March 26, 2012

Reibold, Simpson: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP

March 26, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) of the gymnastics team and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) of the women’s lacrosse 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

Danielle Reibold, gymnastics

     Danielle, a senior gymnast from Horsham, Pennsylvania, was honored as the EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the league’s annual banquet last Friday and was named to the All-EAGL First Team on uneven bars for the third consecutive year. One day later at the EAGL Championship, she earned a spot on the All-Tournament First Team by tying her personal best of 9.875 to tie for second place. She also was a Second Team performer on beam.

     Danielle, a four-time member of the EAGL All-Academic Team and three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honoree, previously scored a 9.875 on the uneven bars in a first-place effort at the Pennsylvania quad-meet on Feb. 10. She also took top honors on the bars in three other meets – vs. Brown and Yale, vs. Pittsburgh and vs. Penn State.

     Danielle’s other season highlights include tying for first place on the balance beam at Rutgers and tying for second place on the beam against Arizona.

     At the 2011 EAGL Championship, Danielle earned All-Tournament First Team recognition on bars as she tied for second place. She took top honors on the uneven bars three times during the ’11 season.

     In 2010, Danielle was an All-Tournament Second Team performer on bars and went on to place 15th in that event – as well as 18th on balance beam – at the NCAA Regionals. As a freshman in 2009, she placed 16th in bars and 18th on beam at the NCAA Regionals.

 

Jenny Simpson, women’s lacrosse

     Jenny, a junior attack from New Canaan, Connecticut, recorded four goals and two assists for a total of six points to lead the UNH women’s lacrosse team to a 16-9 victory against Binghamton University in the America East conference opener for both teams on March 24 at Memorial Field. The two assists and six points both matched personal bests.

     With the Wildcats trailing 2-1, Jenny scored the first and last goals of UNH’s 6-0 run to end the first half and give the ‘Cats an 8-2 halftime lead. After the visitors closed within 11-7, she set up a tally and scored consecutive goals to give momentum back to New Hampshire.

     Jenny, who has played in all seven games this season, is tied for the team lead in both goals (13) and points (16), and she has a team-high .591 shooting percentage with 13 goals on 22 shots, which ranks third among Wildcats. She has tallied a goal in six of seven games, including each of the last three.

     The junior recorded her 50th career goal with the first of her four goals March 14 at Fresno State. Last year, she led the team in goals (27) and ranked fourth in points (30).

     In 39 career games, Jenny has compiled 58 goals and 13 assists for 71 points. Her other highlights include a five-goal game vs. Fairfield University in March 2010 and her accolades include America East All-Academic Team (2011), America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2011), America East Academic Honor Roll (2010) and America East All-Rookie Team (2010).

 
 

WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Laura Puccia, women’s lacrosse – America East Rookie of the Week

 
 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday, March 24

Gymnastics: 6th place (195.225) at EAGL Championship

Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 16, Binghamton 9

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, March 28

Women’s lacrosse vs. 11th-ranked Vanderbilt, 12:30 pm

Saturday, March 31

Men’s track & field at Maine, 11 am

Women’s track & field at Maine, 11 am

Women’s lacrosse at Vermont, 2 pm

 

GYMNASTICS (14-10 overall, 4-1 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team recorded a team score of 195.225 to finish sixth at the EAGL Championship that was held March 24 at the University of Pittsburgh. New Hampshire will advance to the NCAA Regionals and is the No. 5 seed at the Fayetteville Regional (University of Arkansas), which will be held April 7.
  • UNH placed a league-leading 15 student-athletes on the 2012 EAGL All-Academic Team. Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) received this distinction for the fourth time, while Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.), Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) and Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) were feted for the third time.
  • Reibold was honored as the EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year – the previous Wildcat commended as the league’s top scholar-athlete was Nicole Mullins in 1993 (ECAC) – and was named to the All-EAGL First Team on uneven bars for the third consecutive year.
  • Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) joined Reibold on the All-EAGL First Team on bars, while Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) was a First Team honoree on balance beam.
  • Carr received Second Team accolades in both vault and beam. Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) also garnered Second Team in vault.
  • Associate head coach Ed Datti and assistant coach Jess Kelley were named the EAGL Assistant Coaches of the Year.
  • Reibold earned a spot on the All-Tournament First Team on uneven bars by tying for second place by tying her personal best of 9.875. She also was a Second Team performer on beam.
  • Gray was named to the All-Tournament First Team on balance beam with her second-place finish of 9.850 and was All-Tournament Second Team on floor.
  • Fobes recorded a personal-best 9.900 on floor exercise to tie for second place and garner All-Tournament First Team in the event.
  • Carr was an All-Tournament Second Team performer on both vault and bars.
  • Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) earned All-Tournament Second Team honors on bars.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (2-5 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team opened America East conference play with a 16-9 victory against Binghamton University at Memorial Field on March 24.
  • Freshman midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) was honored as the America East Rookie of the Week. She recorded career highs in goals (three), points (four) and draw controls (three) vs. Binghamton.
  • Junior attack Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) matched her career highs in both assists (two) and points (six) and was selected UNH’s America East Player of the Game.
  • Senior midfielder and captain Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored her 75th career goal with the first of her three tallies. Keagins has scored a goal all seven games this season; dating back to last year, she has a 10-game goal-scoring streak and 12-game point-scoring streak.
  • Junior midfielder Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) recorded her 50th career point with the second of her two points.

