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April 14, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) of the women’s track & field team and D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, 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 the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.
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Lauren Perrodin, women’s track & field
Lauren, a sophomore from Coral Springs, Fla., was part of three event victories – two of which were school records – to help propel the Wildcats to first place at the UNH Wildcat Invitational held April 12 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility.
She won the 100-meter dash in a record time of 12.08 seconds to supplant the record of 12.19 shared by Betsy Harris (1979) and Allison Brehm (2012).
Lauren also ran the opening leg of the record-setting 4x100m relay squad that crossed the finish line in 47.87 seconds; the previous benchmark of 48.08 was established in 1998. The sophomore sprinter was also part of the winning quartet in the 4x400 relay that crossed the finish line in 4:01.28.
One week earlier in the season opener, Lauren swept first place in the 100m and 200m sprints, and was part of the winning 4x100m relay.
At the 2014 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships, Lauren was runner-up in the 60m with a time of 7.63 seconds; she recorded a personal-best time of 7.55 in the preliminaries to advance to the final hear. Lauren also placed ninth in the 200m (26.28); she once again established a personal record (PR) in the preliminaries of that event with a clocking of 25.32. She went on to finish third in the 60m at the New Englands.
Earlier in the indoor season at the University of Rhode Island Coaches Tribute, she ran to second place in the 60m. Lauren was also runner-up in that event at the Joe Donahue Games.
Lauren recorded her first career victory in the December 2012 dual meet against Maine with a time of 7.21 in the 55m. She went on to win the 60m at the Joe Donahue Games (Jan. 2013), and one week later she was runner-up in the 60m at the Coaches Tribute. Lauren capped her freshman indoor season with fifth place in the 60m and 10th in the 200m at the America East championship, followed by fourth place in the 60m at New Englands.
Lauren began her outdoor career in April 2013 with a win in the 100m against Maine and Holy Cross. She went on to place second in both the 100m and 200m at the UNH Wildcat Invitational as well as fourth place in the 100m at the conference meet.
D’mahl McFadden, men’s track & field
D’mahl, a sophomore from Penacook, N.H., placed in a total of four events (two individual, two relays) to help the UNH men’s outdoor track & field team place second at the UNH Wildcat Invitational, which took place April 12 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility.
D’mahl was victorious in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.86 seconds and was third in the 400m hurdles by crossing the finish line in 56.32 seconds. He also ran a leg in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, both of which took second place. The 4x100m had an aggregate time of 43.26 seconds and the 4x400m finished in 3:24.45.
In last week’s 2014 outdoor season opener against Maine, Holy Cross and Northeastern, D’Mahl captured first place in the 110m hurdles with a winning time of 14.52 seconds.
During the 2014 indoor season, he placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.27 seconds) at the America East Championship and eighth in that event at the New England Championships with a mark of 8.44.
D’Mahl had a standout effort in a dual meet against Maine in February 2014, when he won the 60m hurdles, placed second in the 200m and third in the 60m. Earlier in the indoor season, the sprinter was fourth in the 60m hurdles at both the Coaches Tribute (University of Rhode Island) and Joe Donahue Games. D’Mahl’s 2013-14 season began with a runner-up finish in both the 55m hurdles and 200m, as well as third place in the 55m dash in a dual meet against Maine.
Saturday, April 12
Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 18, Binghamton 5
Women’s outdoor track & field: 1st place at UNH Invitational (10 teams)
Men’s outdoor track & field: 2nd place at UNH Invitational (10 teams)
Wednesday, April 16
Women’s outdoor track & field at Holy Cross heptathlon, 10 am
Men’s outdoor track & field at Holy Cross decathlon, 10 am
Thursday, April 17
Women’s outdoor track & field at Holy Cross heptathlon, 10 am
Men’s outdoor track & field at Holy Cross decathlon, 10 am
Saturday, April 19
Women’s outdoor track & field at Stony Brook Invitational, 11 am
Men’s outdoor track & field at Stony Brook Invitational, 11 am
Women’s lacrosse at Stony Brook, 1 pm
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (7-7 overall, 2-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s lacrosse team climbed into a second-place tie in the America East standings following its 18-5 victory against Binghamton University at Memorial Field on April 12.
