December 4, 2013

GAME NOTES: No. 15 Football Travels to No. 10 Maine For NCAA Second Round (Dec. 7)

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No. 15/15 New Hampshire (8-4, 6-2 CAA) at No. 10/8 Maine (10-2, 7-1 CAA)
Dec. 7, 2013 • 2 p.m. • Alfond Stadium • Orono, Maine

Radio:
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Bob Lipman (play-by-play) • Chris Chandler (analyst)
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QUICK HITTERS
New Hampshire has a 50-43-8 lifetime record against Maine and that includes a 24-3 victory in the Nov. 23 regular-season finale at Cowell Stadium. The Wildcats have won 10 of the last 11 meetings.

In the most recent visit to Alfond Stadium (Oct. 20, 2012), UNH prevailed 28-21 in the 100th meeting between the programs.

Maine's most recent win in the series was 16-13 in overtime at Alfond Stadium on Oct. 2, 2010.

UNH enters Saturday's game on a four-game winning streak and the Wildcats have won seven of eight.



Maine, which received a first-round bye as the tourney's No. 5 seed, has also won seven of eight. The Black Bears recorded a seven-game win streak spanning Sept. 28 to Nov. 16 before falling 24-3 to UNH in the regular-season finale.

New Hampshire has a 2-4 road record this season. Maine is 5-0 at Alfond Stadium in 2013.

UNH is making a national-best 10th consecutive appearance in the FCS Championship. The Wildcats have a 7-9 record during this streak with a 6-1 record in first round games and 1-2 mark in the second round (all on the road).

This is New Hampshire's 12th overall appearance in the FCS tournament. The Wildcats have a 7-11 tourney record that includes 5-8 on the road. They played 11 consecutive road playoff games spanning 2006-12 (4-7 record).

The 2013 Wildcats are looking to accomplish something no other UNH team has accomplished – win two playoff games in a single season.

UNH has an 0-3 record in postseason games against league opponents. The 'Cats lost quarterfinal matchups against UMass (2006), Villanova (2009) and Delaware (2010) – all on the road.

UNH extended its home win streak against non-conference opponents to 12 games with its 45-7 victory vs. Lafayette in the first round.

A total of eight Wildcats received CAA All-Conference Team recognition. Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris was named to the First Team for the second consecutive year. Two 'Cats were voted to the Second Team and five were Third Team selections.

Senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer,  senior safety Manny Asam and R.J. Harris were voted to the All-New England Team.

UNH vs. Maine All-Time Series:
   New Hampshire has a 50-43-8 lifetime record against Maine in the program's longest running rivalry. The Wildcats have won 10 of the last 11 meetings and that includes a 24-3 victory in the Nov. 23 regular-season finale at Cowell Stadium.
    In the most recent visit to Alfond Stadium (Oct. 20, 2012), UNH prevailed 28-21 in the 100th meeting between the programs.
    Maine's most recent win in the series was 16-13 in overtime at Alfond Stadium on Oct. 2, 2010.
    Prior to this year, neither team had limited the other to single digits since the Wildcats' 24-7 win on Oct. 25, 1997; the three points scored by Maine this season marked the lowest by either team since the 'Cats shut out the Black Bears on Oct. 21, 1995 (21-0 win). UNH has scored double figures every meeting since Maine's 24-7 win in the 1989 season opener.
    In the Sean McDonnell era, UNH has a 10-5 record against the Black Bears. Here is a look at the series since Coach Mac took the helm in 1999.
Date    H/A    UNH    M    W    L    Result
11/20/99    H    20    31    0    1    L
11/18/00    A    10    55    0    2    L
11/17/01    H    24    57    0    3    L
11/23/02    A    14    31    0    4    L
11/22/03    H    47    27    1    4    W
11/20/04    A    50    36    2    4    W
11/19/05    H    59    47    3    4    W
11/18/06    A    19    13    4    4    W    ot
11/17/07    H    39    14    5    4    W
11/22/08    A    28    24    6    4    W
11/21/09    H    27    24    7    4    W
10/02/10    A    13    16    7    5    L    ot
11/19/11    H    30    27    8    5    W
10/20/12    A    28    21    9    5    W
11/23/13    H    24    3    10    5    W

History of the Brice-Cowell Musket:  The Brice-Cowell Musket, named after former Maine coach Fred Brice and former UNH coach William Cowell, has gone to the winner of the regular-season game since the late 1940s. The musket is a flintlock rifle made by Ebenezer Nutting of Falmouth, Maine, somewhere between 1722-45. The George I period rifle has a 43-inch barrel and is rifled to a .65 caliber.

