April 4, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. – Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) of the women’s track & field team and Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) of the men’s track & field 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.
Erica Jesseman, women’s track & field
Erica, a senior from Scarborough, Maine, raced to second place in the 5,000-meter run with a school-record time of 16 minutes, 51.24 seconds at the Sam Howell Invitational that was held April 1-2 at Princeton University.
She concluded the 2011 indoor track & field season with a record-breaking first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (16:24.09) at the ECAC Championship. That broke her own record previously established two weeks earlier at the America East Championship; she was timed in 16:34.81 to earn third place and Erica also took fourth place in the 3,000m at the league championship with a mark of 9:38.69.
Last year, Erica won the 10,000m run at the outdoor New England Championships with a time of 35:42.05. She went on to compete at the NCAA East Regional Championship and placed 28th in the 10,000m. At the ECACs, she toppled UNH’s 26-year-old record in the 5,000m with her sixth-place finish of 16:49.61. Erica had previously finished as runner-up in the 5,000m at the America East Championships; she was also fourth in the 3,000m at the league championship.
Erica and the rest of the UNH track & field team returns to competition April 9 at home (Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility) against Holy Cross, Maine and Northeastern. The meet begins at 11 a.m.
Paul DeTurk, men’s track & field
Paul, a graduate student from Durham, New Hampshire, opened the 2011 outdoor track & field season with a fifth-place effort at the Sam Howell Invitational, which was held April 1-2 at Princeton University. The throws specialist recorded a toss of 59.92 meters in the hammer throw.
Paul is coming off a successful 2011 indoor track & field season that included 12th place in the weight throw at the IC4As, 5th place in the weight throw at New Englands and 2nd place in weight throw at the America East championship.
Last year as a senior, Paul was the America East outdoor track & field individual champion in the hammer throw with a distance of 61.97m. He went on to compete at the NCAA East Regional Championship and placed 37th in the hammer throw. He also placed 12th in the hammer at the IC4A Championships as well as second in that event at the New England Championships.
During the 2010 indoor season, Paul placed 3rd in the weight throw at the America East Championships and 20th at the IC4As. Back in the 2009 outdoor season, his highlights included 17th place at the IC4As (hammer throw), 5th at New Englands (hammer) and 4th at America East (hammer).
Paul and the rest of the UNH track & field team returns to competition April 9 at home (Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility) against Holy Cross, Maine and Northeastern. The meet begins at 11 a.m.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday, April 1
Women’s lacrosse: at Harvard 8, UNH 6
Women’s track & field: at Sam Howell Invitational (Princeton, N.J.)
Men’s track & field: at Sam Howell Invitational (Princeton, N.J.)
Saturday, April 2
Gymnastics: 5th place at NCAA Regional Championship (at University of Oklahoma)
Women’s track & field: at Sam Howell Invitational (Princeton, N.J.)
Wednesday, April 6
Women’s lacrosse vs. Boston University, 4 pm
Saturday, April 9
Women’s track & field vs. Holy Cross, Maine and Northeastern, 11 am
Men’s track & field vs. Holy Cross, Maine and Northeastern, 11 am
Women’s lacrosse at Albany, 1 pm
GYMNASTICS (11-9, 2-3 EAGL)
- New Hampshire placed fifth at last week’s NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional Championship that was held at the University of Oklahoma. The Wildcats compiled a team score of 194.5 points.
- Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) recorded the team’s highest score in the all-around (38.925), vault (9.825) and balance beam (9.8). She tied for seventh on the beam.
- Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) was top ‘Cat on the uneven bars with a 9.8.
- Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) recorded a team-high mark of 9.8 on the floor exercise. She also had a score of 9.8 on the vault.
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.
- Senior forward Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) was named the Leonard Fowle MVP, given the Herb Gallaher Award (best forward) and named to the New England Men’s Division I All-Star Team.
- Junior defenseman Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) joined Thompson on the New England All-Star Team.
- Thompson signed a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) signed a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.
- Matt Campanale (Chester Springs, Pa.) signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (5-5, 0-1 America East East)
- New Hampshire utilized a balanced attack to build a 6-0 lead at Harvard, but the Crimson rallied to upend the Wildcats, 8-6, last Friday at Harvard Stadium.
- Entering last week’s action, Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) ranked fourth in the nation in caused turnovers as well as 20th in ground balls. Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) was 18th in caused turnovers.
- UNH plays the first of four April home games this Wednesday (4 p.m.) against America East conference rival Boston University.
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team had a handful of competitors at last weekend’s Sam Howell Invitational, which was held April 1-2 at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium.
- Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) completed the 5000-meter run in a school-record time of 16 minutes, 51.24 seconds to earn second place.
- Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) also turned in a runner-up finish at the Sam Howell Invitational. She placed second in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:33.32.
- Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) raced to fourth place in the 1500m with a time of 4:35.48.
- Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) captured sixth place in the hammer throw with a toss of 160 feet, 5 inches.
- The full UNH track & field team opens competition April 9 at home against Holy Cross, Maine and Northeastern.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) was the lone UNH men’s competitor at last weekend’s Sam Howell Invitational that was held at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium. He finished fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 59.92 meters.
- The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team will open the 2011 season at home April 9 against Holy Cross, Maine and Northeastern.
COMPLETED WINTER SEASON WRAPUPS
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.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-1)
- 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.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- 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.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- 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.
FALL SEASON WRAPUP
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 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.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 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.