- The Wildcats recorded season highs in both goals and draw controls (17), and tied its season high in assists (10).
- Junior midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) scored her 100th career goal with the last of her three tallies, which gave the Wildcats a 17-5 lead at 6:47 of the second half. Puccia also tallied career highs in draw controls (eight), ground balls (four) and caused turnovers (three), and was subsequently honored as the America East Defensive Player of the Week on April 14. Puccia has career numbers of 100 goals and 16 assists for 116 points in 46 games.
- Junior attack Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) recorded three personal milestones during her career-high seven-point performance (two goals, five assists) against Binghamton. Hinkle recorded her 50th career goal and 100th career point with her second goal of the game that gave the ‘Cats a 15-3 lead at 23:29 of the second half. She tallied assist No. 50 just two minutes earlier with her fourth assist of the game. Hinkle has 50 goals and 51 assists for 101 points in 47 games.
- Sophomore attack Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) recorded four goals and three assists to match her personal bests in both goals and points (seven); she was honored as the America East Offensive Player of the Week. Grote tallied five points (3g, 2a) during UNH’s game-opening 9-0 run.
- Freshman midfielder Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) scored three goals to mark her career highs in both goals and points (three).
- Junior goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) shut out Binghamton the initial 18:19 of the game to extend her shutout streak to 71:32; she finished the game with six saves. Hurwitz is ranked No. 8 in the nation in saves (124) and 15th in saves per game (8.86).
- New Hampshire returns to action April 19 (1 p.m.) at 17th-ranked Stony Brook University.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team compiled 123 points for second place at the UNH Wildcat Invitational, which took place April 12 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility. The University of Maine, with 152 points, captured first place in the 10-team event.
- Sophomore D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) placed in a total of four events. He was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles (14.86 seconds) and was third in the 400m hurdles (56.32).
- McFadden also ran in a pair of relay teams that took second place. He combined with Christopher Decarlo (Derry, N.H.), Ryan Maney (Reading, Mass.) and Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) for second lace in the 4x100m at 43.26.
- The 4x400m quartet of McFadden, Sheridan, Ross Hardy (North Andover, Mass.) and Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.) combined for a second-place time of 3:24.45.
- Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) was the fastest runner in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.93 seconds – he crossed the finish line .32 seconds ahead of runner-up Christopher Poggi (Derry, N.H.). Penn followed with fifth place in the 200m with a time of 22.90.
- Freshman Robert Biro (Rockaway, N.J.) won the 3,000m with a time of 9:59.22, which was seven seconds ahead of the runner-up.
- UNH took two of the top three spots in the 5,000m. Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) was first across the finish line with a time of 14:36.18 and sophomore Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) placed third in 15:09.47.
- The Wildcats duplicated that feat in the 10,000m. Sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) took first place in 32:00.30 and senior John Corona (Middletown, Conn.) earned third at 32:26.61.
- Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) recorded a personal-best effort of 188 feet, 3 inches to win the hammer throw.
- Junior Duncan Cromwell (North Conway, N.H.) topped the field in the pole vault by clearing a height of 13-02.25.
- New Hampshire returns to action April 19 at the Stony Brook Invitational.
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team tallied 165 points to capture first place at the UNH Wildcat Invitational held April 12 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility. A total of 10 teams competed at the event; Dartmouth College finished as runner-up with 139 points and was followed by University of Maine (71).
- Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) was part of two school records by running to first place in one individual event and a leg on two winning relay teams.
- Perrodin won the 100-meter dash in a record time of 12.08 seconds to supplant the record of 12.19 shared by Betsy Harris (1979) and Allison Brehm (2012).
- The sophomore ran the opening leg of the record-setting 4x100m relay squad that crossed the finish line in 47.87 seconds; the previous benchmark of 48.08 was established in 1998. Junior Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), sophomore Sydney Kay (Fairfield, Conn.) and senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) comprised the rest of the relay team.
- Perrodin combined with freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinston, N.H.), Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Anne Twombley (Exeter, N.H.) to win the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:01.28.
- Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) swept first place in the hurdles with a time of 14.51 seconds in the 100m and 1:07.67 in the 400m.
- The Wildcats took the top two spots in the 10,000m run. Sophomore Brianna Boden (Keene, N.H.) edged senior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) by .31 of a second with a time of 39:39.99.
