McCandless, Goumas: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT MINUTE

October 21, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) 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. 

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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Lauren McCandless, women’s swimming and diving

     Lauren, a senior from Macungie, Pa., set a UNH pool record in the 200-yard butterfly and won another even to lead the women’s swimming and diving team to a 171-129 victory against the University of Vermont on Oct. 19.

     Lauren touched the wall in 2 minutes, 2.03 seconds for the winning and pool-record time in the 200 fly. She also took first place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:03.61.

     In the Oct. 12 season opener, McCandless swam to first place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.76 and was second in the 100 fly at 58.69 seconds to help the Wildcats defeat Boston College, 217-140.

     Last year as a junior, Lauren won the 1,650 freestyle at the America East Championship with a pool-record time of 16:48.10. She was the runner-up in the 200 fly and 500 free at the conference championship, where she also was a member of the first-place 400 medley relay team and second-place 200 medley relay. Lauren went on to swim to second place in the 500 free at the ECAC Championships.

     As a sophomore, Lauren won the 1,650 free (16:42.39) at the America East Championship. As a freshman, she set the school and conference record with a winning time of 16:39.20 in the 1,650 free at the America East Championship. She also placed second in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 fly as well as first in the 200 medley relay. Then at the ECACs, Lauren broke her own school and conference record with a winning time of 16:35.31 in the 1,650 free; she also swam a leg in three winning relays – 800 free, 200 medley and 400 medley.

     Lauren’s collegiate accolades include America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2012 and 2013), America East All-Conference Team (2011) and America East Rookie of the Year (2011).

 

Kevin Goumas, men’s ice hockey

     Kevin, a senior from Long Beach, N.Y., factored in all three of the UNH men’s ice hockey team’s goals in last weekend’s two-game series against the fifth-ranked University of Michigan at the Whittemore Center. He tallied an assist in the 1-1 tie on Oct. 18, then one night later he scored twice in the 3-2 overtime loss.

     His first goal of the weekend gave the Wildcats a 1-0 first period lead and his next tally leveled the scored, 2-2, at 15:02 of the second stanza.

     Through four games this season, Kevin is tied for the team lead in goals (two), tied for second in assists (two) and ranks second in points (four). He is also tied for second in plus/minus (+3).

     Kevin was a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star in 2012-13, when he skated in 38 of 39 games and recorded 42 points on 10 goals and 32 assists to lead the team in both assists and points as well as lead Hockey East in assists. He ranked No. 6 in the nation in assists per game and No. 18 in points per game.

     As a sophomore in 2012, Kevin recorded 34 points (9g, 25a) in 36 games. He finished his freshman season with 18 points (6g, 12a).

     His other accolades include Hockey East All-Academic Team (2011 and 2013) and UNH’s Guy Smith Award (best offensive forward- 2013). Kevin currently has 98 career points (27g, 71a). His career highs include three goals and five points at Denver (Nov. 24, 2012) as well as four assists vs. Alabama-Huntsville (Nov. 26, 2011).

 

WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Dalton Crossan, football – CAA Football Rookie of the Week

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

Vilma Vaattovaara, women’s ice hockey – Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

 

RECENT RESULTS

Wednesday, October 16

Men’s soccer: at UNH 2, Hartford 0 (Bremner Field)

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 3, at No. 2 Boston College 1

Thursday, October 18

Women’s soccer: at UNH 2, UMass Lowell 0 (Cowell Stadium)

Friday, October 18

Men’s ice hockey: at No. 13 UNH 1, No. 5 Michigan 1 [OT-tie]

Field hockey: UNH 3, at No. 12 Albany 0

Volleyball: UNH 3, at Binghamton 1

Saturday, October 19

Football: at No. 25/23 UNH 29, No. 12/11 Villanova 28

Men’s ice hockey: No. 5 Michigan 3, at No. 13 UNH 2 [OT]

Women’s swim/dive: at UNH 171, Vermont 129

Men’s soccer: at UMBC 1, UNH 0

Sunday, October 20

Women’s soccer: Maine 1, at UNH 0

Field hockey: at UNH 3, Bucknell 0

Volleyball: at Albany 3, UNH 0

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, October 21

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

     featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell

Thursday, October 24

Women’s soccer at Stony Brook, 7 pm

Friday, October 25

Field hockey vs. UMass Lowell, 6 pm

Men’s cross country at Central Connecticut State mini meet, 3:30 pm

Women’s cross country at Central Connecticut State mini meet, 3:30 pm

Saturday, October 26

Women’s swim/dive vs. Northeastern, 12 pm

Volleyball vs. UMass Lowell, 2 pm

Football at Stony Brook, 4 pm

Men’s soccer at Albany 7 pm

Men’s ice hockey at Rensselaer, 7 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Penn State, 7 pm

Sunday, October 27

Field hockey at Vermont, 1 pm

Women’s soccer at UMBC, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Penn State, 2 pm

 
 

