Brehm, Harris: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE

December 16, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) of the women’s indoor track & field team and R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) of the football 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. 

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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Allison Brehm, women’s indoor track & field

     Allison, a senior from Pembroke, N.H., recorded a pair of top-eight performances at the Jay Carisella Track & Field Invitational that was hosted by Northeastern University at the Reggie Lewis Track on Saturday, Dec. 14. The captain placed fourth in the 60-meter dash and fifth in the 200m.

     In the opening event, Allison ran a qualifying time of 7.98 seconds in the fourth heat of the 60m to advance to the final. She bettered that mark in the final with a time of 7.88 to capture fourth place.

     Allison had the fifth-fastest time – of 53 competitors – in the 200m with a clocking of 26.03 seconds.

     In the Dec. 7 season opener vs. Maine at UNH’s Paul Sweet Oval, Allison recorded a pair of second-place finishes. She was the runner-up in the 55m in 7.40 seconds and was the second-fastest runner in the 200m at 26.79 seconds. Allison also ran the third leg of UNH’s winning 4x400m relay, which crossed the finish line in 4:12.61.

     Allison, who was inducted into the Natioinal College Athlete Honor Society, Chi Sigma Alpha in 2013, placed sixth in the 100m and eighth in the 200m at the 2012 New England Outdoor championship; earlier that season, she was fifth in the 200m and sixth in the 100m at the America East Championship.

     In her most recent indoor track season, Allison placed sixth at the 2012 conference championship in the 60m. She went on to place eighth in that event New Englands. As a freshman in the 2010 outdoor season, Allison sprinted her way to seventh place in the 100m at the New England Championships.

 

R.J. Harris, football

     R.J., a junior from Odenton, Md., recorded 11 catches for 110 yards to help the 15th-ranked UNH football team record a 20-17 victory against seventh-ranked Southeastern Louisiana in a Dec. 14 quarterfinal game at Strawberry Stadium.

     The wide receiver led the Wildcats in both receptions and receiving yards and he made three catches for 35 yards on the 80-yard game-winning drive that gave the ‘Cats their margin of victory with 47 seconds remaining in the game. All three of those catches were for first downs, including a seven-yard reception early in the drive on 3rd-and-5 from the UNH 37.

     With those 11 catches, R.J. ascended to No. 2 on the program’s all-time receptions list with 205; he supplanted Keith LeVan (2004-07), who finished with 201 catches. R.J. also entered the top 10 single-season receiving yards list at No. 9 with 971 this season.

     Despite missing three games this season, R.J. is tied for the team lead in receptions (71) and is second in receiving yards (971) with five receiving touchdowns; those numbers calculate to 88.3 yards per game and 13.7 per reception. The 71 receptions places him in a four-way tie for No. 6 on the program’s list of single-season superlatives and R.J. will become just the second UNH player to record multiple seasons of 1,000 yards receiving with 29 more.

     R.J.’s other season highlights include 10 receptions for 183 yards vs. James Madison University and eight catches for 173 yards in the NCAA first round victory against Lafayette.

     R.J., who was named Beyond Sports Network All-America Honorable Mention selection last week, ranks No. 4 in UNH’s career receiving yards with 2,744; ahead of him on the list is John Perry (1989-92) with 2,873.

RECENT RESULTS

Saturday, December 14

Football: No. 15 UNH 20, at No. 7 Southeastern Louisiana 17 (NCAA quarterfinal)

Men’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Jay Carisella Invitational (Northeastern U.)

Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Jay Carisella Invitational

Sunday, December 15

Men’s basketball: Stony Brook 67, at UNH 48

Women’s basketball: at Boston College 65, UNH 40

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, December 18

Women’s basketball vs. Cleveland State, 12 pm (Education Day)

Men’s basketball vs. Dartmouth, 7 pm

Friday, December 20

Football at North Dakota State, 8 pm [NCAA semifinal] {TV: ESPN2}

Sunday, December 22

Women’s basketball vs. Boston U., 2pm {TV: WBIN}

Men’s basketball at Rhode Island, 2 pm

 

PLAYOFF PICTURE

  • Football: UNH prevailed 20-17 in an NCAA quarterfinal game against seventh-ranked (and fourth-seeded) Southeastern Louisiana at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, La., on Dec. 14. The Wildcats advance to play top-seeded and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State on Friday, Dec. 20 (8 p.m. Eastern); the game will be televised on ESPN2.
 