- New Hampshire placed 1-2 in the high jump. Junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) won the event with a cleared height of 5 feet, 6 inches. Janine Appleton (Marlborough, Conn.) posted a mark of 4-11.75 for second place.
- UNH claimed second and third place in the 200m. Brehm was the runner-up with a time of 25.49 and Costa followed at 25.86.
- Senior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) bested the field in the long jump with a distance of 16-05.75. She also placed fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.47 seconds.
- Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) won the hammer throw with a toss of 167-03.
- Freshman Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.) was runner-up in the 400m hurdles by crossing the finish line in 1:07.85.
- In the 400m, sophomore Katherine Hickey (Northfield, N.H.) placed third with a time of 1:02.77 and classmate Molly Jenssen (Mansfield, Mass.) at 1:05.37.
- New Hampshire returns to action April 19 at the Stony Brook Invitational.
2013-14 UNH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
• Out of a possible 16 conference championships in the fall and winter seasons, UNH
won five titles (as well as two regular-season crowns).
• Field hockey – America East regular season and tournament champions
• Volleyball – America East regular season and tournament champions
• Women’s cross country – America East champions
• Women’s swimming & diving – America East champions
• Gymnastics – EAGL champions
UNH RETAINS LEAD IN AMERICA EAST COMMISSIONER CUP STANDINGS
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UNH remains atop the America East 2013-14 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings by one point at the end of the winter athletic season, the conference announced April 3.
The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system that rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference's 20 sports.
UNH, which held a 149-148 lead over UMBC at the conclusion of the fall season, compiled 86 points during the winter season for a league-high 235 points overall. This is the first time the Wildcats lead the Commissioner’s Cup standings after the winter season.
UNH captured the America East women’s swimming and diving title for the second consecutive year to gain 10 points. The Wildcats broke the championship record – also for the second time in as many years – with 877 points and were honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. The team broke four conference, two pool and two school records at the conference championship meet.
The ‘Cats earned 39 points in women’s basketball by recording their best regular-season finish – third place – since the 2004-05 season and advancing to the semifinals of the league tournament for the second straight year.
New Hampshire was awarded 12 points in both men’s and women’s indoor track & field for its fourth-place finish in both competitions at the America East Championship. The Wildcats’ other 13 winter points were from men’s basketball.
UNH ATHLETICS RANKED NO. 41 IN UPDATED LEARFIELD CUP STANDINGS
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings on March 27 and UNH is ranked No. 41 (212 programs received points). UNH received all of its 57 points in the winter standings from the ski team’s 11th-place finish at the NCAA championships earlier this month. The Wildcats compiled 133 points in the fall season with 83 points in FCS football (third place) and 25 points in both field hockey (ninth place) and volleyball (33rd place).
Partnership announced to bring 2014 state title football games to UNH
The UNH department of athletics and the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) announced a partnership that will bring all three New Hampshire state high school football championship games to Cowell Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014.
The Super Saturday (Nov. 22) of NHIAA football championship games will consist of the Division III final at 11 a.m., the Division II title matchup at 2:30 p.m. and the Division I championship game under the lights at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold on game day at the Cowell Stadium ticket office.
NHIAA football championships, which had been contested at the home field of the highest remaining seed, join NHIAA Division I and II boys’ basketball championships and D-I and D-II swimming championships that are currently decided on the UNH campus.
NEW ATHLETIC COMPLEX OUTLINED AS PART OF CAMPUS MASTER PLAN
With a focus on meeting its strategic priorities, UNH is moving forward with fundraising and planning for a new athletic complex that will benefit the University, Durham and the Seacoast region, and the state. Athletic facilities and venues, including a new stadium, were identified as a priority in the campus’ master plan to improve recruitment, student satisfaction, and overall visibility in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Expected to cost $25 million and open in late 2015, the facility, which is referred to as the West Stadium, will offer increased and improved seating, state-of-the art broadcast and WiFi capability, concessions, restrooms, and a special student section. The original concrete section of the current East Side facility dates to the 1930s.
The new athletic complex will offer increased seating capacity of more than 10,000, a new home side on the opposite side of the existing field, and gathering and social spaces.
