Ledwith, Decker: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

October 3, 2011


DURHAM, N.H.Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) of the women’s soccer team and Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) 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.



Meghan Ledwith, women’s soccer

     Meghan, a freshman forward from Yardley, Pennsylvania, recorded two goals and an assist to propel the New Hampshire women’s soccer team to a 5-3 victory in the team’s America East conference opener against the University at Albany on Sept. 29.

     Meghan gave the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish by scoring the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute. After setting up Monique Lamotte’s goal in the 38th minute, Meghan struck again early in the second half – in the 48th minute – to extend UNH’s lead to 3-0. She was honored as America East Rookie of the Week for her efforts.

     Meghan’s five points vs. the Great Danes marks the highest total by any player in America East this season. She leads the team in goals (three) and points (eight), and her two assists are tied for best on the squad.


Kevin Decker, football

     Kevin, a senior from Armong, New York, quarterbacked the seventh-ranked UNH football team to a 39-32 victory against the College of the Holy Cross in the team’s home opener at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 1.

     He completed 23 of 31 passes for 352 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran in a two-point conversion. Both the yardage and TDs established personal bests, while the pass completions matched a career high.

     Kevin has guided the Wildcats to three consecutive wins and a 3-1 overall record, including 1-0 in the CAA. He is 89 of 125 (71.2%) for 1,083 yards and 10 TDs, and he also have five rushing touchdowns.

     Kevin was selected as the Gold Helmet Award recipient on Sept. 28 following the team’s 45-43 road win against (then) fifth-ranked Richmond. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 239 yards and two TDs. He also added two rushing TDs as part of a nine-carry, 48-yard effort.

     Through four games, Kevin is ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (163.98) as well as, eighth in total offense (310 yds/game) 12th in passing yards per game (270.75) and second in points responsible for (23.50 per game).

     In the CAA, he is #1 in both passing yards per game and total offense as well as #2 in both pass efficiency and scoring (8.5 points per game).



Heather Kashman, women’s ice hockey – WHEA Rookie of the Week

Meghan Ledwith, women’s soccer – America East Rookie of the Week

Women’s Ice Hockey WHEA Team of the Week



Thursday, Sept. 29

Women’s soccer: at UNH 5, Albany 3

Friday, Sept. 30

Field hockey: at #10 UNH 2, Fairfield 0

Men’s soccer: Stony Brook 1, at UNH 0

Women’s cross country: 13th of 46 at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh University)

Men’s cross country: 8th of 45 at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh University)

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 6, at Niagara 4

Volleyball: UNH 3, at Providence 1

Saturday, Oct. 1

Football: at #7 UNH 39, Holy Cross 32

Men’s ice hockey: at #11 UNH 3, New Brunswick 0 (exhibition)

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 3, at Niagara 2

Sunday, Oct. 2

Field hockey: #10 UNH 5, at Michigan State 3

Women’s soccer: at Hartford 3, UNH 0

Monday, Oct. 3

Men’s soccer: Bradley 2, UNH 1



Thursday, Oct. 6

Women’s soccer vs. Boston U., 3:30 pm

Friday, Oct. 7

Women’s ice hockey vs. Colgate, 7 pm

Volleyball vs. Stony Brook, 7 pm

Field hockey at Vermont, 3 pm

Saturday, Oct. 8

Men’s cross country at New England Championships, 1:15 pm (Franklin Park; Boston)

Women’s cross country at New England Championships, 12:30 pm (Franklin Park; Boston)

Sunday, Oct. 2

Field hockey at Michigan State, 1 pm

Women’s soccer at Hartford, 2 pm



  • UNH finished eighth overall – 46 teams competed – at the Paul Short Invitational, which was held at Lehigh University’s College Brown course last Friday. The Wildcats amassed 342 points, while Iona College led the field with 125 points.
  • Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) completed the 8K course in 25 minutes, 52 seconds to earn seventh place. Andrew Dionne (Westerly, R.I.) was the next Wildcat to cross the finish line in 38th place with a time of 26:25.


