SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
December 5, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. – Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) of the women’s basketball team and Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) of the men’s indoor track & field 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.
Denise Beliveau, women’s basketball
Denise, a senior forward from Framingham, Mass., became the 16th player in the history of the UNH women’s basketball program to attain the 1,000 career point milestone. She accomplished the feat with the first of her 15 points scored Dec. 3 against Holy Cross at Lundholm Gym. The captain also recorded eight rebounds and five steals to earn the America East Player of the Game award in the 61-50 loss to the Crusaders.
Earlier in the week, Denise recorded her third double-double of the season with games highs in both points (15) and rebounds (13) to lead UNH to a 58-53 road victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. She also had five steals in that game.
Denise leads the team in points per game (12.0), rebounds per game (8.8), steals (16), minutes (201), field goals made (27) and attempted (77) and free throws made (14) and attempted (15). With those numbers, she is atop the America East conference leaderboard in free throw percentage (.933), and she ranks third in rebounding as well as fifth in steals.
Last year, Denise led the ‘Cats in points, rebounds and free throw percentage; she also ranked second in assists. She ranked second on the team in both scoring and rebounding as a sophomore in 2010.
Denise was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team last season. Her other accolades include Rookie of the Year (2008).
Brice Paey, men’s indoor track & field
Brice, a senior from Milton, New Hampshire, bested the field of 38 competitors in the shot put with a toss of 17.66 meters at the Jay Carisella Carnival, which marked the opening of the indoor track & field season Dec. 3 at Northeastern University.
As a junior in 2009-10 indoor season, Brice won the shot put at the America East Championship (school-record 59 feet, 3.50 inches) and went on to place second at the New England Championship and third at the IC4As. In the subsequent outdoor season, he placed 22nd in the shot put at the NCAA East Regional, second at the IC4As and New Englands and atop the field at America East.
Brice also captured the shot put title at the conference championship meet in both the indoor and outdoor seasons as a sophomore (2008-09 season); he established an Americ East Championship record at the indoor meet. He also competed at the NCAA East Regional at the conclusion of the outdoor season and placed 18th overall.
Brice was also the America East outdoor shot put champion as a freshman; he placed second in that event at the indoor championship to mark the only conference shot put he has not won.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 3, Union 2 (overtime)
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Men’s basketball: at UNH 53, Dartmouth 50
Women’s basketball: UNH 58, at Dartmouth 53
Friday, December 2
Men’s hockey: at UMass-Lowell 3, UNH 2
Saturday, December 3
Football: at #7 Montana State 26, #11 UNH 25 [NCAA Second Round]
Men’s hockey: UMass-Lowell 5, at UNH 3
Men’s basketball: at Holy Cross 62, UNH 57
Women’s basketball: Holy Cross 61, at UNH 50
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 3, #10 Northeastern 3 (overtime tie)
Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Jay Carisella Carnival (Northeastern U.)
Men’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Jay Carisella Carnival (Northeastern U.)
Sunday, December 4
Women’s swimming & diving: at UNH 168, Vermont 132
Women’s ice hockey: at #10 Northeastern 5, UNH 1
Gymnastics: Meet the Team intra squad exhibition
Tuesday, December 6
Women’s basketball vs. Harvard, 7 pm
Wednesday, December 7
Men’s basketball at Brown, 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 8
Men’s ice hockey vs. Boston U., 7 pm (WBIN-TV)
Friday, December 9
Women’s basketball vs. Manhattan, 7 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Harvard, 7 pm
Women’s indoor track & field at Rhody Pentathlon, 11 am
Saturday, December 10
Men’s track & field at Maine, 12 pm
Women’s track & field at Maine, 12 pm
Sunday, December 11
Women’s ice hockey vs. Dartmouth, 2 pm
Men’s basketball at Fairfield, 1 pm
MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-3 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team returned to action Nov. 30 with a 53-50 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Lundholm Gymnasium. In other action last week, the Wildcats lost 62-57 at Holy Cross (Dec. 3).
- Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Holy Cross.
- Chris Matagrano (Sayrevile, N.J.) tied career highs in both points (11) and rebounds (seven) vs. Holy Cross.
- Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored a season-high 21 points against Dartmouth. Abreu is averaging a team-best 14.4 points per game. The senior guard also leads the team in steals and ranks second in both rebounds and assists.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (3-3 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team continued its trend of alternating wins and losses through six games with a road win against intrastate rival Dartmouth College (58-53) on Nov. 30 and a 61-50 home loss to Holy Cross (Dec. 3).
- Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) became the 16th UNH Wildcat to record 1,000 career points with the first of her 15 points against Holy Cross. The senior forward also contributed eight rebounds and five steals vs. the Crusaders to earn the America East Player of the Game award.