Battle of the Granite State: UNH vs DARTMOUTH

UNH and Dartmouth will meet in 10 head-to-head competitions during the 2013-14 season and the Wildcats have a 4-1-1 edge thus far. Most recently, the UNH women’s basketball team recorded a 54-37 road win (Dec. 7) and the women’s ice hockey team upended the Big Green, 2-1, at the Whittemore Center (Dec. 8). In the fall, field hockey and men’s soccer also prevailed by the score of 2-1 while women’s soccer played to a scoreless tie. DC’s lone win was 3-1 in volleyball during the Dartmouth Duel. The Division I Granite State rivals meet again Dec. 18 in men’s basketball (at UNH), Jan. 11 in men’s hockey for Battle for the RiverStone Cup XII (at Manchester), Jan. 17 in women’s swimming & diving (at DC) and Feb. 22 in women’s lacrosse (at UNH).

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-5 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team trailed by 16 points at halftime in a 65-40 loss at Boston College on Dec. 15.
  • Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) shot 7 of 17 from the floor to score a team-high 14 points; she also recorded four rebounds and three blocks.
  • Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor and 3 of 4 from the foul line; she pulled down eight rebounds.
  • UNH kept close in rebounding (38-32 in favor of BC) and turnovers (the ‘Cats committed 14 in comparison to the Eagles’ 11), but 3-point shooting was a major difference. New Hampshire made 3 of 14 3-pointers (21.4%) while BC was 14-for-26 (53.8%) from beyond the arc.
  • Kilpatrick leads the team in field goal percentage (.469), free throw percentage (.889) and steals (1.2 per game); she is second in rebounding (7.2).
  • Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) recorded seven rebounds at BC and leads the team at 7.3 per game. She is fourth on the squad in scoring (8.0 ppg).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 18 vs. Cleveland State. Tipoff for Education Day is 12 p.m. The Wildcats also play host to former America East conference rival Boston University on Dec. 22 (2 p.m.) in a game that will be televised on WBIN.
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-7 overall, 0-1 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team rallied late in the first half to pull within one point and trailed by six points at the half, but the visiting Stony Brook Seawolves opened the second half with a 13-2 run to pull away for a 67-48 victory at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 15. The game was televised on the Live Well Network.
  • Sophomore forward Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to keep the ‘Cats within striking distance. He came off the bench to record four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes.
  • Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) matched Okeke’s team high of 14 points and had a team-high four assists.
  • UNH shot well from the floor at 42.6% (20-47) but SBU was highly efficient from 3-point range (10-22; 45.5%) and had a 41-23 edge on the glass.
  • New Hampshire returns to action against intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Wednesday, Dec. 18; game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m. Later in the week, the Wildcats travel to play Rhode Island (Dec. 22; 2 p.m.).
 

