March 15, 2010

DURHAM, N.H.Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) of the women’s ski team and Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) 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 this week's Wildcat Roundup.



Veronique Archambault-Leger, women's skiing
      Veronique, a senior alpine skier from Verdun, Quebec, recorded her fifth career All-America performance at the 2010 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held last week by the University of Colorado.
      Veronique sat in 14th place following the first run of the women's slalom on March 12. She followed that with the fourth-fastest second run (41.82 seconds) to vault into eighth place with an overall time of 1:22.02.
      Veronique recorded All-America efforts in both the slalom and giant slalom in '07 and '09. This season's accolades included Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-East First Team and All-Academic Team. Veronique closed the Eastern carnival circuit with a first-place finish in the slalom and third-place in the giant slalom at the EISA Championships (Feb. 27-28).

Dylan McGuffin, men’s skiing
      Dylan, a senior Nordic skier from Northfield, New Hampshire, made his debut at the NCAA Skiing Championships one to remember, as he recorded an All-America performance in the men's 10K classic race on March 11.
      Dylan, who garnered All-East First Team accolades earlier this month, completed the course at Howelsen Hill (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) in 30 minutes, 17.9 seconds to finish with the 10th-fastest time.
      Dylan had a breakout senior season in which he tallied nine top-20 efforts, including four top-five finishes. He opened the 2010 season by winning the 20K freestyle race at the St. Lawrence Carnival and followed that with third-place finished in the 15K free at St. Michael's and 15K free at Vermont.
      Prior to this season, the most recent UNH Nordic skier to garner All-America recognition was Chris Wolski in 2000.

Micaela Long, women's ice hockey -- co-Player of the Week (Hockey East)
Julie Sauchuk, gymnastics -- Specialist of the Week (EAGL)

Veronique Archambault-Leger, women's skiing -- All American (slalom)
Dylan McGuffin, men's skiing -- All-American (freestyle)
Kelly Paton, women's ice hockey -- Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Tuesday, March 9
Women's lacrosse: Harvard 10, #15 UNH 9 (2 OT)
Wednesday, March 10
Skiing at NCAA Championships: 8th place (Day 1 of 4)
Thursday, March 11
Skiing at NCAA Championships: 9th place (Day 2 of 4)
Friday, March 12
Men's hockey: at #10 UNH 7, #19 Vermont 4 (Hockey East quarterfinal)
Skiing at NCAA Championships: 8th place (Day 3 of 4)
Gymnastics: UNH 195.1, North Carolina State 193.825 (Senior Day)
Saturday, March 13
Men's hockey: #19 Vermont 1, at #10 UNH 0 (Hockey East quarterfinal)
Women's ice hockey: at #2 Minnesota-Duluth 2, #7 UNH 1 (NCAA quarterfinal)
Skiing at NCAA Championships: 9th place (final)
Women's lacrosse: at #2 Maryland 20, #15 UNH 6
Sunday, March 14
Men's hockey: #19 Vermont 1, at #10 UNH 0 (overtime; UVM wins series, 2-1)

Friday, March 19
Gymastics at Texas Woman's, 8 pm (Eastern)
Saturday, March 20
Women's lacrosse at Florida, 1 pm

• UNH recorded its highest score of the season (195.100) to defeat EAGL rival North Carolina State on Senior Day (March 12).
Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the all-around with a mark of 39.050; she tied for first place in the floor exercise -- with teammate Julie Sauchuk (Peabody, Mass.) -- and tied for second on beam.
Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) recorded the team's highest score on the vault and she placed second overall.
• UNH had four of the top five finishers on the uneven bars as Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.), Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) finished in a tie for second. Lawrence also tied for second on the beam with Steinberg and Sauchuk.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (17-13-7, 15-6-6 Hockey East)
• UNH won the opening game of the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series against the University of Vermont, 7-4, but the Catamounts ended the Wildcats' league tournament run with consecutive 1-0 wins at the Whittemore Center.
??? Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) made a career-high 50 saves in Game 3 of the series, which went into overtime. Foster recorded a 1.85 GAA and .946 save percentage in the three games.
??? Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) is tied for first in the nation in goals with 27. He is the sixth UNH player since the 2000 season -- and the first since Sean Collins and Preston Callander in 2005 -- to record 50 points in a season. Butler is also the first UNH Wildcat to score 25+ goals in a season since '05 (Callander).
??? The Wildcats have won at least 10 home games every year since 1997.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (19-9-5, 13-6-2-0 Hockey East)
Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) was named a Top 3 Finalist for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is presented to the most outstanding women's college ice hockey player.
• UNH made its fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and lost 2-1 to second-seeded Minnesota-Duluth in a March 13 quarterfinal game.
• The end of the 2010 season also marked the end of UNH careers for seniors Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.), Kelly Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Shannon Sisk (Pipersvile, Pa.) and Paton.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (4-2, 0-0 America East)
• UNH saw its five-game home winning streak come to an end with a 10-9 double-overtime loss to Harvard on March 9, then lost on the road to second-ranked University of Maryland.
Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) became the 11th UNH Wildcat to reach the 150-point milestone with her first-half goal vs Harvard. She enters this week's action with 151 points (89 goals, 62 assists).
• Kaplan, as well as JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.), Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) have recorded a point in all six games.

• UNH completed the 2010 season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Skiing Championships, which were hosted by the University of Colorado from March 10-13. The Wildcats also finished in ninth place last year.
• UNH was in eighth place following the giant slalom races on Wednesday, then moved to ninth following the classic on Day 2 and back to eighth place after the giant slalom on Day 3. The NCAAs concluded with the free races and the 'Cats in ninth place.
• A total of 12 UNH skiers were named to the EISA All-Academic Team. Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) was honored for the fourth consecutive year, while seniors Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) made the grade for the third time in as many years.
• Archambault-Leger recorded her fifth career All-America performance with eighth place in the slalom on March 12. She was in 14th place following her first of two runs, the recorded the fourth-fastest second urn to vault into eighth place.
Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) became the first UNH Nordic skier to garner All-America accolades since the 2000 season. McGuffin raced to 10th place in the men's 10K classic race to become an All-American.
Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) finished 11th in the men's giant slalom and missed an All-American effort by .09 of a second.

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