Gray, Konan: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP

February 25, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y) of the women’s gymnastics 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.

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Kayla Gray, gymnastics

     Kayla, a sophomore from Buffalo, New York, recorded career highs on vault, floor exercise and all-around, matched her personal best uneven-bar score and registered a team-leading balance beam mark to lead the UNH gymnastics team to third place at West Virginia's Wendy M. Roach Invitational Quad-Meet on Feb. 24.

     Kayla set the tone on the balance beam with a third-place mark of 9.850. On the Wildcats’ next rotation, she helped the ‘Cats record their top floor exercise score of the season (49.225) with a judgment of 9.875 that tied for fifth place overall.

     Kayla recorded a career high in the second consecutive event with a 9.725 on vault. She closed the meet by matching her career high uneven bars score of 9.800 to share fifth place. Kayla placed second in the all-around with a total of 39.250 that was just one-tenth behind the all-around champion.

     Earlier this season, Kayla recorded a team-high 9.750 and was in second place overall on the balance beam in a quad-meet at Maryland. On Feb. 3 against George Washington and Yale, she was once again the top ‘Cat on beam with a winning mark of 9.875. She also had a first-place mark of 9.875 in a January tri-meet against Brown and Temple.

     Kayla made her season debut on floor exercise Jan. 18 and equaled her personal best of 9.850 to earl second place and help the Wildcats defeat then-No. 19 N.C. State. She opened the 2013 season Jan. 6 with a first-place score of 9.875 on the uneven bars.

     Last year as a freshman, Kayla earned a spot on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on balance beam (second place) and Second Team on floor exercise (16th place). She was named to the All-EAGL First Team on beam for her body of work through the year, and Kayla was also named to the EAGL All-Academic Team.

     Her first-year highlights included first place on the beam with a personal-best tying 9.9 and tie for fifth place on the floor with a season-high 9.85 at the UNH Invitational. In a quad-meet at Penn, Kayla won the beam and tied for first on floor.

 

Patrick Konan, men’s basketball

     Patrick, a junior from Gainesville, Florida, netted a team-high 18 points – including nine consecutive second-half points on three 3-pointers – to propel the UNH men’s basketball team to a 68-56 victory against Binghamton University on Feb. 23.

     The 6-foot-6 forward shot 7 of 14 from the floor, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range, and pulled down eight rebounds to garner UNH’s America East Player of the Game. The Wildcats trailed 45-42 with nine minutes remaining in the second half when Patrick drilled three consecutive 3-pointers from the top-left side to give the ‘Cats a 51-45 lead at 7:22 as UNH closed the game on a 28-11 run. In the second half, he recorded 14 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes.

     Earlier in the week (Feb. 20) at Hartford, Patrick made all three 3-point field goal attempts as part of an 11-point effort; he also tallied seven rebounds.

     On Feb. 13 vs. UMBC, he led UNH to a 92-86 overtime victory at home with a game- and career-high 22 points; he made 7 of 8 field goals and went 6-for-8 from the foul line and recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.

     Patrick pulled down a season- and career-high 13 rebounds and scored 11 points Jan. 19 against Boston U. at Lundholm Gym. He recorded his first double-double of the season in the second game with 14 points and 11 rebounds at Dartmouth (Nov. 13).

     After sitting out the 2010-11 season due to NCAA transfer regulations – Patrick played the 2009-10 season at Liberty University – he played in all 29 games with 28 starts as a sophomore in 2011-12. He averaged 9.7 points per game and ranked second on the team in rebounds with 168, and he was sixth in America East in 3-point field goal percentage (.378).

     As a freshman at Liberty, Patrick started 24 of the 31 games in which he played and led the team in field goal percentage (.542); he also ranked third in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and fourth in scoring (6.9 ppg).

