Early, Greene: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


May 14, 2012


DURHAM, N.H.Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) of the women’s track & field team and Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) of the men’s track & field team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.



Kate Early, women’s track & field

     Kate, a senior from Corning, New York, helped the UNH women’s outdoor track & field team finish second at the New England Championships, which were held May 10-12 at MIT, with a runner-up finish in the heptathlon. Kate recorded a total of 4,644 points with first-place efforts in both the 800-meter run (762 points; 2 minutes, 24.61 seconds) and high jump (759; 5 feet, 3.75 inches).

     Within the heptathlon, she also recorded the second-best effort in both the shot put (578; 35-03) and javelin (519; 105-09), and her highest point total was in the 100m hurdles (796; 15.35 seconds).

     Earlier in the week, Kate was named the recipient of the Tina True Memorial Award at UNH’s Annual Senior Banquet on May 8. The award is in recognition of commitment to strength and conditioning. She was also bestowed the University’s Dean Williamson Award, which is presented to “that senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University.”

     Kate placed third at the America East Championships with 4,621 points. She once again was the top heptathlete in the 800m and earned 784 points with her winning time of 2:22.97. Her next top point-scoring event was 100m hurdles (778 pts), but her next best placing wsa second in the shot put (573 pts).

     In the 2009 outdoor season, Kate won the heptathlon at the America East Championships and went on to place fifth in the high jump at New Englands. One year later, she was the New England heptathlon champion and in 2011 she established the school record in the heptathlon with 4,713 points in a second-place effort at the America East Championships.

     In her only indoor track & field season (2011-12), Kate placed fourth in the pentathlon at America East, second at New Englands and sixth at the ECACs.

     Kate was also a four-year letterwinner on the UNH women’s basketball team spanning the 2008 through 2011 seasons. She was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the 2010 and 2011 seasons; prior to that, Kate made the America East Academic Honor Roll twice. She was honored at the team’s Most Improved Player in 2011, when she averaged 3.6 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game in 27 games (14 minutes per game). As a sophomore in 2009, Kate ranked second on the team in shooting percentage (49.3%) and third in rebounding.

Kevin Greene, men’s track & field

     Kevin, a sophomore middle distance runner from Silver Spring, Maryland, was champion of the 800-meter run at the New England Championships, which was held May 10-12 at MIT’s campus. He bested the field of 29 runners with a winning time of 1 minute, 50.28 seconds. Kevin also ran the opening leg of UNH’s winning 4x800m relay, which crossed the finish line in a time of 7:42.39.

     One week earlier, Kevin ran to a third-place finish in the 800m at the America East Championships in a time of 1:51.48. Earlier in the outdoor track & field season, he won the 800m in a tri-meet at Maine and in a quad-meet at Holy Cross. Kevin also recorded first-place efforts in the 1,500m at Wildcat Invitational and a tri-meet held at UNH’s Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility.

     Kevin also competed at the Larry Ellis Invitational and finished seventh in the 800m, and at the prestigious Penn Relays he ran a leg of the distance medley relay team that took seventh place.

     During the indoor track & field season, he placed second in the 1,000m at the America East Championships, where he also was part of the 4x800m relay squad that finished fourth. His other 2011-12 indoor highlights included winning the 1,000m at the Carisella Carnival.

     Last year as a freshman, Kevin ran a leg of the third-place 4x800m relay team at the indoor New England Championship. That quartet was second at the America East Championship and Kevin placed eighth in the 1000m.



Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year: Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), women’s basketball; Brian McNally (Cornwall), football

Tina True Memorial Award: Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), women’s track & field; Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.), men’s track & field

Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Excellence: Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario), men’s skiing; Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine), women’s track & field

Community Involvement Award: Paul Atkinson, men’s skiing; Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta), volleyball



Friday, May 11

Men’s track & field: at New England Championships [Day 1 of 2] (at MIT)

Women’s track & field: at New England Championships [Day 1 of 2] (at MIT)

Saturday, May 12

Men’s track & field: 7th place at New England Championships (at MIT)

Women’s track & field: 2nd place at New England Championships (at MIT)



Saturday, May 26

Men’s track & field at NCAA East Regional (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Women’s track & field at NCAA East Regional (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Sunday, May 27

Men’s track & field at NCAA East Regional (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Women’s track & field at NCAA East Regional (Jacksonville, Fla.)