FOOTBALL (10-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The No. 15 UNH football team defeated No. 7 (and fourth seeded) Southeastern Louisiana University, 20-17, in an FCS quarterfinal game Dec. 14 at Strawberry Stadium. The Wildcats have won six straight games and nine of their last 10 to advance to the FCS semifinals for the first time.
  • New Hampshire has reached double digits in victories five times during its 10-year playoff streak. The 2005 Wildcats finished with a school-record 11 victories. The 2004, 2008 and 2009 teams all had 10 wins.
  • UNH has defeated a top-10 team three of the last four weeks – Maine (twice) and Southeastern. [Lafayette was unranked.]
  • Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run that gave the ‘Cats a 20-17 lead with 47 seconds remaining. He finished with career highs in carries (21), rushing yards (99) and rushing TDs (three). Goldrich also completed a career-high 24 passes on 35 attempts for 276 yards.
  • Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) recorded 11 catches for 110 yards to lead the team in both statistics. He surpassed Keith LeVan (2004-07) for No. 2 on the program’s all-time receptions list. LeVan finished with 201 and Harris’ career total now stands at 205.
  • Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) had five catches for 84 yards. He surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season by increasing his total to 1,020, which ranks No. 8 on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives.
  • Harris and Mello both climbed into a four-way tie for sixth on the program’s single-season receptions list with 71 this year. Harris also entered the top 10 single-season receiving yards list with 971 (No. 9).
  • Junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the season with 14 carries for 75 yards vs. the Lions. He has 1,021 for the season and needs 84 more yards to enter UNH’s top 10 list.
  • UNH’s defense shackled SLU’s potent offense, which entered the game No. 7 in the nation in scoring offense (40.1 ppg) and No. 9 in both rushing (245.8 yards/game) and total offense (494.0 yards/game). The Lions scored 17 points with 75 rushing yards and 344 total yards.
  • Senior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) recorded 10 tackles and two pass breakups. He secured the victory by making the tackle on the final play of the game at the UNH 35.
  • Sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson (Morristown, N.J.) finished with 10 tackles – four for a loss – and three pass breakups.
  • New Hampshire battles top-seeded and two-time defending champion North Dakota State University in a Dec. 20 (8 p.m. Eastern) semifinal game televised on ESPN2.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (7-10-2 overall, 2-3-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team ended the 2013 calendar year with a 2-1 victory at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Sunday, Dec. 8.
  • Senior forward and captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) leads the Wildcats in goals (six), power-play goals (three) and points (13); she is also tied atop the assist leaderboard with seven and ranks second in shots (63).
  • Gifford has been UNH’s go-to player in the faceoff circle. She has taken 421 draws and has a .513 winning percentage; the next highest total is 196 by Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta).
  • Junior forward and assistant captain Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) has scored all five of her goals the past nine games. She is tied for second on the team in goals and is second in points (10).
  • Junior forward Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) has already established personal single-season highs in both assists (seven) and points (nine). She is tied atop UNH’s leaderboard in both assists and plus/minus (+4).
  • Junior defenseman Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) leads the team and is second in Hockey East in blocked shots with 35. Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.) and Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) also rank in the top 10 in the league with 25 (No. 8) and 24 (No. 10), respectively.
  • UNH is ranked third in Hockey East in scoring defense by allowing 2.53 goals per game.
  • New Hampshire returns to action January 10, 2014 at home against Providence College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-9-1 overall, 5-3-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team was idle last week. Since recording six consecutive wins in November, the Wildcats are 2-4-0 the past six games.
  • Junior Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) leads Hockey East defensemen in scoring (19 points; 4g, 15a) and is fourth in the nation in defensemen scoring (1.00 ppg).
  • Senior forwards Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) are tied for the team lead in points (20), which ranks tied for fifth in Hockey East. van Riemsdyk is tied for eighth at 19.
  • Sorkin is fourth in the league in goals (11) while junior forward Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) is tied for sixth (nine).
  • van Riemsdyk is tied for second in assists (15) and Goumas is fifth (13).
  • Senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) leads the team and Hockey East in blocked shots with 57 and van Riemsdyk is No. 4 (41).
  • Sophomore forward Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) is fourth in the league in faceoff percentage (.588) by winning 120 of 204 faceoffs.
  • New Hampshire returns to action at the Florida College Classic (Estero, Fla.) against Cornell University on Dec. 28. The Wildcats play either Princeton University or the University of Maine on Dec. 29.
  • The Wildcats’ next home game is a two-game series Jan. 3-4 against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
 

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

  • The UNH swimming & diving team broke 10 pool records and received six America East weekly awards in the first half of the 2013-14 season, which concluded Nov. 22-24 at the Terrier Invitational.
  • Junior Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) was named America East Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 26. She bested a field of 24 participants in the 500-yard freestyle at the Terrier Invitational with a time of 4 minutes, 53.70 seconds. She also swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay quartet and recorded a time of 56.06 seconds in the 100 butterfly, which is the best mark by a conference swimmer this season.
  • Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) received the America East Swimmer of the Week award Oct. 29 as she recorded three first-place finishes to propel UNH to victory against Northeastern University on Oct. 26. She broke the Swasey Pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.53. Roberts also touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 400 medley relay team.
  • Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was feted as America East Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 22. She established a Swasey Pool record of 2:02.03 in the 200 butterfly in the Oct. 19 meet against Vermont. She also took top honors in the 500 freestyle and was a part of two winning relay teams.
  • Junior Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) was honored as the conference Diver of the Week on Oct. 15 & 29. In the Oct. 26 meet vs. Northeastern, Zahka recorded personal bests in both the one- and three-meter dives with 247.20 and 250.40 points, respectively.
  • Senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) was Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 15. Bull was the fastest swimmer in both the 50 free and 100 free in the Oct. 12 season opener at Boston College. She also placed second in the 200 individual medley.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 17, 2014 at Dartmouth College.
 

