SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
December 3, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. – Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) of the women’s ice hockey team and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) of the men’s basketball 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.
Jenn Gilligan, women’s ice hockey
Jenn, a sophomore goaltender from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, made a season-high 31 saves to backbone the UNH women’s ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 victory against ninth-ranked Northeastern University at Matthews Arena.
She opened the game with 12 first-period saves and followed that with nine in the second and 10 in the third to record her second victory of the season against a nationally-ranked team.
In five games this season, Jenn has a 4-0-0 record with a 1.96 goals-against-average and .932 save percentage; in three Hockey East league games, she has a 3-0-0 mark with a 1.33 GAA and .951 save percentage.
Jenn made her season debut Nov. 9 against fifth-ranked Boston University and stopped 24 of 26 shots in a 4-2 victory. She made 22 saves in a 2-1 win at Maine (Nov. 17) and then stopped 30 of 32 shots Nov. 20 against Quinnipiac.
Jenn played in 19 games (18 starts) last year as a freshman. She posted a 5-11-2 overall record with a 3.33 GAA, .876 save percentage and one shutout. Jenn recorded her first collegiate shutout Oct. 7, 2011, with a 19-save effort against Colgate University at the Whittemore Center. Her numbers were slightly better in the league with a 3.11 GAA and .893 save percentage.
In 24 career games, Jenn is 9-11-2 with a 3.06 GAA, .887 save percentage and one shutout. Her highlights include a 44-save effort at the University of Maine on Feb. 18, 2012 (4-3 loss).
Ferg Myrick, men’s basketball
Ferg, a senior forward from Philadelphia, Pa., averaged 19 points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals per game last week as the UNH men’s basketball team battled UConn to the buzzer in a 61-53 loss and then upended Brown University, 63-50, at Lundholm Gym.
Ferg scored a game-high 20 points and also pulled down six rebounds at UConn. His third 3-point field goal of the night lifted the Wildcats within 46-43 at 6:10 of the second half, but the ‘Cats would get no closer.
The 6-foot-6 forward once again led the ‘Cats in scoring against Brown with 18; he also tallied five rebounds and three steals. With UNH leading 45-42, Ferg hit his second 3-pointer of the game at 7:03 to extend the lead to six points and made another trifecta four minutes later to make the score 54-47 in favor of the Wildcats. He stole the ball with two minutes remaining, was fouled at the other end of the court and made two foul shots to push the lead to 56-49.
Ferg leads UNH in scoring (13.9 ppg), 3-point field goal percentage (39.3%) and free throws (24), and he is second in rebounding (6.9 rpg), steals (10) and blocks (five). He has scored in double digits in six of seven games and that includes a 19-point effort at Dartmouth College in a 72-58 win on Nov. 13. Ferg recorded his first career double-double in that game with a career-high 11 rebounds.
Last year as a junior, Ferg averaged 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 22 minutes per game in 28 games (nine starts). In the 2010-11 season, Ferg suffered a season-ending injury in the 14th game of the year; he did average 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 27.2 minutes per game prior to the injury. As a freshman in 2009-10, he averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds with a .416 shooting percentage in 25 games.
His career accolades include America East All-Rookie Team and his career highlights include a 21-point effort against Stony Brook University on Feb. 28, 2010.
Grayson Downing – Hockey East co-Player of the Week
Men’s ice hockey – Hockey East Team of the Week
Wednesday, November 28
Women’s basketball: at Harvard 63, UNH 44
Thursday, November 29
Men’s basketball: at Connecticut 61, UNH 53 (at XL Center – Hartford, Conn.)
Friday, November 30
Men’s ice hockey: at No. 2 UNH 5, UMass-Lowell 2
Women’s swimming & diving: at Brown Invitational (day 1 of 3)
Saturday, December 1
Men’s ice hockey: No. 2 UNH 5, at UMass-Lowell 2
Men’s basketball: at UNH 63, Brown 50
Football: at No. 9 Wofford 23, UNH 7 (NCAA Second Round)
Women’s basketball: Quinnipiac 60, UNH 53 (at Brown University)
Women’s ice hockey: No. 9 Northeastern 8, at UNH 1
Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Jay Carisella Carnival (at Boston U.)
Men’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Jay Carisella Carnival (at Boston U.)