  • UNH raced to a 13th-place finish in the College Gold race at the 45-team Paul Short Invitational, which was held last Friday at Lehigh University. The Wildcats totaled 425 points to finish first among America East teams.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) finished 25th overall with a time of 21 minutes, 9 seconds.
  • Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) was 63rd overall in 21:43 and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) crossed the finish line 1ine 15 seconds later for 80th place.

FIELD HOCKEY (10-2 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • No. 10 UNH won both games last weekend to reach the 10-win mark for the third consecutive season; this marked the fastest to 10 wins since the 1989 team also started 10-2. The Wildcats opened America East league play with a 2-0 victory vs. Fairfield, then recorded their second win of the season vs. a Big 10 program with a 5-3 win at Michigan State.
  • UNH has won eight consecutive America East conference games dating back to October 2009, and the Wildcats have outscored those league foes 25-7.
  • The Wildcats went 7-2 in September to mark the highest win total in that month since the 2002 squad went 7-3.
  • Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) extended her point-scoring streak to 12 games with two assists vs. Fairfield and a goal at Michigan State.
  • Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) has already more than doubled her previous two-year point total (six) with 14 this season.
  • Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) has a 5-0 record, 0.24 GAA and .909 save percentage in five home games.

FOOTBALL (3-1 overall, 1-0 CAA)

  • The UNH football team, ranked seventh in last week’s poll, prevailed 39-32 against the College of the Holy Cross in the Wildcats’ home opener at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 1.
  • Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) passed for career highs of 352 yards and four touchdowns, the last of which was a 60-yard strike to Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) with 1:10 remaining to break a 32-32 tie. He completed 23 of 31 passes to match his personal best for completions. Mello had two catches for a team-leading 107 yards to mark his first 100-yard receiving game.
  • Mickey Mangieri (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), in his first game since Dec. 5, 2009, recorded personal bests of six receptions and 102 receiving yards.
  • Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the 2011 season with 104 yards on 18 carries.


WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (2-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

  • New Hampshire opened the season with a two-game series at Niagara University and returned home with 6-4 and 3-2 victories. UNH has a 30-3-2 lifetime record in season openers, and that includes 9-0-1 under head coach Brian McCloskey.
  • The six goals in the season opener marked the highest UNH output since Oct. 18, 2009 against Niagara (6-1 at the Whittemore Center) and the highest by the Wildcats on the road since Feb. 8, 2009 at Vermont (6-2 win).
  • Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) recorded her 50th career point with the first of her two points, a second-period assist, Sept. 30 at Niagara. Lavoie’s current totals are 29 goals and 23 assists for 52 points in 67 assists.
  • Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.), Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) and Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) recorded a point in their Sept. 30 collegiate debut, while fellow freshman Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) made 21 saves to earn the win in that game.

MEN’S SOCCER (4-6-0 overall, 0-1-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team opened America East league action with a 1-0 home loss to Stony Brook on Sept. 30. The Wildcats then led 1-0 at the half against Bradley but lost 2-1 after surrendering second-half goals 76 seconds apart on Oct. 3.
  • Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded an assist vs. Bradley by setting up Ugo Uche’s goal. Hilton leads the Wildcats in points (seven) with two goals and three assists.
  • Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) entered this week’s action ranked third in America East in saves per game and shutouts as well as fourth in both GAA and save percentage.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (3-8-1 overall, 1-1-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team went 1-1-0 last week with a 5-3 victory at home against the University at Albany on Sept. 29 and a 3-0 loss at Hartford on Oct. 2 despite recording a 14-8 shot advantage vs. the Hawks.
  • Ten different Wildcats recorded a point in the 5-3 win against Albany as UNH recorded its highest goal total of the season.
  • Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) recorded two goals and an assist for five points, which is the highest single-game point total by any player in the America East conference this season. She was feted as the league’s Rookie of the Week.

VOLLEYBALL (3-15 overall, 2-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team remained unbeaten in league action and won for the third time in four matches with a 3-1 victory at Providence College on Sept. 30. After splitting the first two sets, the Wildcats won the last two sets by a score of 25-20.
  • Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) both recorded double-doubles vs. the Friars. Laquerre registered 14 kills and a team-high 14 digs while Keding compiled a match-high 15 kills – as well as a .263 hitting percentage – and 11 digs.
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