March 11, 2013

Hogan, Vest-Burton: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

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

March 11, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, New Hampshire) of the women’s basketball team and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) of the men’s ski 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

Kelsey Hogan, women’s basketball

     Kelsey, a junior from Nashua, New Hampshire, hit a long-distance 3-pointer at the final buzzer to lift the UNH women’s basketball team to a 49-46 victory against Stony Brook University in a March 8 quarterfinal game of the America East Championship.

     Kelsey finished that game with a team-high 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting from the floor, which included 3-for-5 from 3-point range, as well as 2 of 2 from the foul line. She corralled a pass on the top-right side with five seconds remaining, dribbled to the middle and her shot from seven feet beyond the top of the key went through the rim at the buzzer. Kelsey also had five rebounds and three assists vs. SBU.

     The co-captain also had a big 3-pointer against Albany, as her shot from beyond the arc completed a 10-point run that lifted the Wildcats within 52-49 with 5:38 remaining in the second half. Kelsey finished the game with nine points, three rebounds and two assists.

     Hogan, who missed five consecutive games due to injury in January, returned to the starting lineup Feb. 6 against the University of Vermont and recorded her 100th career 3-pointer with the last of her four 3s on the night, and she made all six field goal attempts to become the first Wildcat since Jan. 29, 2005 to shoot 100% from the floor (minimum five attempts).

     One game earlier – Feb. 2 at Stony Brook – she reached another personal milestone by recording her 250th career assist.

     In the last seven games of the regular season, she averaged a team-high 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She shot 47.8% from the floor, including 46.4% from 3-point range, in that span.

     Kelsey’s other season highlights included her first career double with 15 points and career-high 11 rebounds at the University of Maine in the March 2 regular-season finale. She matched her career high of 20 points and matched her personal best with four 3-pointers Feb. 13 at UMBC. Way back in the Nov. 17 game at Holy Cross, Kelsey matched her career high of nine assists she established Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Binghamton University.

     Kelsey, who played in 23 games with 22 starts, led the team in assists (73; 3.2 per game). She ranked second in 3-pointers (27) and 3-point percentage (.333) as well as third in scoring (9.8 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (3.9 per game). Despite missing seven games, Kelsey ranked third in minutes (757) and was second in minutes per game (32.9).

     Kelsey joined the UNH women’s basketball program in the 2008-09 season but incurred a season-ending knee injury after just three games. She also redshirted the 2009-10 season before returning to action in 2010-11. Kelsey started all 29 games that season and led the America East conference in both 3-point field goal percentage (.413) and assists (118) en route to garnering All-Rookie Team recognition.

     Last year as a sophomore co-captain, Kelsey once again led the conference in 3-point FG percentage (.446). She was atop UNH’s assist leaderboard (76) and also ranked third in points (307), scoring average (10.2) and rebounding (3.8 per game).

     Kelsey is currently ranked No. 9 on the program’s career 3-point leaderboard (113) and No. 12 in assists (276). She has 794 career points.

 

Taylor Vest-Burton, skiing

     Taylor, a senior from Breckenridge, Colorado, raced to All-America finished in both the slalom and giant slalom to propel the University of New Hampshire ski team to eighth place at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 6-9 by Middlebury College.

     UNH recorded the third-highest alpine team score (327 points) and that included the second-best men’s alpine mark (153). The team’s eighth-place overall finish matches the Wildcats’ top NCAA placement since 1994.

     The senior captain earned All-America First Team accolades in the March 8 slalom competition by completing his two slalom runs in 1 minutes, 39.89 seconds to finish fifth overall. The Wildcats were in seventh place following that third day of competition.

     Taylor opened the NCAAs with a sixth-place effort in the giant slalom that garnered Second Team recognition. His aggregate time of 2:03.60 helped lead the ‘Cats to fourth place in the opening day of competition.

