Keagins, Guarente: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


April 23, 2012


DURHAM, N.H.Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) of the women’s lacrosse team and Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) 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.



Kate Keagins, women’s lacrosse

     Kate, a senior from Bay Shore, New York, recorded nine points (seven goals, two assists), five ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls to lead the UNH women’s lacrosse team to victory against Columbia (14-8) and UMBC (12-11) last week.

     In the most recent game – her last home game as a Wildcat at Memorial Field – the midfielder tallied two goals, two assists, four ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls against UMBC. Kate helped secure the victory in the closing minutes. With 90 seconds remaining and UNH leading 11-10, UMBC had an open net on a restart but Kate stick-checked the ball free, corralled the ground ball, went the length of the field and assisted on what proved to be the game-winning tally with 51 seconds to play.

     Last Wednesday (April 18) at Columbia, Kate netted a season-high five goals. She scored three times during UNH’s decisive 9-1 first-half run, and that included consecutive goals 94 seconds apart.

     Kate, one of four captains on the 2012 squad, has started 13 of 14 games this season and leads the team in goals (29), points (36), ground balls (28), caused turnovers (26) and draw controls (33). With those numbers, she leads the America East conference in caused turnovers per game (1.86) and is ranked 13th nationally in that statistic.

     Dating back to the 2011 season, Kate has tallied a point in 19 consecutive games with 46 points (34g, 12a) in that span. She also has an active 17-game goal-scoring streak.

     In 66 career games, Kate has compiled 93 goals and 38 assists for 131 points. Her other numbers include 105 ground balls, 104 draw controls and 93 caused turnovers.

     Last year as a junior, Kate was one of two Wildcats to record double digits in goals, assists, ground balls, caused turnovers and ground balls. She led the team in assists, points, GB, CTO and shots, and also ranked fourth in both goals and draw controls.

     Kate was an America East All-Conference First Team selection in 2010, when she ranked second on the team in both assists and points as well as ground balls and draw controls. She was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team in 2009.


Matthew Guarente, men’s track & field

     Matthew, a junior from Saugus, Massachusetts, tied for fifth place in the high jump at the Larry Ellis Invitational that was held April 20-21 at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium. He cleared a height of 6 feet, 4.75 inches, which is his best mark of the 2012 outdoor season.

     Matthew took top honors in the high jump in a home tri-meet against the University of Maine and College of the Holy Cross on April 7 with a mark of 6-4. One week earlier, he also won the high jump in a tri-meet against the host school, Maine, and Bates College.

     During the 2011-12 indoor season, Matthew tied for third in the high jump at the America East Conference Championship meet with a leap of 6-5. His other indoor highlights included runner-up in a home tri-meet against Maine and Vermont (on Feb. 11), third place at both the Dartmouth Classic (19 competitors) and Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games (16 student-athletes) with a season-best mark of 6-6.

     As a freshman in 2009-10, Matthew placed third in the high jump at both the America East indoor and outdoor championships. Last year, he was the high jump titlist at both the America East indoor and outdoor championships and went on to a fourth-place finish at the New England Championship (both indoor and outdoor), as well as ninth place at the 2011 IC4A Indoor Championship.



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



Wednesday, April 18

Women’s lacrosse: UNH 14, at Columbia 8

Friday, April 20

Men’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (Day 1 of 2)

Women’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (Day 1 of 2)

Saturday, April 21

Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 12, UMBC 11 (Senior Day)

Men’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (Day 2 of 2)

Women’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (Day 2 of 2)



Tuesday, April 24

Men’s track & field at Holy Cross w/Rhode Island

Thursday, April 26

Men’s track & field at Penn Relays (Philadelphia)

Women’s track & field at Penn Relays (Philadelphia)

Friday, April 27

Men’s track & field at Penn Relays (Philadelphia)

Women’s track & field at Penn Relays (Philadelphia)

