SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
September 24, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. – Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) of the women’s soccer team and Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) 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.
Kirstyn Corder, women’s soccer
Kirstyn, a freshman from Overland Park, Kansas, led the UNH women’s soccer team to a 2-0-0 record last week by recording two goals and an assist in the team’s 2-1 victories against College of the Holy Cross (Sept. 19) and Providence College (Sept. 23).
The midfielder factored in both goals at Holy Cross as she gave UNH a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute and set up the game-winning goal in the 99th minute. Then in the America East conference opener against UMBC, Kirstyn netted the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 69th minute, just 35 seconds after the visitors tied the game.
Kirstyn leads the Wildcats in goals (four), assists (three) and points (11). With those numbers, she is tied for third in America East in points and ranks fourth in points per game (1.10).
Kirstyn tallied a goal and an assist in her collegiate debut to lead UNH to a 2-0 victory against Fairfield in the season opener on Aug. 24. She matched that career high of three points with another one-goal, one-assist effort in a 2-2 tie vs. Rhode Island.
As a schoolgirl standout at Olathe East High School, Kirstyn scored a school single-season record 41 goals as a senior in 2012 en route to a state championship title and garnering All-America accolades.
Andy Vailas, football
Andy, a sophomore from Bedford, New Hampshire, passed for 336 yards and five touchdowns and led the UNH football team to a school-record 35 first downs, but the 18th-ranked Wildcats were edged 64-61 at fifth-ranked Old Dominion on Sept. 22.
Andy finished the game 23-for-38 to record career highs in completions, attempts, passing yards and TDs. He also rushed for a personal-best 80 yards, which included a 67-yard touchdown run, for 416 yards of total offense.
UNH scored points on three of its initial four possessions to build a 16-3 lead en route to a 40-24 halftime lead. Andy completed TD passes of 25, 15 and 73 yards in the first half and opened the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the ‘Cats their largest lead of the game (23 points). He also had a 45-yard TD pass to tie the score 61-61 at 3:22 of the fourth quarter.
In his first career start Sept. 15 vs. Central Connecticut State University, Andy completed 14 of 20 passes for 120 yards and one passing TD; he also had a rushing score in that game.
Through four games this season, Andy is 59-for-97 (60.8 completion percentage) for 675 passing yards and seven TDs. In his season debut, he was a perfect 4 of 4 for 59 yards and a TD at Holy Cross.
After redshirting the 2010 season, Andy played in two games last year as a redshirt freshman. He went 3-for-4 for 18 yards and had two rushes for 26 yards.
Brenna Buckwalter, volleyball – America East Rookie of the Week
Kirstyn Corder, women’s soccer – America East Rookie of the Week
Morgan Thatcher, volleyball – America East Player of the Week
Tuesday, September 18
Volleyball: at UNH 3, Harvard 2
Men’s soccer: at Rhode Island4, UNH 3 (overtime)
Wednesday, September 19
Women’s soccer: UNH 2, at Holy Cross 1 (overtime)
Friday, September 21
Women’s cross country: UNH 26, at Maine 31
Men’s cross country at Maine 29, UNH 30
Field hockey: at #5 Connecticut 3, UNH 2 (double overtime)
Saturday, September 22
Volleyball: at UNH 3, Providence 0
Football: at #5 Old Dominion 64, #18 UNH 61
Sunday, September 23
Women’s soccer: at UNH 2, UMBC 1
Volleyball: at UNH 3, Dartmouth 0
Wednesday, September 26
Men’s soccer vs. Adelphi, 4 pm (at Cowell Stadium)
Thursday, September 27
Women’s soccer at Binghamton, 6 pm
Friday, September 28
Women’s cross country at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh U.)
Men’s cross country at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh U.)
Field hockey at Fairfield, 7 pm
Volleyball at UMBC, 7 pm
Saturday, September 29
Football vs. #8 Delaware, 12 pm (Family Weekend)
Women’s ice hockey vs. Dalhousie, 3 pm [exhibition]
Men’s soccer at Binghamton, 7 pm
Sunday, September 30
Women’s soccer vs. Hartford, 2 pm
Volleyball at Binghamton, 1 pm
Field hockey at #23 Drexel, 1 pm
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team was edged 29-30 by the University of Maine in a Sept. 21 dual meet at Maine.
- Senior David Gervais (Nashua, N.H.) was the top Wildcat in fourth place overall with a time of 26 minutes, 6.4 seconds on the five-mile course.
- UNH claimed the next four spots with a tightly-bunch quartet that finished within four seconds of each other. Sophomore John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) placed fifth overall in 26:16.8 and was followed by classmates Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) and Dean Bhatt (Woodbridge, Conn.) as well as freshman Luke Miller (Birdsboro, Pa.).
- UNH returns to action Sept. 28 at the Paul Short Invitational on the campus of Lehigh University.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team upended the University of Maine, 26-31, in a Sept. 21 dual meet at Maine.
- Junior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.), in her first race of the season, was the top Wildcat in third place overall. She completed the five-kilometer course in a time of 18 minutes, 49.8 seconds.
- Pellegrini edged out teammate McKenzie Haney (Penacook, N.H.), who placed fourth in 18:50.7.
- Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.), Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) and Gabby Mancuso (New Paltz, N.Y.) completed the team scoring in fifth, sixth and eighth place, respectively.
