday, February 19

Women’s basketball: UNH 71, at Vermont 50

Men’s basketball: Vermont 79, at UNH 44

Thursday, February 20

Women’s lacrosse: at No. 13 Boston College 17, UNH 8

Friday, February 21

Skiing: 4th place at EISA Championships (at Middlebury) [Day 1 of 2]

Saturday, February 22

Women’s lacrosse: Dartmouth 15, UNH 7

Women’s basketball: at UNH 78, UMass Lowell 71

Men’s basketball: UMass Lowell 58, at UNH 52

Women’s ice hockey: at Northeastern 5, UNH 4

Gymnastics: 1st place (194.125 pts) at Towson with William & Mary

Skiing: 5th place at EISA Championships (at Middlebury) [Day 2 of 2]

Sunday, February 23

Women’s ice hockey: Northeastern 4, at UNH 2

Women’s track & field: 3rd at America East Championships (at New York, NY)

Men’s track & field: 7th at America East Championships (at New York, NY)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.]

Wednesday, February 26

Women’s basketball vs. Albany, 7 pm

Thursday, February 27

Men’s basketball at Albany, 7 pm

Friday, February 28

Women’s track & field at New England Championships, 12 pm (at Boston U.)

Men’s track & field at New England Championships, 12 pm (at Boston U.)

Women’s ice hockey at Boston College, 7 pm (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Men’s ice hockey at Merrimack, 7 pm

Saturday, March 1

Women’s basketball vs. Maine, 1 pm [TV: FOX College Sports]

Women’s lacrosse vs. Lehigh, 1 pm

Women’s track & field at New England Championships, 12 pm (at Boston U.)

Men’s track & field at New England Championships, 12 pm (at Boston U.)

Women’s swim & dive at ECAC Championships (at Navy)

Men’s ice hockey at Merrimack, 7 pm

Sunday, March 2

Women’s swim & dive at ECAC Championships (at Navy)

Men’s basketball at Maine, 2 pm

Monday, March 3

Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7 pm

     [at Buffalo Wild Wings, Fox Run Mall, Newington, N.H.]

Gymnastics at George Washington w/Maryland, 7 pm

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (18-9 overall, 12-2 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team extended its win streak to four games by defeating Vermont, 71-50, on the road Feb. 19 and then beating UMass Lowell, 78-71, at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 22.
  • UNH’s 18 overall wins and 12 conference wins are the most for the team since finishing 19-8 and 13-5 in 1999.
  • Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season (and her career) with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds against UMass Lowell. She scored 21 points in the second half on 9 of 10 shooting from the floor and 3 of 4 from the foul line to help the Wildcats erase a 38-31 halftime deficit. The ‘Cats trailed 48-44 with 13 minutes remaining when she singlehandedly outscored the River Hawks 15-8 to lift UNH to a 59-56 lead it did not relinquish.
  • Coia scored 12 points in just 13 minutes at Vermont.
  • Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) netted 22 points against UMass Lowell in the strength of three 3-poiners and 7 of 8 shooting from the foul line.
  • Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) finished with seven points and nine rebounds vs. UML. She scored 11 points at UVM.
  • Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) tallied eight points, six rebounds and three blocks against the River Hawks. Earlier in the week against Vermont, Kilpatrick scored a season-high 17 points and pulled down six rebounds.
  • Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) recorded a game-high seven assists vs. UMass Lowell.
  • The Wildcats rank No. 2 in the America East conference in scoring defense (58.3 ppg), defensive field goal percentage (.366), free throw percentage (.730). They lead the league in defensive 3-point FG percentage (.278).
  • New Hampshire concludes the regular season this week with home games against Albany (Feb. 26, 7 p.m.) and Maine (March 1, 1 p.m.) in a Senior Day game televised on FOX College Sports.
  • Tickets for both games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-21 overall, 4-10 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team lost home games to the University of Vermont (79-44 on Feb. 19) and UMass Lowell (58-52 on Feb. 22).
  • Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds against UMass Lowell; it marked his 10th career double-double. Pelcher leads the team in scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg), as well as blocks per game (2.5).
  • Freshman guard Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) hit a 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining in the second half to give the Wildcats a 50-49 lead. Pelcher lifted the ‘Cats within 54-52 with 21 seconds on the clock.
  • New Hampshire concludes the regular season this week with road games against Albany (Feb. 27, 7 p.m.) and Maine (March 2, 2 p.m.).
 