 
 

RECENT RESULTS

Wednesday, February 20

Women’s basketball: at UNH 51, Hartford 49

Men’s basketball: at Hartford 49, UNH 44

Women’s ice hockey: at #4 Boston U. 6, UNH 0

Friday, February 22

Women’s track & field: at New England Championships (Day 1 of 2)

Men’s track & field: at New England Championships (Day 1 of 2)

Men’s ice hockey: #5 UNH 4, at Vermont 3

Skiing: 4th place at EISA Championship (Day 1 of 2)

Saturday, February 23

Women’s lacrosse: #14 UMass 18, at UNH 9

Men’s basketball: at UNH 68, Binghamton 56

Women’s basketball: Binghamton 55, at UNH 42

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 2, Maine 2 (overtime- tie)

Women’s track & field: 10th place (36 teams) at New England Championships

Men’s track & field : 11th place (31 teams) at New England Championships

Men’s ice hockey: #5 UNH 1, at Vermont 1 (overtime- tie)

Skiing: 3rd place at EISA Championship

Sunday, February 24

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 2 Maine 1

Gymnastics: 3rd place (194.875) at West Virginia with Michigan and Towson

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, February 25

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

     at Buffalo Wild Wings (Newington, N.H.)

Wednesday, February 27

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

Women’s lacrosse at Dartmouth, 3 pm

Thursday, February 28

Men’s basketball at Albany, 7 pm

Friday, March 1

Men’s ice hockey vs. UMass, 7:30 pm (TV: WBIN & FOX College Sports)

Women’s swim & dive at ECAC Championships [at Harvard] (Day 1 of 3)

Saturday, March 2

Women’s ice hockey vs. Providence, 1 pm (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Gymnastics- UNH Invitational vs. Towson, Yale and Brown, 4 pm

Men’s ice hockey vs. UMass, 7 pm (TV: WBIN & FOX College Sports)

Women’s swim & dive at ECAC Championships [at Harvard] (Day 2 of 3)

Women’s track & field at ECAC Championships, 12 pm [at BU] (Day 1 of 2)

Men’s track & field at IC4A Championships, 12 pm [at BU] (Day 1 of 2)

Women’s basketball at Maine, 12pm

Sunday, March 3

Men’s basketball vs. Maine, 1 pm (Senior Day)

Women’s swim & dive at ECAC Championships [at Harvard] (Day 3 of 3)

Women’s track & field at ECAC Championships, 12 pm [at BU] (Day 2 of 2)

Men’s track & field at IC4A Championships, 12 pm [at BU] (Day 2 of 2)

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (8-18 overall, 4-10 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team went 1-1 last week with a 49-44 loss at Hartford (Feb. 20) and 68-56 home win against Binghamton (Feb. 23).
  • Junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a team-high 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting from the floor and pulled down eight rebounds to propel the Wildcats past Binghamton. He was named UNH’s America East Player of the Game.
  • Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in the win against the Bearcats.
  • Junior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) scored a career-high 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the floor – all from 3-point range – vs. Binghamton.
  • Konan hit three consecutive 3-pointers and Morris hit a pair of 3s during UNH’s decisive 17-1 second-half run that gave the Wildcats a 57-46 lead with 5:38 remaining.
  • Senior point guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored a game-high 16 points at Hartford. Konan shot 4 of 8 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, to finish with 11 points against the Hawks; he also had a team-high seven rebounds while junior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded a career-high five blocks.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 28 (7 p.m.) at the University at Albany. The Wildcats conclude the regular season with a Senior Day home game against Maine on March 3 (1 p.m.).
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (10-16 overall, 5-9 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team split a pair of home games last week. The Wildcats were 51-49 victors against Hartford on Feb. 20, then lost 55-42 to Binghamton on Feb. 23.
  • New Hampshire closed the Hartford game with a 12-5 run the last 4:30 of the game to rally for the two-point victory. The Wildcats transformed a 44-39 deficit into a 48-44 lead with a 9-0 run spanning nearly four minutes.
  • Junior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) led three ‘Cats in double figures against Hartford with a game-high 15 points. She made 4 of 7 field goal attempts, including both shots from 3-point range. Hogan followed that with 12 points, including 6-for-7 from the foul line, against Binghamton.
  • Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) nearly recorded a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds vs. Hartford.
  • Senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) scored a game-high 13 points in 29 minutes off the bench against Binghamton.
  • New Hampshire plays its final regular-season home game Feb. 27 against Albany. The Senior Day game tips off at 7 p.m. The Wildcats close the regular season March 2 (12 p.m.) at Maine.
 

