October 15, 2012

Roberts, Speelman: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

October 15, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Jenni Roberts (Sanford, Maine) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) of the men’s ice hockey 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.

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Jenni Roberts, women’s swimming and diving

     Jenni, a junior transfer who hails from Sanford, Maine, won three individual events and was part of a record-setting relay team to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team to a 174-99 victory against Boston College in the Oct. 13 season opener at UNH’s Swasey Pool.

     In her first swim as a Wildcat, Jenni took top honors in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 52.05 seconds as she set the pace early with a 26.98 split in the opening 50 yards.

     Then in her next event, she was first to touch the wall in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.30; she had a 30.77 split in her first 50 and recorded her second-fastest 50-yard split of 31.40 in the last 50.

     Jenni continued her dominance with a winning time of 56.02 in the 100 butterfly. In the final event of the meet, she swam the anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay and recorded the fastest split of 23.94 in the team’s Swasey Pool record time of 1:38.14.

     Before attending UNH this fall, Jenni swam at the University of Maryland for two years and earned All-America Honorable Mention status in the 200 freestyle relay at the NCAA Championships. She also competed in the 200 individual medley and 200 butterfly at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

Dalton Speelman, men’s ice hockey

     Dalton, a junior forward from San Jose, California, led the UNH men’s ice hockey team to a season-opening two-game series sweep of St. Cloud State at the Whittemore Center with a four-point effort last weekend. He matched his personal best of two goals and added an assist for a career-high three points in the Oct. 12 season opener, a 5-3 win. Dalton also had an assist in the next night’s 4-2 victory.

     With Friday’s game tied 2-2 through two periods, Dalton netted a power-play goal 31 seconds into the final frame to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish. He scored again at 3:10 to extend the advantage to 4-2 with what proved to be the game-winning goal. On Saturday, he assisted on Nick Sorkin’s goal that gave UNH a 2-1 lead at 7:13 of the second period.

     Dalton missed a majority of the 2011-12 season with a wrist injury. He recorded three goals and three assists for six points in 11 games before incurring the season-ending injury. As a sophomore in 2011, he tallied 16 points (10g, 6a) in 39 games and was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. Dalton finished with seven points (3g, 4a) in 32 games as a freshman.

     Prior to UNH, Dalton played one year for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and he recorded 42 points on 21 goals and 21 assists in 57 games with a plus/minus rating of +30. Prior to that season with Green Bay, Dalton played for the San Jose Jr. Sharks and participated in the USA Hockey National Select Festival from 2004-07.

 
 

MILESTONES

Dick Umile, men’s ice hockey head coach 500th career victory

 

ACCOLADES

Tori Forrest, volleyball – America East Rookie of the Week

Mike MacArthur, football – CAA Special Teams Player of the Week

Dalton Speelman, men’s hockey – Athletic Republic Hockey East Player of the Week

 

RECENT RESULTS

Wednesday, October 10

Men’s soccer: UNH 2, at Hartford 1 (double overtime)

Thursday, October 11

Women’s soccer: UNH 1, at Albany 0 [at College of St. Rose]

Friday, October 12 – HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Field hockey: No. 20 UNH 4, Vermont 2

Men’s ice hockey: UNH 5, St. Cloud State 3

Volleyball at Albany 3, UNH 1

Saturday, October 13 – HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Football: at No. 12 UNH 44, Richmond 40

Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, St. Cloud State 2

Women’s swimming & diving: at UNH 174, vs. Boston College 99

Women’s cross country: 23rd place at Pre-Nationals Meet (38 teams) [at Louisville, Ky.]

Men’s cross country: 12th place at Pre-Nationals Meet (24 teams) [at Louisville, Ky.]

Volleyball: at Hartford 3, UNH 2

Sunday, October 14 – HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Men’s soccer: Albany 3, at UNH 1 [Cowell Stadium]

Women’s soccer: at Maine 2, UNH 1

Field hockey: at No. 24 Boston College 6, No. 20 UNH 2

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, October 15

UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings; Newington

   (with football head coach Sean McDonnell)

Tuesday, October 16

Women’s ice hockey vs. Vermont, 7 pm

Men’s soccer at Holy Cross, 7 pm

Thursday, October 18

Women’s soccer vs. Stony Brook, 3 pm (Senior Day)

Friday, October 19

Field hockey vs. Boston U., 7 pm

Saturday, October 20

Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston College, 2pm

Men’s ice hockey vs. Boston U. [TV: WBIN and College Sports Pacific]

Women’s swimming & diving at Vermont, 11 am

Football at Maine, 12 pm [TV: Comcast SportsNet Regional]

Men’s soccer at Vermont, 2 pm

Volleyball at Providence, 4 pm

Sunday, October 21

Field hockey vs. Providence, 1 pm

Women’s soccer at Boston U., 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Boston College, 2 pm

 