AMERICA EAST FALL 2013 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
In an announcement made Feb. 6 by the America East conference, UNH had the highest number of student-athletes (114) recognized on the America East Fall 2013 Honor Roll; it marked the fifth consecutive fall semester New Hampshire accomplished the feat.
UNH’s women’s cross country team had the highest percentage of honor roll recipients from a single team, with 33 of a possible 35 (94.3%) student-athletes recognized. Fifteen of those Wildcats received distinction on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.50 or higher gpa).
The UNH volleyball team placed 13 of 16 (81.3%) student-athletes on the Honor Roll and eight made the grade for the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The men’s cross country had the next highest percentage among UNH teams at 76% (19 of 25 runners) and was followed closely by men’s soccer at 73.3% (22 of 30). In women’s soccer, 10 of the 15 ‘Cats who made the Honor Roll also made the Commissioner’s Roll and half of the 12 field hockey student-athletes on the Honor Roll were also on the Commissioner’s Roll.
Overall, UNH boasted 73.1% of its student-athletes on the Honor Roll, and 46.5% of those ‘Cats made the Commissioner’s Roll.
CAPITAL ONE CUP STANDINGS
The University of New Hampshire athletics program received high marks in the Capital One Cup standings that were announced by the NCAA last week. UNH is ranked No. 16 on the men’s side with 18 points and the Wildcats are No. 32 on the women’s side with two points. The ‘Cats earned all of its men’s points on the football team’s NCAA semifinal appearance; field hockey and volleyball both earned a point for the women by advancing to the NCAA tournament.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (19-12 overall, 12-4 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team advanced out of the America East Championship quarterfinal with an 85-79 victory against the University of Vermont, but then the Wildcats were ousted in the semifinals with a 79-59 loss to Stony Brook. Both games were played at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
- In Friday’s quarterfinal vs. UVM, the Wildcats trailed 38-33 at halftime but rallied to tied the score at 44 and then surged ahead 51-49. UNH extended the advantage to double digits, 71-61, with five minutes to play. UVM closed within 79-74 with 1:14 remaining, but the Wildcats made 6 of 8 free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.
- In Sunday’s semifinal, UNH built an early 7-2 lead, but Stony Brook scored 13 consecutive points to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Wildcats trailed 36-30 at the half and scored the first basket of the second half to pull within four points, but the Seawolves netted the next 10 points to extend the advantage to 46-32 with 13:42 remaining.
- Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored a team-high 21 points in the quarterfinal against UVM; she made 7 of 9 field goals and went 7-for-10 from the foul line. She also recorded eight rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
- Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) recorded 18 points, five rebounds and four assists against Vermont.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) recorded 16 points and six rebounds vs. UVM. She followed that with a team-high 18 points, five rebounds and three assists against Stony Brook.
- Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) finished with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block against the Catamounts.
- UNH, the third seed, advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year. The last time the Wildcats went to the semis in back-to-back years was 2002 and 2003.
- Prior to the tourney, UNH collected four awards at the annual America East banquet – it marked the team’s highest total since 2002. Hogan was named to the All-Conference First Team, Coia was selected to the Second Team and Belanger was a Third Team honoree. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-24 overall, 4-12 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team saw the 2014 season come to an end with a 77-60 loss to the University of Vermont in a March 8 America East quarterfinal at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
- Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) recorded 14 points in his final game as a Wildcat. He leaves the program tied for first in games played (117) and No. 9 in career assists (254).
- Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a team-high 19 points on the strength of 3 of 4 shooting from 3-point range.
- Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded 41 blocks this season to rank No. 3 on UNH’s single-season leaderboard. His 75 blocks in just two seasons as a Wildcat also ranks third on the career leaderboard.
- UNH recorded 99 blocks, which is the second-highest season total in program history.
- Prior to the start of the tourney, freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) was named to the America East All-Rookie Team and senior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was voted to the All-Academic Team at the annual conference banquet.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team concluded its highly successful 2013 season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). Thirty-seven teams competed at the event.
- Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in 37th place in the field of 254 runners.
- The Wildcats won the 2013 America East Championship title (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University); the only other time New Hampshire won the team title was 2003. Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led the ‘Cats in sixth place and Twombly was next across the finish line. The ‘Cats then finished 10th through 12th, starting with junior Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) followed by senior captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia).
