April 2, 2012

Fitzpatrick, Greene: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

April 2, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) of the women’s outdoor track & field team and Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) of the men’s outdoor track & field 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

Sydney Fitzpatrick, women’s track & field

     Sydney, a senior from Billerica, Massachusetts, captured the 10,000-meter run as the University of New Hampshire outdoor track & field team took part in the NC State Raleigh Relays at the Paul Derr Track on March 30. She topped the field of 48 runners with an ECAC-qualifying time of 34 minutes, 50.34 seconds.

     At the 2012 America East Indoor Track & Field Championship, Sydney ran to a second-place finish in the 5,000m with a time of 16:38.80. Her other indoor season highlights included third place in the 1,000m at the Jay Carisella Invite and fourth in the 5,000m at the Terrier Classic.

     Sydney holds the school record in the indoor 5,000 meters at 16:17.62, and she won the 10,000m at the 2011 America East outdoor championships. In previous America East outdoor championships, she placed fifth in the 10,000m in 2010 and fourth in the 2009 steeplechase.

     Sydney was an instrumental part of UNH’s successful relay teams during her freshman and sophomore years. In 2008, she helped the distance medley relay squad finish third at both the league and New England indoor championships. Then in 2009, Sydney was part of the winning distance medley relay at the America East Championship, the runner-up DMR at the New Englands and seventh-place DMR at the ECACs.

 

Kevin Greene, men’s track & field

     Kevin, a sophomore from Silver Spring, Maryland, led the University of New Hampshire men’s outdoor track & field team to a 1-2-3 sweep of the 800-meter run in a tri-meet against host school University of Maine and Bates College on March 31. The middle-distance specialist crossed the finish line with a winning time of 1 minute, 53.72 seconds. Kevin also ran the second leg of the Wildcats’ first-place 4x400m relay team.

     In the 2011-12 indoor track season, Kevin placed second in the 1,000m with a time of 2:25.88 and ran a leg on the fourth-place 4x800m relay squad. His other highlights included a first-place finish in the mile in a home quad-meet against Holy Cross, Stonehill College and Worcester State, as well as winning the 800m race at Maine.

     Last year as a freshman, Kevin ran a leg on UNH’s 4x800m relay team that placed second at the America East Championships and third at the New England Championships.

 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Wednesday, March 28

Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 12, No. 12 Vanderbilt 11

Saturday, March 31

Men’s track & field: 3rd place (121 points) at Maine w/Bates

Women’s track & field: 1st place (152.5 points) at Maine w/Bates

Women’s lacrosse: at Vermont 18, UNH 8

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, April 4

Women’s lacrosse at Boston U., 4 pm

Saturday, April 7

Gymnastics at NCAA Regional: Lafayette Region (U. of Arkansas), 5 pm Eastern

Men’s track & field vs. Holy Cross and Maine, 11 am

Women’s track & field vs. Holy Cross and Maine, 11 am

Women’s lacrosse at Lehigh, 1 pm

 

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

  • The UNH gymnastics team has earned a bid to the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Fayetteville Regional, hosted by the University of Arkansas, on April 7. This marks the 30th NCAA Regional appearance for the Wildcats in 31 years and the 32nd postseason appearance in head coach Gail Goodspeed's 33 years at the University.
  • UNH, which is ranked 29th in the nation, learned during the live NCAA.com selection show that it would be the No. 5 seed in the Fayetteville Regional. Third-ranked UCLA, the inaugural Pac-12 champion, claimed the top seed, followed by No. 2 seed and 10th-ranked Arkansas of the Southeast Conference. No. 15 Boise State, an independent program, is seeded third, followed by 19th-ranked and fourth-seeded Missouri, which tied for second place at the Big 12 Championship. East Atlantic Gymnastics League rival Maryland is the No. 6 seed.
  • New Hampshire scored a 195.225 to finish sixth at the EAGL Championship on March 24. The Wildcats' Regional Qualifying Score is 195.120, they averaged a 194.358 and their season-high total was a 195.800 at the UNH Invitational quad-meet March 3.
  • In 2011, fourth-seeded UNH scored a 194.500 to finish in fifth place at the Norman Regional, hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The 'Cats won their lone NCAA Regional championship in 1994 and also finished runner-up in back-to-back seasons (1982, '83).