PLAYOFF PICTURES

  • Field hockey: UNH sits atop the America East standings at 2-0 with two weeks left in the regular season. Albany and Fairfield are tied for second at 2-1. The tournament will be played Nov. 7 & 9 at the highest seed.
  • Women’s soccer: UNH enters the last week of the regular season fifth in the America East standings with nine points. Stony Brook and UMBC are tied for third (12 points) while Vermont (eight) and Binghamton (seven) are directly behind the Wildcats. The top six teams make the conference tournament.
  • Men’s soccer: With three conference games left in the regular season, UNH is second in the America East standings with nine points. UMBC is first (10 points), followed by UNH and Vermont (six).
  • Volleyball: Midway through the conference schedule, UNH is in a four-way tie for first place at 5-2. Albany, Stony Brook and UMBC are also 5-2. The top four teams advance to the America East tourney.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team did not race last week.
  • In its most recent meet, the Wildcats took first place at the New England Championships on Saturday, Oct. 12 as the squad topped 19 additional teams to earn the crown with 50 points. The event was held at Franklin Park in Boston.
  • Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led the Wildcats with a third-place finish overall with a time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 25 at the Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team did not race last week.
  •  In its most recent meet, the Wildcats placed 14th of 41 teams that competed at the New England Championships that were held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Franklin Park in Boston.
  • Junior Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) led the Wildcats in 17th place overall in a field of 135 runners with a time of 25 minutes, 6 seconds on the 8K course.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 25 at the Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet.
 

FIELD HOCKEY (9-6 overall, 2-0 America East)

  • The University of New Hampshire field hockey team climbed to the top of the America East standings with a 3-0 victory at 12th-ranked University at Albany on Oct. 18. Two days later, the Wildcats won by that score against Bucknell University at Memorial Field.
  • Junior Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded seven saves to shut out Albany, who entered the game ranked No. 2 nationally in offense. Tarbell recorded her second shutout of the season – third of her career – with five saves vs. Bucknell. She was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Week for recording her first career back-to-back shutouts.
  • Sophomore Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) matched her career high of two goals to propel the ‘Cats to victory at Albany, which entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in defense (0.79 goals allowed per game). She scored the first and last goals of the game.
  • Senior Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) recorded her 50th career point with a goal and an assist vs. Bucknell. She entered that game with 48 points and attained the milestone with her goal that gave UNH a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute. She set up the next goal, which was scored just 2:51 later.  Pohlmeyer has 51 career points (15g, 21a). With that assist, she climbed to a tie for No. 9 on the program’s all-time assist leaderboard.
  • On the America East leaderboard, Pohlmeyer is No. 1 in assists/game and  Tarbell is first in save percentage; Flatley is fourth in both points/game and goals/game.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Oct. 25 against UMass Lowell; game time at Memorial Field is 6 p.m. The Wildcats then travel to play the University of Vermont on Oct. 27 (1 p.m.).

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

  • Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) rushed for a 4-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter and senior running back Chris Setian  (East Longmeadow, Mass.) ran in the ensuing 2-point conversion to lift the No. 25/23 UNH football team to a 29-28 victory against No. 12/11 Villanova University at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 19.
  • Goldrich went 21-for-28 for 236 yards and one TD and had two TD rushes as part of a 16-carry, 27-yard ground effort.
  • Setian recorded a career-high 88 rushing yards on 12 carries and also had three receptions for 28 yards.
  • Senior Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) became UNH’s career leader in field goals made when his 23-yard FG gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 15-14, with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter. His 41st career field goal also lifted him into a tie for 10th place in CAA history.
  • Sophomore Jared Allison (Cliffwood, N.J.) led the receiving corps with six catches for 56 yards – both career highs – and his first career TD catch, which was an 8-yard reception that ended a 14-play, 99-yard drive that gave UNH a 21-14 lead at 5:03 of the fourth quarter.
  • Redshirt freshman Dalton Crossan (Lake Rondonkoma, N.Y.) was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week. His 35-yard kickoff return from out of the UNH end zone helped give the ‘Cats possession at the 50 with UNH trailing 28-21 and 1:02 on the clock. He also had five rushes for 41 yards and a TD and a 16-yard reception.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 26 (4 p.m.) at Stony Brook University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Nov. 9 (12:30 p.m.) against James Madison University.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team recorded a 3-1 road victory against second-ranked Boston College on Oct. 16.
  • Sophomore Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) recorded 36 saves, including all seven shots in the second period and all 14 in the third, to earn the No. 1 Start and Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. In four games this season, Vaattovaara is 3-0-1 with a 1.47 GAA and .952 save percentage to lead Hockey East in both stats.
  • Senior captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) scored the game-winning goal and tallied an assist vs. the Eagles. Gifford leads the team in goals (three), assists (four) and points (seven).
  • Sophomore Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) tallied a career-high two assists to match her personal best of two points.
  • Freshman Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) scored a goal for the second time in as many games with a second-period goal that gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.
  • Senior Arielle O’Neill (St Catharines, Ontario) netted her first goal of the season at BC.
  • New Hampshire returns to action with a two-game series at Penn State University on Nov. 26 (7 p.m.) and 27 (2 p.m.). The Wildcats’ next home game is Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) vs. Boston University.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (1-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

