Dunklau, Mello: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


September 9, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) of the volleyball team and Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) of the football 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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Taylor Dunklau, volleyball

     Taylor, a junior from Mukwonago, Wis., was one of two Wildcats named to the Holly Young Invitational All-Tournament Team as she quarterbacked the UNH volleyball team to a 2-1 record and second-place finish in the tourney, which was held Sept. 6-7 at Lundholm Gym.

     The setter recorded 93 assists, two service aces, 19 digs and five blocks in the tournament. Last week in four matches, including a match earlier at Northeastern, Taylor recorded a total of 112 assists, five service aces, 27 digs and seven blocks; for the week, she led the team in assists and aces and ranked third in both digs and blocks.

     Taylor was instrumental in the Wildcats’ 3-2 victory vs. Brown – the tourney’s opening match – in which the team overcame a 2-0 deficit; she tallied 39 assists overall as the team recorded hitting percentages of .333, .209 and .300 in the last three sets. She was also credited with four blocks.

     The setter then had 30 assists to power UNH to a .242 hitting percentage and straight-set victory against St. John’s. In the final matchup vs. Missouri State, Taylor posted 26 assists in leading the ‘Cats to a .248 hitting percentage.

     Taylor has 224 assists in seven matches this year – 8.0 assists per set – and that includes a season-high 55 in the Aug. 30 opener at Lehigh University. She ranks third in both aces (six) and digs (41).

     Last year as a sophomore, Taylor led UNH in assists (838) and averaged 9.37 assists per set. Her highlights included a career-high 61 assists in a five-set victory against Central Connecticut State on Sept 8. Taylor was honored as the America East Setter of the Week four times, including each of the first three weeks of the season.

     Taylor has 1,173 career assists to rank No. 9 on New Hampshire’s all-time leaderboard for assists. Directly ahead of her on the list is Maureen McCarthy (1997; 1,271 assists).


Justin Mello, football

     Justin, a senior from Dartmouth, Mass., recorded five catches for a career-high 117 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown reception, in the UNH football team’s 24-21 loss at Central Michigan University in the Sept. 7 season opener.

     The wide receiver, whose previous high of 107 receiving yards occurred Oct. 1, 2011 vs. Holy Cross, gave the Wildcats a 12-0 lead against CMU with his aforementioned scoring play at 8:01 of the second quarter; the ensuing PAT extended the advantage to 13 points, a lead the ‘Cats held at halftime.

     Justin ranked fourth on the 2012 team with 21 catches for 215 yards and two TDs to average 10.2 yards per catch and 17.9 yards per game; he made at least one catch in 10 of 12 games played.

     As a sophomore in 2011, Justin ranked third in receiving yards (416) and fifth in receptions (23) as well as second in TD receptions (five). He had a career-high two TDs in the NCAA second round game at Montana State, including a 29-yard catch with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift UNH within one point. Justin also made a career-high six receptions in the Sept. 1 season-opener at Toledo.

     After a redshirt season in 2009, Justin played in six games with three catches for 31 yards in ’10.

     Justin’s career accolades include 2012 CAA Academic All-Conference Team and 2012 CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award.



Tuesday, September 3

Volleyball: at Northeastern 3, UNH 1

Thursday, September 5

Women’s soccer: at UNH 1, Northeastern 1 (tie- 2 OT)

Friday, September 6

Volleyball – Holly Young Invitational

   UNH 3, Brown 2

Men’s soccer: UNH 1, UMass 0 (at Smith Barney Classic; at UVM)

Field hockey: at #12 Stanford 5, #20 UNH 1

Saturday, September 7

Volleyball – Holly Young Invitational

     UNH 3, St. John’s 0

     Missouri State 3, UNH 0

Football: at Central Michigan 24, #11/8 UNH 21

Sunday, September 8

Women’s soccer: UMass 1, at UNH 0

Men’s soccer: UNH 1, Colgate 0 (Smith Barney Classic; at UVM)

Field hockey: UNH 3, University of the Pacific 1 [at Stanford]



Monday, September 9

UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (Fox Run Mall; Newington, N.H.)

     featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell

Tuesday, September 10

Volleyball vs. Bryant, 7 pm

Wednesday, September 11

Women’s soccer at Harvard, 7 pm

Friday, September 13

Field hockey vs. Providence, 7 pm

Volleyball at Maryland, 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 14

Football vs. Colgate, 12 pm

Volleyball vs. Villanova, 11 am (at Maryland)

Volleyball vs. George Mason, 5 pm (at Maryland)

Men’s soccer at Marist, 7 pm

Sunday, September 15

Field hockey vs. Northeastern, 2 pm



Carlie Tarbell, field hockey – America East Defensive Player of the Week



  • The UNH women’s cross country team did not compete in a race last week.
  • In the Aug. 31 season opener, UNH lost to the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Providence College, by just five points (29-34). Freshman Elinor Purrier (Richford, Vt.) topped six Wildcats in the top 10 with a fourth-place finish.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 20 (3 p.m.) for a dual meet at the University of Maine.



  • The UNH men’s cross country team did not compete in a race last week.
  • UNH went 1-1 in the season-opening dual meet against Providence College (17-43 loss) and College of the Holy Cross (43-85 win). XXX Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) was the first of four Wildcats in the top 10 with a fourth-place finish.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m.) for a dual meet at the University of Maine.

