Reed, DeSmith: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
November 19, 2012

DURHAM, N.H.Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) of the women’s basketball team and Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) 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

Cari Reed, women’s basketball

     Cari, a senior from Oswego, N.Y., helped lead the UNH women’s basketball team to road victories last week against Yale University (57-51 on Nov. 14) and College of the Holy Cross (68-65 on Nov. 17). With the score tied 65-65 in the waning seconds at Holy Cross, she hit the game-winning 3-point field goal and finished with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds – both game highs – to record her second career double-double.

     Cari also helped secure the victory at Yale by corralling a defensive rebound and hitting two foul shots with five seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 57-51 lead. She recorded a game-high 11 rebounds and netted eight points.

Through two games, Cari leads the team in rebounding (11.5 rpg), minutes (35.5 per game) and 3-pointers (three). In other stats, she is second in assists (five) and third in scoring (13.0 points per game); with those numbers, Cari ranks second in America East in rebounding and eighth in scoring.

     Last year as a junior, Cari broke the UNH record for 3-pointers in a game with eight (on 11 attempts) against Harvard University on Dec. 6. She finished that game with a career-high 32 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 from the foul line.

     Cari led the 2011-12 Wildcats in 3-point field goals made (44) and attempted (123). She ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage (35.8%) and blocked shots (12) as well as fourth in scoring (7.8 ppg), FG percentage (38.3%) and minutes (25.8 mpg).

     As a sophomore, Cari netted 58 3-pointers, which is tied for second on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives. Her season highlights included six 3-pointers against Maine (Jan. 26, 2011), which at the time tied the school record. She ranked third on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) as well as third in both assists and blocks.

Cari enters this week’s action with 124 career 3-pointers, which ranks No. 7 in program history. Directly ahead of her on the list are Julie Donlon (1987-91; 126) and Ashley Cerniglia (2004-07; 131).

 

Casey DeSmith, men’s ice hockey

     Casey, a sophomore goaltender from Rochester, N.H., backboned the third-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team to road victories last weekend against UMass-Lowell (3-0 on Nov. 16) and 11th-ranked Boston University (3-1 on Nov. 18). He stopped all 23 shots to record his third consecutive shutout at UML and recorded a season-high 45 saves at BU.

     The UNH record book was rewritten by the Granite State native, whose shutout streak ended at a school-record 203 minutes, 32 seconds when Boston U. netted a second-period goal. He made 111 saves spanning the four games.

     Casey finished the week with a 0.50 goals-against-average and .986 save percentage to increase his season numbers to a 1.19 GAA, .961 save percentage and four shutouts. He was honored as the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season on Monday (Nov. 19).

     The netminder leads Hockey East in GAA, save percentage and shutouts and is ranked No. 2 in the nation in all three statistics.

      The historic shutout streak began Nov. 4 at University of Maine (42 saves) and continued Nov. 10 vs. the University of Vermont (27 saves) into last weekend’s games against the RiverHawks and Terriers. He also shut out Northeastern University with a 34-save performance Oct. 27.

     Casey played in 22 games (20 starts) last year as a freshman. He ranked first in the nation among rookies in save percentage (.926) and third in GAA (2.33) en route to garnering Hockey East All-Rookie Team recognition. His season highlights included a shutout in his first career win Jan. 11, 2012 at Providence. Casey recorded a career-high 50 saves in the Hockey East quarterfinals against BU (March 11, 2012).

 

ACCOLADES

Casey DeSmith, men’s ice hockey – Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

Men’s ice hockey Hockey East Team of the Week

RECENT RESULTS

Tuesday, November 13

Men’s basketball: UNH 72, at Dartmouth 58

Wednesday, November 14

Women’s basketball: UNH 57, at Yale 51

Friday, November 16

Volleyball: at Albany 3, UNH 0 (America East semifinal)

Men’s ice hockey: No. 5 UNH 3, at UMass-Lowell 0

Saturday, November 17

Football: No. 17 Towson 64, at No. 7 UNH 35

Women’s cross country: Keely Maguire, 112th place at NCAA Championships

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 2, at Maine 1

Women’s basketball: UNH 68, at Holy Cross 65

Men’s basketball: at Bryant 76, UNH 64

Sunday, November 18

Men’s ice hockey: No. 5 UNH 3, at No. 11 Boston U. 1

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, November 19

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

   (with football head coach Sean McDonnell)

Tuesday, November 20

Women’s ice hockey vs. Quinnipiac, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at Boston College, 7 pm

Wednesday, November 21

Men’s basketball at NJIT, 7:30 pm

Friday, November 23

Men’s ice hockey at Colorado College, 9:37 pm (Eastern)

Saturday, November 24

Women’s ice hockey vs. Minnesota, 2 pm (White Out the Whitt)

Men’s basketball at Holy Cross, 4 pm

Men’s ice hockey at Denver, 9:07 pm (Eastern)

Television program: Inside Wildcat Country, 4 pm (WBIN-TV)

Sunday, November 25

Women’s basketball vs. Cornell, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. Minnesota, 2 pm (White Out the Whitt)