- UNH returns to action Sept. 28 at the Paul Short Invitational on the campus of Lehigh University.
FIELD HOCKEY (4-4 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The 16th-ranked UNH field hockey team scored early to take a 1-0 lead and struck midway through the second half to force overtime, but lost 3-2 in double overtime at fifth-ranked UConn. All four UNH losses have been by one goal.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) matched her career high of nine saves, including two in the first OT session.
- Senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) scored an unassisted goal, her second tally of the season, at 5:51. She helped set up the game-tying goal as the insert on the penalty corner.
- Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) extended her point-scoring streak to six games with a goal at 49:41 when she redirected the low, hard drive by Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) into the cage.
- Richard leads America East in points per game (1.50) and is tied atop the leaderboard in goals per game (1.00).
- UNH continues to lead the America East conference in scoring (3.74) and assists (2.50 per game).
- UNH returns to action Sept. 28 for its America East conference opener at Fairfield. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 5 vs. Albany.
FOOTBALL (2-2 overall, 0-1 CAA)
- The 18th-ranked UNH football team led by as many as 23 points (47-24) in the second half but was defeated 64-61 at fifth-ranked Old Dominion when the Monarchs kicked a 25-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining. The Wildcats broke the school record with 35 first downs vs. ODU.
- Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) rushed for a game-high 201 yards on 21 carries and had two TDs. The 201 yards is a personal best.
- Sophomore quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) went 23-for-38 for 336 yards and five TDs; he also carried the ball 14 times for 80 yards and a touchdown to finish with 416 yards of total offense and six TDs – one less than the school record held by Ricky Santos.
- Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) had TD catches of 73 and 45 yards, the latter of which tied the game at 61 at 3:22 of the fourth quarter – and finished with a career-high 191 receiving yards on eight catches.
- The game at ODU broke the NCAA FCS record for combined yards of total offense with 1,549 (725 by UNH) and the CAA record for highest-scoring game (125 points).
- UNH returns to action Sept. 29 against 12th-ranked Delaware. Opening kickoff is 12 p.m.
MEN’S SOCCER (3-3-2 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team, in its only game of the week, lost 4-3 in overtime at Rhode Island on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Wildcats erased a 2-0 halftime deficit with goals in the 55th, 75th and 84th minutes, but the Rams scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to force OT and then scored at 8:17 of the extra session to end the game.
- Freshman midfielder Angel Maldonado (Lennox, Calif.) and sophomore forward David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) moved into a tie for the team lead in goals as each player scored his second of the season.
- Senior midfielder Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), with the assistance of sophomore back Clint Caso (Kennelon, N.J.), scored his first goal of the season when he lifted the ’Cats within 2-1. The assist marked Caso’s first career point.
- The men’s soccer team returns to action Sept. 26 vs. Adelphi. Game time is 4 p.m. at Cowell Stadium. The Wildcats open America East play Sept. 29 at Binghamton.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (3-6-1 overall, 1-0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team went unbeaten last week with a 2-1 overtime win at Holy Cross and a 2-1 victory against UMBC in the America East conference opener.
- Freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) was honored as America East Rookie of the Week for her five-point week in which she recorded two goals and an assist. Corder factored in both goals at Holy Cross as she gave UNH a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute and set up the game-winning goal in the 99th minute. Against UMBC, she netted the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 69th minute, just 35 seconds after the visitors tied the game.
- Senior midfielder Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.) scored the golden goal at HC. It was her first goal of the season and second of her career.
- Sophomore forward Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) netted the goal that gave UNH a 1-0 lead vs. UMBC. Freshman midfielder Gabrielle Sloan (Stow, Mass.) and junior midfielder Kristi Zarilli (Gorham, Maine) were credited with assists. It marked the first career point for Zarilli and Sloan’s first assist.
- UNH returns to action Sept. 27 at Binghamton. The Wildcats’ next home game is Sept. 30 (2 p.m.) vs. Hartford.
VOLLEYBALL (9-8 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team extended its unbeaten streak to four matches by going 3-0 last week with victories – all at home – against Harvard (3-2), Providence (3-0) and Dartmouth (3-0).
- Junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was honored as America East Player of the Week on Monday for her efforts in leading the Wildcats to a 3-0 week. She totaled 51 kills and averaged 4.64 kills per set with a .306 hitting percentage.
- Thatcher opened the week with 22 kills, eight digs and two blocks with a .353 hitting percentage against Harvard, then tallied 14 kills and 14 digs with three blocks vs. PC. She completed the week with 15 kills and a .333 hitting percentage against Dartmouth.
- Freshman middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday. She averaged 2.36 kills per set with a .234 hitting percentage in three matches last week. Buckwalter finished with double-digit kills with 10 against both Harvard and Providence, and she also tallied three blocks vs. PC.
- Buckwalter leads the Wildcats in hitting percentage (.245) and is fourth in kills per set (1.88).
- UNH leads the America East conference in kills (12.52/set), assists (11.54/set), digs (16.01/set), hitting percentage (.196), opponent hitting percentage (.170).
- Senior libero Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) leads America East in digs at 5.06 per set.
- UNH hits the road for matches this weekend against UMBC and Binghamton. The Wildcats’ next home match is Oct. 5 (7 p.m.) vs. Stony Brook.