FIELD HOCKEY (1-3 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team went 1-1 last week with a 5-1 loss at 12th-ranked Stanford University and a 3-1 victory against University of Pacific (at Stanford).
  • Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded 11 first-half saves vs. Stanford to keep UNH tied 1-1 heading into halftime; she finished with 12 saves to tie her career high. Tarbell earned her first win of the season with a one-save effort against Pacific. She was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week – she received that accolade twice last year – for her efforts.
  • Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) extended her point-scoring streak to four games with a goal against both Stanford and Pacific. She leads the team in goals (four) and points (10), and is tied for the lead in assists (two). Flatley has four goals on nine shots for an impressive .444 shooting percentage, and she has 8 of 9 shots on goal for a .889 percentage.
  • Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) recorded her first career assist Sept. 8 when she set up Flatley’s goal vs. Pacific; that tally tied the game 1-1 in the 17th minute.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 13 for its home opener against Providence College. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m. The Wildcats also play host to Northeastern University on Sept. 15 (2 p.m.).


FOOTBALL (0-1 overall, 0-0 CAA)

  • The No. 11/8 UNH football team was defeated 24-21 in the Sept. 7 season opener by Central Michigan on a 27-yard field goal on the game’s last play. It marked the only time in the game that the Wildcats trailed.
  • Junior quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) completed 15 of 22 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown; he also carried the ball 17 times for 50 yards.
  • Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) was the top target with five catches for a career-high 117 yards, including a 17-yard TD reception.
  • Junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) was the team’s top ground gainer with 56 yards on 16 carries.
  • Senior captain Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) recorded a team-high 11 tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted).
  • Junior linebacker Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.) finished with a career-high 10 tackles (4 solo, 6 assisted).
  • Redshirt freshman Casey DeAndrade (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was credited with six tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted) and three pass breakups in his collegiate debut.
  • The Wildcats led 13-0 at halftime. The last time the UNH defense shut out an opponent in the first half was Oct. 9, 2010.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 14 for its home opener against Colgate University. Game time at Cowell Stadium is 12 p.m. Tickets for the game, which features Kids’ Day and Welcome Back ‘Cat Pack, are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.


WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-4-1 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team went 0-1-1 last week with a 1-1 tie against Northeastern University (Sept. 5) and a 1-0 loss to UMass (Sept. 8); both games were played at UNH’s Bremner Field.
  • Gabrielle Sloan (Stow, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season when she gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with 59 seconds remaining in the first half vs. Northeastern.
  • Kirsten O’Neill (Hampton, N.H.) tallied her first assist – and third point – of the season on Sloan’s goal.
  • Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) made eight saves, including two in the overtime sessions, vs. Northeastern. She stopped three of four shots on goal against UMass. In five games this season (all starts), Correa has a 1.77 GAA and .714 save percentage.
  • Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) played the second half vs. UMass and stopped the only shot on goal she faced. In three games (one start) this season, Borkan has a 1.18 GAA and .778 save percentage.
  • UNH recorded a 14-7 shot advantage against UMass, but the shots on goal were even at 5.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 11 (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Sept. 29 (1 p.m.) against Binghamton University.

MEN’S SOCCER (3-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team went 2-0-0 at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Windjammer Classic (at University of Vermont) with a 1-0 win against both UMass and Colgate University.
  • Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.), Lucas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany), David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Christopher Wingate (Høvik, Norway) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
  • The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 against UMass (Sept. 6) on Wingate’s goal in the 19th minute; Aaron Smith (Loudon, N.H.) set up the tally to record his first career point. Freshman goalkeeper Giovani Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made three saves to earn a win and shutout in his collegiate debut.
  • UNH defeated Colgate, 1-0, on Goerigk’s goal in the 37th minute and a three-save shutout effort by junior goalie Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.). Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain) recorded his first career point with an assist.
  • In three games (all starts), Worra has a 0.62 GAA and .857 save percentage.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 14 (7 p.m.) at Marist College. The Wildcats’ home opener is Sept. 18 (4 p.m.) against University of Rhode Island.

VOLLEYBALL (4-3 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team placed second at its Holly Young Invitational that was held Sept. 6-7 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats defeated Brown University (3-2) and St. John’s (3-0) before falling to Missouri State (3-0). Earlier in the week, UNH fell 3-1 at Northeastern (Sept. 3).
  • Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) and Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Dunklau, a junior setter, recorded a total of 112 assists, five service aces, 27 digs and seven blocks in the four matches; for the week, she led the team in assists and aces and ranked third in both digs and blocks.
  • Forrest, a sophomore, tallied 37 kills, .216 hitting percentage, three aces, 28 digs and two blocks; for the week, she ranked second in kills, hitting percentage and digs. Forrest had 15 kills, .371 hitting percentage and 12 digs vs. Brown.
  • Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) had a team-high 44 kills with a .216 hitting percentage and 13 blocks in the four matches. She has 88 kills and .239 hitting percentage this season; Thatcher is currently No. 10 on UNH’s career leaderboard for kills with 907.
  • Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) recorded a team-leading 17 blocks last week and has a team-best 36 blocks this season.
  • Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) had an impressive week with 27 kills on a .418 hitting percentage; she also had six blocks. She had a particularly impressive performance against St. John’s with a career-high 11 kills, .500 hitting percentage and three blocks.
  • Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) helped the defensive effort with 64 digs in last week’s action. She also contributed offensively with five service aces.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 10 (7 p.m.) at home against Bryant. The Wildcats then play Sept. 13-14 at the University of Maryland; UNH battles Maryland (Sept. 13; 7:30 p.m.), Villanova (Sept. 14; 11 a.m.) and George Mason (Sept. 14; 5 p.m.).
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