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team opens the 2012 season March 31 at Maine.
  • The Wildcats have three home meets – April 7 (Holy Cross & Maine), April 14 (Wildcat Invitational I) and April 28 (Wildcat Invitational II).
 

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team send a handful of student-athletes to compete in throws events at the Northeastern University Husky Open that was held March 24 at Solomon Outdoor Track.
  • Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.), who competed for the first time in three years due to multiple injuries, topped the 29-thrower field in the javelin with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 147 feet, 7 inches. Michelle Gearin (York, Maine) finished seventh in the javelin with a distance of 112-08.
  • Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) recorded a runner-up effort in the hammer with a personal-best and ECAC-qualifying toss of 172-09.
  • The Wildcats have three home meets – April 7 (Holy Cross & Maine), April 14 (Wildcat Invitational I) and April 28 (Wildcat Invitational II). The ‘Cats return to action March 31 at Maine.
 
 

2011-12 COMPLETED SEASONS

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

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

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (16-14 overall, 9-7 America East)

  • UNH was defeated 63-59 by Holy Cross in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Thursday, March 15. UNH erased a 13-point first-half deficit to take a 39-38 lead and then trailed by no more than six points until the final minute of play (seven point deficit).
  • Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) matched her season high of 24 points – and also recorded eight rebounds and five steals – against Holy Cross. Sophomore guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) contributed 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.
  • UNH finished with its first winning season since 2006 and its most wins since 2002.
  • Beliveau was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) was an America East All-Conference Second Team selection.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

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

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

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

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

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

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

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

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (15-19-3 overall, 11-14-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team fell 5-4 in double overtime in Game 3 of the best of three Hockey East quarterfinal series at sixth-ranked Boston University on March 11. The Wildcats prevailed 3-2 in double overtime in Game 1, but then BU leveled the series with a 4-2 victory in Game 2.
  • That victory was the 499th for UNH head coach Dick Umile.
  • Freshmen Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) were named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and the Wildcats were honored with the 2012 Charlie Holy Team Sportsmanship Award.

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

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

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The New Hampshire men’s indoor track & field team placed fourth at the America East Championships and then 11th at the New England Championships.
  • Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) won the shot put title at both the league and New England meets. He won the event at every indoor meet until the IC4A Championship, where he placed fourth. Paey was honored as America East Field Performer of the Week five times during the 2011-12 season.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team finished sixth at the America East Championship and seventh at the New England Championship.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) were named to the 2012 America East All-Academic Team. Letourneau finished second in the mile at the America East Championships and broke school records in both the 1,000 meters (2 minutes, 48.16) and the mile (4:42.47). Pothier placed third in the weight throw at the league championship meet.
  • Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) ran to a school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:17.62 at the BU Terrier Classic (Jan. 27).

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team finished in 10th place at the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 7-10 in Bozeman, Montana. The Wildcats placed in the top 10 for the 23rd time in the 30 years Cory Schwartz has coached the squad.
  • A total of 12 Wildcats were named to the 2012 National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Four ‘Cats – Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario), Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska), Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) – recorded a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) garnered All-Academic Team honors for the third consecutive year.
  • Atkinson, Guiney and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) were named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association All-East Second Team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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