SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
March 4, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) of the women’s swimming & diving team and John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) of the men’s ice 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.
Katie Mann, women’s swimming & diving
Katie, a sophomore from Prince George, British Columbia, helped the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming & diving team to a runner-up finish at the ECAC Championships with wins in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400 individual medley as well as a runner-up finish in the 200 IM. She broke the ECAC record in all three events and was named co-Swimmer of the Meet.
Katie kicked off the ECACs on Friday with a ECAC record of 2 minutes, 1.56 seconds in the preliminaries of the 200 IM. She bested that mark in the final and placed second when she touched the wall in 2:01.20.
On Saturday, Katie shattered the ECAC record in the 400 IM with an NCAA-B cut qualifying time of 4:13.68 in the preliminaries. She once again recorded a faster time in the finals and captured first place in 4:11.18.
Katie closed the meet Sunday in the 200 breaststroke with a school record and winning time of 2:11.75, which is an NCAA-B cut time. She had recorded an NCAA-B time in the preliminaries with a mark of 2:13.09 that was seven seconds faster than the runner-up.
Katie helped UNH capture the America East Championship title (Feb. 14-17) with two individual titles and a third-place finish. She established the America East, America East Championship and Wallace Pool record in the 200 breaststroke with a winning time of 2:14.18. She also set the pool record and was the fastest swimmer in the 400 IM with a clocking of 4:14.81. Katie once again broke the pool record in a preliminary swim, this time in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:02.63; she then placed third in the finals with a time of 1:03.20.
In the regular-season finale vs. Maine on Feb. 1, Katie broke a Swasey Pool record in the 200 breaststroke by touching the wall with a time of 2:18.17.
In the previous meet at Boston University (Jan. 21), she recorded three first-place finishes with wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.97), 200 breast (2:19.56) and 400 individual medley (4:25.76).
Katie also swept the 100 (1:06.22) and 200 (2:20.56) breaststrokes in a Jan. 16 home meet against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. She also swam a leg of the victorious 200 medley relay in that meet.
Katie ended the fall semester by placing second in a 36-swimmer field of the 200 breaststroke with an NCAA-provisional time of 2:14.63 at the Brown Invitational (Dec. 2).
One month earlier in a home meet against the University of Rhode Island, Katie proved to be the fastest swimmer in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM. She was also a part of the pool record-setting 400 medley relay with a winning time of 3:53.46.
Katie won the same three individual events Oct. 20 at the University of Vermont and was part of the first-place 200 medley relay. She opened the season by sweeping first place in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes Oct. 13 against Boston College.
As a freshman in 2011-12, Katie was named the America East Women’s Rookie of the Year and the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the America East Championships. She was also named to the conference’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll for recording a grade-point-average of 3.50 or higher.
In her first meet as a Wildcat, Katie broke the Swasey Pool record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.10. She also set the meet and America East conference record in both the 200 IM (2:01.32) and 400 IM (4:14.10) at the America East Championships.
John Henrion, men’s ice hockey
John, a senior forward from Holden, Massachusetts, helped the UNH men’s ice hockey team extend its unbeaten streak to five games (2-0-3) with a four-goal weekend against the University of Massachusetts. He was honored as co-Player of the Week by Hockey East. His other stats included 13 shots and a plus-3 rating.
On Friday, March 1, UMass took a 2-1 lead with 65 seconds remaining in regulation but John lifted the Wildcats into a 2-2 tie when he scored his 10th goal of the season with under four seconds left on the clock. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
One night later, John recorded his first collegiate hat trick to propel the ‘Cats to a 4-0 victory against the Minutemen. He opened the game scoring at 1:10 of the second period, gave UNH a 2-0 lead midway through the stanza and capped the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:32 of the third period.
John has played in all 32 games this season and has compiled 22 points on 13 goals and nine assists – the 13 goals and 22 points are both single-season highs. He moved into a tie top UNH’s goals leaderboard following his four-goal weekend, and John is fourth in points as well as first in game-winning goals (three) and tied for second in power-play goals (three). He has recorded a point in 17 games with four multiple-point efforts. Furthermore, he leads Hockey East in shots with 139.
Last year as a junior, John tallied 17 points (5g, 12a) and that included a career-best four-assist performance against Harvard University on Nov. 22, 2011; the four points is also a personal best. He skated in all 39 games as a sophomore and finished with 19 points (12g, 7a). In 30 games as a freshman in 2009-10, John tallied four points (3g, 1a).
