Puccia, Willows: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

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

March 18, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) of the women’s lacrosse team and Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) of the men’s 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.

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Laura Puccia, women’s lacrosse

     Laura, a sophomore from Fairport, New York, matched her season high of four goals and recorded career highs in ground balls (three), draw controls (six) and caused turnovers (two) to lead the UNH women’s lacrosse team to a 15-10 road win against Longwood University on March 16. She also netted two goals in the team’s 11-10 overtime loss at 20th-ranked Navy on March 13.

     The midfielder scored two of the team’s initial five goals to spark the Wildcats to a 5-2 lead at Longwood. After the home team closed within 8-7, Laura responded with a goal 86 seconds later to extend the advantage to two goals. She scored again on a free-position shot with 8:08 remaining to give UNH its largest lead to that point, 13-9.

     Earlier in the week at nationally-ranked Navy, Laura struck twice in the first half to help the Wildcats build a 5-1 lead.

     With the two points at Navy and four at Longwood, Laura extended her goal- and point-scoring streak to four games. She has 11 points – all on goals – during that stretch, which includes four goals at nationally-ranked Dartmouth College (Feb. 28).

     In six games this season, she has 14 points, all on goals. She 5-foot-9 second-year Wildcat ranks second on the team in goals and fourth in points. Laura also leads UNH in draw controls (19), is second in shots (29) tied for fourth in ground balls (nine).

     Laura played in all 16 games and was in the starting lineup 15 times as a freshman in 2012, when she was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team and named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She recorded 34 goals and seven assists for 41 points to lead the ‘Cats in both goals and points. In other stats, Laura ranked second in draw controls and fifth in assists. She tallied a point in 15 of 16 games with 10 multiple-point efforts, including nine multiple-goal games. Her season highlights included career highs in both goals (five) and points (six) in a win against nationally-ranked Vanderbilt University.

 

Matt Willows, men’s ice hockey

     Matt, a sophomore from Congers, New York, helped the seventh-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team force a decisive Game 3 as his first career hat trick propelled the Wildcats to a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals at Providence College.

     After a PC win in Game 1, the 5-foot-9 forward gave New Hampshire its first lead of the series with an even-strength goal at 15:19 of the first period. Matt struck again at 1:45 of the second stanza to extend the lead to 2-0 and he completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:37 remaining in regulation to secure the victory.

     The three points also marked a career high for Matt, who equaled a personal best of two assists against Bemidji State on Dec. 31. Matt scored a goal in four of five games spanning Feb. 17 through March 2 and that included the game-winning goal Feb. 22 at Vermont.

     Matt has skated in 27 of 37 games this season. He recorded 13 points on eight goals and five assists. In 21 Hockey East league games, Matt tallied eight points (5g, 3a).

     Matt played in 20 games last year as a rookie en route to being named to the 2012 Hockey East All-Academic Team. He tallied three points, all on assists, including a two-assist performance in a Hockey East quarterfinal game March 11 at Boston University.

 

RECENT RESULTS

Wednesday, March 13

Women’s lacrosse: at #20 Navy 11, UNH 10 (overtime)

Friday, March 15

Men’s ice hockey: at #17 Providence 3, #7 UNH 2 (Game 1:Hockey East quarterfinal)

Gymnastics: 2nd place (194.675) at Kent State w/Cornell and Southeast Missouri St.

Saturday, March 16

Men’s ice hockey: #7 UNH 4, at #17 Providence 1 (Game 2:Hockey East quarterfinal)

Women’s lacrosse: UNH 15, at Longwood 10

Sunday, March 17

Men’s ice hockey: at #17 Providence 3, #7 UNH 2 (Game 3:Hockey East quarterfinal)

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, March 19

Women’s lacrosse vs. Columbia, 2 pm (at Memorial Field)

Thursday, March 21

Women’s swim & dive at NCAA Championships (at Indianapolis)

Friday, March 22

Women’s swim & dive at NCAA Championships (at Indianapolis)

Saturday, March 23

Women’s swim & dive at NCAA Championships (at Indianapolis)

Gymnastics at EAGL Championship, 2 pm (at U. of North Carolina)

Sunday, March 24

Women’s lacrosse at Albany, 12 pm

 