GYMNASTICS (8-3 overall, 2-2 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team recorded a winning score of 194.125 points in a Saturday, Feb. 22 dual meet against College of William & Mary (192.300) and host school Towson University (190.275).
  • Freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) earned a share of first place in both vault (9.800) and floor exercise (9.850).
  • The Wildcats opened the meet on balance beam and were led by junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) with a second-place mark of 9.700.
  • Senior co-captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) tied for first on vault (9.800) for third on floor exercise by matching her career best of 9.825. She also placed fourth on the uneven bars (9.750).
  • Freshman Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) took first place on uneven bars with a career-high 9.825.
  • Junior Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) placed second on the bars at 9.800.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Monday, March 3 at George Washington University. The University of Maryland will also be competing.
  • The Wildcats’ next home meet is Saturday, March 8 (4 p.m.) against Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport.
  • 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 (9-22-2 overall, 4-15-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team concluded the regular season with a home-and-home sweep by Northeastern University. NU prevailed 5-4 on home ice Feb. 22 and then spoiled UNH’s Senior Day with a 4-2 win in the Feb. 23 regular-season finale.
  • Senior forward Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) matched her career high of two goals Saturday and then tallied an assist Sunday.
  • Junior forward Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) scored a goal in both games. She has recorded a point five of the last seven games.
  • Freshman goaltender Ashley Wilkes (North Pole, Alaska) recorded a career-high 28 saves at Matthews Arena. She exited the game with the score tied 3-3 after two periods.
  • Hitchcock, Arielle O’Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) and captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) all played in their final game at the Whittmore Center on Sunday and were honored in a Senior Day pre-game ceremony.
  • New Hampshire travels to play top-seeded Boston College in a Hockey East quarterfinal game on Friday, Feb. 28 (7 p.m.). The Wildcats went 1-2-0 against BC this season with a 3-1 road win Oct. 16, when the Eagles were ranked No. 2.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (18-15-1 overall, 10-8-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team completed its season sweep of Boston University last Monday (Feb. 17) with a 3-1 win at Agganis Arena.
  • Junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) recorded his second hat trick of the season with three goals at BU. He leveled the score at 12:37 of the first period, netted a shorthanded goal at 11:49 of the second stanza and capped the scoring on an empty-net goal with 1:17 remaining in regulation.
  • Willows has recorded multiple points four of the past five games. He previously had three points (1g, 2a) Feb. 1 vs. Notre Dame, two (2a) Feb. 7 against Vermont and two (2g) Feb. 14 vs. Boston U.
  • Senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) tallied two assists at BU to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games (3g, 9a).
  • New Hampshire concludes the regular season this weekend with a two-game series at Merrimack College on Feb. 28 and March 1. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
  • The Wildcats enter the final weekend of the regular season tied for fifth in the Hockey East standings with Providence College at 20 points. The Wildcats can finish as high as second (currently UMass Lowell, 23 pts); the ‘Cats can also pass Northeastern (22) and Maine (21).
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team placed fifth at the EISA Championships, which also serve as the NCAA East Regionals, held Feb. 21-22 at Middlebury College.
  • At the conclusion of the meet, Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) was named Nordic Rookie of the Year and was one of five Wildcats named to the All-East Second Team.
  • Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) were the other Nordic skiers who garnered Second Team recognition. Alpine skiers Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) also received that honor.
  • Oliver earned fourth place in Friday’s men’s slalom with a two-run time of 1 minute, 37.72 seconds.
  • Fosnaes placed fifth in the men’s 10K classic Nordic race on Friday by completing the course in 28 minutes, 41.5 seconds. He followed that with 13th place in the 20K free with a time of 45:45.6.
  • The women’s Nordic contingent was led in the 5K classic by Larusson in 10th place (17:53.8) and Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont.) in 13th at 18:02.7.
  • On the second day of racing, Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) raced to sixth place in the men’s giant slalom with a combined time of 1:56.08 for his top GS finish of the 2014 season.
  • Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) was the top ‘Cat in the women’s giant slalom in 11th place (2:01.74).
  • Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) matched that finish of 11th place in the women’s 15K freestyle with a time of 41:03.3. Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) was next across the finish line for 12th place in 41:11.1.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 5-8 at the NCAA Skiing Championships, which is hosted by the University of Utah.
 

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.
  • 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 posted two school-record times compiled 33 points on the opening day of the America East Championships on Sunday, Feb. 23 at The Armory (New York, N.Y.).
  • The distance medley relay squad of Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.), Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) and Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) crossed the finish line in a record time of 11 minutes, 31.55 seconds;
  • Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) sprinted to a school-record time of 7.56 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash to advance to Monday’s finals. Perrodin also advanced to the 200m dash with a 25.32 clocking in the prelims.
  • Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) was runner-up in the weight throw with a personal-best effort of 15.86m.
  • Three ‘Cats placed in the top eight of the 5,000m. Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) was the second-fastest runner with a time of 17:11.09. Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) placed seventh in 17:41.41 and was followed by Amber Short (Keene, N.H.) in eighth at 17:43.85.
  • Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed seventh in the pentathlon and also advanced to the 60m-hurdles finals with a personal-best time of 8.87 in the preliminaries.
  • Bryn Estes (Lebanon, N.H.) was the eighth-place finisher in the pole vault with a cleared height of 3.00m.
  • Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) took eighth in the long jump with a measurement of 5.23m.
  • New Hampshire concludes the America East Championships on Monday, Feb. 24 at The Armory (New York, N.Y.).

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team ended the first day of the America East Championships, which took place Feb. 23 at The Armory (New York, N.Y.)  in seventh place with nine points.
  • Two Wildcats placed in the top five of the 5,000-meter race. Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) posted a time of 14 minutes, 54.50 seconds to take fourth place and he was followed by Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) in fifth at 14:55.63.
  • George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) placed third in the weight throw with a toss of 18.00m and teammate Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) took eighth at 16.65m – both were personal bests.
  • Three ‘Cats qualified for the 400m finals with a top-nine finish in the preliminaries. Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) was the top qualifier at 48.88 seconds. John Cox (Rome, Ga.) posted the sixth-fastest time (49.49) and Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) qualified in ninth (49.94).
  • D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) recorded the second-fastest time of 8.33 seconds in the 60m hurdles to advance to the final heat.
  • Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) advanced to the final of the 500m with a time of 1:05.13.
  • Daniel Johnson (Lancaster, N.H.) is fourth following the first day of competition in the heptathlon.
  • New Hampshire concludes the America East Championships on Monday, Feb. 24 at The 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.

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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