    Taylor, a three-time NCAA qualifier, returned to the championships for the second year in a row. The 2012 UNH alpine MVP punched his ticket to the championships on the strength of a No. 11 ranking in EISA, including eighth in giant slalom and 16th in slalom. He finished the year by notching top-5 finishes in both the GS (fourth) and SL (sixth) at the EISA Championships, hosted by Bates College. The senior's other top-10 GS finishes occurred at UVM (fifth, Jan. 11) and St. Lawrence (seventh, Jan. 18), and he added an eighth-place SL finish Feb. 15 at Middlebury.

     At the 2012 NCAA Championships, Taylor finished 22nd in the giant slalom and 29th in the slalom. At the EISAs, he was the top ‘Cat by finishing a career-high hitrd in the slalom. During the 2012 carnival season, Taylor posted the team’s top results in both the slalom (eighth) and giant slalom (10th) at the Williams Carnival.

     As a sophomore in 2011, Taylor was an NCAA qualifier but did not compete due to the three-skier limit per discipline (men’s alpine). His season ended with 15th place in the giant slalom and 24th in the slalom at the EISA Championships. He recorded eight top-20 finishes during the carnival season, and that included a season-best fourth place in the slalom at the Colby Carnival.

     In 2010, Taylor had six Top 20 finishes, highlighted by 11th place in the giant slalom at the Dartmouth Carnival.

 
 

RECENT RESULTS

Wednesday, March 6

Skiing: 4th place at NCAA Championships (Day 1 of 4; alpine)

Women’s lacrosse: at UConn 11, UNH 9

Thursday, March 7

Skiing: 8th place at NCAA Championships (Day 2 of 4; Nordic)

Friday, March 8

Skiing: 7th place at NCAA Championships (Day 3 of 4; alpine)

Men’s hockey: Maine 4, at No. 4 UNH 3

Women’s basketball: UNH 49, Stony Brook 46 (America East quarterfinal at Albany)

Saturday, March 9

Skiing: 8th place at NCAA Championships (Day 4 of 4; Nordic)

Men’s hockey: No. 4 UNH 4, Maine 4 (overtime tie)

Men’s basketball: Vermont 61, UNH 42 (America East quarterfinal at Albany)

Gymnastics: 2nd place (194.225) at Penn State w/Temple and Penn

Sunday, March 10

Women’s basketball: at Albany 71, UNH 57 (America East semifinal)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, March 11

Coach’s Show [2012-13 season finale] with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile,

     7pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (Newington, N.H.)

Wednesday, March 13

Women’s lacrosse at Navy, 4 pm

Friday, March 15

Men’s ice hockey at Providence, 7 pm (Game 1: Best of 3 Hockey East quarterfinal)

Gymnastics at Kent State w/Cornell and Southeast Missouri State

Saturday, March 16

Men’s ice hockey at Providence, 4 pm [TV: NESN]

     (Game 2: Best of 3 Hockey East quarterfinal)

Women’s lacrosse at Longwood, 12 pm

Sunday, March 17

Men’s ice hockey at Providence, 4 pm [TV: NESN]

     (Game 3: Best of 3 Hockey East quarterfinal, if necessary)

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (9-20 overall, 5-11 America East)

  • The seventh-seeded UNH men’s basketball team led second-seeded University of Vermont, 26-20, at halftime in a March 9 America East quarterfinal game (at Albany), but the Catamounts made a second-half comeback to record a 61-42 victory and oust the Wildcats from the tourney.
  • Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded team highs in both points (15) and rebounds (six).
  • Junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half, including back-to-back 3-pointers that turned an 18-18 tie into a 24-18 UNH lead.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, junior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
  • The senior class of Myrick, Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.), Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) and Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) were honored prior to the regular-season finale vs. Maine.
  • Rhoads ends his UNH career ranked fourth all-time in games played (114), fifth in assists (307), sixth in minutes played (3,494) and  27th in points (1,015). Myrick ends his career tied for sixth all-time in blocks (51).
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (12-18 overall, 6-10 America East)