  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team captured two individual titles and a relay event to place seventh overall at the New England Championships, which were held May 10-12 on the MIT campus.
  • Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) raced to first place in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds and teammate John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) placed fourth at 3:54.88 in the field of 30 runners.
  • Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.), who finished third one week earlier at the America East Championships, took the top spot in the 800m as he bested the New England field of 29 runners with a time of 1:50.28.
  • The Wildcats’ 4x800m relay squad of Greene, Dean Bhatt (Woodbridge, Conn.), Dinnan and Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) was first to cross the finish line with a time of 7:42.39.
  • In the hammer throw, George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) placed seventh with a toss of 178 feet, 8 inches. Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.) finished ninth in the hammer throw at 174-02.
  • D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) placed ninth in the preliminaries of the 110m hurdles to narrowly miss the top-8 cut for the finals.


  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team recorded two first-place finishes as part of 16 top-8 efforts and a second-place overall finish at the New England Championships that were held May 10-12 at the MIT campus.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) set a school record in the 800 meters and topped the field of 31 runners with a winning time of 2 minutes, 8.81 seconds. It marked her fifth career New England title.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) captured first place in the 1,500m by crossing the finish line in 4:26.86. Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) finished seventh in the 1,500m with a time of 4:38.80.
  • Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) was runner-up in the heptathlon with 4,644 points and Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) finished sixth with 4,103 points.
  • Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) placed second in the javelin with a toss of 140 feet, 3 inches in the 24-thrower field.
  • Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) finished fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 171-04.
  • Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) and Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3,000m steeplechase at 11:00.88 and 11:03.07.
  • Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) recorded a pair of top-8 efforts with sixth place in the 100m (12.10) and eighth in the 200m (24.81).
  • Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) finished fifth in the 5,000m with a time of 17:36.34 and Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) was eighth in the 10,000m at 38:25.09.
  • Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) was eighth in the finals of the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.73 seconds.
  • UNH’s 4x100m relay team of Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.), Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.), Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) and Brehm placed fourth at 48.11.
  • The 4x800m relay squad of Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.), Lindsey Judge (Essex, Vt.), Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) and Twombly recorded the sixth-fastest time of 9:18.83.


MEN’S BASKETBALL (13-16 overall, 7-9 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team exited the America East Championship with a 63-45 loss to the University at Albany on March 3 at Chase Family Arena (University of Hartford).
  • A trio of Wildcats received America East awards at the annual league banquet. Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team, senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) was tabbed to the America East All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was selected to the All-Defensive Team for the second time in as many years.
  • Abreu ranks first on UNH’s career leaderboard for games played (118) and minutes played (3,879) as well as third in scoring (1,583), fourth in both 3-pointers made (216) and field goals made (535), fifth in free throws made (197) and 10th in steals (115).
  • Benson finishes second in program history in blocks (79) and eighth in rebounds (642).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (16-14 overall, 9-7 America East)

  • UNH was defeated 63-59 by Holy Cross in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Thursday, March 15. UNH erased a 13-point first-half deficit to take a 39-38 lead and then trailed by no more than six points until the final minute of play (seven point deficit).
  • Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) matched her season high of 24 points – and also recorded eight rebounds and five steals – against Holy Cross. Sophomore guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) contributed 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.
  • UNH finished with its first winning season since 2006 and its most wins since 2002.
  • Beliveau was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) was an America East All-Conference Second Team selection.


  • The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]

FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
  • The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
  • Frates was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • Robin Balducci was named the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
  • Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
  • UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
  • Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
  • Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.

FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team was ousted from postseason play with a 26-25 second-round loss at seventh-ranked Montana State University on Dec. 3.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the 17th Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). His other 2011 postseason accolades include: Associated Press All-America Second Team, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team, Phil Steele’s All-America First Team, The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Team, College Sports Journal FCS All-America Team, College Sports Madness All-America Team, Beyond Sports College Network All-America First Team and Defensive National Player of the Year, College Sporting News 2011 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, Gold Helmet Award (New England’s player of the year), All-CAA First Team, All-New England Team and College Football Performance Awards Elite Linebacker Award.
  • Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was named to the 14th annual Footbal Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He previously earned a berth on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Footbll Team (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America)
  • UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.