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (3-6 overall, 1-1 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team upended 12th-ranked Vanderbilt University, 12-11, on March 28 at Memorial Field, then resumed America East conference play with an 18-8 loss at Vermont on March 31.
  • Freshman midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.), the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, broke an 11-11 tie with 4:07 remaining in the game vs. Vandy. She finished with career highs in goals (five), points (six) and draw controls (five).
  • Junior goalkeeper Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) matched her career high of 14 saves against 12th-ranked Vanderbilt, including two saves in the final four minutes after UNH took a 12-11 lead. She stopped an impressive 11 of 14 free-position shots in two games last week, including all five vs. UVM.
  • Senior midfielder and captain Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) tied a personal best of four assists vs. Vandy.
  • Senior midfielder and captain Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) enters the week with an active goal-scoring streak of 12 games and a 14-game point streak.
 

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team opened the 2012 season with a third-place finish in a March 31 at Maine that also included Bates. The Wildcats accrued 121 points in comparison to Bates’ 138 and Maine’s 136.
  • D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) won two races in his outdoor track debut. He was first across the finish line in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.07 seconds and recorded the fastest time in the 400m (56.51).
  • Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 800-meter run with a winning time of 1 minute, 53.72 seconds.
  • The Wildcats also swept the top three spots in the 3,000m steeplechase with John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) setting the pace at 9:50.45.
  • UNH won three other individual events – Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine) led the pack in the 5,000m (15:04.87), Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) topped the field in the high jump (6 feet-3.5 inches) and Jesse Swink (Groton, Conn.) recorded the top effort in the javelin (175-11).
  • The quartet of Jake McDougle (Walpole, N.H.), Greene, Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) and Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) combined for a winning time of 3:25.44 in the 4x400m relay.
  • In last Friday’s NC State Raleigh Relays, Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) finished second overall in the shot put with an IC4A-qualfying toss of 17.28 meters. Paey, who captured the America East shot put title this past indoor season, was runner-up in the field of 38 throwers.
  • 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 won 11 events to capture first place in a tri-meet against host school University of Maine and Bates College on March 31. The Wildcats recorded 152.5 points to defeat Maine (137 points) and Bates (97.5).
  • New Hampshire sent three individual to compete at the NC State Raleigh Relays on March 30. Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) bested a field of 48 runners in the 10,000-meter run with an ECAC-qualifying time of 34 minutes, 50.34 seconds, while junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) took third in the event with an ECAC-qualifying time of 35:18.11. Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia), who also qualified for the ECACs, placed 17th overall in the 5,000 meters, crossing the finish line in a school-record time of 16:39.95; Letourneau is coming off an indoor season in which she established school records in both the 1,000m and mile.
  • Allison Brehm (Hampton, N.H.) won the 100 meters in 12.51 seconds, the 200 meters in 26.03, and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay team that included Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine).
  • Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) captured the 3,000 meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line in a time of 11:33.73.
  • Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) won the hammer throw with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 170 feet, 2 inches, while Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.), the reigning America East Field Performer of the Week, captured the javelin with a toss of 127-10.
  • In the long jump, Frazier lead the way with a winning leap of 17-03.25, while Bonsaint was right behind in second with a distance of 16-08.75. Danica Goodheart (Meredith, N.H.) made it a clean sweep in the jumping events as she won the triple jump with a leap of 36-07.50 and Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) was victorious in the high jump with a winning effort of 5-03.75.
  • Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) posted a first-place finish in the discus with a winning toss of 130-01. Abbey Huntress (Saco, Maine) won the shot put at 38-04.25.
  • 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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