- Beliveau recorded her third double-double of the season with game highs in both points (15) and rebounds (13) at Dartmouth. She also had five steals.
- Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Grodd Gerau, Germany) scored a career-high 14 points vs. Dartmouth on 6 of 13 shooting from the floor.
- Bridgette McKnight (Norristown, Pa.) recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals against Dartmouth.
FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team was ousted from postseason play with a 26-25 second-round loss at seventh-ranked Montana State University on Dec. 3. Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but the potential game-tying extra point was blocked.
- Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) recorded a game-high 15 tackles to increase his season total to 152, which ranks fourth on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives.
- Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) finished with 11 tackles and had a 58-yard interception return for a TD that gave the Wildcats a 10-0 first-quarter lead. His 165 tackles are No. 2 on UNH’s single-season list, and the junior linebacker climbed to fifth on the career leaderboard at 335.
- Decker completed 18 of 30 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. With those numbers, the senior quarterback climbed to No. 3 on the single-season passing yards list with 3,272.
- Decker eclipsed 4,000 career yards (4,151; #9 in school history) and he is also ranked among the top 10 in career completions (346; ninth) and pass attempts (514; 10th).
- UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-8-2 overall, 4-6-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team was swept by UMass-Lowell in a home-and-home series. UML prevailed 3-2 at home on Dec. 2 and then won 5-3 at UNH’s Whittemore Center on Dec. 3. The first loss kept the ‘Cats winless on the road this season (0-6-2) and the next loss ended a streak of six consecutive home wins.
- Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for November. He recorded five goals and four assists for nine points in seven November games; other statistics included a .385 shooting percentage, one power-play goal and a +3 rating. Goumas ranked first on the team in shooting percentage and second in goals.
- Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) recorded his first career point Friday night at UML and then scored his first goal Saturday night.
- UNH recorded a 19-8 third-period shot advantage Friday, then had a 28-10 first-period edge Saturday for a 47-18 advantage in consecutive periods.
- Thursday night’s home game vs. Boston University will be televised live on WBIN-TV.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-10-3 overall, 0-6-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team went 1-1-1, including 1-0-1 in overtime, last week with a 3-2 overtime win against Union (Nov. 29), 3-3 tie against 10th-ranked Northeastern (Dec. 3) and 5-1 loss at NU (Dec. 4).
- Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas), in her season debut at the Whittemore Center, played the second, third and overtime periods and stopped 26 of 27 shots to backbone UNH to a 3-3 tie vs. Northeastern.
- Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario; one goal, two assists) and Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.; three assists) both recorded three points in three games last week.
- Maggie Hunt (Naperville, Ill.) has tallied a point in five of the last eight games. The sophomore defenseman has totals of two goals and four assists in that span.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team began the 2011-12 season at the non-scoring Jay Carisella Carnival, which was held Dec. 3 at Northeastern University.
- Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) bested the field of 38 competitors in the shot put with a toss of 17.66 meters.
- Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) raced to first place in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 30.33 seconds.
- The Wildcats’ 4x400m relay team also captured first place by crossing the finish line in 3:22.29. The squad was comprised of Jake McDougle (Walpole, N.H.), William Godfrey (Merrimack, N.H.), Sean Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Victor Adejuyigbe (Penacook, N.H.). Godfrey placed third in the 400m (1:05.34) and Adejuyigbe was third in the 55m (6.72).
- D’Mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) was the runner-up in both the 200m (22.88 seconds) and 55m hurdles (7.71).
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team opened the 2011-12 season at the non-scoring Jay Carisella Carnival, which was held Dec. 3 at Northeastern University.
- Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) ran to a first-place finish in the 3,000 meters with an ECAC-qualifying time of 9 minutes, 45.85 seconds.
- The Wildcats took second and fifth place in the high jump. Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) was the top ‘Cat with a leap of 1.63 meters and Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) cleared 1.58m.
- UNH had two other top-three performers with Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) in third in the long jump (5.14m) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) crossing the finish line third in the 1,000m (2:56.24).
SWIMMING & DIVING (5-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team raced past America East conference foe University of Vermont with a 168-132 victory Dec. 4 at Swasey Pool.
- Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) swept the three individual freestyle events and also swam a leg on the victorious 400-yard medley relay team. Reed took first place in the 50 free (24.12 seconds), 100 free (52.48) and 200 free (1:52.06).
- Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) was the fastest swimmer in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke by touching the wall in 1:06.19 and 2:21.90, respectively.
- Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) swept the diving events with a score of 248.25 points in the 1-meter and 232.80 in the 3-meter.
2011-12 COMPLETED SEASONS
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
- Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
- Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]
FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)
- The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
- The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
- Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
- Frates was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
- Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
- UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
- Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
- Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
- Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.
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.
- Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
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.
VOLLEYBALL (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
- Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.), Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
- Keding was named to the All-Championship Team.