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-1 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 72-58 at intrastate rival Dartmouth College (Nov. 13) and then suffered its first loss of the season Nov. 17 by a score of 76-64 at Bryant.
  • Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainsville, Fla.) both recorded a double-double at Dartmouth. Myrick scored 19 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds while Konan finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Myrick tied for the team lead in both points (12) and tallied a team-high five rebounds despite playing only 20 minutes at Bryant.
  • Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored double digits in both of last week’s games with 14 at Dartmouth and 10 at Bryant.
  • Through three games, four Wildcats are averaging double digits in points. Myrick leads the way at 15.0 and is followed by Konan (13.0), junior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.; 11.7) and Rhoads (11.0). Myrick is also averaging a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game.
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m.) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The Wildcats then travel to play the College of the Holy Cross on Nov. 24 (4 p.m.).
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (2-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team opened the season with a 57-51 win at Yale University on Nov. 14, then recorded a 68-65 victory at College of the Holy Cross on Nov. 17. The last time the team started 2-0 was the 2005-06 season.
  • Senior shooting guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) broke a 65-65 tie at Holy Cross with her third 3-pointer of the game with five seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Wildcats to victory. She finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds – both game highs, and the 12 rebounds matched a personal best – to record her second career double-double and earn America East Player of the Game.
  • Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) matched her career high of nine assists as the team tallied 22 assists at Holy Cross. It was the highest assist total by a UNH squad since Jan. 29, 2003 (23 at Vermont).
  • Hogan was named America East Player of the Game for her efforts at Yale. She scored a game-high 14 points and went 8-for-8 from the foul line, including four in the closing minute to secure the win. Hogan also had four assists, three rebounds and two steals against the Bulldogs.
  • With UNH trailing 56-46 at Holy Cross, senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) scored nine consecutive points to spark a 15-0 run. Frame netted 11 of the 15 points during that spurt and finished with 17 points in just 22 minutes.
  • Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) recorded seven points and a career-high eight rebounds at Yale and followed that with 10 points – on 5 of 6 shooting from the floor – and personal-best three assists.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) at Boston College. The Wildcats play their home opener Nov. 25 against Cornell University. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 1 p.m.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team had one individual qualify for and compete at the NCAA Championships that were held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisvile, Ky.).
  • Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 52.5 seconds to finish 112th in the 253-runner field.
  • Maguire, the 2012 America East individual champion, earned a spot in the NCAAs by receiving one of four individual regional bids following a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 10. She received All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year.
 

FOOTBALL (8-3 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The UNH football team, which slipped from 7 to 11 in this week’s national poll, ended the regular season with a 64-35 loss to 15th-ranked Towson University at Cowell Stadium on Nov. 17. The result ended UNH’s six-game winning streak and 10-game win streak at home.
  • UNH received an at-large berth to the NCAA Division I Football Championship and will travel to play Wofford College (Spartanburg, S.C.) for a Dec. 1 (2 p.m.) second-round game at Gibbs Stadium that will be broadcast on ESPN3. The Wildcats will be making their ninth consecutive NCAA tourney appearance, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
  • Four UNH Wildcats were named to the All-CAA Football First Team with sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.), junior offensive lineman Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.), senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) and senior defensive lineman Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.).
  • There were three ‘Cats named to the Second Team – sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), senior corner back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.).
  • Four UNHers were selected to the Third Team on offense – senior offensive lineman Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.), junior placekicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) and sophomores Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.; tight end) and Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.; offensive lineman).
  • New Hampshire’s offense is ranked No. 9 in the nation in total offense (470.9 yards per game), 11th in scoring offense (36.55 points per game) and 13th in rushing offense (234.18 ypg).

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (8-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 Hockey East)

  • UNH, which climbed two spots to No. 3 in this week’s poll, extended its winning streak to four games last weekend with road wins against UMass-Lowell (3-0, Nov. 16) and 11th-ranked Boston University (3-1, Nov. 18). The 8-1-1 record is the team’s best mark through 10 games since the 1968-69 season.
  • Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded his third consecutive shutout at UML with a 23-save effort and became UNH’s record holder for consecutive shutout minutes during the BU game, and that streak ended at 203 minutes, 32 seconds. He made 111 saves during the streak. DeSmith finished the BU game with 45 saves to finish the week with a .986 save percentage, and he garnered the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award for the fourth time this season.
  • DeSmith ranks No. 2 in the nation in GAA (1.19), save percentage (.961) and shutouts (four); all those numbers are best in the league.
  • Junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded three points last weekend to extend his point-scoring streak to five games. He assisted on the game-winning goal at Mass-Lowell and scored two goals at BU. Goumas ranks first in Hockey East in assists (10) and third in points (13); with those numbers, he is fifth in the country in assists per game (1.00).
  • Senior forward Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) is on a four-game point-scoring streak with five goals and an assist in that span. He is atop the Hockey East leaderboard in goals with eight and ranks sixth nationally in goals per game (0.80).
  • Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) ranks No. 3 in the nation in points per game/defensemen at 1.00 ppg.
  • UNH ranks No. 1 in the nation in defense (1.20 gpg) and is No. 2 in penalty kill (94.6%).
  • New Hampshire concludes its stretch of four consecutive road games Thanksgiving weekend with games at 15th-ranked Colorado College (Nov. 23; 9:37pm Eastern) and second-ranked Denver on Nov. 24 (9:07 p.m.).

