March 10, 2014

Aucoin, Prizzi: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE

March 10, 2014

DURHAM, N.H.Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) of the women’s gymnastics team and John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) of the men’s indoor track & field team 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

Kelsey Aucoin, gymnastics

     Kelsey, a freshman from Double Oak, Texas, recorded two of the best individual efforts in UNH gymnastics program history to help the Wildcats break the school record in balance beam and finish the second-best total team score of 196.675 in a March 8 quad meet at Lundholm Gym.

     Kelsey tied for first place in the meet – which included 19th-ranked Penn State University, George Washington University and the University of Bridgeport – and tied the third-best mark in Wildcat history on balance beam with a mark of 9.950. On vault, she placed second in the meet by tying the eighth-highest score in program history of 9.925.

     In her collegiate debut Jan. 11 at Rutgers University, Kelsey registered a team-high 9.775 for third place in the vault. She was also the top ‘Cat on balance beam with a fourth-place score of 9.725.

     Kelsey garnered the first of her three EAGL Rookie of the Week awards Jan. 29 following her Jan. 25 performance at the University of Pittsburgh, where she tied for third on vault (9.800), placed sixth on beam (9.700) and seventh on floor exercise (9.725).

     One week later against Maryland, Kelsey tied for first on beam (9.850), third on floor (9.800) and fourth in vault (9.825). She was honored as EAGL Rookie of the Week again Feb. 12 for her efforts at Yale University (Feb. 8); in that meet, Kelsey shared the top score of 9.850 on vault, tallied third place on beam (9.775) and tied for second place on floor exercise (9.800).

     Kelsey received the honor for the second consecutive week and third time in 2014 on Feb. 19 for her Feb. 15 performance against Brown University and Centenary College. She was the floor exercise champion with a score of 9.850, shared third place on vault (9.775) and claimed third on balance beam (9.775).

     One week later in a tri-meet at Towson University (with William & Mary), Kelsey earned a share of first place on both vault (9.800) and floor exercise (9.850).

 

John Prizzi, men’s indoor track & field

     John, a junior from Wyckoff, N.J., broke the UNH men’s indoor track & field school record in the 3,000-meter run with a fourth-place time of 8 minutes, 2.40 seconds at the IC4A Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center on Sunday, March 9. The previous benchmark of 8:05.00 was set by Dan Hocking in 2003.

      John recorded five first-place finishes during the 2014 indoor season. He was the fastest runner in the 3,000m at the Jay Carisella Invitational (Dec. 14) by crossing the finish line in 8:27.33. John also claimed first place at the mile run at the Joe Donahue Games (Jan. 24) with a time of 4:13.89.

     In the 2013 cross country season, John won the America East Men’s Cross Country Championship individual title. He completed the 8K course in 24 minutes, 55.22 seconds to take first place in the field of 87 runners.

     John is UNH’s fourth America East men’s cross country individual champion and first since 2004, when Tony Truax won the event.

     In the 2013 cross country opener against nationally-ranked Providence College and College of the Holy Cross, John placed eighth overall as the second Wildcat to cross the finish line. On Sept. 27, he led UNH to seventh place at the Boston College Invitational in a field that included a pair of top-10 teams; John was the top ‘Cat and 24th overall that day to earn America East Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week. John was also UNH’s top runner at the Paul Short Invitational (Oct. 5).

     Last year as a sophomore, John finished 12th at the America East Championship; he was the third UNH runner to complete the course to help the Wildcats finish in second place. He went on to place 75th at the NCAA Regional. Earlier in the season, he was 67th at the New England Championship.

 

Partnership announced to bring 2014 state title football games to UNH

     The UNH department of athletics and the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) announced Monday a partnership that will bring all three New Hampshire state high school football championship games to Cowell Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014.

     The Super Saturday (Nov. 22) of NHIAA football championship games will consist of the Division III final at 11 a.m., the Division II title matchup at 2:30 p.m. and the Division I championship game under the lights at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold on game day at the Cowell Stadium ticket office.

     NHIAA football championships, which had been contested at the home field of the highest remaining seed, join NHIAA Division I and II boys’ basketball championships and D-I and D-II swimming championships that are currently decided on the UNH campus.

