SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
November 4, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) of the field hockey team and John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) of the men’s cross country 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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Meg Flatley, field hockey
Meg, a sophomore from Townsend, Mass., recorded seven points (three goals, one assist) in two games last week to lead the UNH field hockey team to victories against Fairfield University (4-0; Nov. 1) and Dartmouth College (2-1; Nov. 3). She tallied a career-high five points vs. Fairfield and extended her goal-scoring streak to three games with a tally at Dartmouth.
In the game against Fairfield, Meg scored goals five minutes apart to break open a one-goal game into a 3-0 lead; the two goals matched a personal best, and she recorded her 50th career point with the first of those two tallies. Then at Dartmouth, the forward scored five minutes into the game to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Meg leads the team in goals (15), points (34) and shots (55); she also ranks second in both game-winning goals (four) and shooting percentage (.273), and is tied for third in assists (four). With those numbers, Meg ranks third in the America East conference in goals per game as well as fifth in both points and shots per game.
Meg has recorded a point in 13 of 19 games with a goal in 11 of 19. Including the Fairfield game, she has matched her career high of two goals four times this season. Meg also had a personal-best two assists in the season opener against second-ranked University of Maryland (Aug. 31).
In five America East conference games, Meg has tallied 13 points (6g, 1a) to rank second in both goals and points per game.
Meg has compiled 24 goals and seven assists for 55 points in 39 career games. Last year as a redshirt freshman – she joined the Wildcats as a walk-on in 2011 – Meg was named to the America East All-Rookie Team and Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
John Prizzi, men’s cross country
John, a junior from Wyckoff, N.J., won the 2013 America East Men’s Cross Country Championship individual title at Binghamton University on Saturday, Nov. 2. He completed the 8K course in 24 minutes, 55.22 seconds to take first place in the field of 87 runners.
John is UNH’s fourth America East men’s cross country individual champion and first since 2004, when Tony Truax won the event. In the tightly-contested team competition, UNH placed fourth with 72 points.
In the 2013 season opener against nationally-ranked Providence College and College of the Holy Cross, John placed eighth overall as the second Wildcat to cross the finish line. On Sept. 27, he led UNH to seventh place at the Boston College Invitational in a field that included a pair of top-10 teams; John was the top ‘Cat and 24th overall that day to earn America East Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week. John was also UNH’s top runner at the Paul Short Invitational (Oct. 5).
Last year as a sophomore, John finished 12th at the America East Championship; he was the third UNH runner to complete the course to help the Wildcats finish in second place. He went on to place 75th at the NCAA Regional. Earlier in the season, he was 67th at the New England Championship.
Taylor Dunklau, volleyball – America East Setter of the Week
Tori Forrest, volleyball – America East Player of the Week
Giovanni Riello, men’s soccer – America East Rookie of the Week
Carlie Tarbell, field hockey – America East Defensive Player of the Week
Tuesday, October 29
Men’s soccer: UNH 2, at Dartmouth 1 [2OT]
Friday, November 1
Field hockey: at No. 20 UNH 4, Fairfield 0
Women’s ice hockey: Boston U. 3, at UNH 1
Volleyball: UNH 3, at Hartford 0
Men’s ice hockey: at No. 14 UMass Lowell 5, UNH 3
Saturday, November 2
Men’s soccer: at UNH 2, Binghamton 0
Men’s hockey: No. 14 UMass Lowell 3, at UNH 2 [OT]
Men’s cross country: 4th place at America East Championships
Women’s cross country: 1st placeat America East Championships (at Binghamton)
Football: at William & Mary 17, No. 16/17 UNH 0
Women’s swim/dive: UNH 214.5, CCSU 84.5 … UNH 222, Bryant 71
Volleyball: UNH 3, at Providence 0
Sunday, November 3
Field hockey at Dartmouth, 2 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 2 pm
Monday, October 28
UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (Fox Run Mall; Newington, N.H.)
featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell
Wednesday, November 6
Men’s soccer vs. Vermont, 7 pm
Thursday, November 7
America East Field Hockey Championship (at UNH)
Fairfield at UNH, 2 pm … Albany vs. Maine, 5 pm
Women’s ice hockey vs. Providence, 7 pm
Friday, November 8
Volleyball vs. UMBC, 7 pm
Men’s ice hockey vs. UMass, 7:30 pm [TV- WBIN and Fox College Sports]
Saturday, November 9
America East Field Hockey Championship (at UNH)
Semifinal winners, 2 pm
Football vs. James Madison, 12:30 pm [TV- NBC Sports Network]
Women’s basketball vs. Worcester State, 5 pm [season opener]
Men’s basketball vs. Suffolk, 7:30 pm [season opener]
Women’s swim & dive at Rhode Island, 2 pm
Men’s ice hockey at UMass, 7 pm
Sunday, November 10
Volleyball vs. Stony Brook, 1 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Vermont, 2 pm
- Field hockey: UNH won the America East regular-season title with a perfect 5-0 conference record for the second consecutive year. The Wildcats are the No. 1 seed of the America East Championship for the fourth consecutive year and are host of the tournament (Nov. 7 & 9). Thursday’s semifinal game times are 2 and 5 p.m.