Women’s swimming & diving: at Brown Invitational (day 2 of 3)
Sunday, December 2
Women’s ice hockey: UNH 3, at No. 9 Northeastern 1
Women’s basketball: at Brown 50, UNH 43
Women’s swimming & diving: at Brown Invitational (day 3 of 3)
Wednesday, December 5
Women’s basketball vs. Dartmouth, 5:30 pm
Men’s basketball vs. Central Connecticut State, 7:30 pm
Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston College, 7 pm
Thursday, December 6
Men’s ice hockey vs. Boston U., 7 pm
Friday, December 7
Women’s indoor track & field: Maine Pentathlon at UNH, 5 pm
Men’s indoor track & field: Maine Pentathlon at UNH, 5 pm
Saturday, December 8
Women’s indoor track & field vs. Maine, 12 pm
Men’s indoor track & field vs. Maine, 12 pm
Men’s basketball vs. Yale, 1 pm
Women’s ice hockey vs. Harvard, 2 pm [TV: WBIN & FOX College Sports]
Sunday, December 9
Women’s basketball vs. Central Conn. State, 2 pm [TV: WBIN & FOX College Sports]
Men’s ice hockey vs. U.S. Under-18 Team, 4 pm (exhibition game)
MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-4 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team battled UConn to the final buzzer in a 61-53 loss on Nov. 29, then improved to 2-0 at home this season with a 63-50 victory against Brown University in a Dec. 1 game that was broadcast on WBIN-TV and Fox College Sports Atlantic.
- Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) averaged 19 points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals in two games last week. He scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds at UConn.
- Junior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded a double-double (his second of the season) against UConn with 16 points (6-for-12 shooting from the floor) and 12 rebounds; he also tallied three blocked shots.
- Myrick led four ‘Cats in double digits against Brown. Junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 14 pts, 6 rebs), Pelcher (11pts) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 10 pts) followed Myrick in the scoring column.
- UNH plays two home games this week before breaking for final exams. The Wildcats tip off against Central Connecticut State in the second half of a women’s and men’s doubleheader at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 5 (7:30 p.m.) and then play host to Yale on Dec. 8 (1 p.m.).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (3-4 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team lost a midweek game at Harvard (63-44) and then dropped a pair of games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic with a 60-53 loss to Quinnipiac University followed by a 50-43 loss to Brown.
- UNH never lost three consecutive games during the 2011-12 season.
- Senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) was named the team’s America East Player of the Game all three games last week as she was UNH’s top scorer every game. Reed recorded her second double-double of the season with a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds at Brown. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Reed, with eight 3-pointers last week, ascended to No. 5 on UNH’s career 3-point leaderboard with 138; she surpassed Ashley Cerniglia (2004-07; 131) and Denise Beliveau (2007-12) is next on the list at 141.
- After missing two games, junior point guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) returned to action for the Brown Bear Basketball Classic. She tallied 11 points, three assists, two steals and a block in 29 minutes against Quinnipiac.
- UNH plays two home games this week before breaking for final exams. The Wildcats tip off against Dartmouth College in the opener of a women’s and men’s doubleheader at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 5 (5:30 p.m.) and then play host to Central Connecticut State on Dec. 9 (2 p.m.).
FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 23-7 loss at ninth-ranked Wofford College in an NCAA second round game Dec. 1 at Gibbs Stadium. Head coach Sean McDonnell was honored as an AFCA Regional Coach of the Year.
- Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.), a CAA First Team selection, had 11 catches for 78 yards to end the year with 84 catches (No. 4 on the school’s list of single-season superlatives) and 1,059 receiving yards (No. 6 in school single-season history).
- Junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) recorded a game-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble.
- Junior defensive end Cody Muller (Telford, Pa.) accounted for UNH’s touchdown on a fumble recovery and 14-yard return to the end zone. Senior linebacker Alan Buzbee (Chester, N.J.) forced the fumble.
- In his final collegiate game, senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) tallied 11 tackles and a forced fumble. That fumble was recovered by classmate Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.).
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (11-1-2 overall, 8-1-1 Hockey East)
- UNH extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) with a home-and-home weekend sweep of UMass-Lowell. The Wildcats, which ascended to No. 1 in this week’s national poll, closed November with a 5-2 home win and opened December with a road win by the same score.