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team finished 12th in the 24-team unseeded division at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisville, Ky.). The Wildcats totaled 301 points as 26th-ranked Indiana topped the field with 83 points.
  • Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in 27th place overall. He completed the 8-kilometer course in a time of 24 minutes, 52.2 seconds. Sinotte has been UNH’s top finisher in three of his four meets this season.
  • The quartet of Wildcats following Sinotte crossed the finish line within a 30-second span. Senior Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) placed 85th with a time of 25:36.8 and sophomore John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) was timed in 25:45.2 to take 110th place.
  • Sophomore Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) and junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) completed the team scoring in 123rd (25:52.7) and 138th (26:04.0), respectively.
  • UNH returns to action Oct. 27 when the ‘Cats are host of the America East Championships at College Woods. The men’s race is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team took 23rd place in the 37-team field of the seeded division at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Invitational that was held Oct. 13 at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisville, Ky.). The Wildcats finished with 628 points while top-ranked Florida State topped the field, which also included three other top-10 squads, with 72 points.
  • Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) was the first Wildcat runner across the finish line with a time of 21 minutes, 7.8 seconds on the 6-kilometer course to earn 58th place overall.
  • Junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) placed 114th with a time of 21:42.2. Sophomore Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) took 141st place in 21:53.7 and was followed closely by junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) in 21:57.0 for 145th place.
  • Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) completed UNH’s team scoring in 170th place by completing the course in 22:10.1.
  • UNH returns to action Oct. 27 when the ‘Cats are host of the America East Championships at College Woods. The women’s race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
 
 

FIELD HOCKEY (7-7 overall, 3-0 America East)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team went 1-1 last week. The Wildcats scored three second-half goals to rally past Vermont, 4-2, at Memorial Field on Oct. 12, then lost 6-2 at 24th-ranked Boston College on Oct. 14.
  • Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) scored a goal in both games and also had a defensive save – her fourth of the season – vs. BC. Her penalty-stroke goal broke a 2-2 tie against UVM in the second half. Bozek’s tally at BC tied the score, 1-1, in the first half.
  • Freshman back Molly Heaney (East Kingston, N.H.) recorded her first career points with a goal against Vermont. Her tally extended UNH’s lead to 4-2 at 64:11.
  • Junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) matched her career high of two assists at Boston College. She also had an assist on the Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) goal vs. Vermont that tied the score, 2-2 at 53:46.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded double digits in saves for the second time in her career with a 10-save effort at BC.
  • UNH returns to action Oct. 19 (7 p.m.) at home against Boston University in a battle for first place in the America East standings; both teams are 3-0 in conference play. The Wildcats also play host to Providence College on Oct. 21 (1 p.m.).
 

FOOTBALL (5-2 overall, 3-1 CAA)

  • The 12th-ranked UNH football team built a 17-point second-half lead and scored 10 points in the last three minutes of the game to defeat the University of Richmond, 44-40, in front of a Homecoming crowd of 12,834 at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 13.
  • Sophomore quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.), who completed 15 of 26 passes for 188 yards, threw for three first-half touchdowns, added a 38-yard rushing TD in the third quarter and converted a crucial fourth-down conversion on UNH's go-ahead drive in the final quarter to lead the Wildcats to their third straight victory. 
  • Junior kicker/punter Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) earned the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week award. With the Wildcats trailing 40-34, MacArthur struck a 51-yard punt that pinned Richmond at its 1-yard line and subsequently set up the ‘Cats with a short field for their game-winning 51-yard touchdown drive. MacArthur continued his perfect kicking day by making a 27-yard field goal with 1:08 remaining to extend the lead to 44-40; he made all five PAT attempts. 
  • Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) recorded a season-high 16 tackles – 15 of which were solo – to headline the defensive effort.
  • Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), the CAA rushing leader, produced his fourth 100-yard rushing game in five weeks by carrying 15 times for 122 yards. His 21-yard TD run gave the ‘Cats a 20-10 lead at 13:10 of the second quarter.
  • Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) caught five passes for 94 yards and two TDs. He opened the scoring with a 14-yard catch at 12:48 of the first quarter and his 9-yard TD reception made the score 27-17 at 2:00 of the second.
  • New Hampshire has won nine consecutive home games and improved to 21-1 in its last 22 games at “The Dungeon.”
  • UNH turns its attention to the 100th all-time matchup against the rival Maine Black Bears at Alfond Stadium on Oct. 20 (12 p.m.). The battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet New England.

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

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team opened the 2012-13 season with a two-game series sweep of St. Cloud State University last weekend at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats prevailed 5-3 in the opener and skated to a 4-2 victory on Saturday.
  • The 5-3 season-opening victory marked the 500th career victory in the 23-year history of head coach Dick Umile. He became the 12th Division I coach to reach the 500-win milestone – eighth with one team.
  • Junior forward Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.), who missed most of last season with a wrist injury, recorded four points (2g, 2a) in the two games vs. the Huskies to earn the Athletic Republic Hockey East Player of the Week award. With the score tied 2-2 in the season opener, Speelman netted a power-play goal 31 seconds into the third period to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish, then struck again at 3:10 with what proved to be the game-winning goal. The two goals matched his personal best, and the three points were a career high.
  • Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) recorded three points (2g, 1a) last week. On Friday, his shorthanded goal gave UNH a 2-0 lead at 18:11 of the first period; he also tallied an assist on the game-winning goal. On Saturday, van Riemsdyk netted the only goal of the third period to give the ‘Cats a 4-2 lead at 5:22.
  • Senior defenseman Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) tallied four assists, including a career-high three assists in Friday’s 5-3 victory. In that game, he set up both first-period goals – which came in a span of 78 seconds – as well as the team’s fifth goal at 10:43 of the third period.
  • UNH opens the Hockey East portion of its schedule Oct. 20 at home against Boston University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team did not see game action last week.
  • UNH returns to action Oct. 16 for its Hockey East conference opener against Vermont at home. Game time is 7 p.m. The Wildcats also play a home-and-home series against Boston College with the home game Oct. 20 (2 p.m.) followed by a matchup at Conte Forum on Oct. 21 (2 p.m.).

