November 15, 2010

DURHAM, N.H.Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) of the women’s volleyball team and Colin O’Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) of the men’s soccer 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.



Amy Keding, volleyball

     Amy, a junior from Northbrook, Ill., helped the UNH women’s volleyball team rally to a 3-2 victory in the regular-season finale at UMBC on Nov. 12. She finished with a team-high 18 kills on the strength of a .289 hitting percentage and also contributed 15 digs as well as five blocks.

     With UNH trailing 2-1, Keding had seven kills (.582 hitting percentage), two digs and one block to backbone the ‘Cats to a 25-16 win in the fourth set to level the match, 2-2. She contributed one kill and four digs in the decisive fifth set, which UNH won 15-6.

     The junior outside hitter ended the season with a stretch of four consecutive matches with double-digit kills; she recorded double digits in kills in 16 of 27 matches, including 12 of the last 14.

     Amy recorded a career-high 21 kills vs. Dartmouth on Sept. 17, then matched that total one week later at UConn and she also had career-high 20 digs in that match. The five blocks in the regular-season finale at UMBC matched her personal best that she accomplished earlier this year against both Boston College and Stony Brook. Amy’s other season highlights included an 18-kill effort at home against Albany in which she hit at a .364 clip. One match earlier at Hartford, she had 14 kills and a .345 hitting percentage.


Colin O’Donnell, men’s soccer

     Colin, a senior from Hampden, Mass., became the first goalkeeper to record three shutouts in the America East men’s soccer tournament. In the quarterfinal round, he was credited with two saves in a 1-0 victory at Binghamton University. Colin then blanked top-seeded Boston University – also on the road – in UNH’s 1-0 overtime victory on Nov. 10; he made six saves vs. the Terriers. Colin closed the tourney with a four-save effort to shut out UMBC through regulation and overtime (110 minutes) in the league title game.

     With those three shutouts, Colin was selected to the All-Tournament Team and concluded his collegiate career with a shutout streak of 309 minutes, eight seconds. He also increased his single-season shutout total to 10, which ties the UNH record, and lowered his goals-against-average to 0.43, which is a school single-season record and ranks No. 2 in the nation.

     Colin’s other 2010 statistics include a .902 save percentage, which is also No. 2 nationally, and he allowed more than one goal just once in 17 matches – that was on the road against nationally-ranked Michigan State.

     Colin was unbeatable at home, whether those games were played at Lewis Fields or Bremner Field. He had a 5-0-2 record with a 0.26 GAA, .946 save percentage and five shutouts as he stopped 35 of 37 shots on goal.



Sydney Fitzpatrick, women’s cross country: NCAA All-Northeast Region Team


Wednesday, November 10

Men’s soccer: UNH 1, at Boston University 0 (America East semifinal)

Friday, November 12

Men’s hockey: #8 UNH 3, UMass 0

Volleyball: UNH 3, at UMBC 2

Women’s basketball: at #12 Notre Dame 99, UNH 48

Saturday, November 13

Football: #17 UNH 31, at #8 Villanova 24

Men’s hockey: at #8 UNH 3, UMass 3 (tie- OT)

Men’s basketball: at UNH 79, Lesley 47

Swimming & diving: at UNH 168, Rhode Island 117

Men’s cross country: 29th place at NCAA Regional

Women’s cross country: 9th place at NCAA Regional

Women’s ice hockey: UConn 1, at UNH 0

Sunday, November 14

Women’s ice hockey: at UConn 2, UNH 1



Tuesday, November 16

Women’s basketball vs. Dartmouth, 7 pm

Men’s basketball at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Friday, November 19

Men’s hockey vs. Boston U., 7pm

Swimming & diving at Boston University Invitational

Saturday, November 20

Men’s cross country at ICAAAA Championship

Women’s cross country at ECAC Championship

Swimming & Diving at Boston University Invitational

Football vs. Towson, 12 pm

Women’s basketball vs. Brown, 4 pm

Men’s hockey at Boston U., 7 pm

Men’s basketball vs. Holy Cross, 7 pm

Sunday, November 21

Swimming & Diving at Boston University Invitational


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

  • UNH opened the 2010-11 season with a 79-47 victory vs. Lesley at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 13. It marked the third consecutive year the Wildcats won the season opener.
  • Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.), a 2010 America East All-Conference Second Team selection, recorded 20 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals. He was 5-for-11 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, and also made all eight free throw attempts.
  • Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.), a 2010 America East All-Rookie Team selection, finished with 18 points and seven rebounds vs. Lesley.
  • UNH has a 13-4 record in the last 17 games at Lundholm Gym.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (0-1, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team opened the 2010-11 season last Friday at 12th-ranked Notre Dame with a 99-48 loss.
  • The Wildcats finished the game with a 51.4% shooting percentage (19-for-37) from the floor. That included 70% (14-for-20) in the second half, when the ‘Cats scored 36 points.
  • Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) had a team-high 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting.


  • UNH finished in 29th place at the 39-team NCAA Northeast Regional at Hammonasset Park on Nov. 13.
  • Sophomore Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) and senior Andrew Dionne (Westerly, R.I.) were the top two ‘Cats. Jourdain finished 136th overall on the 10K course with a time of 32 minutes, 42.9 seconds. Dionne crossed the finish line in 32:49.6 to finish in 142nd place.


  • UNH raced to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held at Hammonset Park on Nov. 13. The Wildcats tallied 273 points and were the second-highest America East finisher among 39 teams overall.
  • Senior Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) placed 15th by completing the 6K course in 20 minutes, 34 seconds. With that performance, she was named to the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) finished 40th in 21:18 and fellow senior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) followed in 51st place by crossing the finish line in 21:28.7.