Scouting the Black Bears: The University of Maine (Orono, Maine), ranked No. 10 in The Sports Network poll and No. 8 in the Coaches' Poll, has a 10-2 overall record that includes 5-0 at home. The Black Bears earned the CAA automatic qualifier berth into the NCAA tournament with a 7-1 conference record.
    Maine is the tourney No. 5 seed and has a home playoff game for the first time in the program's 121-year history.
    This marks the seventh NCAA FCS playoff appearance; Maine previously advanced in 1987, '89, 2001, '02, '08 and '11 and the Black Bears have a 3-6 all-time record.
    Maine went 3-1 against nationally-ranked teams this season. The Black Bears' seven-game win streak began with a road win against No. 20 Richmond (Sept. 28) and continued at home vs. No. 24 Delaware (Oct. 5). The Black Bears also defeated No. 18 Villanova (Oct. 26). [All rankings at date of game.]
    Maine has a strong passing attack and is equally strong defending the pass. The Black Bears lead the CAA in both completion percentage (.687) and pass efficiency (152.94) – those numbers rank No. 3 in the nation in completion pct. and No. 10 in pass efficiency. Maine is also atop the CAA – fourth in the country – in pass efficiency defense by holding opposing QBs to a mark of 98.57; the Black Bears are atop the conference leaderboard in passing yards allowed (165.4 yards/game) and that stat is No. 9 in the nation.
    Also of note, Maine ranks 18th in the nation in time of possession (32:22) and leads the CAA in turnover margin.

Players to Watch: Senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski ranks in the top 20 in five national statistics, including third  in completion percentage (.689) as well as 12th in both pass efficiency (154.0) and passing yards (3,009). He is also 15th in total offense (289.2 yards/game) and 19th in passing TDs (23).
    The top targets are Derrick Johnson (59 catches-603 yards) and John Ebeling (58-634). The ground game is led by Rickey Stevens (116 carries-692 yards-six TDs) and Nigel Jones (129-577-8). Wasilewski has a team-high 141 carries for 461 yards.
    Maine's defense is led by Christophe Mulumba (105 tackles) and Cabrinni Congclaves (89 tackles, five sacks, seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles).

NATION-LEADING 10 STRAIGHT FCS POSTSEASONS: UNH has qualified for the NCAA FCS Championship tournament for 10 consecutive years, the longest streak in the nation. The Wildcats have a 1-10 record in December with all 11 games coming in postseason play.; the lone win was at Bethune-Cookman. Here is a breakdown of UNH's all-time postseason record (home games in BOLD), beginning with its lone bowl appearance in 1947 at the Glass Bowl:
Year     Game    Opponent    Result
1947    Glass Bowl    Toledo    L, 14-20
1975    D-II Quarterfinals    Lehigh    W, 35-21
1975    D-II Semifinals     W. Kentucky    L, 3-14
1976    D-II Quarterfinals    Montana State    L, 16-17    
1991    I-AA First Round    Samford    L, 13-29
1994    I-AA First Round    App. State    L,10-17(OT)
2004    I-AA First Round    Ga. Southern    W, 27-23
2004    I-AA Quarterfinals    Montana    L, 17-47
2005    I-AA First Round    Colgate    W, 55-21
2005    I-AA Quarterfinals    Northern Iowa    L, 21-24
2006    FCS First Round    Hampton    W, 41-38
2006    FCS Quarterfinals    UMass    L, 17-24
2007    FCS First Round    Northern Iowa    L, 35-38
2008    FCS First Round    Southern Illinois    W, 29-20
2008    FCS Quarterfinals    Northern Iowa    L, 34-36
2009    FCS First Round    McNeese State    W, 49-13
2009    FCS Quarterfinals    Villanova    L, 7-46
2010    FCS Second Round    Bethune-Cookman    W, 45-20
2010    FCS Quarterfinals    Delaware    L, 3-16
2011    FCS Second Round    Montana State    L, 25-26
2012    FCS Second Round    Wofford    L, 7-23
2013    FCS First Round    Lafayette    W, 45-7
2013    FCS Second Round    Maine    
Total Record: 8-14        •         Coach McDonnell Record: 7-9

Best in the Region: Senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer, senior safety Manny Asam and junior wide receiver R.J. Harris were named to the 2013 FCS All-New England Team on Dec. 2. The team is selected by the New England Football Writers' Association.