  • The fifth-seeded UNH women’s basketball team advanced out of the America East Championship quarterfinals with a 49-46 victory against Stony Brook University on March 8. The Wildcats were then defeated 71-57 by top-seeded host University at Albany in a March 10 semifinal.
  • With the score tied 46-46 vs. Stony Brook, junior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Wildcats into the semifinals for the first time since 2005. Hogan finished that game with a team-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
  • Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and team-high 11 rebounds against Stony Brook; she also had three steals. Frame followed that with 11 points, seven rebounds and career-high six assists against Albany.
  • Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) netted a team-high 17 points against Albany on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor and 3-for-3 from the foul line. She also tallied four rebounds and three blocks. One game earlier, Kilpatrick had a career-high five assists vs. Stony Brook.
  • Frame and senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team prior to the start of the tourney. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.
  • UNH’s senior class of Reed, Frame, Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) played in their final collegiate game March 10 against Albany. Reed is ranked third on the program's career 3-point leader board with 178; she is also No. 16 in blocks (41) and No. 17 in points (953).
 

GYMNASTICS (15-6 overall, 6-2 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team tallied a school-record 49.425 team score on floor exercise en route to a second-place overall score of 194.425 in a quad meet against 15th-ranked Penn State (196.975), Penn (193.000) and Temple (189.650).
  • Four Wildcats set or matched personal bests on the floor exercise. Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) finished in a four-way tie for first place with a career-high 9.925. Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) equaled her personal best of 9.900 for the second consecutive week. And finished in a tie for fifth place. Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored matching marks of 9.875, with Barile tying her career high and Minichiello establishing a personal best to share seventh place.
  • Gray also tied for first place on balance beam by matching her career high of 9.900 for the second consecutive meet.
  • Barile paced UNH on vault with a fourth-place score of 9.825 to tie her personal best for the fourth time this season.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 15 (7 p.m.) at 17th-ranked Kent State. The regular-season finale also includes Southeast Missouri State and Cornell University.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (18-9-7 overall, 13-8-6 Hockey East)

  • The fourth-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team ended the regular season with last weekend’s two-game home series against the University of Maine. The Black Bears were 4-3 victors on March 8, then the teams skated to a 4-4 tie in Saturday’s Senior Day game.
  • UNH finished the Hockey East standings in a three-way tie for third place and, as the No. 5 seed, will travel to fourth-seeded Providence College for a best-of-three quarterfinal series March 15-17.
  • Junior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) recorded two goals and an assist in the two-game series vs. Maine. On Saturday, Knodel’s power-play goal at 16:22 of the third period leveled the score at 4 to send the game into overtime. He has a point in six of the last seven games with eight points (3g, 5a) in that span.
  • Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) tallied two assists in both of last weekend’s games. That included a helper on Knodel’s game-tying goal.
  • Freshman forward Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) recorded a goal and assist in the 4-4 tie on March 9.
  • UNH has a 10-4 record versus Providence in tournament play and that includes 8-4 in the Hockey East quarterfinals.
 