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team competed at the non-scoring Jay Carisella Carnival at Northeastern University on Dec. 14.
  • Freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) ran to first place in the 1-mile run with a time of 5 minutes, 4.02 seconds.
  • Senior captain Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed in a pair of sprints. She recorded the fourth-fastest time in the 60-meter dash (7.88 seconds) and placed fifth in the 200m (26.03).
  • Junior Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) finished sixth in the 400m (59.38 seconds).
  • The Wildcats took the 5-8 spots in the 500m. Junior Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.) was the top ‘Cat with a time of 1:21.70 and she was followed by junior Lauren Brown (St. Johnsbury, Vt.; 1:21.71) as well as sophomores Taylor Ordway (Plaistow, N.H.; 1:22.01) and Katherine Hickey (Northfield, N.H.; 1:23.24).
  • Sophomore Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) crossed the finish line in 2:15.22 to take fourth place in the 800m.
  • Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) took seventh place in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.09 seconds.
  • Senior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) was the top UNH competitor in the field events with a fourth-place finish in the long jump at a distance of 5.12m.
  • Junior Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) recorded the sixth-best throw in the shot put with a mark of 12.03m.
  • Senior Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) finished eighth in the weight throw with a toss of 13.91m.
  • New Hampshire returns to action January 18, 2014 at home against Holy Cross. The meet begins at 12 p.m.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team competed at the non-scoring Jay Carisella Carnival at Northeastern University on Saturday, Dec. 14 and recorded seven top-three finishes.
  • Junior John Prizzi (Wycliff, N.J.) was victorious in the 3,000-meter with a time of 8 minutes, 27.3 seconds. Classmate Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) gave the Wildcats a 1-2 finish in the event with a runner-up time of 8:28.38.
  • The ‘Cats had five of the top eight runners in the 500m. Freshman Tanner Kent (Amherst, N.H.) placed second overall in 1:06.92. He was followed by junior Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) in third at 1:07.04, sophomore Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.) in fifth at 1:07.50, freshman Daniel Deschenes (Peabody, Mass.) in seventh at 1:07.75 and freshman Ross Hardy (North Andover, Mass.) in eighth at 1:08.43.
  • A quartet of UNH runners placed in the top eight in the 1,000m. Senior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) led the ‘Cat contingent in third place (2:36.76); he was followed by freshmen Jacob Kittredge (Amherst, N.H.) in sixth (2:38.11) Nathan Kittredge (Amherst, N.H.) in seventh (2:40.64) and David Albertini (Lunenburg, Mass.) in eighth (2:45.69).
  • Senior Cory Sinotte (Hooksett, N.H.) led a trio of Wildcats who placed in the 5,000m in third place with a clocking of 14:52.52. Sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) and junior Samuel Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) were fifth (15:01.19) and seventh (15:12.71), respectively.
  • Sophomores Christopher DeCarlo (Derry, N.H.) and Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 60m at times of 7.16 and 7.27 seconds.
  • A pair of UNH runners had top-5 efforts in the 800m. Freshman Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) was third across the finish line at 1:56.73 and classmate Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.) finished fifth in 1:57.22.
  • Sophomore Dylan Pelletier (Orford, N.H.) ran to seventh place in the 200m at 23.01 and freshman Andrew McFarland (Nazareth, Pa.) took seventh place in the 400m (51.08).
  • In the field events, UNH placed a pair of competitors in both the shot put and weight throw. Senior Jake Renaud (Lancaster, N.H.) was top ‘Cat and seventh overall in the shot put with a mark of 13.09m and freshman Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) took eighth at 12.96m.
  • In the weight throw, senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) took third place at a distance of 16.28m and Shanahan placed seventh at 14.47m.
  • New Hampshire returns to action January 18, 2014 at home against Holy Cross. The meet begins at 12 p.m.


COMPLETED SEASONS

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team concluded its highly successful 2013 season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). Thirty-seven teams competed at the event.
  • Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in 37th place in the field of 254 runners.
  • The Wildcats won the 2013 America East Championship title (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University); the only other time New Hampshire won the team title was 2003. Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led the ‘Cats in sixth place and Twombly was next across the finish line. The ‘Cats then finished 10th through 12th, starting with junior Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) followed by senior captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia).
  • UNH won the 2013 New England Championship that was held Oct. 12 at Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.). Purrier once again led the squad in third place overall. She was followed by Donegan (fifth place), Twombly (11th), Serrano (15th) and Beattie (16th).
  • Senior captains Beattie and Twombly were named to the America East All-Academic Team. It marked the second time both received this honor – Beattie was previously feted in 2011 while for Twombly it marked the second consecutive year she was honored.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country finished the season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). A total of 37 teams competed.
  • Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) won the America East Championship individual title with a first-place finish (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University). He became the first Wildcat runner to win the men’s title since 2004 (Anthony Truax).
  • UNH placed fourth at the America East Championship – the top four teams were separated by 14 points. The ‘Cats, with 72 points, were edged by UMBC (58 points), Binghamton (65) and Stony Brook (70); in comparison, fifth-place Maine tallied 110 points.
  • Junior Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) also recorded a Top-10 effort in eighth place while senior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was just outside the Top 10 in 11th place.
  • Prizzi, who was also the top ‘Cat at the Northeast Regional meet in 12th place overall, was selected to the America East All-Academic Team.