Casey DeSmith, men’s ice hockey: Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week
John Henrion, men’s ice hockey: Hockey East co-Player of the Week
Wednesday, February 27
Women’s basketball: Albany 55, at UNH 46
Thursday, February 28
Women’s lacrosse: at No. 12 Dartmouth 11, UNH 10
Men’s basketball: at Albany 56, UNH 49
Friday, March 1
Men’s ice hockey: at No. 5 UNH 2, UMass 2 (overtime- tie)
Women’s swim & dive: at ECAC Championships [at Harvard] (Day 1 of 3)
Saturday, March 2
Women’s basketball: UNH 86, at Maine 63
Women’s ice hockey: Providence 5, at UNH 4 (Hockey East quarterfinal)
Gymnastics: 1st place (194.850), UNH Invitational vs. Towson, Yale and Brown
Men’s ice hockey: at No.5 UNH 4, UMass 0
Women’s swim & dive: at ECAC Championships [at Harvard] (Day 2 of 3)
Women’s track & field: at ECAC Championships [at BU] (Day 1 of 2)
Men’s track & field: at IC4A Championships [at BU] (Day 1 of 2)
Sunday, March 3
Men’s basketball: at UNH 79, Maine 74
Women’s swim & dive: at ECAC Championships [at Harvard] (Day 3 of 3)
Women’s track & field: at ECAC Championships [at BU] (Day 2 of 2)
Men’s track & field: at IC4A Championships [at BU] (Day 2 of 2)
Monday, March 4
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7pm
at Buffalo Wild Wings (Newington, N.H.)
Wednesday, March 6
Skiing at NCAA Championships (Day 1 of 4; Alpine)
Women’s lacrosse at UConn, 3:30 pm
Thursday, March 7
Skiing at NCAA Championships (Day 2 of 4; Nordic)
Friday, March 8
Men’s hockey vs. Maine, 7:30 pm (TV: NBC Sports)
Women’s basketball vs. Stony Brook, 8 pm (America East quarterfinal) [at Albany]
Skiing at NCAA Championships (Day 3 of 4; Alpine)
Saturday, March 9
Men’s hockey vs. Maine, 4 pm (TV: NESN) [Senior Day]
Men’s basketball vs. Vermont, 12 pm (America East quarterfinal) [at Albany]
Gymnastics at Penn State w/Temple and Penn, 4 pm
Skiing at NCAA Championships (Day 4 of 4; Nordic)
MEN’S BASKETBALL (9-19 overall, 5-11 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team capped the regular season with a 79-74 victory against the University of Maine at Lundholm Gym on March 3; the Wildcats swept the season series vs. the Black Bears for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Earlier in the week, the ‘Cats were defeated 56-49 at Albany.
- New Hampshire is the seventh seed of the America East Men’s Basketball Championship and will battle the University of Vermont in a March 9 quarterfinal game. Game time at Albany’s SEFCU Arena is 12 p.m.
- Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) became the 29th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. He accomplished the feat during his nine-point effort in the Feb. 28 game at Albany. Rhoads followed that with 13 points, five assists and six rebounds vs. Maine. He currently has 1,015 career points.
- Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) celebrated Senior Day with a career-high 27 points, 22 of which came in the second half. He shot 8 of 17 from the floor and made all eight foul shots.
- Junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a career-high 24 points at Albany on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor that included 6 of 6 from 3-point range. Konan scored 13 against Maine.
- The senior class of Myrick, Rhoads, Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) and Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) were honored prior to the regular-season finale vs. Maine.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (11-17 overall, 6-10 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team ended the regular season with an 86-63 win at Maine on March 2 in which the Wildcats recorded season highs in points, field goals (35), 3-point field goals (nine) and rebounds (55). Earlier in the week, UNH led Albany 30-18 at halftime on Senior Night, but the Great Danes rallied for a 55-46 victory.
- New Hampshire finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings. The fifth-seeded Wildcats will play fourth-seeded Stony Brook University in a March 8 quarterfinal at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena. The game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 6 p.m. game.
- Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Maine. She also tallied five assists and two steals. The rebounds, assists and steals were all team highs.
- Senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) climbed into the program’s Top 20 scoring list with 29 points last week, including a team-high 18 at Maine. She is currently 17th with 932. Reed is also No. 3 in 3-pointers with 174.
- Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) scored a career-high nine points vs. Albany, then surpassed that with 10 at Maine. She also recorded seven rebounds in just 19 minutes vs. Albany.
- Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) led the team in both points (16) and rebounds (eight) against Albany. She accounted for all the team’s foul shots (6 of 10).
- UNH’s senior class of Reed, Frame, Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) was honored prior to Wednesday’s opening tipoff.
