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


March 5, 2012


DURHAM, N.H.Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) of the gymnastics team and Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) 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.



Kayla Gray, gymnastics

     Kayla, a freshman from Buffalo, New York, was the top performer on the balance beam with a career-high 9.900 and also recorded a personal best of 9.850 on the floor exercise to help the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to a season-high score of 195.800 at the UNH Invitational on March 3. She was UNH’s top gymnast and fifth overall in the floor exercise with her mark of 9.850.

     Kayla’s other season highlights included first place on the beam with a 9.900 in a quad-meet against Penn, Brockport and Wilson. She also tied for first place on the floor at that meet, which was held Feb. 10 at Penn.

     Kayla also captured first place on the beam Jan. 28 at Northern Illinois and tied for first place in that event Feb. 4 in a home meet against Yale and Brown.

     Prior to UNH, Kayla trained with the Gleason’s Gymnastics club team. She earned second place on the balance beam at the Level 10 National competition in both 2011 and 2010; she finished first in that event at the 2008 Level 10 Nationals.


Casey DeSmith, men’s hockey

     Casey, a freshman goaltender from Rochester, New Hampshire, stopped 28 of 29 shots for a .965 save percentage in the UNH men’s hockey team’s 1-0 loss in the March 3 regular-season finale at 10th-ranked Maine. He stopped all 10 shots in the second period as well as every shot of the 11 he faced in the third period.

     In 19 games (including 17 starts) this season, the netminder is 8-8-1 with a 2.21 goals-against-average, .929 save percentage and one shutout; seven of his eight losses have been by one goal. In nine games since the start of February, Casey has stopped 278 of 297 shots for a .936 save percentage.

     Casey has been honored by Hockey East twice this season. He was named the Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 6 following a weekend series against Providence College in which he stopped 71 of 74 shots, and the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Jan. 16 after stopping 47 of 48 shots, which included 26 saves at PC for his first career shutout.

     The rookie goalie has recorded 30-plus saves seven times with a personal-best of 48 in a 4-3 win at UMass on Feb. 24.

     Prior to coming to UNH, Casey netminded for the Indiana Ice of the USHL in 2010-11, when he had a 22-13-2 record with a 2.54 GAA, .920 save percentage and three shutouts in 37 regular-season games. He went 2-2 in the playoffs with a .929 save percentage and one shutout.



Wednesday, February 29

Women’s lacrosse: at UMass 17, UNH 5

Friday, March 2

Women’s basketball: UMBC 59, UNH 57 (America East quarterfinal at Hartford)

Saturday, March 3

Men’s basketball: Albany 63, UNH 45 (America East quarterfinal at Hartford)

Men’s hockey: at No. 10 Maine 1, UNH 0 [ TV: NESN ]

Gymnastics: 2nd place at UNH Invitational w/season-high 195.800

Men’s track & field at IC4A Championships [ Day 1 of 2 ]

Women’s track & field at ECAC Championships [ Day 1 of 2 ]

Sunday, March 4

Men’s track & field: 37th place (45 teams) at IC4A Championships (at Boston U.)

Women’s track & field: 43rd place (50 teams) at ECAC Championships (at Northeastern)



Wednesday, March 7

Women’s lacrosse vs. UConn, 3:30 pm

Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Montana State) [Day 1 of 4]

Thursday, March 8

Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Montana State) [Day 2 of 4]

Friday, March 9

Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Montana State) [Day 3 of 4]

Men’s hockey at Boston University, 7 pm (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Saturday, March 10

Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Montana State) [Day 4 of 4]

Men’s hockey at Boston University, 4 pm (Hockey East quarterfinal) [TV: NESN]

Sunday, March 11

Gymnastics vs. Arizona, 1 pm (Senior Day)

Women’s lacrosse at Stanford, 1 pm (Pacific time)

Men’s hockey at Boston University, 5 pm (Hockey East quarterfinal, if necessary)


MEN’S BASKETBALL (13-16 overall, 7-9 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team exited the America East Championship with a 63-45 loss to the University at Albany on March 3 at Chase Family Arena (University of Hartford).
  • A trio of Wildcats received America East awards at the annual league banquet. Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team, senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) was tabbed to the America East All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was selected to the All-Defensive Team for the second time in as many years.
  • The end of the season marked the final game in a Wildcat uniform for Abreu, Benson and Ryan Herrion (Dover, N.H.). Abreu ranks first on UNH’s career leaderboard for games played (118) and minutes played (3,879) as well as third in scoring (1,583), fourth in both 3-pointers made (216) and field goals made (535), fifth in free throws made (197) and 10th in steals (115). Benson finishes second in program history in blocks (79) and eighth in rebounds (642).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (16-13 overall, 9-7 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 59-57 loss to UMBC in an America East Championship quarterfinal game on March 2. The Retrievers made two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation to record the victory.
  • The Wildcats finished with a winning record for the first time since 2006.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) scored a game-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the floor, and she added six rebounds.
  • In her last game as a Wildcat, senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded 11 points, a team-high nine rebounds, three steals and two assists.
  • Beliveau was named to the All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team at the annual America East banquet. Frame was selected to the All-Conference Second Team.
  • The end of the 2012 season also marked the end of UNH careers for Beliveau, Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.). Beliveau leaves the program ranked seventh all-time in scoring (1,341 points), fourth in rebounds (834) and third in steals (196).