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-7-1 overall, 3-2-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) with a 2-1 win at the University of Maine on Nov. 17 in which the Wildcats recorded a 40-23 shot advantage.
  • The 40 shots marked a season high for the ‘Cats, who tallied 38 shots the previous game (2-2 tie) at Providence College on Nov. 11.
  • Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) stopped 22 of 23 shots for the win. Gilligan is 2-0-0 this season with a 1.50 GAA and .939 save percentage.
  • Freshman defenseman Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) gave UNH a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 12:46 of the first period and freshman forward Brittney Redlick (Biggar, Saskatchewan) scored 3:21 later to extend the advantage to two goals.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) at home against Quinnipiac University. The Wildcats play host to top-ranked University of Minnesota for a White Out the Whitt weekend on Nov. 24 & 25. Both games are at 2 p.m.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s swimming & diving team did not compete in a meet last week.
  • The Wildcats entered the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll at No. 16 on Nov. 15 following its 161-121 victory vs. the University of Rhode Island on Nov. 10.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 30 at the Brown Invitational. The next home meet is Jan. 16 (6 p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College.
 

VOLLEYBALL (15-14 overall, 7-5 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team was ousted from the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded University at Albany in a Nov. 16 semifinal match.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team while outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) were All-Rookie Team honorees and senior defensive specialist Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • Freshman outside hitter Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) had a team-high 10 kills with an impressive .370 hitting percentage.
  • Sophomore setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) recorded a double-double with 24 assists and 12 digs.
  • Sophomore defensive specialist Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) tallied a match-high 19 digs.
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the end of Wildcat careers for Schnepp and setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.). Schnepp established a UNH single-season record for digs with 560 in 2012 and ended her career with 997 digs.
 
 

COMPLETED SEASONS

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team ended the 2012 season with a 21st-place finish at the 34-team NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Hammonasset State Park (Madison, Conn.) on Nov. 9.
  • Sophomore John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) was the top ‘Cat in 75th place overall. He completed the 10-kilometer course in a time of 31 minutes, 57.4 seconds.
  • The next four Wildcats crossed the finish line within a minute. Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) placed 97th in a time of 32:26.4 and was followed by sophomore Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) in 118th place (32:42.6), senior Dan DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) in 122nd (32:44.3) and junior Sean Leighton (Hampstead, N.H.) in 130th (32:50.3).

 

FIELD HOCKEY (12-8 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team was the top seed and host of the America East Championship for the third consecutive year. In a Nov. 2 semifinal, the Wildcats defeated Fairfield University, 3-2 in overtime, to advance to the title game for the third time in as many years. UNH fell one victory short of defending its 2011 crown with a 3-1 loss to University at Albany in the Nov. 4 championship game.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, the America East conference announced its annual awards and all-conference teams. UNH, led by 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year – it is the first time anyone received that award three consecutive years, and the five overall awards ties the conference benchmark.
  • Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She is the first Wildcat to receive that distinction since the award’s 2001 inception.
  • Bozek was joined on the All-Conference First Team by senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.).
  • Sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) were named to the Second Team, while the All-Rookie Team included forwards Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) as well as back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.).
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the end of UNH careers for three seniors – Erler, Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) and Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.).

MEN’S SOCCER (7-7-6 overall, 2-3-1 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team finished as runner-up at the America East Championship tournament for the second time in three years following a 0-0 tie at UMBC in the title game in which the Retrievers prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-2, on Nov. 10.
  • The Wildcats advanced out of the semifinals with a 1-0 victory at top-seeded Vermont on Nov. 6. UNH did not surrender a goal in three tourney games this year to match the feat accomplished in 2010; the six consecutive postseason shutouts is a conference record.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all six shots vs. Vermont and seven against UMBC to extend his streak of consecutive shutouts to four games and 408 minutes, 50 seconds.
  • At the conclusion of the America East Championship, senior backs Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), as well as Worra, were selected to the All-Championship Team.
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the conclusion of Wildcat careers for Ryan McNabb (Downington, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.), Thomas and Hussein.
 

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

  • The UNH women’s soccer team, making its conference-record 12th consecutive tournament appearance, was ousted from the 2012 America East Championships with a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook University in an Oct. 25 quarterfinal game at Lewis Fields.
  • Junior goalkeeer Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America District 1 First Team on Nov. 2.
  • Correa, who was also named to the America East All-Academic Team, started all 18 games in which she played. She had a 1.43 GAA with a .755 save percentage and three shutouts, and ranked third in the conference in both total saves (83) and saves per game (4.61).
  • Prior to the start of postseason play, four Wildcats received America East honors. Senior back Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.
  • Correa, Curry and junior midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • The end of the 2012 season marks the end of UNH careers for eight Wildcat seniors – captain Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.), Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.), Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.), Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.), Drea Noguiera (New Bedford, Mass.) and Curry .
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