  • The 13th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime and 3-2 overtime loss in last weekend’s home series against fifth-ranked University of Michigan.
  • Senior Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) recorded 17 saves in UNH’s 1-1 tie on Oct. 18. He is unbeaten (1-0-1) this season with a 0.96 GAA and .962 save percentage to rank No. 3 nationally in GAA and No. 3 in save percentage.
  • Senior Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) factored in all three of UNH’s goals last weekend with an assist Friday and two goals Saturday. Goumas now has 98 career points.
  • Junior Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) recorded two assists Saturday. He ranks in the top 10 nationally in assists (No. 10, 1.25 apg) and defensive scoring No. 6, 1.25 ppg).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 26 (7 p.m.) at Rensselaer. The Wildcats’ next home game is Saturday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.) vs. UMass Lowell.


WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-6-6 overall, 2-1-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (2-0-5) with a 2-0 win vs. UMass Lowell at Cowell Stadium in Oct. 17, but then the Wildcats were edged 1-0 by a goal in the 87th minute by Maine on UNH’s Senior Day (Oct. 20).
  • Sophomore Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) tallied a goal and an assist against UMass Lowell for a career-high three points. In 16 games this season, she leads UNH in goals (three), assists (four) and points (10).
  • Freshman Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) recorded five saves for her fifth shutout of the season. In 13 games (11 starts), Borkan is 3-5-5 with a 0.62 GAA and .886 save percentage to lead the America East conference in save percentage and rank second in GAA. In conference-only games, Borkan is 2-1-3 with a 0.44 GAA and .893 save percentage.
  • Five seniors were recognized prior to their last home game of the regular season (Oct. 20 vs. Maine) – they were Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.), Tara Fraprie (Farmington, Conn.), Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.), Kelsi O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) and Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Thursday, Oct. 24 (7 p.m.) at Stony Brook University and concludes the regular season Sunday, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.) at UMBC.
 

MEN’S SOCCER (9-4-0 overall, 3-1-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team extended its win streak to four games with a 2-0 victory at home against the University of Hartford on Oct. 16, then lost 1-0 at eighth-ranked UMBC on Oct. 19.
  • Senior Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season when he gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead vs. Hartford in the 50th minute.
  • Junior David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) scored his first goal of the season against Hartford.
  • Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded eight saves vs. Hartford for his fifth shutout of the season. He stopped four shots at UMBC for a .923 save percentage last week.
  • For the season, Worra has a 7-2-0 record with a 0.43 GAA and .915 save percentage to rank No. 3 in the nation in GAA and No. 2 in save percentage.
  • Junior Connor Pauley (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded his first career point with an assist vs. Hartford.
  • Freshman Duff Thomson (Greenfield, N.H.) recorded his first career point with an assist against Hartford.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 26 (7 p.m.) at Albany. The Wildcats’ next home game is Saturday, Nov. 2 (Senior Day, 1 p.m.) vs. Binghamton University.
 

SWIMMING & DIVING (2-0 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team won its home opener with a 171-129 victory against the University of Vermont at Swasey Pool on Oct. 19. The Wildcats won 10 of 17 events.
  • Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly with a winning time of 2 minutes, 2.03 seconds. She also took top honors in the 500 freestyle (5:03.61).
  • Senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) won the 100 backstroke (58.10) and concluded her day of competition with a win in the 200 individual medley (2:06.68). She also placed second in the 100 free (53.16 seconds).
  • Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) was the first swimmer to touch the wall in both the 100 breaststroke (1:06.49) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.51). She also placed third in the 200 free (1:56.17).
  • Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) was the fastest swimmer in both the 200 free (1:51.72) and 200 backstroke (2:04.47).
  • Senior Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) recorded the fastest time of 1:58.15 in the 200 free.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 26 at home against Northeastern University. Meet time at Swasey Pool is 12 p.m.
 

VOLLEYBALL (11-12 overall, 5-2 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team extended its win streak to four matches with a 3-1 victory at Binghamton University (Oct. 18) before falling in straight sets to the University at Albany (Oct. 20).
  • Sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) recorded a team-high 14 kills at Binghamton.
  • Senior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) finished with 12 kills and .391 hitting percentage at BU and followed that with a team-leading .185 hitting percentage at Albany.
  • Junior Delaney Dameron (Alpharetta, Ga.) tallied 12 kills with a team-high .550 hitting percentage at Binghamton.
  • Junior Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) quarterbacked UNH’s offense at Binghamton with 40 assists and contributed to the defensive effort with 12 digs.
  • In the America East conference rankings, Tolliver is atop the blocks leaderboard (0.98 per set), Thatcher is second in kills/set (2.85) and Forrest is fifth in kills/set (2.75), while Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) is third in digs/set (4.32) and Dunklau is fourth in assists/set (9.21).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 26 (2 p.m.) vs. UMass Lowell.
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