RECENT RESULTS

Monday, March 3

Gymnastics: 1st place (195.925 points) at George Washington w/Maryland

Wednesday, March 5

Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 11, UConn 7

Skiing: 10th place at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [Day 1 of 4]

Thursday, March 6

Skiing: 12th place at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [Day 2 of 4]

Friday, March 7

Women’s basketball: UNH 85, Vermont 79 (at Albany) [America East quarterfinal]

Skiing: postponed at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [Day 3 of 4]

Saturday, March 8

Skiing: 11th place at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [final]

Gymnastics: 2nd place (196.675) vs. Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport

Women’s track & field: at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 1 of 2]

Men’s track & field: at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 1 of 2]

Women’s lacrosse: at No. 10 UMass 12, UNH 6

Men’s basketball: Vermont 77, UNH 60 (at Albany) [America East quarterfinal]

Sunday, March 9

Women’s track & field: at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 2 of 2]

Men’s track & field: at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 2 of 2]

Women’s basketball: Stony Brook 79, UNH 59 (at Albany) [America East semifinal]

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, March 10

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

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

Women’s lacrosse at Iona, 3 pm

Friday, March 14

Women’s lacrosse vs. Fairfield, 3 pm (Cowell Stadium)

Men’s hockey vs. Northeastern, 7 pm (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Gymnastics vs. U.S. Air Force Academy, 7 pm (Senior Day)

Saturday, March 15

Women’s track & field at NCAA Championships

Men’s hockey vs. Northeastern, 7 pm (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Sunday, March 16

Women’s lacrosse vs. Colorado, 12 pm (Cowell Stadium)

Gymnastics at NC State, 2 pm

Men’s hockey vs. Northeastern, 4:30 p.m. (if necessary) (Hockey East quarterfinal)

 
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (19-12 overall, 12-4 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team advanced out of the America East Championship quarterfinal with an 85-79 victory against the University of Vermont, but then the Wildcats were ousted in the semifinals with a 79-59 loss to Stony Brook. Both games were played at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
  • In Friday’s quarterfinal vs. UVM, the Wildcats trailed 38-33 at halftime but rallied to tied the score at 44 and then surged ahead 51-49. UNH extended the advantage to double digits, 71-61, with five minutes to play. UVM closed within 79-74 with 1:14 remaining, but the Wildcats made 6 of 8 free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.
  • In Sunday’s semifinal, UNH built an early 7-2 lead, but Stony Brook scored 13 consecutive points to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Wildcats trailed 36-30 at the half and scored the first basket of the second half to pull within four points, but the Seawolves netted the next 10 points to extend the advantage to 46-32 with 13:42 remaining.
  • Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored a team-high 21 points in the quarterfinal against UVM; she made 7 of 9 field goals and went 7-for-10 from the foul line. She also recorded eight rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
  • Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) recorded 18 points, five rebounds and four assists against Vermont.
  • Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) recorded 16 points and six rebounds vs. UVM. She followed that with a team-high 18 points, five rebounds and three assists against Stony Brook.
  • Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) finished with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block against the Catamounts.
  • UNH, the third seed, advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year. The last time the Wildcats went to the semis in back-to-back years was 2002 and 2003.
  • Prior to the tourney, UNH collected four awards at the annual America East banquet – it marked the team’s highest total since 2002. Hogan was named to the All-Conference First Team, Coia was selected to the Second Team and Belanger was a Third Team honoree. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) was voted to the All-Academic Team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-24 overall, 4-12 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team saw the 2014 season come to an end with a 77-60 loss to the University of Vermont in a March 8 America East quarterfinal at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
  • Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) recorded 14 points in his final game as a Wildcat. He leaves the program tied for first in games played (117) and No. 9 in career assists (254).
  • Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a team-high 19 points on the strength of 3 of 4 shooting from 3-point range.
  • Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded 41 blocks this season to rank No. 3 on UNH’s single-season leaderboard. His 75 blocks in just two seasons as a Wildcat also ranks third on the career leaderboard.
  • UNH recorded 99 blocks, which is the second-highest season total in program history.
  • Prior to the start of the tourney, freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) was named to the America East All-Rookie Team and senior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was voted to the All-Academic Team at the annual conference banquet.
 