GYMNASTICS (14-15 overall, 4-1 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team recorded a team score of 193.9 points to place sixth at the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Fayetteville Regional, hosted by the University of Arkansas, on April 7.
  • This marked the 30th NCAA Regional appearance for the Wildcats in 31 years and the 32nd postseason appearance in head coach Gail Goodspeed's 33 years at the University.
  • In her final collegiate meet, senior co-captain Ali Carr (Chelmlsford, Mass.) recorded a team-high 9.825 on the balance beam. She also tied with junior co-captain Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) for UNH’s highest score of 9.800 on vault.
  • Junior Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) led the way on floor exercise with matching scores of 9.800.
  • Junior Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.), another senior competing for the last time as a collegian, were the top ‘Cats on the uneven bars at 9.750.
  • New Hampshire scored a 195.225 to finish sixth at the EAGL Championship on March 24. The Wildcats' Regional Qualifying Score is 195.120, they averaged a 194.358 and their season-high total was a 195.800 at the UNH Invitational quad-meet March 3.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (15-19-3 overall, 11-14-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team fell 5-4 in double overtime in Game 3 of the best of three Hockey East quarterfinal series at sixth-ranked Boston University on March 11. The Wildcats prevailed 3-2 in double overtime in Game 1, but then BU leveled the series with a 4-2 victory in Game 2.
  • That victory was the 499th for UNH head coach Dick Umile.
  • Freshmen Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) were named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and the Wildcats were honored with the 2012 Charlie Holy Team Sportsmanship Award.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (10-22-3 overall, 4-15-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team was ousted from the Hockey East tournament with a loss at ninth-ranked Boston University in a Feb. 26 quarterfinal game at Walter Brown Arena.
  • Junior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) and junior defenseman Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) were named 2012 WHEA Honorable Mention All-Stars.


  • The New Hampshire men’s indoor track & field team placed fourth at the America East Championships and then 11th at the New England Championships.
  • Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) won the shot put title at both the league and New England meets. He won the event at every indoor meet until the IC4A Championship, where he placed fourth. Paey was honored as America East Field Performer of the Week five times during the 2011-12 season.


  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team finished sixth at the America East Championship and seventh at the New England Championship.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) were named to the 2012 America East All-Academic Team. Letourneau finished second in the mile at the America East Championships and broke school records in both the 1,000 meters (2 minutes, 48.16) and the mile (4:42.47). Pothier placed third in the weight throw at the league championship meet.
  • Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) ran to a school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:17.62 at the BU Terrier Classic (Jan. 27).

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (5-11 overall, 2-4 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team received five year-end awards from the America East conference. Senior midfielder and captain Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was named to the All-Conference First Team for the second time in three years. Fellow senior midfielder and captain Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) was voted to the Second Team, also for the second time in a three-year span.
  • Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) was selected to the All-Rookie Team following a freshman season in which the attacker led the Wildcats in both goals and points.
  • Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) and Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) were All-Academic Team selections. Simpson, a junior attack, received the honor for the second consecutive year. It marked the first year DePetris, a sophomore defender, was eligible for the award.
  • Keagins was voted the 2012 America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year. She had been a nominee for the accolade each of the previous two years.


  • The UNH ski team finished in 10th place at the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 7-10 in Bozeman, Montana. The Wildcats placed in the top 10 for the 23rd time in the 30 years Cory Schwartz has coached the squad.
  • A total of 12 Wildcats were named to the 2012 National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Four ‘Cats – Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario), Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska), Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) – recorded a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) garnered All-Academic Team honors for the third consecutive year.
  • Atkinson, Guiney and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) were named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association All-East Second Team.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

SWIMMING & DIVING (6-2 overall, 2-1 America East)

  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Women’s Swimming & Diving, the league announced April 12. McCandless recorded six top-five finishes, including a gold-medal performance in the 1650-yard freestyle, at the 2012 league championships. She dominated the 200 butterfly in the regular season with four first-place finishes, and also recorded a pair of wins in the 500 free. In the classroom, McCandless has a 3.60 cumulative grade-point-average as a cellular and molecular biology major.
  • The UNH swimming & diving team placed third at the America East Championships, which were held Feb. 24-27 at Boston University’s Aquatic Center.
  • Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) broke a pair of records en route to being named the Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer and Rookie of the Year. It is the first time in conference history someone won both awards in the same year.
  • UNH earned the America East Coaching Staff of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and 12th time in head coach Josh Willman’s career.
  • Mann broke the America East Championships and league records in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning time of 2:01.32 on Friday. Then on Saturday, Mann swam to a school- and conference-record time of 4:14.10 in the 400 individual medley. That mark qualifies as an NCAA provisional time and ranks 42nd in the country.
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) took the top spot in the 1,650 freestyle and was the third-fastest swimmer in the 200 butterfly on the final day of competition. On day two, McCandless raced to third place in the 500 free.
  • Grace Borchers (Evanston, Ill.) captured first place in the 100 butterfly.
  • Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle and raced to fourth place in both the 1,650 free and 500 free.


VOLLEYBALL (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) were voted to the 2011 America East All-Academic Volleyball Team on Dec. 9.
  • Keding was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Laquerre, Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
  • Keding was named to the All-Championship Team.
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