Eight 'Cats Feted By CAA: A total of eight Wildcats received CAA All-Conference recognition on Tuesday. Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris headlined the list with a repeat selection to the First Team. Senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.) and junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) were named to the Second Team. The Third Team included sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson, senior safety Manny Asam, senior wide receiver Justin Mello, senior offensive lineman Seamus O'Neill and junior tight end Harold Spears.

College Sports Madness Announces Awards: College Sports Madness announced the Madness CAA All-Conference Football Team on Friday, Nov. 29. The Wildcats had four representatives on the Second Team and eight on the Third Team.
    Second Team Offense (4): Nico Steriti (RB), Justin Mello (WR), R.J. Harris (WR), Seamus O'Neill (OL)
    Third Team Offense (3): Harold Spears (TE), Ricky Archer (OL), Mike
MacArthur (K)
    Third Team Defense (5): Matt Kaplan (DL), Akil Anderson (LB), Casey DeAndrade (DB), Manny Asam (DB), Brad Prasky (P)

WHEN UNH HAS THE BALL: New Hampshire is averaging 32.2 points and 444.8 yards per game with a balanced attack of 204.0 rushing yards per game and 240.8 passing yards per game.
    Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris and senior WR Justin Mello highlight the offense. Mello leads the team in catches (61), receiving yards (846) and receiving TDs (eight). Harris, a CAA All-Conference First Team and All-New England Team selection, ranks second in receptions (54), receiving yards (776) and receiving TDs (five).
    The ground game is led by junior running back Nico Steriti, an All-Conference Second Team selection. He has 163 carries for 872 yards and eight TDs.
    Junior Andy Vailas and sophomore Sean Goldrich have split the quarterback duties and have alternated starts the past five games (with Goldrich getting the nod in the NCAA first-round game vs. Lafayette).
    Vailas started the first four games of the season and has six starts in eight games played; he has a 122.50 passer efficiency on 130 of 218 passing for 1,397 yards and nine TDs.
    Goldrich, who also had four consecutive starts and six overall in 11 games played, has a 142.18 passer rating on 105-for-176 for 1,392 yards and 11 TDs.

WHEN THE OPPONENT HAS THE BALL: UNH allows 20.8 points and 406.2 yards per game. The Wildcats yield 163.2 rushing yards and 242.9 passing yards per game.
    Junior linebacker Shane McNeely leads the team in tackles (96) with 53 unassisted tackles and 43 assisted tackles. He has been credited with 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, and he has two interceptions.
    Sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson, an All-Conference Third Team  honoree, has a team-high 57 unassisted tackles and is second in total tackles (91). He also leads the team in tackles for a loss (12), which includes five sacks.
    Senior safety Manny Asam, another Third Team selection, ranks third in tackles (76) with 52 unassisted tackles and 24 assisted tackles.
    Redshirt freshman defensive back Casey DeAndrade is second in the nation in pass breakups with 17. He is also tied for fourth on the team in tackles (55).

Inside the Win Streak: UNH enters Saturday's second round game at Maine with a four-game win streak consisting of victories vs. No. 22 James Madison University (33-17; Nov. 9), at Albany (37-20; Nov. 16), vs. No. 4 Maine (24-3; Nov. 23) and vs. Lafayette (45-7; Nov. 30).
    The Wildcats have outscored the opposition 139-47 in the four games, including 45-0 in the first quarter, while averaging 449.0 yards per game in comparison to the opposition's 366.5. There is a discernible difference in the rushing attack, where UNH is averaging 190.0 yards/game and the opponents are at 113.0.
    New Hampshire's offense has converted 30 of 65 (46.2%) third downs and is 2-for-4 on fourth downs. The Wildcats' defense has held the opposition to 20 of 64 (31.3%) on third down and 3-for-11 on fourth down.
    R.J. Harris is averaging 128.2 receiving yards per game with 28 catches for 513 yards (18.3 yards/reception); he has hauled in four TDs during the win streak. Justin Mello has 21 catches for 256 yards (64.0 yards/game; 12.2 yards/reception).
    Nico Steriti (51 carries-272 yards) and Chris Setian (32-167) account for more than half of the team's rushes. Dalton Crossan (9-137) has been the most explosive at 15.2 yards per carry.
    The defensive effort has been spearheaded by Akil Anderson and Shane McNeely with 33 tackles apiece. McNeely's other stats include 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