GYMNASTICS (12-4 overall, 5-2 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team recorded its two highest scores of the season last week with a winning score of 195.925 at George Washington (with Maryland) and a second-place mark of 196.675 at home against Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport.
  • Although the Wildcats’ score of 196.675 was bested by Penn State’s 197.200, it tied the second-highest team total in UNH history. UNH established a record score of 49.400 on balance beam; the previous benchmark of 49.325 was established in 2003.
  • Freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) registered UNH’s two highest individual scores of the season with a 9.950 on balance beam and 9.925 on vault. On beam, she tied for first place in the meet and tied the third-best mark in Wildcat history. On vault, Aucoin placed second by tying the eighth-highest score in program history.
  • In the home quad meet, Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) established a personal best and Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) matched a career high with tying scores of 9.825 to share fifth place as the top ‘Cats on even bars.
  • UNH went on to the balance beam, where Aucoin was followed by Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) in third place with a personal-best 9.925 and Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) in a tie for fourth with a season-high tying 9.875.
  • Three ‘Cats – Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.), Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) – were UNH’s top gymnasts on floor exercise at 9.850 to share fifth place.
  • Earlier in the week at George Washington, UNH recorded a meet high score of 49.075 on the balance beam; Pflieger’s 9.875 tied for first place, followed by Gray (9.850) in third and Minichiello (9.825) in fourth.
  • In that road meet, the Wildcats also had a meet-best score of 49.250 on floor exercise. Machado and Pflieger led the way in a third-place tie at 9.875.
  • UNH returns to action March 14 at home against the U.S. Air Force Academy; the Senior Day meet begins at 7 p.m.; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
  • The Wildcats conclude the 2014 regular season March 16 (2 p.m.) at North Carolina State.
  • 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.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (19-16-1 overall, 11-9-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team ended the regular season with a road split at Merrimack College. The Wildcats were edged 4-2 on Friday, Feb. 28 and then recorded a 5-2 win on March 1 to secure the No. 4 seed of the upcoming Hockey East tournament.
  • Senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) leads the team in both assists (31) and points (45). He is No. 7 in the nation in points per game (1.29) and No. 6 in assists per game (0.89).
  • Senior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) and junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) are atop the team leaderboard in goals with 18 apiece. Sorkin (35) ranks second in points and Willows (34) is third.
  • Senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) is No. 12 in the nation in defensemen scoring at 0.72 points per game (26 points/36 games).
  • In 32 games (31 starts), junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) has a 2.34 GAA, .922 save percentage and two shutouts.
  • UNH is ranked No. 9 in the nation in power-play goals at 21.7% (31 goals/143 power plays).
  • New Hampshire plays host to fifth-seeded Northeastern University in a best-of-three quarterfinal series at the Whittemore Center on March 14, 15 and, if necessary, March 16. Friday’s and Saturday’s games begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday is a 4:30 p.m. start.
  • To purchase tickets, please visit www.unhwildcats.com/tickets/quarters or call the Whittemore Center Arena box office at 603-862-4000.
 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (2-4 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team went 1-1 last week with an 11-7 home win against UConn (March 5) and a 12-6 loss at 10th-ranked UMass (March 8).
  • Junior goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) recorded a career-high 16 saves against UMass, and that is the highest total by a UNH goalie since April 2007. Hurwitz made eight saves in both halves and also recorded eight saves in the first half against UConn; she finished that game with 11 saves. Hurwitz had a .587 save percentage and 9.50 GAA last week.
  • Sophomore attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded six points (2g, 4a) against UConn; both the assist and point totals are single-game highs for any ‘Cat this season. McHoul then tallied three points, all on assists, at UMass. McHoul leads the team in assists (11) and points (17).
  • Junior attack Kaleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) scored a career-high three goals and finished with four points vs. UConn.
  • Junior midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) scored four goals – the most by any Wildcat this season – against UConn. She followed that with two goals at UMass to increase her team-leading total to 14.
  • Junior midfielder Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) has tallied one point all six games and has scored a goal each of the last four games.
  • Senior defender Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) is UNH’s leader in both ground balls (13) and caused turnovers (seven).
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 10 at Iona College. The Wildcats then play host to Fairfield University (March 14; 3 p.m.) and the University of Colorado (March 16; 12 p.m.).
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team finished in 11th place (of 23 teams) at the 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 5-8 at the University of Utah. The Wildcats recorded three All-America Second Team performances with Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) earning that recognition in both slalom and giant slalom and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) getting that distinction in slalom.
  • Teschner placed sixth in the Saturday, March 8 slalom competition with a sixth-place effort of 1 minute, 41.47 seconds. She opened the NCAAs with 10th place in the March 5 giant slalom with a combined mark of 2:00.10; it marked her second straight year earning All-America status in that event.
  • Oliver, who was a 2013 All-America First Team skier in giant slalom, earned Second Team in this year’s slalom with an eighth-place finish of 1:56.47. Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) clocked in at 2:00.77 for 17th place.
  • Also in Saturday’s last day of competition, Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) led UNH’s Nordic racers with 19th place in the 20K freestyle by crossing the finish line in 44:34.00.
  • On opening day (March 5) at Park City Mountain Resort, Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario), in her NCAA Championships debut, skied to 14th place in the giant slalom.
  • On the first day of Nordic competition (March 6), Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) recorded a team-best 18th-place finish in the women’s 5K classic race.
  • Prior to the start of the NCAAs, the United State Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) announced that a nation-leading 13 UNH skiers were named to the 2014 National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) were honored for the third time.
 