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 on March 2.
  • Freshman defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) was named to the Hockey East All-Star Second Team and All-Rookie Team. She recorded a team-high 17 assists and finished second in points with 24.
  • Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) was named Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention. 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.
  • Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) netted a third-period goal in the quarterfinal 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).
  • 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 (0-4, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team trimmed a five-goal deficit to one with 10 minutes remaining, but UConn fended off the Wildcats for an 11-9 victory on Wendesday, March 6. Two of the four losses have been to Top-15 teams and three of the losses have been by a combined four goals.
  • Senior attack Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded her 100th career point as part of a personal-best six goals; the six points equaled her personal best. Simpson has 82 goals and 19 assists for 101 points in 52 career games.
  • Sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) extended her team-leading point-scoring streak to eight games by recorded a career-high six assists, and the six points is also a personal best.
  • Freshman attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) scored two goals at UConn; she has recorded a point all four games.
  • Senior goalkeeper Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) made a season-high 13 saves – one less than her career high – and that included 11 stops in the first half.
  • Junior defender Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) matched her career highs in both ground balls (five) and caused turnovers (three).
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 13 (4 p.m.) at Navy and continues its road trip March 16 (12 p.m.) at Longwood. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 19 vs. Columbia University; game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team recorded six All-America performances en route to an eighth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 6-9 by Middlebury College. Eighth place matches the Wildcats’ top NCAA placement since 1994.
  • New Hampshire recorded the third-highest alpine team score (327 points) and that included the second-best men’s alpine mark (153).
  • Prior to the start of the NCAAs, senior Nordic skier Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was named the winner of the National College Men’s and Women’s Skiing Elite 89 award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point-average participating at each of the NCAA’s 89 championships. Guiney was feted for compiling a 3.988 in genetics.
  • Senior captain Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) raced to a pair of All-America finishes. He earned First Team accolades in Friday’s men’s slalom and Second Team in Wednesday’s giant slalom. Vest-Burton completed the slalom runs in 1 minute, 39.89 seconds to finish fifth overall. He helped the Wildcats to fourth place following the first day of competition with sixth place (2:03.60) in the giant slalom.
  • Junior Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) skied to All-America First Team in the slalom. Coffey, who earned All-America Second Team recognition in 2011, registered a two-run time of 1:39.75 to finish third overall in the 2013 slalom. Coffey opened the 2013 NCAAs with a 16th-place finish in the GS.
  • Sophomore Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) raced to All-America First Team in the giant slalom with a time of 2:03.18 that tied for second overall.
  • Freshman Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) recorded an All-America Second Team finish in the slalom with an aggregate time of 1:39.29 for 10th place overall. She opened the NCAAs with a 19th-place effort in the giant slalom (2:08.90).
  • Senior Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) missed All-America status by 0.48 seconds as she was 12th in 1:39.77.
  • Junior Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) posted a 12th-place finish in the giant slalom to narrowly miss All-America accolades by 0.12 seconds with a two-run time of 2:08.17.
  • Senior co-captain Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) capped her collegiate career on March 9 by earning All-America Second Team in the 15K freestyle mass start with a sixth-place finish. She crossed the finish line in 39 minutes, 26.4 seconds.
  • Senior co-captain Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) placed 16th in the 15K freestyle with a time of 40:28.7.
  • Sophomore Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) was the top ‘Cat in the March 7 5K classic with a 22nd-place finish of 16:39.2.
 

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

  • The UNH women’s swimming & diving team, which won the America East Championship and placed second at the ECAC Championships, will have two swimmers compete at the NCAA Women’s Division I Championships that will be held March 21-23 at Indiana University.
  • Sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) will compete in three events – the 400-yard individual medley, 200 IM and 200 breaststroke. Mann earned a spot at the NCAAs by virtue of her ECAC record time of 4 minutes, 11.18 seconds in the 400 IM that ranks 34th in the nation.
  • Junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) will also swim in three events – 200 IM, 100 butterfly and 200 fly. Roberts raced to an ECAC record time of 1:57.31 in the 200 fly that currently ranks 29th in the country.
 
 

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 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.
  • Sam Lopes was named head coach of the program on Feb. 12. He has more than 11 years of women’s soccer coaching experience at the collegiate and professional level. He was a two-year assistant coach at Providence College prior to coming to UNH.
 

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team placed fifth at the America East Championships (Feb. 11-12), competed at the New England Championships (Feb. 22-23) and then completed the indoor season at the IC4A Championships that were held March 2-3.
  • Junior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) finished sixth in the mile at the IC4As 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 INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team placed fifth at the America East Championships (Feb. 11-12), competed at the New England Championships (Feb. 22-23) and completed the season at the ECAC Championships (March 2-3).
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) raced to a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters at the ECACs 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.
  • Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) broke the school record in the 60-meter dash in 7.65 seconds at the ECACs.
 

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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