Thatcher, Palumbo: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


October 1, 2012

DURHAM, N.H. - Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) of the volleyball team and Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) of the men's soccer 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.



Morgan Thatcher, volleyball

Morgan, a junior from Brockton, Massachusetts, led the UNH volleyball team to a 2-0 record last week by averaging 3.89 kills per set and a .351 hitting percentage in the team’s road victories at UMBC (Sept. 28) and Binghamton (Sept. 30).

The right-side hitter racked up a team-high 18 kills and led all players with a .405 hitting percentage to power the Wildcats past UMBC, 3-2. She then posted 17 kills in a 3-1 victory over Binghamton to help keep the Wildcats undefeated in conference play this season.

Morgan, one of the team’s tri-captains, leads the Wildcats in kills (269) and kills per set (3.54) while appearing in all 76 sets this season. The three-time America East Player of the Week ranks third in the conference in kills per set and seventh in hitting percentage (.231).

Morgan has led UNH in kills in every match during the team's six-match winning streak, averaging 4.24 kills per set and a .307 hitting percentage in that span. A consistent offensive force for the Wildcats, she has racked up double-digit kills in all but three of the team’s 19 matches.

As a sophomore last season, Morgan was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team after posting 289 total kills during the 2011 campaign.


Robert Palumbo, men’s soccer

Robert, a junior from Kingston, New Hampshire, posted a pair of goals in two overtime games last week, leading the UNH men’s soccer team past Adelphi (2-1) before falling at Binghamton (2-1).

Robert notched the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime against Adelphi, sending a one-time volley over the head of the opposing keeper and into the net for the 2-1 victory. He went on to post UNH’s only goal in the loss at Binghamton, finishing the two-game week with seven total shots, including three on target.

Robert leads the Wildcats in goals (three), points (six) and shots (25). He recorded his first goal of the season, also a game-winner, against Penn to give the Wildcats a 2-1 road win.

The midfielder appeared in 12 games with nine starts last season, finishing with three assists and three points. He also ranked ninth in the conference in assists per game.



Jansan Falcusan, volleyball – America East Setter of the Week

Dontra Peters, football – CAA Defensive Player of the Week

Morgan Thatcher, volleyball – America East Player of the Week

Andy Vailas, football – CAA Offensive Player of the Week



Wednesday, September 26

Men’s Soccer: at UNH 2, Adelphi 1 (OT)

Thursday, September 27

Women’s Soccer: at Binghamton 0, UNH 0 (2 OT)

Friday, September 28

Women’s Cross Country at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh U.): UNH placed 9th out of 40 teams

Men’s cross country at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh U.): UNH placed 33rd out of 37 teams

Field hockey: at Fairfield 2, UNH 3 (2 OT)

Volleyball: at UMBC 2, UNH 3

Saturday, September 29

Football: at #20 UNH 34, #8 Delaware 14

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 5, Dalhousie 1

Men’s soccer: at Binghamton 2, UNH 1 (OT)

Sunday, September 30

Women’s soccer: at UNH 0, Hartford 1

Volleyball: at Binghamton 1, UNH 3

Field hockey: at #23 Drexel 3, UNH 2 (OT)



Tuesday, October 2

Women’s Soccer vs Harvard, 7 pm


Friday, October 5

Field Hockey vs #23 Albany, 3 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Syracuse, 4 pm

Volleyball vs Stony Brook, 7 pm

Saturday, October 6

Football at Georgia State, 3:30 pm (at Georgia Dome)

Men’s Soccer vs UMBC, 7 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Colgate, 4 pm

Men’s ice hockey vs St. Francis Xavier, 7 pm [exhibition]


Sunday, October 7

Men’s Cross Country at New England Championships (at Stanley Park)

Women’s Cross Country at New England Championships (at Stanley Park)

Field Hockey at #7 Virginia, 1 pm


Sunday, September 30

Women’s soccer vs. Hartford, 2 pm

Volleyball at Binghamton, 1 pm

Field hockey at #23 Drexel, 1 pm



  • The UNH men’s cross country team placed 33rd at the 37-team Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 28 on the campus of Lehigh University.
  • Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) was the top Wildcat in 83rd place, completing the course in a time of 25:52.
  • Senior Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) finished 179th in a time of 26:10, followed by sophomores John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) in 203rd and 204th, respectively, at 26:27.
  • Senior David Gervais (Nashua, N.H.), freshman Luke Miller (Birdsboro, Pa.) and sophomore Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) took 213th, 217th and 225th, respectively, to round out the Wildcat finishers.
  • UNH returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 7 for the New England Championships at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team placed ninth at the 40-team Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 28 on the campus of Lehigh University.
  • Freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) continued her impressive rookie campaign with a 25th overall finish, completing the course in a time of 21:00.
  • Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) raced for the first time this season and was right behind Donegan as she placed 30th overall in a time of 21:02. Junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) added a 64th-place finish in a time 21:43.
  • Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) took 101st at 22:08, while senior Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) finished 111th in a time of 22:15. Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and junior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) rounded out the Wildcat finishers.
  • UNH returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 7 for the New England Championships at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass.