- UNH won the 2013 New England Championship that was held Oct. 12 at Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.). Purrier once again led the squad in third place overall. She was followed by Donegan (fifth place), Twombly (11th), Serrano (15th) and Beattie (16th).
- Senior captains Beattie and Twombly were named to the America East All-Academic Team. It marked the second time both received this honor – Beattie was previously feted in 2011 while for Twombly it marked the second consecutive year she was honored.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country finished the season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). A total of 37 teams competed.
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) won the America East Championship individual title with a first-place finish (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University). He became the first Wildcat runner to win the men’s title since 2004 (Anthony Truax).
- UNH placed fourth at the America East Championship – the top four teams were separated by 14 points. The ‘Cats, with 72 points, were edged by UMBC (58 points), Binghamton (65) and Stony Brook (70); in comparison, fifth-place Maine tallied 110 points.
- Junior Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) also recorded a Top-10 effort in eighth place while senior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was just outside the Top 10 in 11th place.
- Prizzi, who was also the top ‘Cat at the Northeast Regional meet in 12th place overall, was selected to the America East All-Academic Team.
FIELD HOCKEY (15-7 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 16th-ranked UNH field hockey team, which advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament as the America East automatic qualifier by winning the conference tourney, was defeated by fifth-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke University, 6-1, in a Nov. 16 first round game at Jack Katz Stadium.
- The Wildcats won the America East regular-season title for the fourth consecutive year – the second straight year and third time in four years with a perfect record – and won the conference tournament for the second time in three years.
- The 15 wins marks the fifth-highest single-season total in the program’s 39-year history. UNH ended the regular season with six consecutive wins and extended the win streak to eight games with a 4-0 win vs. Fairfield University in the America East semifinals and 3-2 victory against University at Albany in the title game. Each of the first five wins during that streak was by shutout to mark the longest streak since September 1984 (six games).
- Senior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team. She was voted to the Third Team a year ago. This marks the fifth consecutive year UNH has had at least one All-America Team honoree.
- Bozek, senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) were voted to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team.
- Sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were named to the Northeast Region Second Team.
- Flatley finished the 2013 season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. On UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, that is tied for No. 9 in points and tied for 11th in goals.
- UNH won three of the six major America East awards with Bozek feted as Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Tarbell as Goalkeeper of the Year and, for the fourth time in as many years, the Coaching Staff of the Year.
- Bozek and Tarbell were joined on the All-Conference First Team by Flatley and Pohlmeyer, who was also voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Joyce, Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were all Second Team selections.
- Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.
FOOTBALL (10-5 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The No. 5 UNH football team’s 2013 season came to an end with a 52-14 loss to top-seeded and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State University in an FCS semifinal game at Fargodome on Dec. 20. It marked the Wildcats’ first trip to the semifinals and ended a six-game win streak.
- New Hampshire has reached double digits in victories five times during its national-leading 10-year playoff streak. The 2005 Wildcats finished with a school-record 11 victories. The 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013 teams all had 10 wins.
- UNH had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers for the first time in school history. Senior Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) finished with a team-high 1,038 yards on 73 catches in 15 games; the yardage and receptions both rank No. 7 on UNH’s single-season list. Junior R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) recorded 1,004 yards on 76 catches in 12 games; on the single-season leaderboard, those numbers are No. 6 in receptions and No. 9 in yards.
- UNH had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver for just the second time in program history. In addition to the aforementioned Mello and Harris with 1,000+ receiving yards, junior Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) recorded 1,028 rushing yards.
- Senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.), senior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) and junior wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) were named to the New England Football Writers’ Association FCS All-New England Team.
- Harris was named to the CAA All-Conference First Team. Archer and junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) were Second Team selections. Sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson (Morristown, N.J.), senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.), senior offensive lineman Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.), junior tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) and Asam were Third Team honorees.
- The 15 games played marked the most in a season for the Wildcats; nine of the 15 games were on the road and that included the last three playoff games vs. Maine, Southeastern Louisiana and North Dakota State.
GYMNASTICS (14-4 overall, 6-2 EAGL)
- The 23rd-ranked UNH gymnastics team recorded a team score of 195.025 to place fifth at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics University Park Regional Championship at Penn State University on April 5.
