Rausch, Sislo: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Weekly Roundup


March 28, 2011

DURHAM, N.H. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) of the women’s lacrosse team and Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) 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 this week's Wildcat Roundup.



Hayley Rausch, women’s lacrosse

     Hayley, a junior midfielder from Severna Park, Maryland, has continued to be a consistent point producer this season. Last weekend at UMBC, the captain recorded four points with two goals and two assists – which matched her career high – and was selected the UNH America East Player of the Game. Hayley has tallied a point in seven of eight games and she opened the season with a point in five consecutive games to extend her point-scoring streak to 23 games.

     Hayley is currently ranked fourth on the team in points (15) as well as fifth in both goals (11) and assists (four); furthermore, she is tied for third in shots (24). Earlier this year at Colgate (March 5), Hayley equaled her personal bests in both goals (four) and points (five).

     In 39 career games, Hayley has compiled 52 goals and 24 assists for 76 points. Among active players, she ranks second in both goals and points as well as third in assists.

     Hayley is a two-sport student-athlete for New Hampshire, as she is a three-time letterwinner on the UNH field hockey team. This past fall, she led the team in assists and points, and was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.


Mike Sislo, men’s hockey

     Mike, the team captain who hails from Superior, Wisconsin, scored a goal in both NCAA Northeast Region games last weekend and was voted to the All-Northeast Region Team. He broke a 1-1 tie in the opening minute of the third period and it proved to be the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 3-1 victory against fourth-ranked Miami University in the regional semifinal; that was his 50th career goal. In Sunday’s regional final vs. Notre Dame with UNH trailing 2-0, the senior forward’s third-period tally lifted the Wildcats within 2-1.

     Mike’s postseason highlights in 2011 also included the game-winning goal against Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals, as his late third-period tally in Game 2 of the series broke a 3-3 tie and sent the Wildcats into the semifinals.

     Mike capped his Wildcat career with 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points in 39 games during the 2011 season. He led the team in assists, ranked second in goals, points, power-play goals (four) and game-winning goals (four). With those numbers, Mike ranked #22 in the nation in points per game and 10th in assists per game. He led Hockey East in assists and also ranked fifth in the league in points as well as 11th in goals.

     In 154 career games, Mike tallied 51 goals and 65 assists for 116 points. He is one of just 46 players in UNH men’s hockey history to record 50+ goals and 50+ assists.



Matt Di Girolamo, Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

Kevin Goumas, Hockey East Rookie of the Week

Mike Sislo, Hockey East Player of the Week

UNH Men’s Hockey, Hockey East Team of the Week


Saturday, March 26

Women’s lacrosse: at UMBC 10, UNH 8

NCAA Men’s Hockey Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, NH)

UNH 3, Miami 1

Notre Dame 4, Merrimack 3 (overtime)

Sunday, March 27

NCAA Men’s Hockey Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, NH)

Notre Dame 2, UNH 1



Friday, April 1

Women’s lacrosse at Harvard, 7 pm

Saturday, April 2

Gymnastics at NCAA Regional Championship (at University of Oklahoma), 5 pm

Women’s track & field at Maine, 11 am

Men’s track & field at Maine, 11 am



  • New Hampshire was idle last week after receiving an invitation to compete at an NCAA Regional for the 29th time in 30 years. The Wildcats, ranked 32nd in the nation, will be the No. 4 seed at the Norman Regional (University of Oklahoma) competing against Oklahoma, University of Utah, University of Washington, University of Missouri and University of North Carolina.
  • The Wildcats will be led by EAGL All-League First Team honorees Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.), Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) and Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) as well as Second Team selections Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.).

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (22-11-6, 17-6-4 Hockey East)

  • UNH, host of the NCAA Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.), was a 3-1 victor against fourth-ranked Miami University in the regional semifinal – the RedHawks had entered the game with a 13-game unbeaten streak – and then was ousted from the NCAA tournament with a 2-1 loss to ninth-ranked Notre Dame in the regional final.
  • It marked the third consecutive year that UNH advanced to the regional final, and the Wildcats are the only team that can boast that feat.
  • Junior defenseman Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) and senior forward Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) were named to the All-Northeast Region Team. Kessel’s diagonal pass found Sislo on the left doorstep for the game-winning goal vs. Miami; Sislo netted the team’s only goal vs. Notre Dame.
  • Junior goaltender Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) broke UNH’s single-season save record with his 31st save of the night against Notre Dame. He finished the 2011 season with 1,145 saves to surpass the previous benchmark of 1,139 established by Mike Ayers in 2003.
  • Freshman forward Kevin Goumas (Lake Worth, Fla.) had his first multiple-goal game with two tallies against Miami. He scored UNH’s first goal to lift the Wildcats into a 1-1 first-period tie and potted an empty-net goal with 1:25 remaining in the third period to secure the victory.
  • The end of the 2011 season also marked the end of UNH careers for the six-member senior class of Sislo, Mike Beck (Long Beach, Calif.), Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.), Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.), Greg Manz (Wayne, Pa.) and Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.).