- Men’s soccer: With one conference game remaining – the regular-season ends Nov. 6 – UNH sits second in the America East standings with 12 points and can finish no lower than fourth. UMBC is atop the standings with 14 points. UNH is followed by Hartford and Vermont, both of whom at 10 points. UNH and UVM battle Wednesday night in Durham. The top two seeds automatically advance to the semifinals, whereas the No. 3 and 4 seeds play host to the No. 6 and 5 seeds, respectively, in the first round Nov. 9.
- Volleyball: With two weeks remaining in the regular season, UNH sits atop the America East standings at 8-2. Two teams – Stony Brook and UMBC – are tied for second place at 7-3 while Albany is fourth at 6-4. Four teams advance to the conference tournament, which is at the site of the highest seed.
WILDCAT FOOD DRIVE
The annual Wildcat Food Drive, which benefits the New Hampshire Food Bank, begins this week. Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to aid families in need during the holiday season. Those who donate an item will be able to purchase a ticket at a discount price. The Wildcat Food Drive takes place at the following games:
Thursday, Nov. 7 – Women’s hockey vs. Providence (7 pm)
Friday, Nov. 8 – Men’s hockey vs. UMass (7:30 pm)
Saturday, Nov. 9 – Football vs. James Madison (12:30 pm); Women’s basketball vs. Worcester State (5 pm); Men’s basketball vs. Suffolk (7:30 pm)
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team won the America East Championship meet that was held Oct. 2 at Binghamton University. The Wildcats finished as runner-up each of the previous three years and have placed in the top four every year since 1992, including the only other conference title in 2003.
- New Hampshire won the 2013 crown with 46 points to outdistance runner-up Stony Brook University (63 points). UNH had five of the top 12 finishers overall and placed eight in the top 19.
- Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led that strong pack of ‘Cats in sixth place overall among the field of 81 runners. She completed the 5K course in 17 minutes, 55.62 seconds.
- Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) followed closely in seventh place with a time of 17:59.99.
- The Wildcats took spots 10-12 with junior Chelsea Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) at 18:02.95, senior co-captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) in 18:09.65 and sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) at 18:11.62.
- Freshman Sarah Kieran (Rowley, Mass.) did not figure into the team scoring but had a strong race to finish 16th overall with a time of 18:30.75. Senior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) placed 17th by completing the course in 18:32.12 and sophomore Samantha Blais (Lyndenborough, N.H.) cracked the top 20 in 19th place at 18:41.66.
- Sophomores Amber Short and Brianna Boden, both of Keene, N.H., also raced. Short placed 27th and crossed the finish line in 19:05.22 and Boden was 37th at 19:26.69.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 15 at the NCAA Regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.).
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) won the America East Championship individual title to lead the UNH men’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the event, which was held Oct. 2 at Binghamton University.
- UNH amassed 72 points to place behind UMBC (58 points), Binghamton (65) and Stony Brook (70) in a tightly-packed group. In comparison, fifth-place Maine totaled 110 points.
- Prizzi completed the 8K course in 24 minutes, 55.22 seconds to become the fourth UNH runner to win the men’s cross country race. The last Wildcat to win the men’s individual title was Tony Truax in 2004.
- Junior tri-captain John Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) also placed in the top 10 at eighth place with a time of 25:17.53. Senior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) crossed the finish line in 11th place at 25:24.00.
- Junior Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) finished 23rd at 25:43.33 and sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) completed the team scoring in 29th place at 26:00.82.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 15 at the NCAA Regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.).
FIELD HOCKEY (13-6 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team completed a second consecutive perfect America East conference record with a 4-0 victory against Fairfield University at Memorial Field on Nov. 1. The Wildcats then concluded the 2013 regular season with a 2-1 win at intrastate rival Dartmouth College (Nov. 3) to extend their win streak to six games.
- With the shut out of Fairfield, UNH recorded its fifth consecutive shutout. Prior to that, the last time the ‘Cats blanked five consecutive opponents was September 1984.
- Sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) recorded her 50th career point during a personal-best five-point effort against Fairfield. She reached the milestone on her first goal, then struck again five minutes later to match her career high of two goals; she later tallied an assist.
- The shutout streak by junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) ended at 404 minutes, 50 seconds when Dartmouth scored at 49:56. She was feted as America East Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week and fifth time this season.
- Junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) recorded an assist vs. both Fairfield and Dartmouth to extend her assist streak to four games.
- The senior quartet of Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.), Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were honored prior to the Fairfield game – their last regular-season home game.
- Both Richard and Bozek scored a goal vs. the Stags. Bozek was credited with a defensive save – her team-leading fourth of the season – at Dartmouth and Pohlmeyer broke a 1-1 tie with 7:56 remaining to lift the ‘Cats to victory.
- New Hampshire returns to action Thursday, Nov. 7 (2 p.m.) against Fairfield in an America East semifinal game at Memorial Field. The second semifinal pits Albany against Maine at 5 p.m. The semifinal winners battle in the Nov. 9 championship game at Memorial Field.
- UNH is the top seed of the America East Championship for the fourth consecutive year. The Wildcats have a 19-1 conference record in that span. They won the 2011 tourney title and finished as runner-up in both 2010 and 2012.
FOOTBALL (4-4 overall, 3-2 CAA)
- The No. 16/17 UNH football team saw its three-game winning streak end with a 17-0 loss to William & Mary at Zable Stadium on Nov. 2.
- Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) had four catches for a team-high 70 yards.
- Junior tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) and sophomore wide receiver Jared Allison (Cliffwood, N.J.) shared the team lead for receptions with six; Spears compiled 40 receiving yards and Allison finished with 37.
- Redshirt freshman linebacker DeVaughn Chollette (Scranton, Pa.) recorded a team- and career-high 12 tackles.
- Redshirt freshman defensive back Casey DeAndrade (East Bridgewater, Mass.), who leads the CAA in pass breakups, broke up four passes, one of which denied W&M a touchdown.
- Sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson (Morristown, N.J.) recorded two sacks as part of a six-tackle effort.
- UNH, which entered the game ranked No. 2 in the CAA in scoring, was shut out for the first time since the Tribe also accomplished the feat Sept. 23, 1995.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Nov. 9 (12:30 p.m.) at home against James Madison University. The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-4-1 overall, 1-2-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team saw its five-game unbeaten streak and three-game win streak end with a 3-1 loss to Boston University at the Whittemore Center (Nov. 1). The Wildcats’ road win streak ended at four games in a 3-0 loss at Northeastern University (Nov. 3).
- Sophomore goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) stopped 65 of 70 shots for a .929 save percentage and 2.52 GAA last weekend. She made 33 saves, including a personal single-period best 17 in the second stanza, and surrendered two goals against BU. Vaattovaara followed that with 32 saves, including 16 in the final frame, at Northeastern.
- Sophomore forward Haley Breedlove (Plano, Texas) scored her first goal of the season – second of her career – against BU.
- New Hampshire returns to action Thursday, Nov. 7 (7 p.m.) at home against Providence College; it is one of the games designated as part of the Wildcat Food Drive. The Wildcats then travel to play the University of Vermont (Nov. 10, 2 p.m.).
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (1-5-1 overall, 0-2-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team opened Hockey East league play with a home-and-home series against 14th-ranked UMass Lowell in which the River Hawks prevailed 5-3 on home ice (Nov. 1) and skated to a 3-2 overtime win at the Whittemore Center (Nov. 2).
- Three of UNH’s five losses have been by one goal, including two in OT, and all five losses have been to nationally-ranked teams.
- Senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded his 100th career point with an assist on UNH’s first goal Nov. 2. He is the 71st UNH Wildcat to reach that milestone; the last ‘Cat to accomplish the feat was Phil DeSimone in the 2010-11 season.
- In the Nov. 2 game, UNH trailed 2-1 when it went on the power play at 18:22 and also pulled goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) in favor of an extra skater to create a 6-on-4 opportunity. Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) scored 25 seconds later to send the game into OT, but UML skated away with the 3-2 win with a power-play goal at 3:17 of the extra session.
- New Hampshire plays a home-and-home series this weekend against UMass with a Nov. 8 (7:30 p.m.) home game that will be televised on WBIN and Fox College Sports. The teams then face off at UMass on Nov. 9 (7 p.m.).