GYMNASTICS (11-3 overall, 4-1 EAGL)

  • UNH gymnastics recorded a season-high score of 195.800 to finish second at the UNH Invitational that was held March 3 at Lundholm Gymnamium. New Hampshire had a season-high 49.200 on the uneven bars to mark the highest score of the night. The University of Bridgeport recorded a meet-high total of 196.350 to capture first place. The Wildcats were followed by EAGL foe Maryland (194.875) and Brown (191.575).
  • Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) recorded a personal-best 9.900 to tie for first place on the balance beam and followed that with a career high of 9.850 on the floor exercise to finish as the top ‘Cat – fifth overall – in that event.
  • Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) won the uneven bars with a 9.900 judgment. She led a quartet of Wildcats among the top six scorers on bars. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) performed a personal-best 9.850 to tie teammate Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) for fourth place and Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) placed in a three-way tie for sixth at 9.825, which marked a career high.
  • Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished third on the vault with a team-high score of 9.850. Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) equaled her personal best of 9.825 to finish sixth.
  • Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Md.) tied Gray’s mark of 9.850 for fifth place on floor.
  • UNH returns to action March 11 against the University of Arizona. The Senior Day meet begins at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-17-3 overall, 11-14-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team closed the regular season with a 1-0 loss at 10th-ranked University of Maine on March 3.
  • The sixth-seeded Wildcats, who are making a league-record 24th consecutive Hockey East tournament appearance, play a best-of-three quarterfinal series at third-seeded Boston University from March 9-11. Saturday’s four o’clock game will be televised live on NESN.
  • Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 28 of 29 shots at Maine for a .965 save percentage. He stopped all 10 shots in the second period as well as every shot of the 11 he faced in the third period.
  • In nine games since the start of February, DeSmith has stopped 278 of 297 shots for a .936 save percentage.
  • Eleven of UNH’s 16 games in the 2012 calendar year have been decided by one goal, and the Wildcats are 5-6 in those 11 one-goal games.
  • New Hampshire is on the road for the Hockey East quarterfinals for the first time since 1996. UNH and BU are meeting in the quarters for just the second time (1986, won by BU).


  • The New Hampshire men’s indoor track & field team finished 37th in the 45-team field at the IC4A Championships that were held March 3-4 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.), who won America East and New England titles in the shot put, placed fourth in the 40-thrower field with a toss of 58 feet, 3.00 inches.
  • Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) finished 10th in the weight throw with a mark of 58-7.25. George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) placed 16th in the event at 54-4.75.


  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team finished 43rd in the 50-team field at the ECAC Championships that were held March 3-4 at Northeastern University’s Reggie Lewis Center.
  • Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) racked up 3484 points to claim sixth place in the pentathlon. Her top placing in the five events was third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 24.01 seconds.
  • Two Wildcats competed at the Columbia Last Chance Meet at The Armory in New York City on March 3. Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) finished 10th in the mile (4:43.90) and Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) was 12th in that event at 4:45.83.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (0-2 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team was defeated 17-5 by UMass during a Leap Year Day snowstorm at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
  • Senior midfielder and captain Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) contributed across the board with one goal, four ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers.
  • Junior attack Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) extended her goal-scoring streak to 10 games with two goals at UMass.
  • Keagins enters this week’s action with 98 career points (67 goals, 31 assists).


  • The UNH ski team did not compete last week. A total of 10 Wildcats will compete at the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships held March 7-10 at Montana State University. The Nordic races are Wednesday and Friday, and alpine takes place Thursday and Saturday.
  • The men’s alpine team will be represented by Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario), Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.).
  • Women’s alpine is also sending a full squad of three skiers – Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec), Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) and Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario).
  • The UNH Nordic qualifiers are the women’s triumvirate of Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska) as well as Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) on the men’s side.
  • Atkinson, Lepine and Guiney are 2012 All-East Second Team honorees.



  • The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]

FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
  • The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
  • Frates was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • Robin Balducci was named the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
  • Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
  • UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
  • Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
  • Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.

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

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team was ousted from postseason play with a 26-25 second-round loss at seventh-ranked Montana State University on Dec. 3.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the 17th Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). His other 2011 postseason accolades include: Associated Press All-America Second Team, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team, Phil Steele’s All-America First Team, The Sports Network/ All-America Team, College Sports Journal FCS All-America Team, College Sports Madness All-America Team, Beyond Sports College Network All-America First Team and Defensive National Player of the Year, College Sporting News 2011 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, Gold Helmet Award (New England’s player of the year), All-CAA First Team, All-New England Team and College Football Performance Awards Elite Linebacker Award.
  • Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was named to the 14th annual Footbal Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He previously earned a berth on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Footbll Team (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America)
  • UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (10-22-3 overall, 4-15-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team was ousted from the Hockey East tournament with a loss at ninth-ranked Boston University in a Feb. 26 quarterfinal game at Walter Brown Arena.
  • Junior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) and junior defenseman Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) were named 2012 WHEA Honorable Mention All-Stars.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).

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

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

SWIMMING & DIVING (6-2 overall, 2-1 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team placed third at the America East Championships, which were held Feb. 24-27 at Boston University’s Aquatic Center.
  • Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) broke a pair of records en route to being named the Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer and Rookie of the Year. It is the first time in conference history someone won both awards in the same year.
  • UNH earned the America East Coaching Staff of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and 12th time in head coach Josh Willman’s career.
  • Mann broke the America East Championships and league records in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning time of 2:01.32 on Friday. Then on Saturday, Mann swam to a school- and conference-record time of 4:14.10 in the 400 individual medley. That mark qualifies as an NCAA provisional time and ranks 42nd in the country.
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) took the top spot in the 1,650 freestyle and was the third-fastest swimmer in the 200 butterfly on the final day of competition. On day two, McCandless raced to third place in the 500 free.
  • Grace Borchers (Evanston, Ill.) captured first place in the 100 butterfly.
  • Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle and raced to fourth place in both the 1,650 free and 500 free.


VOLLEYBALL (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) were voted to the 2011 America East All-Academic Volleyball Team on Dec. 9.
  • Keding was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Laquerre, Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
  • Keding was named to the All-Championship Team.
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