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

  • UNH completed the 2010 season with a 14-7 record following a 2-1 overtime loss to Albany in the America East championship game on Oct. 6. The 14 victories marked the highest single-season total since the ’00 squad also had 14 wins.

FOOTBALL (6-4 overall, 4-3 CAA)

  • The 17th-ranked UNH football team knocked off ninth-ranked Villanova University, 31-24, at Villanova Stadium on Nov. 13. On a 2nd-and-goal play from the UNH 5, Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) strip-sacked ‘Nova quarterback Chris Whitney and Cody Muller (Telford, Pa.) recovered the fumble with 13 seconds remaining in the game to secure the victory.
  • It was UNH’s school-record fourth win against a nationally-ranked team this season and the victory ended Villanova’s 15-game home winning streak.
  • Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) led the UNH ground game with 12 carries for 157 yards, including a 51-yard TD run that gave New Hampshire a 7-0 lead. VU had entered the game ranked fourth in the nation against the run.
  • R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) passed for two TDs and ran for another. He completed 11 of 22 attempts for 158 yards and had 23 rushing yards on 14 carries. The senior signal caller moved into second place on UNH’s all-time passing yards list with 7,784; he surpassed both Ryan Day (7,670) and Bob Jean (7,742).
  • UNH took a 24-10 at 5:32 of the second quarter when Toman connected with Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) on a 56-yard touchdown pass – the team’s longest pas play of the season. Orlando finished the day with three catches for 92 yards.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.), who was named to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list (defensive player of the year), tallied a team-high 15 tackles. McNally finished with two sacks to increase his league-leading total to nine. James Jenkins (Paterson, N.J.) also had an impressive game with seven tackles – two for a loss, including a sack – and a pass breakup on a VU fourth-down play in the fourth quarter that preserved UNH’s seven-point lead.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-1-3, 3-0-2 Hockey East)

  • The ninth-ranked Wildcats skated to a 3-0 victory and 3-3 tie last weekend against UMass to extend the unbeaten streak to eight games (5-0-3). It is the team’s longest unbeaten streak since February 2008 and is the second-longest active unbeaten streak in the nation.
  • Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) assisted on five of UNH’s six goals in the two-game series vs. UMass.
  • Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) recorded his first career shutout with a 19-save effort Nov. 12 at the Whittemore Center.
  • Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) tallied a goal and three assists vs. the Minutemen. Linemate Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) scored twice to give this line, which also includes Thompson, a total of 12 points (3g, 9a).
  • Through nine games this season, DeSimone and Thompson are tied for the team lead in both assists (seven) and points (10) while Sislo is tied atop the leaderboard in goals (five) with Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.).

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (8-5-0, 2-3-1 Hockey East)

  • UNH was swept by UConn in last weekend’s home-and-home series. The Wildcats were defeated 1-0 at home Nov. 13 and then lost 2-1 at UConn’s Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
  • The 1-0 loss at the Whittemore Center was the team’s first home loss of the season in six games (5-0-1). That loss marked the first time the Wildcats were shut out at home since Nov. 28, 2004; the ‘Cats had scored a goal in 109 consecutive home games.
  • UNH had entered last weekend with a 17-game unbeaten streak (15-0-2) vs. UConn.
  • The Wildcats went 1-3-0 without senior defenseman and co-captain Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario), who won a gold medal with the Canadian national team at the Four Nations Cup. The ‘Cats were outscored 8-5 in those four games.

MEN’S SOCCER (9-5-6 overall, 2-3-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team advanced to the America East championship game for the first time since 1994 with a 1-0 overtime victory at top-seeded Boston University on Nov. 10. The Wildcats then battled UMBC to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime, then were on the short end of a 5-4 tally in the penalty kicks to mark the end of the 2010 season.
  • Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) converted a pass from Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) to score with 12 seconds remaining in the extra sessions to give UNH a 1-0 win at BU in the America East semifinals.
  • Colin O’Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) became the first goalkeeper to record three shutouts in the America East Championship tournament; in fact, UNH was the first team to shut out three tourney opponents. The senior goalie blanked UMBC in the title game with a four-save effort; he previously shut out BU (six saves) and Binghamton (two).
  • O’Donnell, Joe Corsello (York, Maine) and Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Thirteen of UNH’s 20 games were decided in overtime and the ‘Cats were 6-1-6 in those 13 games.

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 continued its dominance in the 2010-11 season with a 168-117 victory against Rhode Island at Swasey Poll on Nov. 13. The Wildcats placed first in 14 of 16 events. 
  • Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) broke a five-year pool record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.32 seconds. UNH took the top three spots in the event, as Perrault was followed by Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Pa.) and Anna Gryglewska (Norwalk, Conn.). 
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) recorded two first-place finishes. She was first to touch the wall in the 200 butterfly (2:06.37) and was also the fastest swimmer in the 500 freestyle (5:0368). 

VOLLEYBALL (10-17 overall, 5-7 America East)

  • UNH ended the 2010 season on a high note with a 3-2 come-from-behind win at UMBC on Nov. 12. UNH has reached double digits in wins five of the last six seasons.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) tallied a team-high 18 kills and also contributed 15 digs. Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) contributed 14 kills and 10 digs.
  • Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) finished with 48 assists and 15 digs. Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) had a team-high 24 digs.
  • The UNH statistical leaders included Laquerre (318 kills), Heldman (947 assists), Huxtable (388 digs) and Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.; 95 blocks).
  • The match was the final one for senior tri-captains Heldman, Huxtable and Elliott.
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