Rausch, Sorkin: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


November 7, 2011


DURHAM, N.H.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) of the field hockey team and Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) 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. 



Hayley Rausch, field hockey

     Hayley, a senior forward from Severna Park, Maryland, was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 America East Field Hockey Championship following a seven-point effort (three goals, one assist) that led UNH to the tournament title with wins against the University at Albany (1-0 in the semifinal) and Boston University (4-2 in the title game).

     She scored the only goal of the game vs. Albany with 2:46 remaining in regulation. Against BU, Hayley gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead 2:13 into the game, assisted on the goal that gave the ‘Cats a lead (2-1) they would not relinquish at 22:21 and capped the game scoring at 52:44. That last tally marked Hayley’s 50th career goal and also catapulted her to the top of the program’s single-season points leaderboard at 58; the previous benchmark of 57 had stood since 1986 (Karen Geromini). She also climbed to No. 2 on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives with her 25th goal.

     Hayley was named to the America East All-Conference First Team prior to the tournament and entered the tourney ranked No. 7 in the nation in points per game and No. 6 in goals per game.

     Through 21 games, she has 25 goals and eight assists for 58 points to lead the team in both goals and points, and rank third in assists. Hayley is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (six), has a team-best .347 shooting percentage and is second in shots (72). She has tallied a point in 20 of 21 games with a goal in 17 games. Hayley scored a career-high three goals in back-to-back games against Brown University and Providence College to become the first player since Geromini in 1986 to score three goals in consecutive games.

     In 77 career games, Hayley has recorded 50 goals and 32 assists for 132 points. On New Hampshire’s career leaderboard, she is third in both points and assists as well as fourth in goals.


Nick Sorkin, men’s ice hockey

     Nick, a sophomore forward from Rockville, Maryland, sparked the UNH men’s ice hockey team to Hockey East victories last week against the University of Massachusetts (7-3 on Nov. 4) and 20th-ranked University of Maine (3-2 on Nov. 5). He tallied two assists against UMass and then a goal and an assist vs. Maine to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games.

    Nick has recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) during his current seven-game point-scoring streak to already exceed his rookie totals from a year ago (3g, 2a). He set up the team’s second and sixth goals vs. UMass to record a personal best of two assists. Nick established his career high of two points (1g, 1a) Oct. 21 at St. Cloud State University, then matched that the following night vs. SCSU with his first career multiple-goal game and again in both games last weekend.

     Through nine games, Nick leads the team in goals (five), assists (six), points (11) and shooting percentage (.294). He has scored four of the team’s seven power-play goals as well as UNH’s only shorthanded goal.



UNH men’s ice hockey – Hockey East Team of the Week



Tuesday, November 1

Men’s soccer: at UNH 3, Dartmouth 0

Thursday, November 3

Women’s ice hockey: Vermont 4, at UNH 1

Friday, November 4

America East Field Hockey Championship

    at #10 UNH 1, #12 Albany 0

    #17 Boston U. 4, #13 Maine 0

Men’s hockey: at UNH 7, UMass 3

Volleyball: at UMBC 3, UNH 0

Saturday, November 5

Football: at #9 UNH 28, #13 James Madison 10

Men’s hockey: at UNH 3, #20 Maine 2

Women’s swimming & diving: at UNH 213, Central Conn. St. 84; UNH 221, Bryant 69

Sunday, November 6

America East Field Hockey Championship

   at #10 UNH 4, #17 Boston U. 2  (UNH wins tourney title, earns NCAA tourney berth)

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 5, at Dartmouth 4 (overtime)

Volleyball: UNH 3, at Stony Brook 2



Friday, November 11

Men’s basketball vs. Suffolk, 7 pm (season opener)

Field hockey, NCAA first round game (opponent & site announced Nov. 8, 8 pm)

Volleyball at Albany, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at Brown, 7:30 pm (season opener)

Saturday, November 12

Football at Towson, 3:30 pm

Men’s hockey at Vermont, 7 pm

Women’s swimming & diving at Rhode Island, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Boston U., 3 pm

Men’s cross country at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Buffalo, N.Y.)

Women’s cross country at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Buffalo, N.Y.)

Sunday, November 13

Volleyball at Binghamton, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Providence, 2 pm



  • The UNH men’s basketball team, selected fifth in the America East preseason poll, opens the 2011-12 season Friday, Nov. 11 at home against Suffolk. Opening tipoff at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.


  • The UNH women’s basketball team, picked sixth in the America East preseason poll, tips off the 2011-12 season Friday, Nov. 11 (7 p.m.) at Brown University.


  • The UNH men’s cross country team did not race last week. The Wildcats return to action Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, which is being held at the University at Buffalo.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team did not race last week. The Wildcats return to action Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, which is being held at the University at Buffalo.