GYMNASTICS (13-5 overall, 6-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team recorded a score of 194.850 to capture first place in the UNH Invitational against Towson University, Brown University and Yale University. The meet was held March 2 at Lundholm Gym.
- Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) finished in a three-way tie for first place in the vault with a mark of 9.825. She then claimed the top judgment on uneven bars at 9.900 as the Wildcats took the top five spots in that event. Fobes closed the meet with a first-place finish on floor exercise with a career-high 9.900. She was third in the all-around (38.350).
- Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied her personal best of 9.900 to take top honors on the balance beam. She finished in a second-place tie on floor exercise at 9.875. Gray bested the all-around competition with a persona-best mark of 39.275.
- Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) vaulted to a career-best 9.850 to finish fourth, then placed second on uneven bars with another personal best of 9.875.
- Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) tied Gray for second on floor and also placed fourth on the uneven bars with a career-high 9.825.
- Fobes, Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.), Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Becca Marrama (Lynnfield, Mass.) were honored on Senior Night following the conclusion of the meet.
- New Hampshire returns to action March 9 at Penn State University. Temple and Penn will also compete at the meet, which begins at 4 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (18-8-6 overall, 13-7-5 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team, which advanced one spot to No. 4 in this week’s national poll, extended its unbeaten streak to five games (2-0-3) with a 2-2 tie and 4-0 victory in a two-game series against UMass at the Whittemore Center.
- With two games remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats
are second in the Hockey East standings. UNH plays host to Maine
for a two-game series at the Whittemore Center on March 8 & 9.
Saturday’s Senior Day game starts at 4 p.m.
- Senior forward John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) recorded his first collegiate hat trick in the March 2 victory vs. UMass. He opened the game scoring at 1:10 of the second period and capped the scoring with an empty-netter at 19:32 of the third. One night earlier, Henrion lifted UNH into a 2-2 tie by scoring the equalizer with just four seconds remaining in regulation – and 61 seconds after UMass had taken the 2-1 lead. Henrion was named the league’s co-Player of the Week.
- Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded 25 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and sixth of his career; he ranks second nationally in shutouts. He stopped 60 of 62 shots for a .967 save percentage and 0.96 GAA in the two-game series and was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week.
- Sophomore forward Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) tallied a personal-best three assists in the four-goal win.
- Junior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) and senior defenseman Brett Kostolansky (Denver, Colo.) both tallied two assists in the victory.
- Sophomore forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) has scored a goal four of the last five games. He struck in both games against UMass.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-16-4 overall, 10-8-3 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team’s season ended with a 5-4 overtime loss to Providence College in a Hockey East quarterfinal game at the Whittemore Center.
- UNH built a 3-0 lead on first-period goals 10 seconds apart by sophomore forward Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontartio) and sophomore defenseman Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) and a second-period tally by junior forward Arielle O’Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario).
- Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) netted a third-period goal to end her UNH career with 57 goals and 51 assists for 108 points in 134 games. Lavoie led this year’s team in goals (12) and points (26).
- Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) made 33 saves, including 11 in the first period and six in overtime. Gilligan finished the year with a 10-5-3 record, 2.29 GAA and .909 save percentage; in 15 league games, she was 8-4-2 with a 2.06 GAA and .915 save percentage.
- Freshman defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) recorded a team-high 17 assists and finished second in points with 24.
- The end of the 2013 season marked the end of UNH careers for Lavoie, Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.), Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario), Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario), Paige Goloubef (Oakville, Ontario), Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.).
LACROSSE (0-3, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s lacrosse team battled 12th-ranked Dartmouth College to the final buzzer, but the Big Green scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to record an 11-10 victory Feb. 28 at Scully-Fahey Field.
- The Wildcats trailed 6-3 in the first half but went on a 7-2 run to take a 10-8 lead with 6:51 left in the second half.
- Sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) scored a team-high four goals to lead the Wildcats with four points. For the season, she is tied for the team lead in goals with seven and is atop the leaderboard in draw controls (nine).
- Senior attack and tri-captain Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) both recorded two goals and an assist. Simpson is tied with Puccia for the lead in goals and ranks second in points (10).
- Freshman attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) tallied a team-high three assists. She leads UNH in points (11) and assists (eight).
- Junior defender Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) leads the team in ground balls (eight) and caused turnovers (four).
- New Hampshire returns to action March 6 (3:30 p.m.) at UConn. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 19 (2 p.m.) vs. Columbia University.
- The UNH ski team, which placed third at the EISA Championship (Feb. 22-23), will have 11 student-athletes competing at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships that are being hosted by Middlebury College on March 6-9.
- The UNH women's Nordic ski team will be represented by a full three-member contingent of senior co-captains Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) along with sophomore Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.). Senior co-captain Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and his sophomore brother Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) will represent the Wildcat men's Nordic ski team at the Rikert Touring Center.
