November 8, 2010

DURHAM, N.H.Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) of the women’s swimming & diving team and Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) of the men’s hockey team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.



Jessica Little, swimming & diving

     Jessica, a junior from Barrie, Ontario, helped the UNH women’s swimming & diving team remain unbeaten (3-0) this season with two victories and a second-place finish in the Wildcats’ 190-110 victory at Central Connecticut State on Nov. 6

     She broke the Jack Suydam Natatorium pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 21.03 seconds. Jessica also swam to a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.48.

     In the season-opener against Siena College (Oct. 16), Jessica also swam to first place in the 200 breaststroke. She swam a leg in the victorious 200 medley relay vs. the Saints. One day later, Jessica competed on the victorious 200 medley relay team against Wagner.

     Jessica was honored as the 2009 America East Most Outstanding Rookie. She was also named to the 2009 and 2010 America East All-Conference Team, as well as the ’09 ECAC All-Conference Team.


Matt DiGirolamo, men’s hockey

     Matt, a junior goaltender from Ambler, Pa., stopped 55 of 57 shots he faced in two games last weekend to backbone the ninth-ranked UNH men’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory against both (then) fourth-ranked Boston College and UMass-Lowell. With a 1.00 goals-against-average and .965 save percentage, he was honored as the Hockey East Player of the Week.

     Matt made 31 saves at BC and then was credited with 24 stops at UMass-Lowell.

     In the 2010-11 league-only statistics, Matt is the Hockey East leader in both GAA (1.30) and save percentage (.958).

     During UNH’s current six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), which includes four games against nationally-ranked teams, Matt has a 2.27 GAA and .930 save percentage.

     Matt has recorded 30+ saves in five of seven games this season and that includes a season-high 37 in a 2-2 tie at Northeastern University (Oct. 22).

     Matt and the UNH men’s hockey team returns to action this weekend, Nov. 12-13, with a two-game home series vs. UMass.



Matt DiGirolamo, men’s hockey: Hockey East Player of the Week

Men’s hockey: Hockey East Team of the Week



 Tuesday, November 2

Men’s soccer: at Dartmouth 2, UNH 1

Friday, November 5

Men’s hockey: #10 UNH 2, at #4 Boston College 1

Field hockey: at #19 UNH 3, Maine 2 (America East semifinal)

Volleyball: Albany 3, at UNH 1

Saturday, November 6

Football: #4 William & Mary 13, at #8 UNH 3

Field hockey: – #15 Albany 3, at #19 UNH 2 (overtime) [America East final]

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 2, Vermont 0

Women’s swimming & diving: UNH 190, at Central Conn. State 110

Men’s hockey: #10 UNH 2, at UMass-Lowell 1

Men’s soccer: UNH 1, at Binghamton 0 (America East quarterfinal)

Sunday, November 7

Volleyball: Binghamton 3, at UNH 1

Women’s ice hockey: at #5 Boston U. 5, UNH 2



Monday, November 8

Women’s basketball vs. Bentley, 7 pm  (exhibition)

Wednesday, November 10

Men’s soccer at Boston University, 7 pm (America East semifinal)

Friday, November 12

Men’s hockey vs. UMass, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at Notre Dame, 3:30 pm

Volleyball at UMBC, 5 pm

Saturday, November 13

Men’s basketball vs. Lesley, 1 pm

Swimming & diving vs. Rhode Island, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. UConn, 2 pm

Men’s hockey vs. UMass, 7 pm

Football at Villanova, 12 pm

Men’s cross country at NCAA Regional

Women’s cross country at NCAA Regional

Sunday, November 14

Women’s ice hockey at UConn, 1 pm



  • The UNH men’s basketball team plays its season opener Saturday, Nov. 13 at home against Lesley. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 1 p.m.


  • The UNH women’s basketball team plays a home exhibition game against Bentley on Monday, Nov. 8. The Wildcats open the 2010-11 season Nov. 12 at Notre Dame.


  • UNH did not race last weekend. The Wildcats compete at the NCAA Regional this weekend.


  • UNH did not race last weekend. The Wildcats compete at the NCAA Regional this weekend.

FIELD HOCKEY (14-7 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • UNH, ranked 19th in the nation and the tournament’s top seed, advanced to the America East Championship title game with a 3-2 victory against Maine in the semifinals, then fell short in a quest to win its first league tournament since ’98 with a 3-2 overtime loss to 15th-ranked Albany.
  • Prior to the start of the tourney, UNH, led by 20th-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff of the Year. A total of eight Wildcats were feted – First Team: Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.); Second Team: Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.); All-Rookie Team: Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersvile, Md.) and Tori Welch (East Hampstead, N.H.).
  • UNH tied for the highest number of representatives on both the First Team and All-Rookie Team.
  • Frates tallied a goal and two assists and Rausch scored twice to propel the Wildcats to the 3-2 semifinal win vs. Maine. Frates, Rausch and Lyons were selected to the All-Championship Team.
  • The end of the 2010 season marked the end of Connolly’s UNH field hockey career. She tallied eight goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 79 career games.
  • UNH’s 14 victories marked the highest single-season total since the ’00 squad also had 14 wins.

