EAGL Championship Coming to Whittemore Center Arena (March 22, 2 p.m.)

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2014 EAGL Championship
  UNH • George Washington • Maryland • North Carolina
North Carolina State • Pittsburgh • Rutgers • Towson
  March 22, 2014 • 2:00 p.m. • Whittemore Center • Durham, N.H.

Live Stats:
Video Streaming: http://unhwildcats.tv/
Video Commentary: Courtney Connors, Austyn Fobes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire plays host to the 2014 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on Saturday, March 22, at the Whittemore Center Arena. The event, which is free to all UNH students, begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Whittemore Center box office.

Video streaming of the event is free at www.unhwildcats.tv.

Live stats are available at www.unhwildcats.com.

LAST TIME OUT: MARCH 16, 2014 • RALEIGH, N.C. – In a matchup of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League's top two teams, the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team edged North Carolina State, 195.600-195.550, at Reynolds Coliseum in Sunday's regular season finale for both teams.

UNH improved to 14-4, 6-2 EAGL by posting its second-highest road score of the season; N.C. State slipped to 12-8, 7-2 EAGL.

Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) headlined the team's balanced attack by finishing fourth on vault (9.750), tying for fourth on balance beam (9.825), sharing fifth on floor exercise (9.825) and tying for second place in all-around (39.150).

The Wildcats, who hit 23 of their 24 routines, began the meet by scoring a 48.900 on uneven bars. Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) led the way with a personal-best 9.850 for third place. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) tallied a 9.800 to notch fifth.

Pflieger paced New Hampshire's vault lineup by scoring a 9.750 for fifth place, and Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) registered a 9.700 for seventh place as the 'Cats totaled a 48.425.

UNH stepped up on floor exercise by amassing a 49.150 that included four gymnasts with top-five placements. Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) tied for second place with matching scores of 9.850, while Aucoin and Pflieger shared fifth place (9.825).

Aucoin claimed New Hampshire's only individual victory of the night by tallying a 9.875 on balance beam. Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Pflieger tied for fourth place (9.825) to ignite the Wildcats' team beam score of 49.125, which matched NC State's floor exercise score in the final rotation and proved to be just enough for the win.

UNH plays host to the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats take on George Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Towson. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

EAGL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team placed an East Atlantic Gymnastics League-leading 14 members and 74 percent of its roster on the EAGL All-Academic Team, the league announced Monday. Awards will be presented to the honorees at the 2014 EAGL Championship Banquet on Friday, March 21, at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center in Portsmouth, N.H.

In order to be named to the EAGL All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher or a combined 3.0 GPA from spring 2013 and fall 2013. Freshmen are eligible if they earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester.

The entire senior class is being feted for the fourth consecutive year: co-captains Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa./kinesiology: exercise science) and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass./biomedical science), Jannelle Minichiello (Tewskbury, Mass./psychology) and Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y./nutrition).

Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.), a kinesiology: exercise science major, earned her third straight EAGL All-Academic Team award.

Two-time recipients include junior Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va./civil engineering) and sophomores Catarina Broccoli (Mystic, Conn./nutrition), Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio/environmental science), Cassy Izzo (Cranston, R.I./biomedical engineering), Brittany Prestia (Harleysville, Pa./nursing), Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn./kinesiology: exercise science) and Courtney Thompson (Chester, N.H./nursing).

Freshmen Kaylor Kelley (Loudon, Tenn./kinesiology: exercise science) and Jen King (Freehold, N.J./kinesiology: exercise science) debuted on the All-Academic Team.

UNH (14-4, 6-2 EAGL) will play host to the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. The 23rd-ranked Wildcats will challenge George Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Towson. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

2013 EAGL CHAMPIONSHIP • MARCH 23, 2013 • CHAPEL HILL, N.C.Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored a 9.875 to win the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) balance beam individual championship, and the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team placed sixth overall with a 194.175 at Saturday's EAGL Championship, held at the University of North Carolina's Carmichael Arena.


North Carolina State won its fifth EAGL title with a 195.175 to edge 22nd-ranked Maryland (195.100), Pittsburgh (194.875), George Washington (194.750), North Carolina (194.225), UNH, Rutgers (193.925) and Towson (192.675). 

Gray, who became New Hampshire's first outright EAGL beam champion since Mariana Pena-Trestini in 2006, earned a berth on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on beam and all-around, where the sophomore finished tied for second place with a 39.150. She added Second Team on uneven bars and floor exercise. 

Senior Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) earned All-Tournament First Team on bars and Second Team on vault, floor and all-around; junior Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) was tabbed to the All-Tournament First Team on floor and Second Team on vault; senior Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) was named to the All-Tournament First Team on bars; freshman Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn.) garnered All-Tournament First Team on beam; senior Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) was named to the All-Tournament Second Team on vault; and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) notched a spot on the All-Tournament Second Team on floor.

Following a first-rotation bye, the Wildcats went right to work on floor exercise by turning in a team score of 48.900 to take over second place, behind N.C. State (48.950). Barile, the Wildcats' sixth and final floor competitor, tallied a team-best 9.850 to claim a share of second place. Gray scored a 9.800 (tie-ninth), while Machado and Fobes each earned a 9.775 for a share of 13th place.

After a third-rotation bye, UNH recaptured momentum in the fourth rotation by compiling a vault score of 48.825, matching the second-highest total of the season.  Connors tied her season high with a 9.800 to jumpstart the lineup.  Fobes and Barile equaled Connors' mark to share ninth place, and Gray added a personal-best-matching 9.725 (T-28th).

At the meet's midway point, the Wildcats (97.725) trailed only the Wolfpack (97.750).

UNH and Pittsburgh moved into a first-place deadlock following the sixth rotation with matching totals of 146.475. After a slow start on uneven bars, Fobes and Aucoin went back-to-back with tying scores of 9.825 to share second place. Gray's 9.750 was good for a tie for 14th place, and New Hampshire registered a 48.750.

Struggles on balance beam in the eighth and final rotation caused the Wildcats to slip to sixth place overall, but Gray stole the spotlight with the event-winning 9.875. Solomon set a career high with a 9.800 to tie for seventh place.

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