GYMNASTICS (10-5 overall, 5-2 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team recorded a score of 194.875 – the team’s top road mark this season – to defeat EAGL rival Towson University (193.150) in a third-place finish at West Virginia’s Wendy M. Roach Invitational Quad-Meet. Third-ranked Michigan won the meet with a team score of 196.925 and the 25th-ranked host school tallied a 196.550 for second place.
  • Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) recorded career highs on vault (9.725), floor exercise (9.875; fifth place) and all-around (39.250; second place), matched her personal best uneven bar score (9.800; fifth place) and registered a team-leading balance beam mark (9.850; third place).
  • UNH recorded its highest floor exercise score of the season at 49.225. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.), Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Gray tied for fifth place. The 9.875 marked a personal best for Rudiger and Barile equaled her career high with that score.
  • Barile stuck her vault for a personal best and team-high 9.875.
  • Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) recorded a personal-best 9.725 on the beam to match the score of teammate Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.). Fobes recorded the team’s second-highest score on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.775).
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 2 (4 p.m.) in the UNH Invitational against Towson, Brown and Yale. It will be the Senior Day meet for Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.), Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.), Becca Marrama (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Fobes.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (17-8-5 overall, 12-7-4 Hockey East)

  • The fifth-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team took three of a possible four points last weekend with a 4-3 win and 1-1 tie at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats climbed into a three-way tie atop the Hockey East standings.
  • UNH has secured a berth in Hockey East postseason play for a league-record 25th straight season. The Wildcats can finish no lower than sixth in the standings.
    • Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) recorded a goal and three assists at UVM. He netted the team’s only goal in Saturday’s 1-1 tie. van Riemsdyk recorded his fourth multiple-assist effort of the season Feb. 22 with three assists.
    • Senior forward Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) matched a career high of two goals in the Feb. 22 victory at UVM. He is having a breakout season with 13 goals, including six power-play tallies, and three multiple-goal efforts.
    • Sophomore forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) scored goals in back-to-back games with a tally at Boston College (Feb. 17) and at UVM (Feb. 22). His power-play goal was the game-winning tally at Vermont.
    • New Hampshire returns to action March 1 (7:30 p.m.) against UMass. The teams complete the two-game series at the Whittemore Center on March 2 (7 p.m.). Both games will be televised live on WBIN and FOX College Sports.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-15-4 overall, 10-8-3 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team ended the regular season in fourth place of the Hockey East standings and the Wildcats will play host to Providence College in a March 2 quarterfinal game at the Whittemore Center; game time is 1 p.m.
  • New Hampshire went 1-0-2 vs. PC this season, including a 6-4 road win on Feb. 15 and 3-3 tie at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 17. The teams also skated to a 2-2 tie at PC on Nov. 11.
  • The ‘Cats closed the regular season with a three-point weekend at home against Maine. They skated to a 2-2 tie Feb. 23 and then prevailed 2-1 on Senior Day (Feb. 24).
  • Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario), Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) and Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) all had a multiple-point weekend. Armstrong and Crossley both recorded a goal and an assist while Horn tallied two assists.
  • Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) stopped 51 of 54 shots for a 1.44 GAA and .944 save percentage. She finished with the second best GAA (2.06) and save percentage (.915) in league action.
  • UNH closed with a 4-1-2 record in the last seven games of the regular season.
  • The Wildcats are the only Hockey East team to defeat both top-seeded Boston U. and second-seeded Boston College this season. The ‘Cats also have a win against third-seeded Northeastern.
  • Horn and fellow seniors Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.), Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario), Paige Goloubef (Oakville, Ontario), Katie Kleinendorst (Vestal, N.Y.) and Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) were recognized prior to Sunday’s game, which was the last regular-season home game.
  • New Hampshire plays at Boston College on Feb. 20 (7 p.m.) and then ends the regular season with a two-game home series vs. Maine on Feb. 23-24; both games are at 2 p.m.

