August 25, 2014

Ready For Some Soccer, Football, Volleyball And More?

It’s time. The women’s soccer team got the 2014-15 school year started with a split over the weekend at a tournament in Vermont and the rest of the fall Wildcats open their season this week.
 
UNH knocked off Youngstown State, 1-0, on Friday in its opener on a goal late in the second half by freshman Brooke Murphy. Senior Hannah Blondin had the assist and goalie Mimi Borkan made two saves. The Wildcats fell to Central Connecticut State, 1-0, on Sunday.
 
UNH faces Holy Cross in its home opener on Bremner Field on Thursday night at 7. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie in Worcester last season.
 
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 The football team takes on Toledo, an FBS opponent, on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Glass Bowl in a rematch of its season opener in 2011. Several Wildcat seniors played in the 2011 contest, a 58-22 defeat for the Wildcats.
 
“It wasn’t the experience I was looking for,” said center Mike Coccia, who started his first collegiate game as a redshirt freshman that day. “They beat on us pretty good. We’re looking to get some payback on them. Looking to go out there and get a win.”
 
UNH put together an impressive string of five straight wins over FBS opponents in a six-year span from 2004 to 2009. The Wildcats have lost their last four games against FBS opponents.
 
Last year, they had Central Michigan on the ropes, but were unable to close out the victory and fell, 24-21.
Toledo, like Central Michigan, plays in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets were 7-5 overall last year and had a 38-17 win at Central Michigan.  
 
After Toledo, UNH has a week off and then plays Lehigh at home on Sept. 13 at 3:30. The Wildcats travel to Richmond on Sept. 20 and then close out the month with a home game against Dartmouth on Sept. 27 in the first night game at Cowell Stadium.
 
In the last meeting between the teams, UNH beat Dartmouth, 44-14, on Sept. 26, 2009 in Durham.
 
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 The field hockey team beat Quinnipiac, 4-2, in an exhibition game at home on Memorial Field on Friday and now prepares for a pair of games at the University of Louisville, one against Indiana and the other against Louisville.
 
The Wildcats are defending America East champions and were 15-7 overall last year with a 5-0 mark in the league. They were picked second in this year’s America East preseason coaches’ poll.
 
UNH opens the season against Indiana at Louisville on Friday. The Wildcats play Louisville, the No. 15 team in the country last season, on Sunday.
 
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 The cross country teams race at home for the only time this season Saturday morning against Providence and Holy Cross.
 
The Providence women are the defending NCAA Division I champions and also won last year’s Big East title. The UNH women are defending America East and New England champions.
The women’s meet start at 11 a.m. and the men race at 11:45.
 
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The men’s soccer team begins its season at Northeastern on Friday night at 6 and then returns home to play Bryant on Sunday at Bremner Field at 5 p.m.
 
UNH was picked to finish third in the league in the preseason coaches’ poll behind UMBC and Hartford.
 

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The volleyball team warmed up for its season opener at the UConn Classic with an intrasquad game Saturday.

The Wildcats play UConn on Friday night and face Indiana and Central Connecticut State on Saturday.

Jill Hirschinger’s team, the defending America East champion, was picked to finish second in the league behind UMBC. UNH and UMBC each received three first-place votes.

 
Allen Lessels
 
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