- Top-ranked University of Florida won the regional (197.050), followed by 15th-ranked Penn State (196.725), 12th-ranked Oregon (196.525), Kentucky (195.925), UNH at Maryland (194.525).
- Freshman Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) recorded a career-high 9.875 on vault to tie for seventh place and lead the Wildcats to a 49.100 team score, which marked the second highest vault score of the season.
- Junior Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) tied her career high and senior co-captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) with a 9.825 on vault. Senior Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) earned a 9.800.
- Barile was the top ‘Cat on the floor exercise with a mark of 9.825.
- Sophomore Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) earned a share of the team’s top bar score for the fourth time in the last five meets with a 9.750. Pflieger also scored a 9.750 on the apparatus.
- Junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) paced UNH’s beam lineup for the eighth time this season with a 9.800. She was followed by Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) at 9.750 and Hill (9.725).
- Pflieger tied for ninth in the all-around with a 39.050.
- Associate head coach Ed Datti and assistant coach Ali Carr were named the Northeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year, and associate athletic director for operations Carrie Kimball was feted as the Northeast Region Administrator of the Year.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (22-18-1 overall, 11-9-0 Hockey East)
- The 18th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team finished as runner-up in the 30th annual Hockey East Championship following a 3-1 win against No. 9 Providence College in a March 21 semifinal and 4-0 loss to No. 7 UMass Lowell in the March 22 championship game. Both games were played at the TD Garden in Boston, and it marked the Wildcats’ first title game appearance since 2007.
- At the annual Hockey East banquet March 20, senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) were name to the All-Star Second Team. UNH received the Charlie Holt Sportsmanship Award for the fifth consecutive year and ninth time overall.
- At the conclusion of the tourney, Goumas was named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Goumas led the Wildcats in both assists (33) and points (52), and he ranked second in goals (19). Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) was the leader in goals (20) and was second in points (40). Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) ranked third in goals (18), assists (21) and points (39).
- At the conclusion of the season, four Wildcats inked contracts with professional teams. Junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, Knodel went to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, Sorkin signed a contract with the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate (Hamilton Bulldogs), and Goumas inked a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate (Adirondack Phantoms).
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-23-2 overall, 4-15-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team saw its 2013-14 season end with an 8-1 loss to fourth-ranked Boston College in a Feb. 28th Hockey East quarterfinal game at Conte Forum.
- Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
- The end of the 2014 season marks the end of Wildcat careers for seniors Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario), Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario). Gifford recorded 29 goals and 42 assists for 71 points in 134 career games. Hitchcock, who spent her first two years at Niagara University, finished with overall numbers of 36 goals and 40 assists for 76 points in 133 games. O'Neill tallied 28 goals and 28 assists for 56 points in 134 games.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team broke two school records and concluded the 2014 season at the IC4A Championships that were held March 8-9 at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) broke an 11-year old record in the 3,000-meter run with a fifth-place time of 8 minutes, 2.40 seconds on Sunday. The previous benchmark of 8:05.00 was set by Dan Hocking in 2003.
- The 4x800 relay quartet of Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.), Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.), Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) and Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) claimed fourth place with a time of 7:28.74.
- One day earlier, that foursome combined to break the school record in the 4x800 preliminary round with a time of 7:28.52. The previous benchmark was 7:33.13.
- Prizzi and junior Zachary Chabot (Manchester, N.H.) were named to the America East All-Academic Team. Prizzi was also honored last year – his first year of eligibility – while this was Chabot’s first selection to the team.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team had one individual compete at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that were held March 14-15 at the University of New Mexico’s Indoor Track at Albuquerque Convention Center.
- Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) finished seventh in her heat and 15th overall in the semifinals of the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 48.82 seconds.
- Purrier qualified with a school-record time of 4 minutes, 36.14 seconds that ranked ninth in the nation. She took first place in the mile at the America East Championship with a time of 4 minutes, 41.73 seconds, which was a school record at the time.
- Senior Elisa Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Academic Team. It marked the first selection for both Wildcats.
- The UNH ski team finished in 11th place (of 23 teams) at the 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 5-8 at the University of Utah. The Wildcats recorded three All-America Second Team performances with Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) earning that recognition in both slalom and giant slalom and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) getting that distinction in slalom.