- The Wildcat men's alpine team NCAA competitors will be senior captain Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.), junior Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) and sophomore Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah), while the women's alpine team sends senior Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec), junior Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) and freshman Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) to the slopes at Middlebury College Snow Bowl.
- UNH is led by 31st-year Nordic coach and 26th-year ski program coordinator Cory Schwartz and sixth-year alpine head coach Brian Blank. UNH has posted 23 top-10 NCAA finishes during Schwartz's tenure, including 10th place in the 2012 NCAAs at Montana State University.
- Men's alpine skier Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) and women's alpine skier Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) also qualified for the NCAAs, but neither will compete due to the three-skier limit.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-2 overall, 2-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team captured second place at the ECAC Championships despite the fact the team did not compete in any relay events. The Wildcats broke two school records and five ECAC records at the event, which was held March 1-3 at Harvard University.
- Led by head coach Josh Willman, UNH garnered the Coaching Staff of the Meet award while sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) were honored as co-Swimmer of the Meet.
- Mann closed the meet Sunday in the 200-yard breaststroke with a school record and winning time of 2 minutes, 11.75 seconds, which is an NCAA-B cut time; she had procured an NCAA-B cut in the 200 breaststroke preliminaries with a mark of 2:13.09 that was seven seconds faster than the next competitor.
- Mann shattered the ECAC record in the 400 individual medley with an NCAA-B cut time of 4:13.68 in the preliminaries and bested that in a winning time of 4:11.18 in the final. In Friday’s competition, Mann was runner-up in the 200 IM at 2:01.20, which was an NCAA-B cut; she had broke the ECAC record in the preliminaries when she touched the wall in 2:01.56.
- Roberts was a titlist in three events. She won the 200 butterfly with an NCAA-B cut and ECAC record time 1:57.31 on Sunday. One day earlier, Roberts raced to an ECAC record in the 100 butterfly with a winning mark of 53.41 seconds. On the opening day of the meet, she swam to an ECAC record and NCAA-B cut time of 1:58.79 in the 200 individual medley.
- Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) opened the meet with a UNH record time of 4:52.58 in the 500 freestyle preliminaries, then established a new benchmark of 4:51.20 in the final to earn second place overall. She was runner-up to Roberts in the 200 fly with an NCAA-B cut of 1:58.42. McCandless also swam head-to-head against Roberts in the 100 fly and placed third overall at 55.74.
- Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) closed the meet with a seventh-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:02.19). She raced to third place and was the top ‘Cat in the 100 back in 56.81 seconds.
- Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) placed sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.07, which bested her preliminary time of 52.33.
- Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke as she touched the wall in 2:22.57.
- Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) earned fourth place in Saturday’s 100 backstroke with a mark of 56.86 seconds. She opened the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.23.
- Twin sisters Allison and Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 200 freestyle. Allison was clocked in 1:51.46 followed by Adria at 1:51.90. On Friday, Allison captured fifth place in the 50 freestyle with time of 24.20 seconds.
- Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.) swam to sixth place in the 100 back with a time of 57.28 seconds.
- Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) notched seventh place in the 1-meter diving final with a score of 228.00 points.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team competed at the IC4A Championships that were held March 2-3 at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.
- Junior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) finished as sixth in the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 7.01 seconds. He had placed second the preliminaries at 4:06.88 and was the America East Champion in that event back in February.
- The Wildcats’ 4x800 meter relay team took seventh overall in the finals with a time of 7:33.94. On Saturday, the squad of sophomore James Anderson (Melrose, Mass.), freshman Luke Miller (Birdsboro, Pa.), junior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) and Greene placed fifth overall in the trials with a record-breaking time of 7:33.13. The team broke the previous school record of 7:37.09, which was set in 2010.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team competed at the ECAC Championships that were held March 2-3 at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.
- Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) raced to a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters as she crossed the finish line in a time of 9 minutes, 33.97 seconds. She also ran to a second-place finish in that event at the America East Championships with a school-record time of 9:29.49.
- The Wildcats' distance medley relay squad of junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.), sophomore Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) and seniors Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) and Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) took third overall in a time of 11:40.13.
- Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) broke the school record in the 60-meter dash in 7.65 seconds.
- Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) finished 16th overall in the 5,000 meters with a personal best time of 17:00.63. Beattie was runner-up in the event at the America East Championships.
- The Wildcats' 4x800 meter relay team of sophomore Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.), freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.), junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) and junior Madeline Allen (Lenox, Mass.) placed 15th in a time of 9:35.47.
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).
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 goalkeeper 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.