The Great Eight: UNH has won seven of its last eight games – the only loss was 17-0 at William & Mary (Nov. 2). The Wildcats recorded wins against nationally-ranked Villanova (29-28; Oct. 19), James Madison and Maine since the 7-1 stretch began Oct. 12 against Rhode Island.
    The 'Cats have outscored the opposition 258-124 with significant margins in the first (61-16), second (60-36) and fourth (88-41) quarters.
    In seven games played during the stretch, Sean Goldrich has completed 92 of 156 passes for 1188 yards and nine TDs (138.14 passer rating); he also has 67 rushes for 201 yards and three TDs. In four games, Andy Vailas is 60 of 107 for 682 yards and five TDs (121.30 rating).

UNH wins Cat Fight Against Lafayette: The New Hampshire Wildcats rolled to a 45-7 victory against the Lafayette Leopards in an NCAA first round game Nov. 30 at Cowell Stadium. UNH built a 21-0 lead through one quarter and led 31-0 at halftime, then extended the advantage to 38-0 at the end of three. Lafayette avoided the shutout with a TD at 4:50 of the fourth quarter.
    UNH recorded a season-high 10 sacks, which doubled the previous best of five sacks established the previous week vs. Maine. Senior defensive end Jay Colbert spearheaded the defense with four tackles for a loss, including three sacks. UNH yielded a season-low 73 rushing yards – and only 1.9 yards per carry – to the Leopards.
    The Wildcats rushed for 283 yards, including a game- and season-high 84 yards on six carries for Dalton Crossan. Crossan amassed 131 all-purpose yards and scored two TDs (17-yard reception and 56-yard run). R.J. Harris led the aerial attack with eight catches for 173 yards. Nick Cefalo recorded an 86-yard punt return for  TD; the previous UNH punt return for a touchdown was Sept. 10, 2011, at Lehigh (Joey Orlando, 56 yards).
    UNH finished with 283 rushing yards and 268 passing yards to mark just the second time this season the team eclipsed 250 rushing and passing yards in the same game. (Sept. 24 vs. Colgate; 263 rushing, 288 passing). Last Saturday's game marked the first this season the 'Cats didn't allow a sack.

Milestones Toppled:  A handful of UNH Wildcats recorded individual milestones in the NCAA first-round victory vs. Lafayette College at Cowell Stadium on Nov. 30.
    Senior WR Justin Mello recorded 49 receiving yards to eclipse 1,500 career receiving yards. Mello (846 yards) also moved into UNH's top 10 single-season receiving yards list by supplanting Keith LeVan (843); ahead of Mello are John Perry at No. 9 (918) and Curtis Olds at No. 8 (944).
    Junior WR R.J. Harris recorded eight catches for 173 yards against the Leopards. He now has 188 career receptions to rank fifth as Harris moved past David Gamble (182). Harris also eclipsed 3,000 all-purpose yards for his career and is currently at 3,105.
    Sophomore QB Sean Goldrich surpassed 2,500 career passing yards with 267 vs. Lafayette. His total stands at 2,594.
    Sophomore LB Akil Anderson recorded his 100th career tackle with the first of his six against Lafayette. He has 105 career tackles.
    Junior S Nick Cefalo also recorded his 100th career tackle with the second of his four vs. the Leopards. He has 102 carer tackles.
    Senior K Mike MacArthur climbed into a tie for fourth place on the CAA career field goal leaderboard with the 49th of his career, a 23-yard field goal vs. Lafayette.

Sack Exchange: The New Hampshire defense recorded a season-high 10 sacks in last Saturday's NCAA first round win against Lafayette. One week earlier, the Wildcats tallied five sacks in the regular-season finale against fourth-ranked Maine. UNH has tallied at least three sacks eight consecutive games; the streak dates back to Oct. 12 vs. Rhode Island.