- Teschner placed sixth in the Saturday, March 8 slalom competition with a sixth-place effort of 1 minute, 41.47 seconds. She opened the NCAAs with 10th place in the March 5 giant slalom with a combined mark of 2:00.10; it marked her second straight year earning All-America status in that event.
- Oliver, who was a 2013 All-America First Team skier in giant slalom, earned Second Team in this year’s slalom with an eighth-place finish of 1:56.47. Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) clocked in at 2:00.77 for 17th place.
- Also in Saturday’s last day of competition, Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) led UNH’s Nordic racers with 19th place in the 20K freestyle by crossing the finish line in 44:34.00.
- On opening day (March 5) at Park City Mountain Resort, Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario), in her NCAA Championships debut, skied to 14th place in the giant slalom.
- On the first day of Nordic competition (March 6), Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) recorded a team-best 18th-place finish in the women’s 5K classic race.
- Prior to the start of the NCAAs, the United State Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) announced that a nation-leading 13 UNH skiers were named to the 2014 National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) were honored for the third time.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
- Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
- Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
- Borkan led America East in save percentage and ranked second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she was No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
- Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
- O’Neil ranked seventh in America East in points/game, sixth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she was No. 4 in goals/game (0.50), points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75).
MEN’S SOCCER (12-5-1 overall, 5-2-0 America East)
- The second-seeded UNH men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in the America East semifinal against third-seeded University of Hartford at Bremner Field on Nov. 13. The Hawks then advanced to the title game by virtue of a 4-3 decision in PKs.
- UNH entered the game with a conference-record six consecutive tournament shutouts that spanned the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
- The Wildcats rank No. 5 in the nation in team GAA with a conference-leading mark of 0.58. The team also ranks fifth with a conference-best .867.
- The 12 wins ties the third-highest total in program history.
- Prior to the start of the conference tourney, junior Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. He was joined on the All-Conference First Team by seniors Uguchukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) as well as sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany).
- The Second Team included sophomores A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) while Jesus Tedula (Zaragoza, Spain) and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned All-Rookie Team honors.
- Senior co-captains David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Worra led America East in both GAA (0.55) and save percentage (.883) as he recorded six shutouts in 12 games. In the national stats, Worra is No. 4 in save percentage and No. 7 in GAA.
- Uche ranked sixth in the conference in goals/game and seventh in points/game. He led the ‘Cats in goals (six) and points (13).
SWIMMING & DIVING (8-1 overall, 2-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team sent one competitor to the 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships that were held March 20-22 at the University of Minnesota.
- Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) opened the meet by swimming to a school and UNH record with a time of 1 minute, 58.78 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley on March 20.
- In the second day of competition, Mann raced to 19th place (among 51 competitors) in the 400 IM with a time of 4:10.39.
Mann concluded the three-day NCAAs with a time of 2:12.11 in the 200 breaststroke.
VOLLEYBALL (20-13 overall, 12-2 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was defeated 3-0 by sixth-ranked University of Southern California in a Dec. 5 NCAA first-round game at the Galen Center. The set scores were 25-9, 25-10, 25-12.
- The Wildcats’ season-high nine-match win streak was snapped by the Women of Troy, who improved to 27-5.
- UNH followed up its America East regular-season title by winning the 2013 America East Championship tournament, which was held Nov. 22-23 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats extended their win streak to nine matches by defeating Stony Brook University (3-0) in the semifinals and UMBC (3-2) in the final.
- This is the seventh time head coach Jill Hirschinger has led the ‘Cats to a 20-15th-year
- This was the Wildcats’ fourth NCAA tourney appearance, all under Hirschinger; they previously advanced to the NCAAs in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
- New Hampshire claimed a total of 10 America East awards at the conference banquet. Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was honored as Player of the Year and the Wildcats, led by Hirschinger, were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
- UNH tied the highest total on both the All-Conference First and Second Team with two on each. Thatcher was joined on the First Team by sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) while junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) and senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) were Second Team selections.
- Demi Muses (Orangeville, Calif.) was voted to the All-Rookie Team.
- The ‘Cats also placed the highest number of representatives on the All-Academic Team with Forrest, sophomore Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) and junior Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) all making the grade.
- Dunklau, a junior setter, was named Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship. Thatcher and Tolliver joined Dunklau on the All-Championship Team.