Saturday, April 28

Men’s track & field’s Wildcat Invitational II, 11 am

Women’s track & field’s Wildcat Invitational II, 11 am

Women’s lacrosse at Stony Brook, 1 pm


WOMEN’S LACROSSE (5-9 overall, 2-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team went 2-0 last week with a 14-8 road win against Columbia and a 12-11 Senior Day victory vs. UMBC. The Wildcats scored on their first nine shots at Columbia en route to building a 9-3 halftime lead and tallying their third-highest goal output of the season. The ‘Cats led 7-2 at the half against UMBC and the visitors never leveled the score despite pulling within one goal three times in the last 12 minutes of the game.
  • UNH will finish in a tie for third place in the America East standings and be the No. 3 seed by defeating Stony Brook in the last league game of the season on April 28. The Wildcats’ streak of 14 consecutive years in the league tourney will end with a loss.
  • Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored a season-high five goals at Columbia. She then tallied two goals, two assists, four ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls against UMBC.
  • Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) recorded consecutive four-point games last week with two goals and two assists at Columbia followed by four goals vs. UMBC. She was honored as the America East Rookie of the Week.
  • Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) recorded her first career win with an eight-save, six-ground ball effort at Columbia.
  • Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) improved to 20-8 lifetime with seven saves (eight goals allowed) vs. UMBC. She started and exited the game with UNH leading 10-8 at 12:29 of the second half, and was selected UNH’s America East Player of the Game for her performance.
  • Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.), Erin Levesque (Duxbury, Mass.), Gunts and Keagins were honored prior to the Senior Day game vs. UMBC.


  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team recorded six top-10 finishes at the non-scoring Larry Ellis Invitational that was held April 20-21 at Princeton University.
  • Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) took third place against 16 competitors in the shot put with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 57 feet, 9.5 inches. He captured first place in that event each of the previous two tri-meets.
  • Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) tied for fifth in the high jump with a cleared height of 6-4.75. He topped the field in two meets earlier this spring and captured the title at the 2012 America East indoor championship.
  • Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) placed seventh in a field of 55 runners in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute, 53.27 seconds.
  • John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) finished eighth in the 1,500m with a time of 3:54.78 in the 54-runner field.
  • D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) ran to an eighth-place finish in the 110m hurdles and qualified with an IC4A-qualifying time of 14.83 seconds.
  • Jesse Swink (Groton, Conn.) recorded an IC4A-qualfying throw of 193-08 to place ninth in the javelin.
  • The Wildcats placed 11th and 14th in the hammer throw with Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.) at 179-03 and George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) at 177-01. Both are IC4A-qualifying tosses.


  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team recorded five top-10 finishes at the non-scoring Larry Ellis Invitational that was held April 20-21 at Princeton University.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia), the reigning America East Women’s Track Performer of the Week, ran to a school record in the 1,500 meters with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4 minutes, 24.57 seconds. She placed ninth in the field of 63 runners. Letourneau’s mark broke the previous one established by Amy DeCamp in 2002.
  • Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) matched the school record of 12.19 seconds in the 100m to tie for 16th place. Betsy Harris set the benchmark in 1979.
  • Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) recorded UNH’s top finish at the meet with fourth place in the javelin with a mark of 133 feet, 2 inches.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) ran to 12th place in the 1,500m with a time of 4:26.47 that also bested DeCamp’s previous school record.
  • Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) took ninth place in the high jump with a cleared height of 5-05 in the high jump. She had captured first place each of the previous three tri-meets.
  • Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) led a strong Wildcat contingent in the 3,000m as she crossed the finish line with a time of 10:13.31 to take sixth place. Marina Slavin (Durham, N.H.) followed in 14th place at 10:26.62 and Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) was next finisher at 10:28.51.
  • Danica Goodheart (Meredith, N.H.) placed 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 37-04.50.
  • Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) narrowly missed a top-10 finish. She placed 11th in the 47-runner field of the 1,500m with a time of 4:40.72.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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/ 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.

GYMNASTICS (14-15 overall, 4-1 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team recorded a team score of 193.9 points to place sixth at the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Fayetteville Regional, hosted by the University of Arkansas, on April 7.
  • This marked 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.
  • In her final collegiate meet, senior co-captain Ali Carr (Chelmlsford, Mass.) recorded a team-high 9.825 on the balance beam. She also tied with junior co-captain Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) for UNH’s highest score of 9.800 on vault.
  • Junior Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) led the way on floor exercise with matching scores of 9.800.
  • Junior Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.), another senior competing for the last time as a collegian, were the top ‘Cats on the uneven bars at 9.750.
  • 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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • 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)

  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Women’s Swimming & Diving, the league announced April 12. McCandless recorded six top-five finishes, including a gold-medal performance in the 1650-yard freestyle, at the 2012 league championships. She dominated the 200 butterfly in the regular season with four first-place finishes, and also recorded a pair of wins in the 500 free. In the classroom, McCandless has a 3.60 cumulative grade-point-average as a cellular and molecular biology major.
  • 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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