Return To Running Form: In the last two regular-season games (at Albany, vs. Maine), the Wildcats ran the ball 88 times for 391 yards. In the finale against the Black Bears, UNH had 50 carries – second highest total to the 51 vs. Villanova (Oct. 19) – for 213 yards. It marked the fifth time this season the 'Cats eclipsed 200 rushing yards in a game.
    UNH ran the ball 38 times for 178 yards (4.7 yards/carry) at Albany. That exceeded the combined total of 170 running yards the previous two games against William & Mary (84) and James Madison (86) and marked the team's best yards per carry since the fifth game of the year vs. Rhode Island (season-best 7.7 yards/carry).
    The rebirth of the run game continued in the opening week of the postseason with 37 carries for 283 yards; the yardage and yards per carry (7.6) both rank second in the 2013 season.

Staunch Defense: Prior to the last two weeks, when the Wildcats allowed three points to Maine and seven to Lafayette, the last time UNH held opponents to single digits in consecutive weeks was a four-game stretch in October – November 1995. (Maine-0, Boston U.-7, Richmond-7, Villanova-9).
    UNH's defense shut out the opposition five consecutive quarters – the second half vs. Maine and first three quarters vs. Lafayette – with a shutout streak of 85 minutes, 19 seconds.
    The Wildcats' defense did not surrender a TD in eight straight quarters – fourth quarter at Albany, all four quarters vs. Maine and the initial three quarters against Lafayette – until the Leopards scored with 4:50 remaining in the fourth quarter during UNH's 45-7 first-round win.

Turnover Battle: UNH did not commit a turnover the last two games of the regular season against Albany and Maine and turned the ball over just once the previous game vs. James Madison. The Wildcats' defense gained a pair of turnovers all three of those games.
    UNH has won the turnover battle in five of 12 games and is 4-1 in those games (the lone loss was at Lehigh with a +2 margin). The 'Cats lost the turnover battle four times and went 1-3 in those games (only win vs. Colgate at -1).
    Deductive reasoning leads to a draw in the turnover battle three times with New Hampshire winning back-to-back games vs. Rhode Island and Villanova and the first round game vs. Lafayette.
    Overall, UNH has not committed a turnover in 5 of 12 games and the defense has recorded at least one turnover in 10 of 12 games with eight multiple-turnover efforts.

Force and Recover: Junior linebacker Shane McNeely forced a fumble in the first round playoff game vs. Lafayette and senior defensive tackle Sean McCann recovered the ball to give possession to the Wildcats. One week earlier in the regular-season finale against Maine, McNeely forced a fumble that McCann recovered.

Quick Starts on the Road: UNH has a 2-4 road record this season, but slow starts have not been the Wildcats' downfall. The 'Cats have outscored the home team 57-9 in the first quarter but the opposition has the edge in both the second (54-31) and third (59-17) quarters.

The Musket Stays in Durham: The 21st-ranked UNH football team retained the Brice-Cowell Musket with a 24-3 victory against (then) No. 4-ranked Maine in the Nov. 23 regular-season finale at Cowell Stadium. It marked the third consecutive year and 10th time in 11 years the Wildcats defeated the Black Bears to win the battle for the musket.
    The 'Cats took a 7-0 lead at 7:02 of the first quarter on a five-yard pass from Andy Vailas to Jordan Powell for his first career TD reception. Mike MacArthur extended the advantage to 10-0 with a 25-yard field goal at 9:52 and the visitors closed within 10-3 on a 27-yard FG with nine seconds remaining in the half. A Sean Goldrich to Jimmy Giansante six-yard TD connection made it 17-3 at 3:13 of the third quarter and Nico Steriti closed the scoring with a 68-yard TD run at 13:01 of the fourth quarter.
    Steriti finished with 18 carries for 139 yards as the 'Cats had 50 rushes for 213 yards and 331 yards of total offense. R.J. Harris was the top aerial threat with six catches for 72 yards.
    UNH's defense limited Maine, which entered the game averaging 440.2 yards and 32.5 points per game, to 315 total yards and three points. The Wildcats shut out the Black Bears in the second half on 134 yards of offense and recorded five sacks overall, which was a season high at the time.
    Manny Asam and Akil Anderson tied for the team lead with eight tackles. Casey DeAndrade recorded a career-high seven tackles and his second interception of the season, and Sean McCann tallied two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Maine Milestones: Junior RB Nico Steriti eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing career mark and 1,000 all-purpose yards for the season in the regular-season finale against the Black Bears. He finished with 139 rushing yards and 10 receiving yards to increase his career rushing total to 2,117 and season all-purpose yardage mark to 1,088.
    R.J. Harris supplanted Mike Boyle for sixth place on UNH's career receiving yards with 72 against Maine to increase his career total to 2,376;  Boyle finished with 2,317.
    With a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Black Bears, Mike MacArthur climbed into a three-way tie for fifth place on the CAA career leaderboard with his 48th field goal.