- The Wildcats, who were named Hockey East Team of the Week for the third consecutive week on Monday, have the nation’s top winning percentage (.857). They rank No. 3 in both offense and defense as well as second in penalty kill.
- Sophomore forward Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) tallied two goals and two assists for a four-point weekend and selection as the Hockey East co-Player of the Week. He scored twice in the series opener with a shorthanded goal that opened the game scoring at 9:43 of the first period and another strike late in the second period that gave UNH a 4-0 lead. Downing set up the team’s first and fifth goals at UML.
- Junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) extended his point-scoring streak to nine games with two points (1g, 1a) on Friday and an assist in Saturday’s road win. He has 18 points (6g, 12a) in that nine-game stretch. Goumas leads the nation in assists and is third in points.
- Freshman defenseman Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) recorded his first collegiate goal Saturday night at UML.
- New Hampshire concludes its season series against Boston University at the Whittemore Center on Dec. 6 (7 p.m.). UNH then plays host to the U.S. Under-18 National Team in a Dec. 9 (4 p.m.) exhibition game.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (7-10-1 overall, 4-3-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team split a home-and-home series against ninth-ranked Northeastern University. The visiting team won both games with NU prevailing 8-1 at the Whittemore Center (Dec. 1) and UNH recording a 3-1 win at Matthews Arena (Dec. 2).
- Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) stopped 31 of 32 shots to backbone the Wildcats to the 3-1 road win; the 31 saves is a season high. She is now 4-0-0 in five games this season with a 1.96 GAA and .932 save percentage.
- Junior forward Arielle O’Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) tallied a goal and an assist at NU. She scored the game-winning goal at 3:48 of the second period and set up the team’s third goal later in the period.
- UNH has three wins against top-10 teams – all against schools from Boston: Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern University.
- New Hampshire wraps up the 2012 calendar season this week with home games against Boston College (Dec. 5; 7 p.m.) and Harvard University (Dec. 8, 2 p.m.). The Harvard game will be broadcast live on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team competed at the Brown Invitational last weekend (Nov. 30 through Dec. 2).
- In the 200 individual medley, the Wildcats had three swimmers place in the top 20. Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) was the top ‘Cat in third place with a time of two minutes, 3.18 seconds. Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) was 12th in 2:05.38, followed by Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) in 18th at 2:06.74.
- New Hampshire resumes the 2012-13 season Jan. 16, 2013 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Meet time at Swasey Pool is 6 p.m.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team opened the 2012-13 season Dec. 1 at the Jay Carisella Carnival, which was a non-scoring meet held at Boston University.
- Sophomore James Anderson (Melrose, Mass.) won the 800 meter race in a time of 1 minutes, 54.94 seconds. Junior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) was next across the finish line in 1:57.85.
- UNH placed 2-3 in the weight throw with George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) finishing as runner-up with a toss of 56 feet, 10 inches and Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) placing third at 53-11.75. Lyle was runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 48-01.25.
- Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) raced to a runner-up finish in the mile with a time of 4:16.74.
- In the 500 meters, Andrew Albin (Bethel, Conn.) recorded the third fastest time of 1:06.40.
- The Wildcats are host of a pentathlon (Dec. 7; 5 p.m.) and meet (Dec. 8; 12 p.m.) against Maine.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team opened the 2012-13 season Dec. 1 at the non-scoring Jay Carisella Carnival (Boston University).
- Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) produced one of three runner-up finishes for the Wildcats with a second place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 50 feet, 9.50 inches.
- Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) placed second in the mile with a time of 4:55.32 and freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) recorded the second-fastest time in the 1,000 meter at 2:59.71.
- In the mile, Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) placed third and sixth, respectively, at 4:57.52 and 5:09.66.
- Also of note, Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed third in the 60m hurdles (9.27 seconds) and Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) was fourth in the weight throw at 48-09.
- The Wildcats are host of a pentathlon (Dec. 7; 5 p.m.) and meet (Dec. 8; 12 p.m.) against Maine.
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.
- The Wildcats finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) placed second overall to lead four ‘Cats in the top 20. Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also recorded a top-10 finish in sixth place.
- Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) was named to the America East All-Academic Team.
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.
- UNH finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Maguire was followed by junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.; sixth) and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia; 10th). The other two scoring ‘Cats finished in the top 15 and all seven Wildcat harriers placed among the top 20.
- Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Twombly were voted to the America East All-Academic Team.
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.
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.
- 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.