LACROSSE (0-2, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team was defeated 18-9 by 14th-ranked UMass in the Feb. 23 home opener at Memorial Field.
  • After falling behind 4-1, the Wildcats rallied to tie the score on consecutive goals by Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.), Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) and Hannah Wohltmann (Towson, Md.). UMass closed the first half with a 4-0 run, however, and UNH never pulled even in the second half.
  • McHoul, a freshman attack, scored the first goal of her career and finished with a team-high three goals.
  • Simpson, a senior attack, tied McHoul with a team-high three points on two goals and an assist. Simpson is approaching 100 career points; she currently has 92 (74g, 18a).
  • Sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) extended her team-leading point-scoring streak to six games with an assist vs. UMass.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 27 (3 p.m.) at Dartmouth College. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 19 (2 p.m.) vs. Columbia University.

 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team rallied to a third-place finish at the EISA Championships that were hosted by Bates College on Feb. 22-23. The Wildcats were in fourth place following the first day of competition but totaled 690 points overall to edge Middlebury College by one point in the final standings.
  • The All-East teams were announced following the conclusion of the EISA Championships. A total of three UNH women’s Nordic skiers were honored as Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) was named to the First Team and Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) earned Second Team recognition.
  • Three alpine skiers were also honored. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) was named to the men’s First Team whereas Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) were men’s and women’s Second Team selections, respectively.
  • Oliver finished fourth in Saturday’s men’s slalom race to spearhead UNH to a team runner-up finish. Oliver completed his two runs in 1 minute, 59.57 seconds.
  • Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) raced to fourth place in Friday’s men’s giant slalom (2:35.36) and sixth place in the slalom (2:00.12).
  • Coffey completed UNH’s slalom scoring in seventh place (2:00.23). One day earlier, he raced to fifth place in the giant slalom at 2:35.41.
    • Teschner had a two-run aggregate time of 2:02.73 and fourth-place finish overall in the women’s slalom.
    • Guiney skied to a sixth-place finish in both Nordic events. She completed the 10K freestyle mass start competition in 28:58.6 on Saturday. One day earlier, Guiney completed the 5K classic course in 15:33.0.
    • Caldwell Bean capped her EISA career with a ninth-place time of 29:10.8 in the 10K free. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) took 14th place with a time of 29:53.7.
    • The men’s Nordic team had a strong showing in Friday’s 10K classic. Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) crossed the finish line in 28:28.9 for 12th place, followed by Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) in 13th and Perry Thomas (Rindge, N.H.) with a career-high 17th place effort.
    • UNH returns to action.
 

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-2 overall, 2-1 America East)

  • The UNH women’s swimming & diving team won the America East Championship for the fifth time in school history with a conference record 858 points. The meet was held Feb. 14-17 at the University of Maine’s Stanley M Wallace Pool.
  • UNH's 858 points shattered its own previous AE championship mark of 832.5 points, which was set in 1998 when the University won its first title. University of Maryland, Baltimore County finished in second place with 818.5 points.
  • Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) was named the America East Outstanding Swimmer of the Year while head coach Josh Willman led a staff that was named America East Coaches of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 1-3 at the ECAC Championships, which will be held at Harvard University.
 