FOOTBALL (5-4 overall, 3-3 CAA)

  • Eighth-ranked UNH saw its school-record 12-game home winning streak come to an end last Saturday with a 13- 3 loss to #4 William & Mary.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) made a career-high 20 tackles and the defense limited the Tribe to 171 total yards of offense. Evans leads the CAA with 113 tackles this season.
  • Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) tallied 1.5 sacks to increase his league-leading total to 7.0.
  • Hugo Souza (Marshfield, Mass.) recorded a season-high 14 tackles to advance to #6 on the program’s career tackles list with 309.
  • The undefeated and untied 1950 UNH football team will be honored at Cowell Stadium on the 60th anniversary of its perfect season when the Wildcats play their final home game of the season Nov. 20 vs. Towson.

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

  • The 10th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2) with road wins against Boston College and UMass-Lowell – both by a score of 2-1.
  • The Wildcats’ second line scored all four goals last weekend. Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) and John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) both tallied two goals and an assist. Speelman scored the game-winning goal vs. BC and Henrion netted the game-winner against UMass-Lowell.
  • Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 55 of 57 shots last weekend to record a 1.00 GAA and .965 save percentage. With those numbers, he was named the league’s Player of the Week.
  • UNH will play five of its next six games at the Whittemore Center and that includes this weekend’s two-game home series vs. UMass.
  • UNH has road wins against nationally-ranked Miami (#3), Cornell (#14) and Boston College (#4) during the six-game unbeaten streak, which is the third-longest active streak in the nation.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (8-3-0, 2-0-1 Hockey East)

  • UNH extended its winning streak to seven games with a 2-0 victory vs. Vermont at the Whittemore Center, then lost 5-2 at fifth-ranked Boston University the next day.
  • UNH is 5-0-0 at home and has outscored the opposition 12-4 in those five games at the Whittemore Center.
  • Junior goaltender Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) saw her shutout streak end at 219 minutes, 43 seconds when BU scored a second-period goal on Sunday. Minton had shut out each of the previous three opponents, including a 21-save effort vs. UVM this past Saturday.
  • Freshman forward Sarah Campbell (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) recorded her first career point with an assist on the game’s first goal vs. BU.

MEN’S SOCCER (8-5-5 overall, 2-3-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team defeated Binghamton, 1-0, in an America East quarterfinal road game to advance to a Nov. 10 semifinal matchup at Boston University.
  • Colin O’Donnell (Hampden, Mass.), who was named America East Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season, recorded his eighth shutout of the season with a two-save effort at Binghamton. O’Donnell was also named to the All-Conference First Team.
  • Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the All-Conference Second Team while Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were All-Rookie Team honorees.
  • O’Donnell, Hilton, Joe Corsello (York, Maine) and Robin Gerum (Gothenburg, Swedend) were voted to the America East All-Academic Team.
  • Earlier in the week, Corsello and O’Donnell were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District First Team.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-8-4 overall, 4-3-1 America East)

  • UNH’s 2010 season came to an end with the fifth-seeded Wildcats’ 2-1 loss at fourth-seeded Albany in the America East quarterfinals on Oct. 28.


  • UNH returned to the pool for competition Nov. 6 and recorded a convincing 190-110 victory at Central Connecticut State.
  • Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) broke a Jack Suydam Natatorium record in her leg of the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 27.31 seconds. Perrault was first to touch the wall in both the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
  • Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) also turned in a pool record with a time of 2:21.03 in the 200 breaststroke. She also swam to a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.48.
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) had first-place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle and 200 fly.
  • Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) also had a pair of first-place finishes – the 50 free and 100 free.
  • Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) swept the 1- and 3-meter diving events.

VOLLEYBALL (9-17 overall, 4-7 America East)

  • UNH dropped a pair of tightly contested home matches – both by a score of 3-1 – to the league’s top two teams, Albany and Binghamton, last weekend. The Wildcats lost the three sets to Binghamton by a total of seven points.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) led the team in kills in both matches with 18 vs. Albany and 19 against Binghamton. She also had four blocks vs. UA and 11 digs against BU.
  • Sunday’s match marked Senior Day – the final home match – for Justine Elliott (Michellville, Md.), Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) and Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.). Heldman tallied 43 assists and nine digs in her home finale, while Elliott had eight kills, five blocks and two assists and Huxtable was credited with a team-high 20 digs.
  • UNH concludes the 2010 season Nov. 12 at UMBC.
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