GYMNASTICS (17-7 overall, 6-2 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team closed the regular season with a score of 194.675 to place second in a quad-meet against 22nd-ranked Kent State (195.975), Southeast Missouri State (194.025) and Cornell University (192.450). The meet was held March 15 at Kent State’s MAC Center.
  • Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) performed an outstanding balance beam routine to earn a personal-best and first-place mark of 9.950. It marked her third consecutive meet at 9.900 or higher on beam.
  • Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) tied for third on balance beam with a career-high 9.900.
  • Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was the all-around champion with a 38.950. She earned a share of third place on the uneven bars at 9.825.
  • Courtney Conners (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.)  led the way on vault with co-team high scores of 9.775 to tie for sixth place overall.
  • UNH recorded the highest team score on the floor exercise at 48.925. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) and Barile had matching marks of 9.825 as part of a four-way tie for first place. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) and Gray shared fifth place at 9.800.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 23 (2 p.m.) at the 2013 EAGL Championship, which will be held at the University of North Carolina.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (19-11-7 overall, 13-8-6 Hockey East)

  • The seventh-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team was ousted from the Hockey East tournament as 17th-ranked Providence College won the best-of-3 quarterfinals, 2-1. The Friars prevailed 3-2 in both Game 1 and Game 3. The Wildcats were 4-1 victors in Game 2 to force Sunday’s decisive third game.
  • Sophomore forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) recorded his first career hat trick in the Saturday, March 16 game to lift the Wildcats to victory. The three points also marked a personal best. Willows netted the first two goals of the game and secured the win with an empty-net goal with 1:37 remaining in regulation.
  • Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) set up both of UNH’s goals in Game 3.
  • Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded 38 saves in the victory.
  • In Game 1, Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) recorded a goal and an assist to help the Wildcats erase a two-goal deficit and level the score, 2-2. Downing’s second-period power-play goal gave UNH a 2-1 lead in Game 3.
  • UNH now awaits its NCAA tournament fate. The selection show is broadcast March 24 (9 p.m.) on ESPNU.
 

LACROSSE (1-5, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team took 20th-ranked Navy to overtime, where the Mids scored with five seconds remaining to record an 11-10 victory on March 13. The Wildcats gave first-year head coach Sarah Albrecht her first career victory with a 15-10 win at Longwood University on March 16.
  • Sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and freshman attack Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) scored four goals apiece to lead the Wildcats to victory at Longwood. Puccia recorded career highs in ground balls (three), draw controls (six) and caused turnovers (two). It marked the first career points for Grote, who also finished with two GB and two CTO.
  • Senior attack Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) scored a team-high five goals at Navy and followed that with two points (1g, 1a) at Longwood to extend her goal-scoring streak to seven games.
  • Sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) tallied three points in both games. She netted three goals at Navy, followed by a goal and two assists at LU.
  • Senior goalkeeper Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) recorded double-digit saves in both games with 11 at Navy and 10 at Longwood. She finished the week with a 10.00 GAA and .500 save percentage and recorded a career-high six ground balls at Navy.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 19 at home against Columbia University. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m. The Wildcats open America East conference play March 24 (12 p.m.) at Albany.
 

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.
  • Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.), junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Mann were named to the 2012-13 America East Swimming & Diving All-Academic Team.
 
 

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 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.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, junior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
  • Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) 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). He was the only Wildcat to start all 29 games in 2012-13.
  • Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) ends his career tied for sixth all-time in blocks (51). Myrick led this year’s team in scoring (13.6 ppg), field goals made (125) and attempted (358) and free throws made (89). He was second in rebounding (6.2 rpg), 3-pointers made (43), steals (26) and blocks (19); he was third in assists (34).
  • The end of the season marked the end of UNH careers for seniors Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) and Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.). This season, Matagrano played in all 29 games with 15 starts while Trotman was in the starting lineup seven times in 24 appearances.
 

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) 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). This year, she led the ‘Cats in scoring (12.4 ppg) and was second in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
  • Frame, in just 52 games as a Wildcat, recorded 678 points (13.0 ppg) and 375 rebounds (7.2 rpg). In 2012-13, Frame led the squad in rebounding (7.0) and was second in scoring (10.8 ppg).
  • Friel played in 24 games as a senior; one of her two starts was the America East semifinal at Albany. Wells played in all 30 games with 12 starts.
 

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.

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.).

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 3.98 in genetics.
  • Senior captain Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) raced to a pair of All-America finishes. He earned First Team accolades with fifth place in the men’s slalom (March 8) and Second Team in the giant slalom (March 6) with a sixth-place performance.
  • 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.
  • 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 10th place overall.
  • Senior Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) missed All-America status by 0.48 seconds as she was 12th in the women’s slalom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The end of the 2013 season marked the end of UNH careers for alpine skiers Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec), Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) and Vest Burton, and Nordic skiers Caldwell Bean, Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), Kelsey Hoar (Shaftsbury, Vt.), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), Kvehl McDermott (Putney, Vt.), Perry Thomas (Rindge, N.H.) and Ian Wilson (Wayzata, Minn.).
 

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.
  • Greene and John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) were named to the 2012-13 America East Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team.
 

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.
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) were selected to the 2012-13 America East Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team.
 

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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