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team finished in 11th place out of 31 teams that competed at the New England Championships that were held Feb. 22-23 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Junior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) finished as runner-up in the finals of the 1,000 meters as he crossed the finish line in an IC4A-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 24.43 seconds. Greene placed third overall in the event and won the mile two weeks ago at the America East Championships.
  • Senior David Gervais (Nashua, N.H.) was also among the top finishers in the 1,000 meters as he placed fifth overall in a time of 2:27.86 to qualify for the IC4A Championships.
  • The Wildcats' 4x800 meter relay team of sophomores James Anderson (Melrose, Mass.), Timothy Brown (Southington, Conn.) and Dean Bhatt (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Greene finished third overall in an IC4A-qualifying time of 7:38.29.
  • In the field, senior Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) tied for 10th in the high jump with a cleared height of 6-feet, 04.25 inches.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 2-3 at the IC4A Championships, which will be held at BU’s Track & Tennis Center.
 

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team placed 10th out of 36 teams competing at the New England Championships that were held Feb. 22-23 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) placed second overall in the mile as she crossed the finish line in a time of 4:45.25 to qualify for the ECAC Championships.
  • The distance medley relay squad of senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.), sophomore Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) and juniors Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) finished fourth in a time of 11:36.04 to break the program's previous record set in 2002 (11:39.29).
  • Twombly also added a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meters in an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:49.99.
  • Freshman Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) continued her impressive rookie campaign with a fourth-place finish in finals of the 60 meters, running in a time of 7.69.
  • Senior Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) finished seventh overall in the 5,000 meters in a time of 7:37.07.
  • The Wildcats' 4x800 meter relay team of senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.), sophomore Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.), freshmen Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) and junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) placed sixth overall with a time of 9:18.34.
  • In the field, senior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) took ninth in the long jump with a leap 17-07.50
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 2-3 at the ECAC Championships, which will be held at BU’s Track & Tennis Center.
 
 

AMERICA EAST FALL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL

     The UNH athletic department led the America East conference with 108 student-athletes named to the Fall Academic Honor Roll, as announced by the conference on Feb. 1. Additionally, 44 of those Wildcats received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll; that marked the second most in the conference.

     This marked the fourth consecutive year UNH had the highest number of representatives on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll. The Wildcats led the conference in 2011 (96), 2010 (95) and 2009 (86). In 2008, the 'Cats had the second highest total of 82.

     Of the 145 student-athletes that participate in America East sports in the Fall, 108 achieved the mark of 3.0 or higher, totaling 75 percent of the athletes. That mark gave the Wildcats the third ranking in percentage of honored athletes.

     The Wildcats led the way in four sports -- men’s cross country (23 honor roll/15 commissioner’s honor roll), women’s cross country (31/29), field hockey (15/7) and volleyball (13/7).

 

COMPLETED SEASONS

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team ended the 2012 season with a 21st-place finish at the 34-team NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Hammonasset State Park (Madison, Conn.) on Nov. 9.
  • The Wildcats finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) placed second overall to lead four ‘Cats in the top 20. Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also recorded a top-10 finish in sixth place.
  • Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) was named to the America East All-Academic Team.
  • UNH placed the highest number of men’s cross country student-athletes (23) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team had one individual qualify for and compete at the NCAA Championships that were held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisvile, Ky.).
  • Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 52.5 seconds to finish 112th in the 253-runner field.
  • Maguire, the 2012 America East individual champion, earned a spot in the NCAAs by receiving one of four individual regional bids following a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 10. She received All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year.
  • UNH finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Maguire was followed by junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.; sixth) and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia; 10th). The other two scoring ‘Cats finished in the top 15 and all seven Wildcat harriers placed among the top 20.
  • Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Twombly were voted to the America East All-Academic Team.
  • UNH placed the highest number of women’s cross country  student-athletes (31) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll, and that represented 93.5% of the team. Of those 31, 29 received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

 

FIELD HOCKEY (12-8 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team was the top seed and host of the America East Championship for the third consecutive year. In a Nov. 2 semifinal, the Wildcats defeated Fairfield University, 3-2 in overtime, to advance to the title game for the third time in as many years. UNH fell one victory short of defending its 2011 crown with a 3-1 loss to University at Albany in the Nov. 4 championship game.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, the America East conference announced its annual awards and all-conference teams. UNH, led by 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year – it is the first time anyone received that award three consecutive years, and the five overall awards ties the conference benchmark.
  • Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She is the first Wildcat to receive that distinction since the award’s 2001 inception.
  • Bozek was joined on the All-Conference First Team by senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.).
  • Sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) were named to the Second Team, while the All-Rookie Team included forwards Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) as well as back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.).
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the end of UNH careers for three seniors – Erler, Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) and Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.).

FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 23-7 loss at ninth-ranked Wofford College in an NCAA second round game Dec. 1 at Gibbs Stadium.
  • UNH head coach Sean McDonnell received three awards as he was named New England Football Writers Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year and Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Football Coach of the Year. It marked the fourth time McDonnell was feted as New England Football Writers Coach of the Year (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012) and third AFCA regional honor (2004, 2005, 2012), as well as fourth Gridiron Club award (2000, 2004, 2009, 20012).
  • Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to The Sports Network FCS All-America First Team for the second consecutive year and senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) was named to the Third Team.
  • Evans was named to a total of six All-America teams, including Associate Press (AP) and AFCA. He is just the fourth player ever named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-America Team three times; two of the others are UNH wide receiver David Ball and quarterback Ricky Santos.
  • Senior left guard Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was voted to the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. He was also selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I Football District 1 First Team for the second time in as many years.
  • Evans played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game (Jan. 19) while senior cornerback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and Smith were selected to play in the Texas vs Nation All-Star Game (Feb. 2).
  • The Wildcats placed 11 members on CAA All-Conference teams. Evans, Smith, sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) and junior left tackle Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.) were First Team selections. Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), Peters and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) were tabbed to the Second Team. Zarkoskie, sophomore tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.), sophomore center Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.) and junior place kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) earned a spot on the Third Team.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-7-6 overall, 2-3-1 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team finished as runner-up at the America East Championship tournament for the second time in three years following a 0-0 tie at UMBC in the title game in which the Retrievers prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-2, on Nov. 10.
  • The Wildcats advanced out of the semifinals with a 1-0 victory at top-seeded Vermont on Nov. 6. UNH did not surrender a goal in three tourney games this year to match the feat accomplished in 2010; the six consecutive postseason shutouts is a conference record.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all six shots vs. Vermont and seven against UMBC to extend his streak of consecutive shutouts to four games and 408 minutes, 50 seconds.
  • At the conclusion of the America East Championship, senior backs Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), as well as Worra, were selected to the All-Championship Team.
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the conclusion of Wildcat careers for Ryan McNabb (Downington, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.), Thomas and Hussein.
  • The UNH men’s soccer team had the highest percentage of representation (72.5%) on the America East Academic Honor Roll – a total of Wildcats made the grade.
 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team, making its conference-record 12th consecutive tournament appearance, was ousted from the 2012 America East Championships with a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook University in an Oct. 25 quarterfinal game at Lewis Fields.
  • Junior goalkeeer Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America District 1 First Team on Nov. 2.
  • Correa, who was also named to the America East All-Academic Team, started all 18 games in which she played. She had a 1.43 GAA with a .755 save percentage and three shutouts, and ranked third in the conference in both total saves (83) and saves per game (4.61).
  • Prior to the start of postseason play, four Wildcats received America East honors. Senior back Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.
  • Correa, Curry and junior midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • The end of the 2012 season marks the end of UNH careers for eight Wildcat seniors – captain Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.), Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.), Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.), Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.), Drea Noguiera (New Bedford, Mass.) and Curry.
  • A total of 18 women’s soccer players were named to the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
 

VOLLEYBALL (15-14 overall, 7-5 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team was ousted from the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded University at Albany in a Nov. 16 semifinal match.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team while outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) were All-Rookie Team honorees and senior defensive specialist Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the end of Wildcat careers for Schnepp and setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.). Schnepp established a UNH single-season record for digs with 560 in 2012 and ended her career with 997 digs.
  • UNH had the highest number of volleyball student-athletes (13) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
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