MEN’S SOCCER (11-5-0 overall, 4-2-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team went 2-0-0 last week with a 2-1 double overtime win at Dartmouth College (Oct. 29) and 2-0 victory vs. Binghamton University on Senior Recognition Day (Nov. 2).
- Freshman goalkeeper Giovanni Riello (Sao Paul, Brazil) was named America East Rookie of the Week. He made four saves to earn the win at Dartmouth and stopped three Binghamton shots to record his third shutout of the season. Overall, he has a 4-2-0 record with a 0.65 GAA and .810 save percentage. Riello is No. 3 in the America East conference in GAA and No. 5 in save percentage.
- Senior forward and captain David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) recorded three points at Dartmouth. His goal in the13th minute gave UNH a 1-0 lead and he assisted on the game-winning goal by A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) in the 106th minute.
- Junior midfielder Cameron Bielski (Dover, Mass.) recorded his first career point with an assist on Schlatter’s goal at Dartmouth.
- With 11 wins, UNH has recorded double digits in the win column for the first time since 2006 (12-5-3).
- Prior to the Binghamton game, the six-member senior class of Cody Cormier (Bangor, Maine), Byron Greenwood (Greenland, N.H.), Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), Schlatter, Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) and Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was honored.
- UNH leads the America East conference in GAA (0.60). The Wildcats have committed the fewest fouls in the league (138) – the second-lowest team, Binghamton, is at 168.
- New Hampshire concludes the regular season Nov. 6 at home against interstate rival Vermont. Game time at Bremner Field is 7p.m. as the teams battle for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming America East Championship.
SWIMMING & DIVING (5-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team remained unbeaten with dual meet wins against both Bryant (222-71) and host team Central Connecticut State (214.5-84.5) at Jack Suydam Natatorium on Saturday, Nov. 2.
- UNH won 13 of 16 events and shattered three pool records en route to the victories.
- Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine), the reigning America East Swimmer of the Week, won three events – two in pool-record time. Roberts established the benchmarks in the 200-yard butterfly (2 minutes, 2.41 seconds) and 400 individual medley.
- Roberts was also part of the record-setting 400 medley relay quartet that included Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.). The winning team touched the wall in 3:54.85.
- McCandless bested the field in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:08.33.
- Mann powered her way through the water for a winning time of 2:07.46 in the 200 backstroke.
- Bull also recorded an individual victory with first place in the 100 backstroke (58.40 seconds).
- Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) swam to first place in both the 100 breaststroke (1:08.86) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.04).
- Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) touched the wall first in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:40.08.
- Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) led a 1-2 finish in the 50 free. Her time of 24.92 edged out teammate Caspersen (25.10).
- Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) captured first place in the 3-meter dive with a score of 232.70. Teammate Kyle Bonus (Santa Clarita, Calif.) was runner-up in that event and the 1-meter dive, where she registered a personal-best 222.55 points.
- The quartet of Mann, Roberts, Bull and Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) took top honors in the 200 free relay at 1:39.05.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Nov. 9 (2 p.m.) at the University of Rhode Island.
VOLLEYBALL (14-12 overall, 8-2 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team climbed to the top of the America East conference standings following last weekend’s straight-set road victories against both the University of Hartford and Providence College.
- Sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) had another strong week with a team-high 16 kills on a .367 hitting percentage, as well as eight digs, against Hartford. She followed that with 12 kills and team-leading 18 digs at Providence. Forrest was named the America East Player of the Week.
- Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led the attack at PC with 18 kills and a .419 hitting percentage; she also had four blocks. Thatcher contributed nine kills – on a .333 hitting percentage – and three blocks.
- Senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) was once again a force on the front line with four blocks at Hartford and five against PC. She also contributed 11 kills at Hartford with a .500 hitting percentage.
- Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) orchestrated UNH’s offense to a .324 hitting percentage with 40 assists at Hartford. It marked the team’s second-best mark of the season. She also had 39 assists vs. PC and was selected America East Setter of the Week.
- UNH leads the America East conference in hitting percentage (.201) as well as second in both opponent hitting percentage (.191) and blocks (1.95/set). On the individual leaderboards, Thatcher and Forrest rank 2-3 in kills/set and Tolliver is No. 1 in blocks/set;
- New Hampshire concludes the regular season with four consecutive home matches. The stretch begins Friday, Nov. 8 (7 p.m.) against UMBC and continues Nov. 10 (1 p.m.) vs. Stony Brook University.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
- Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
- Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
- Borkan leads America East in save percentage and is second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she is No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
- Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
- O’Neil ranks eighth in America East in points/game, ninth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she is No. 4 in goals/game (0.50), points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75)