FIELD HOCKEY (15-7 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • The 16th-ranked UNH field hockey team, which advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament as the America East automatic qualifier by winning the conference tourney, was defeated by fifth-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke University, 6-1, in a Nov. 16 first round game at Jack Katz Stadium.
  • The Wildcats won the America East regular-season title for the fourth consecutive year – the second straight year and third time in four years with a perfect record – and won the conference tournament for the second time in three years.
  • The 15 wins marks the fifth-highest single-season total in the program’s 39-year history. UNH ended the regular season with six consecutive wins and extended the win streak to eight games with a 4-0 win vs. Fairfield University in the America East semifinals and 3-2 victory against University at Albany in the title game. Each of the first five wins during that streak was by shutout to mark the longest streak since September 1984 (six games).
  • Senior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team. She was voted to the  Third Team a year ago. This marks the fifth consecutive year UNH has had at least one All-America Team honoree.
  • Bozek, senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) were voted to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team. The trio is on the ballot for the national All-America East that will be announced Dec. 2.
  • Sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were named to the Northeast Region Second Team.
  • Flatley finished the 2013 season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. On UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, that is tied for No. 9 in points and tied for 11th in goals.
  • UNH won three of the six major America East awards with Bozek feted as Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Tarbell as Goalkeeper of the Year and, for the fourth time in as many years, the Coaching Staff of the Year.
  • Bozek and Tarbell were joined on the All-Conference First Team by Flatley and Pohlmeyer, who was also voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Joyce, Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were all Second Team selections.
  • Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
  • Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
  • Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
  • Borkan led America East in save percentage and ranked second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she was No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
  • Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
  • O’Neil ranked seventh in America East in points/game, sixth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she was No. 4 in goals/game (0.50), points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75).

 

MEN’S SOCCER (12-5-1 overall, 5-2-0 America East)

  • The second-seeded UNH men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in the America East semifinal against third-seeded University of Hartford at Bremner Field on Nov. 13. The Hawks then advanced to the title game by virtue of a 4-3 decision in PKs.
  • UNH entered the game with a conference-record six consecutive tournament shutouts that spanned the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
  • The Wildcats rank No. 5 in the nation in team GAA with a conference-leading mark of 0.58. The team also ranks fifth with a conference-best .867.
  • The 12 wins ties the third-highest total in program history.
  • Prior to the start of the conference tourney, junior Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. He was joined on the All-Conference First Team by seniors Uguchukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) as well as sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany).
  • The Second Team included sophomores A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) while Jesus Tedula (Zaragoza, Spain) and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned All-Rookie Team honors.
  • Senior co-captains David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • Worra led America East in both GAA (0.55) and save percentage (.883) as he recorded six shutouts in 12 games. In the national stats, Worra is No. 4 in save percentage and No. 7 in GAA.
  • Uche ranked sixth in the conference in goals/game and seventh in points/game. He led the ‘Cats in goals (six) and points (13).
 

VOLLEYBALL (20-13 overall, 12-2 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team was defeated 3-0 by sixth-ranked University of Southern California in a Dec. 5 NCAA first-round game at the Galen Center. The set scores were 25-9, 25-10, 25-12.
  • The Wildcats’ season-high nine-match win streak was snapped by the Women of Troy, who improved to 27-5.
  • UNH followed up its America East regular-season title by winning the 2013 America East Championship tournament, which was held Nov. 22-23 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats extended their win streak to nine matches by defeating Stony Brook University (3-0) in the semifinals and UMBC (3-2) in the final.
  • This is the seventh time head coach Jill Hirschinger has led the ‘Cats to a 20-win season (first since 2003).
  • This was the Wildcats’ fourth NCAA tourney appearance, all under Hirschinger; they previously advanced to the NCAAs in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
  • New Hampshire claimed a total of 10 America East awards at the conference banquet. Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was honored as Player of the Year and the Wildcats, led by Hirschinger, were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
  • UNH tied the highest total on both the All-Conference First and Second Team with two on each. Thatcher was joined on the First Team by sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) while junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) and senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) were Second Team selections.
  • Demi Muses (Orangeville, Calif.) was voted to the All-Rookie Team.
  • The ‘Cats also placed the highest number of representatives on the All-Academic Team with Forrest, sophomore Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) and junior Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) all making the grade.
  • Dunklau, a junior setter, was named Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship. Thatcher and Tolliver joined Dunklau on the All-Championship Team.
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