How Low Can You Go: UNH held Maine's rushing attack to 95 yards – the lowest by an opponent during the regular season – and the Black Bears' 315 total yards marked the third lowest total allowed in 2013. The last time the Wildcats held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards was Oct. 20, 2012, when once again it was Maine with 95 yards on the ground.

Conversion Rates: The Wildcats were highly proficient at third down conversions the last three weeks of the regular season and that included 10-for-17 (58.8%) Nov. 9 vs. James Madison. In the three week span, UNH converted 24 of 52 third downs (46.2%) and also went 2-for-2 on fourth down. UNH's defense, meanwhile, did not allow opponents to extend drives by allowing just seven first downs on 30 third downs (23.3%) the last two weeks against Albany and Maine.
    New Hampshire's success continued into the postseason last week vs. Lafayette with a 6-for-13 offensive effort on third down and 3 of 15 for the visitors.

STERITI RUNS PAST 2,000: Junior RB Nico Steriti entered UNH's Top 10 list in career rushing yards during his 68-yard effort vs. James Madison on Nov. 9, when he surpassed both Curt Collins and Jim Quinn. He eclipsed 2,000 career yards during a 139-yard ground game vs. Maine (Nov. 23).
UNH All-Time Leading Rushers
1.    Jerry Azumah (1995-98)    6,193

7. Chad Kackert (2006-09)    2,587
8.    Avrom Smith (1991-94)    2,237
9.    Nico Steriti (2011-present)    2,163

HARRIS AMONG BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Junior WR R.J. Harris  climbed one spot on the UNH career receiving yards leaderboard each of the last three weeks of the regular season and is currently No. 6. He needs 63 receiving yards to climb into fifth place.
    Harris ascended to fifth place for UNH's all-time receptions list following an eight-catch, 173-yard effort Nov. 30 vs. Lafayette. He is within striking distance of climbing to No. 3.
Receiving Yards
1.     David Ball (2003-06)    4,655

4.    John Perry (1989-92)    2,873
5.    Chris Braune (1986-89)    2,612
6.    R.J. Harris (2011-present)    2,549
Receptions
1.     David Ball (2003-06)    304

3. Curtis Olds (1985-88)    193
4.    John Perry (1989-92)    191
5.    R.J. Harris (2011-present)    188

MONEY MIKE IS ALL-TIME FG KING: Senior Mike MacArthur took over UNH's all-time lead in field goals by successfully hitting a 23-yard attempt – the 41st make of his career – in the third quarter of the Wildcats' 29-28 victory vs. Villanova at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 19.
    MacArthur made 11 consecutive field goals spanning Sept. 28 to Nov. 23, when his 32-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Maine.
    MacArthur, who surpassed Connor McCormick (40, 2002-05), climbed into a tie for ninth place on the CAA leaderboard with field goals of 29 and 35 yards against James Madison (Nov. 9); the 35-yarder matched his long for the season.
    He matched his personal best of three FGs in a game with makes of 31, 33 and 34 yards Nov. 16 at Albany, and he vaulted into seventh place on the conference leaderboard.
    MacArthur then climbed into a three-way tie for fifth place with a 25-yard field goal vs. Maine. He made a 23-yarder in the NCAA first round to climb into a tie for fourth. Here is a look at the CAA all-time FG made list.
Rank    FG    Name    School    Years
1.        59    Greg Kuehn    W&M    2002-05
2.        55    Andrew Howard    Richmond    2006-09
3.        50    Chris Onorato    Hofstra    2000-04
T-4.    49    Rob Zarrilli    Hofstra    2005-07
T-4.    49    Mike MacArthur    UNH    2010-13

NOVEMBER REIGN:  New Hampshire has not had a losing record in November since 2007, when the 'Cats went 1-3 (including a postseason loss). UNH had winning marks in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, and went 1-1 last November. UNH completed the November 2013 schedule at 4-1, including the playoff victory.

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