SWIMMING & DIVING (8-1 overall, 2-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team sent six competitors to compete at the ECAC Championships and – despite the limited numbers and no entries in the relay events – placed sixth of 21 teams with 270 points. The meet was held Feb. 28 & March 1-2 at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Lejeune Hall.
  • Head coach Josh Willman was named the women’s co-Coach of the Meet; he received the honor last year and has been feted four times.
  • Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) has been selected to compete at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Division I Championship at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center from March 20-22. Mann is schedule to compete in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley as well as the 200 breaststroke.
  • Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) has been named an alternate for the NCAAs in the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 200 IM.
 

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team competed at the ECAC Championships that were held March 8-9 at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
  • Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) ran to a school record time of 7.55 seconds in the 60-meter dash preliminaries on Saturday. She was timed at 7.71 in the semifinals (but did not advance to the final). Perrodin bested her own mark of 7.56 she established Feb. 23 at the America East Championships.
  • The 4x800m squad of Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.), Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.), Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) and Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) finished 10th with a time of 9:08.97.
  • Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) will compete at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that will be held March 15-16 at the University of New Mexico. Purrier qualified in the mile with a school-record time of 4 minutes, 36.14 seconds that ranks 11th in the nation.
  • Purrier took first place in the mile at the America East Championship with a school-record time of 4 minutes, 41.73 seconds. She then bested that benchmark with a third-place effort of 4:36.14 at the Last Chance Meet.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 8-9 at the ECAC Championships, which will be held at Boston University.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team broke two school records and concluded the 2014 season at the IC4A Championships that were held March 8-9 at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
  • John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) broke an 11-year old record in the 3,000-meter run with a fifth-place time of 8 minutes, 2.40 seconds on Sunday. The previous benchmark of 8:05.00 was set by Dan Hocking in 2003.
  • The 4x800 relay quartet of Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.), Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.), Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) and Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) claimed fourth place with a time of 7:28.74.
  • One day earlier, that foursome combined to break the school record in the 4x800 preliminary round with a time of 7:28.52. The previous benchmark was 7:33.13.
  • Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) took 13th place in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 58 feet, 1.75 inches. George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) finished 15th with a measurement of 57-11.25.
  • Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) ran a personal-best time of 48.56 seconds in the 400m to finish 14th of 32 runners.
  • D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) also recorded a 14th-place finish with a time of 8.29 seconds in the 60m hurdles.

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 ICE HOCKEY (9-23-2 overall, 4-15-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team saw its 2013-14 season end with an 8-1 loss to fourth-ranked Boston College in a Feb. 28th Hockey East quarterfinal game at Conte Forum.
  • Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
  • The end of the 2014 season marks the end of Wildcat careers for seniors Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario), Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario). Gifford recorded 29 goals and 42 assists for 71 points in 134 career games. Hitchcock, who spent her first two years at Niagara University, finished with overall numbers of 36 goals and 40 assists for 76 points in 133 games. O'Neill tallied 28 goals and 28 assists for 56 points in 134 games. 

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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