MEN’S SOCCER (5-5-3 overall, 1-2-1 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team rallied to record a 2-1 overtime victory at Hartford (Oct. 10), then lost 3-1 at home to Albany (Oct. 14) to go 1-1-0 last week.
  • Senior forward Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) scored with 2:06 remaining in regulation to force overtime at Hartford, then tallied an assist on the game-winning goal by sophomore forward David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) at 3:17 of the second overtime session. Senior back Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.) also recorded an assist on the game-winner.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) made three saves to earn the victory vs. Hartford.
  • Junior midfielder Ugo Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored his first goal of the season when his goal in the 73rd minute vs. Albany pulled the Wildcats within 2-1.
  • UNH is tied for sixth place in the America East conference standings as league play has reached its midway point.
  • The men’s soccer team returns to action Oct. 16 (7 p.m.) at Holy Cross and the ‘Cats also travel to play Vermont (Oct. 20, 2 p.m.) this weekend. UNH has one home game remaining in the regular season – Oct. 27 vs. Boston University (7 p.m. at Bremner Field).
 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-9-2 overall, 3-2-1 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team went 1-1-0 last week as the Wildcats defeated Albany, 1-0, on Oct. 11 and lost 2-1 to Maine on Oct. 14 – both on the road.
  • Despite Sunday’s loss, UNH clinched a berth in the America East tournament to extend its league-record streak to 12 consecutive appearances. The Wildcats are currently tied for third place but have a game in-hand against the Black Bears.
  • Sophomore forward Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) scored with eight seconds remaining in regulation to lift UNH to victory at Albany. It marked Ledwith’s fourth goal of the season, which ranks second on the team; her nine points also ranks second.
  • Junior goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) recorded her third shutout of the season with a seven-save effort at Albany.
  • Freshman forward Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) gave UNH a 1-0 lead at Maine with a goal in the 21st minute. Corder leads the team in both goals (five) and points (13).
  • Senior midfielder Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) tallied her team-leading fourth assist of the season on Corder’s tally.
  • UNH concludes the regular season this week with a Senior Day game against Stony Brook (Oct. 18, 3 p.m.) and an Oct. 21 (1 p.m.) game at Boston U.
 

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (1-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s swimming & diving team opened the 2012-13 season Oct. 13 with a resounding 174-99 victory against Boston College at Swasey Pool. The Wildcats won 12 of 15 events.
  • Junior Jenni Roberts (Sanford, Maine) led the way with a first-place finish in three events – 100-yard butterfly (56.02 seconds), 200 backstroke (2:05.30) and 200 freestyle (1:52.05).
  • Roberts also swam a leg on the 200-freestyle relay team that shattered the pool record with a time of 1:38.14. Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) swam the other legs.
  • Reed won two individual events – 50 free (24.42) and 100 free (53.42).
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) also recorded a pair of first-place finishes. McCandless topped the field in the 200 butterfly (2:04.74) and 500 free (5:06.22). Mann was the fastest swimmer in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.94) and 200 breast (2:20.54), as well as the 200 individual medley (2:06.27).
  • Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) was the top competitor in both the 1- and 3-meter dives. She amassed 240.61 points in the 1-meter and 218.78 in the 3-meter.
  • Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.27. She also swam the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay team that included Mann, Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Reed.
 
 

VOLLEYBALL (12-10 overall, 4-2 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team saw its seven-match win streak end with a 3-1 loss at Albany (Oct. 12), and one day later the Wildcats lost in five sets at Hartford.
  • Freshman outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) recorded a double-double in both matches and was honored as the America East Rookie of the Week. She tallied 16 kills and 12 digs vs. Albany and then 11 kills with 14 digs at Hartford.
  • Junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) matched Forrest’s team-high total of 16 kills against Albany and led all ‘Cats with 13 kills vs. the Hawks.
  • Senior libero Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the defensive effort with 29 digs vs. Albany and 32 at Hartford to increase her America East-leading total to 455.
  • UNH leads the America East conference in kills (1,128) and kills per set (12.67).
  • UNH hits the road this weekend for a match at Providence on Oct. 20 (4 p.m.). The Wildcats’ next home match is Oct. 26 (7 p.m.) against Binghamton – it is the team’s annual Dig Pink fund raising event.
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