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (5-4, 0-1 America East East)

  • New Hampshire opened the America East conference portion of its 2011 schedule with a 10-8 loss at UMBC last Saturday despite yielding just two second-half goals to the Retrievers.
  • Junior captain Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) garnered UNH’s America East Player of the Game award. She tallied a team-high four points with two goals and two assists, which matched her personal best.
  • UNH entered last week’s action ranked #2 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (12.0). The Wildcats recorded eight CTO at UMBC.
  • Junior midfielder Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) leads the team in goals (16), assists (eight), points (24), shots (47), ground balls (26) and caused turnovers (22); she is also fourth in draw controls (nine).


  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team did not compete last week. The Wildcats return to action April 2 with a dual meet at the University of Maine.


  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team begins the 2011 season April 2 with a dual meet at the University of Maine.


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

  • New Hampshire saw its 2011 season come to an end March 5 with a 69-60 loss to Boston University in the America East quarterfinals. UNH raced out to a 12-3 lead but trailed 33-30 at the half. The Wildcats closed within one point, 39-38, with 15 minutes remaining but never regained the lead. 
  • Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) was one of four Wildcats honored at the America East banquet. He was named to the All-Conference Team. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) was voted to the All-Academic Team, Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was an All-Defensive Team selection and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was tabbed to the All-Rookie Team. 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (9-20, 6-10 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team saw its 2011 season come to an end with a 67-53 loss to Binghamton University in an America East quarterfinal on March 4. 
  • Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) were honored at the America East banquet prior to the tournament. Beliveau, who was the recipient of the 2011 America East Player of the Game Award, was selected to the All-Conference Second Team and the All-Academic Team. Hogan was an All-Rookie Team honoree. 

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-16-2, 7-13-1 Hockey East)

  • New Hampshire finished the 2011 season tied for sixth in the Hockey East standings and did not advance to postseason play.
  • Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star.


  • The UNH ski team placed eighth at the NCAA Ski Championships that were held March 9-12; it was the team’s highest finish since 2000.
  • Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) raced to All-America First Team status with a third-place finish in the men’s slalom. He earned All-America Second Team recognition with 10th place in the men’s giant slalom.
  • Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) earned All-America Second Team honors with an eighth-place finish in the men’s slalom.


  • UNH closed the 2011 season Feb. 25-27 by capturing the ECAC Championship. The Wildcats won the final event of the meet – the 400-yard freestyle relay – in an ECAC, conference and school record time of 3 minutes, 23.65 seconds to capture the overall title. It is the Wildcats’ first ECAC title since 2005. 
  • UNH  totaled 11 ECAC champions with five school and five ECAC records at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool. 


  • UNH competed at the IC4A Championships that were held March 5-6 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Anthony Vorachak (Lebanon, N.H.) set a school record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,041 points; he finished in seventh place overall. He tied for the third-best effort in the pole vault by clearing a height of 15 feet, 1 inch.
  • Matthew Guarante (Saugus, Mass.) finished just out of the scoring in ninth place in the men’s high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 8.25 inches.
  • Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) placed 12th in the weight throw with a toss of 55-10.25.


  • New Hampshire competed against 49 other schools at the ECAC Championships, which were held March 5-6 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center, and finished in 21st place.
  • Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) turned in a record-breaking first-place finish in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16 minutes, 24.09 seconds. She broke her own mark that she established two weeks ago at the America East Championship.
  • The Wildcats also established a school record in the 4x800m relay. The quartet of Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.), Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.) and Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) placed fifth overall with a time of 8:56.92 to break the mark that had stood since 2003.
  • Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished 11th in the triple jump while Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) were 11th and 12th, respectively, in the pentathlon.



  • UNH wrapped up the 2010 season with a 12th-place finish at the ICAAAA Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 20; 20 teams competed at the meet.


  • UNH concluded the 2010 season with a 14th-place finish at the ECAC Championships, which were held Nov. 20 at Van Cortlandt Park; 23 teams competed at the meet.

FIELD HOCKEY (14-7 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • UNH completed the 2010 season with a 14-7 record following a 2-1 overtime loss to Albany in the America East championship game on Oct. 6. The 14 victories marked the highest single-season total since the ’00 squad also had 14 wins.
  • Junior forward Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was named to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Second Team. It marks the second consecutive year a Wildcat was honored as an All-American.

FOOTBALL (8-5 overall, 5-3 CAA)

  • The 10th-ranked UNH football team was defeated 16-3 by fifth-ranked University of Delaware in an NCAA quarterfinal at Delaware Stadium on Dec. 10.
  • Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) was named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was also named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.

MEN’S SOCCER (9-5-6 overall, 2-3-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team concluded the 2010 season with a tie in the America East championship game at UMBC. The Wildcats and Retrievers battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime, then UMBC won the title by virtue of a 5-3 edge on penalty kicks.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-8-4 overall, 4-3-1 America East)

  • UNH’s 2010 season came to an end with the fifth-seeded Wildcats’ 2-1 loss at fourth-seeded Albany in the America East quarterfinals on Oct. 28.

VOLLEYBALL (10-17 overall, 5-7 America East)

  • UNH ended the 2010 season on a high note with a 3-2 come-from-behind win at UMBC on Nov. 12. UNH has reached double digits in wins five of the last six seasons.
View: Mobile | Desktop