FIELD HOCKEY (5-5, 1-0 America East)

  • The 15th-ranked UNH field hockey team split a pair of overtime road games, downing Fairfield, 3-2, in double OT to open conference play, before falling to Drexel, 3-2.
  • Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) notched a game-winning goal with 4:14 remaining in the second OT to secure the win over Fairfield. Richard had two goals in the game, while junior Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring with the other tally. Junior Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass) tied a career high with nine saves, including two in the first OT.
  •  In the loss to No. 20 Drexel, Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) tallied a career-high two assists as she set up both UNH goals, which were scored by Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) and Bozek. Tarbell tallied seven saves, including one in OT.
  • UNH has played in four straight overtime games and lead the conference in scoring average (3.34), goals (3.70) and assists (2.40).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 5 at home against the University at Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.

FOOTBALL (3-2, 1-1 CAA)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH football team rallied past 8th-ranked Delaware 34-14, after trailing by a touchdown at halftime.
  • Sophomore wide receiver R.J Harris (Odenton, Md.) racked up two touchdown catches and 129 yards on seven receptions. This was his third game this season with over 100 receiving yards.
  • Quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.), who was named the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, matched a career best 23 completions on 36 attempts for 316 yards and two touchdowns. He added another TD on the ground and rushed for 36 yards total in the game.
  • The Wildcat defense held the Blue Hens to 234 yards, including only 90 yards in the second half. Senior Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week after snagging two interceptions, while junior Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) brought in a career-high 11 tackles, including eight solo, and added 1.5 sacks.
  • The Wildcats get back in action Saturday, Oct. 6 against Georgia State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

MEN’S SOCCER (4-4-2, 0-1-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team tallied a 1-1-0 record in last week’s action with a thrilling 2-1 win over Adelphi in overtime and a 2-1 loss in overtime at Binghamton.
  • Junior midfielder Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) notched the game-winning goal in overtime against Adelphi as well as the lone UNH goal against Binghamton.
  • Senior midfielder Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) had a three-point week with a goal against Adelphi and an assist against Binghamton.
  • The men’s soccer team returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 5 when they take on UMBC at Bremner Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (3-7-2, 1-1-1 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team went 0-1-1 on the week with a grueling 0-0 double-overtime tie at Binghamton and a heartbreaking 1-0 loss against Hartford Sunday afternoon.
  • Junior goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) had a stellar week in net for the ‘Cats, allowing just one goal in two games. Correa secured her second shutout of the season at Binghamton when she stopped all five shots she faced, including one in the second overtime frame.
  • Freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kansas) has had a successful rookie season with the Wildcats as she leads the team in goals (4), assists (3) and points (11). Those numbers put her in the top 10 in seven different offensive categories in the conference.
  • The Wildcats return to the pitch Tuesday, Oct. 2 (7 p.m.) when they host Harvard and again on Sunday, Oct. 7 (2 p.m.) to face conference rival Vermont.

VOLLEYBALL (11-8, 3-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team extended its winning streak to six matches and remains unbeaten in conference play after a pair of road victories against UMBC (3-2) and Binghamton (3-1).
  • Junior right-side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) earned her second straight America East Player of the Week award, and third in the month, as she totaled 35 kills and averaged 3.89 kills per set (ranking third in the conference) with a .351 hitting percentage (fifth in the conference) last week.
  • In the five-set win over UMBC, Thatcher led the Wildcats with 18 kills and a .405 hitting percentage. She only had three attack errors in the entire five-set match. The junior also led the team with 17 kills in the four-set win over Binghamton.
  • Senior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) was named the America East Setter of the Week after she quarterbacked UNH to a league-best .274 hitting percentage, averaging 11.44 assists per set. She logged 50-plus assists in both wins, posting 51 against UMBC before racking up 52 at Binghamton in four sets.
  • UNH leads the conference in hitting percentage (.205), assists (11.72), kills (12.74) and digs (15.78).
  • Senior libero Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) ranks first in the conference in digs (4.97).
  • The Wildcats returns to action on Friday, Oct. 5 when they play host to Stony Brook at 7 p.m.
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