FIELD HOCKEY (17-4 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The 10th-ranked UNH field hockey team captured the 2011 America East Field Hockey Championship by defeating 13th-ranked University at Albany (1-0) in the semifinals and 17th-ranked Boston University (4-2) in the title game. It is the team’s second America East championship and first since 1998.
  • UNH’s 17 victories ties the program single-season benchmark established by the 1986 national runner-up team.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, UNH received a total of 10 America East awards, including Coaching Staff of the Year (led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci) and Offensive Player of the Year (senior forward Whitney Frates; Woodstock, Vt.).
  • Frates was joined on the America East All-Conference First Team by Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.). Three Wildcats – Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) – were named to the Second Team. Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were All-Rookie Team honorees.
  • Rausch was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. She scored the game’s only goal in the semifinal win vs. Albany, then recorded two goals and an assist in the championship game vs. BU.
  • Rausch was joined on the All-Championship Team by Frates, Lyons and Nagengast.
  • With her seven-point weekend, Rausch increased her season point total to 58 to break the program’s single-season point record that had stood since 1986 (Karen Geromini, 57 pts). She scored career goal #50 with her last goal of the weekend.
  • Frates, with an assist on Rausch’s first of two goals vs. BU, tied the program record for career assists. Becky Craigue (1995-98) established the benchmark of 35.

FOOTBALL (7-2 overall, 5-1 CAA)

  • The UNH football team, ranked ninth in last week’s poll, held 13th-ranked James Madison University scoreless for the last three quarters of the game en route to a 28-10 victory at Cowell Stadium. 
  • The Wildcats are 22-3 at home since the start of the 2007 season. 
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.), the CAA leader (#2 in FCS) in tackles, spearheaded the defensive effort with 17 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Evans climbed into the top 10 on UNH’s career tackles leaderboard and is currently #10 with 293. He also ascended to #8 on the single-season list with 123.
  • Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) ran for two touchdowns and a total of 87 yards on 16 carries.
  • Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) has either passed or rushed for a TD every start of his career. He extended that streak to 11 games with a 19-yard scoring pass to Sean Cullen (Naples, Fla.) in the second quarter vs. JMU.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (4-4-1 overall, 3-3-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) and winning streak to four games with last week’s Hockey East victories against UMass (7-3) and Maine (3-2).
  • In the Nov. 4 win vs. UMass, 14 players tallied a point and seven had multiple-point efforts. The 10 goals were scored by nine different ‘Cats.
  • UNH has won each of the last nine games at the Whittemore Center against Maine.
  • Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with two assists vs. UMass followed by a goal and an assist vs. Maine.
  • Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) became the first Wildcat freshman to score a goal this season with a tally against the Minuteman.
  • Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) is 4-0-0 the last four games with a 2.00 GAA and .933 save percentage.


WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (4-4-2 overall, 0-2-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team went 1-1-0 last week with a 4-1 loss in Hockey East league play to Vermont and a 5-4 overtime victory at intrastate rival Dartmouth College.
  • UNH was defeated at home by Vermont despite recording a 34-19 shot advantage vs. the Catamounts.
  • The Wildcats overcame a 3-1 deficit at Dartmouth to begin a five-game road swing with a victory. Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.), who recorded her first career point with an assist vs. UVM, scored with 4:22 remaining in regulation to force overtime and then set up the game-winning overtime goal.
  • Three other ‘Cats tallied multiple points at Dartmouth. Emma Clark (East Barre, Vt.) netted two goals for her first career multiple-point game, Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario) matched her personal best of two assists (and two points) and Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) finished with a goal and an assist.

SWIMMING & DIVING (3-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team competed against Central Connecticut State and Bryant University in its home opener at Swasey Pool on Nov. 5 and recorded two lopsided victories by winning 14 of 16 events. The Wildcats defeated CCSU by a scored of 213-84 and was a 221-69 victor against Bryant.
  • Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) broke the school record in the 1-meter dive with a winning score of 275.25 points. She also took the top spot in the 3-meter with a mark of 230.30.
  • Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) led the way with three first-place finishes – the 100-yard freestyle (52.14 seconds), 50 free (24.02) and 200 free (1:51.65). She also anchored the winning 200 medley relay team.
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was the first swimmer to touch the wall in both the 1000-yard freestyle (10:24.72) and 200 butterfly (2:05.31). She also added a second-place finish in the 500 free (5:07.66).
  • Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia), who joined Reed on the top 200 medley relay team, claimed the top spot in the 200 individual medley (2:07.26) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.45).

VOLLEYBALL (9-18 overall, 7-3 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team split a pair of America East road matches last week with a 3-2 victory against Stony Brook and a 3-0 loss to UMBC. Sunday’s win at Stony Brook secured a berth in the America East Championship tournament; New Hampshire can finish no lower than the No. 2 seed.
  • Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) paced the Wildcats at Stony Brook with 18 kills for a .368 hitting percentage and also added three blocks. Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) had 17 kills and a .378 hitting percentage as well as five digs and three blocks. Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) finished with 16 kills and a .400 hitting percentage; she also had eight digs.
  • Thatcher provided one of the highlights at UMBC with a team-high 12 kills and .550 hitting percentage. Keding contributed 10 kills, five digs and three service aces.
  • UNH concludes the 2011 regular season this weekend on the road against Albany (Nov. 11) and Binghamton (Nov. 13).


MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Freshman midfielder Ryan McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) recorded his first career multiple-goal game with two tallies, and the four points marked the high by any Wildcat this season. McNamara scored 3 minutes, 51 seconds apart.
  • Worra registered three saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.
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