DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire athletic department concludes its countdown of this past year's most memorable highlights. The countdown features a four-part video series including 20 moments from the year that was, highlighting big wins, record-breaking performances and awards. The final part in the series showcases the top five moments.
5. The men's soccer team enters the countdown at number five as the Wildcats advanced to the America East Finals for the second time in the past three seasons. The 'Cats knocked off top-seeded Vermont in the semifinals with a 1-0 victory (Nov. 7). Goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) tallied his seventh shutout of the season after making six saves in the effort, and Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) sent New Hampshire to the title game with his first goal of the season.
4. Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) of the women's cross country team cruised to a first-place finish at the America East Championship at College Woods (Oct. 27). Maguire completed the 5K course just two seconds shy of the course record and became the second Wildcat in school history to capture the top individual honor. The senior's effort helped the 'Cats place second overall.
3. Kelsey Hogan's (Nashua, N.H.) buzzer-beating 3-pointer extended the women's basketball season, knocking off fourth-seeded Stony Brook in the America East Quarterfinals, 49-46 (Mar. 8). Hogan finished with a team-high 13 points including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc to help the Wildcats make their first appearance in the semifinals since 2005.
2. On February 17, the women's swimming and diving team set an all-time league championship record en route to winning the 2013 America East Championship. This marked the fifth time under head coach Josh Willman that the Wildcats earned a conference title and the first time since the team won back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006.
1. Our countdown concludes with men's track and field senior Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.). In April, Lyle donated his bone marrow to an anonymous recipient, consequently ending his career as a Wildcat, but saving the life of a stranger in need. The odds of matching a non-family member were one in 5 million, but the Plaistow native made the difficult decision and said it was easy. On June 4, Lyle was awarded the first-ever America East Award of Valor for his courageous action.
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