Frates, Uche: UNH Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

August 29, 2011

Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) of the field hockey team and Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) of the men’s soccer team are featured in this week's UNH Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.



Whitney Frates, field hockey

     Whitney, a senior forward from Woodstock, Vt., recorded two goals and two assists to lead the UNH field hockey team to victories against sixth-ranked Ohio State (3-1) and Kent State University (5-1) in the opening weekend of action, Aug. 27-28.

     She established the tone for the weekend in the early moments of the opener at OSU by setting up a goal at 3:23 to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Whitney then matched her career highs in both goals (two) and points (five) against Kent State in which she scored consecutive goals 62 seconds apart.

     Whitney, a 2010 All-America Second Team and two-time America East All-Conference First Team selection, is one of the top point producers in the history of the UNH field hockey program. As a junior in 2010, she tied for the team lead in goals (11), ranked second in points (30) and fourth in assists (eight). In ’09, Whitney tied for the lead in assists (nine) and ranked second in both goals (10) and points (29).

     With the two goals last weekend, she vaulted into the top 10 on the career list at a tie for #9 (with Stacy Fimple) at 31, and also climbed to #2 in assists (26) as well as #6 in points (88).    


Ugochukwu Uche, men’s soccer

     Ugochukwu, a sophomore back from Ann Arbor, Mich., broke a 1-1 tie with 1:12 remaining in regulation to lift the UNH men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory in last Friday’s season opener against the University of Rhode Island.

     URI, which had tied the score five minutes earlier, was stunned when Ugochukwu ran onto a pass from Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) on the left wing and buried a shot into the net from 15 yards. The goal marked the first collegiate points for Ugochukwu, who played in 10 games and was in the starting lineup three times as a freshman in 2010.

     Ugochukwu also helped set up the goal that gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute. His speed was once again a factor as he sprinted down the right sideline to corral a Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) service ball. Ugochukwu’s crossing pass was trapped by Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), who in turn set up the shot and goal by Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.).



Whitney Frates, field hockey: America East Player of the Week



Tuesday, Aug. 23

Women’s soccer: UMass 2, at UNH 1

Friday, Aug. 26

Men’s soccer: at UNH 2, Rhode Island 1

Women’s soccer: American 1, UNH 0 (at U. of Vermont)

Volleyball: at West Virginia 3, UNH 0 … vs. Ohio State 3, UNH 0

     (at WVU Mountaineer Invitational)

Saturday, Aug. 27

Field hockey: UNH 3, at #6 Ohio State 1

Volleyball: vs. Towson 3, UNH 1 … vs. Valparaiso 3, UNH 0

     (at WVU Mountaineer Invitational)

Sunday, Aug. 28

Field hockey: UNH 5, Kent State 1 (at Ohio State)

Women’s soccer: vs. Charleston Southern, cancelled



Thursday, Sept. 1

Men’s soccer vs. Iona, 7 pm (Bremner Field)

Football at Toledo, 7 pm (

Friday, Sept. 2

Field hockey vs. Brown, 3 pm

Volleyball at Pittsburgh, 1 pm …  vs. Miami (Ohio), 5 pm (at University of Pittsburgh)

Women’s soccer at Oregon, 10 pm

Saturday, Sept. 3

Women’s cross country vs. Providence, 11 am (College Woods)

Men’s cross country vs. Providence, 11:30 am (College Woods)

Volleyball vs. Penn State, 10 a.m. (at University of Pittsburgh)

Sunday, Sept. 4

Men’s soccer vs. Michigan State, 1 pm (Lewis Fields)

Field hockey at Providence, 1 pm

Women’s soccer vs. Oregon State, 1 pm (at U. of Oregon)



  • UNH opens the 2011 season Sept. 3 against Providence College. It is the only home meet of the season for the Wildcats.


  • UNH competes on its home course (College Woods) just once in the 2011 season, and it is the Sept. 3 opener against Providence College.

FIELD HOCKEY (2-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • UNH opened the 2011 season in spectacular fashion by defeating sixth-ranked Ohio State University, 3-1, on Aug. 27 and following that with a 5-1 victory against Kent State in which the Wildcats recorded an 18-4 shot advantage.
  • New Hampshire had not defeated a top-10 team since upending seventh-ranked Boston College in September 1998.
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) set the tone for the weekend by setting up the first goal of the season at 3:23 to give the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead vs. Ohio State. She then matched her career highs in both goals (two) and points (five) vs. Kent State.
  • Fellow seniors Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) also tallied a point in both games last weekend. Rausch scored the game-winning goal vs. the Buckeyes, then set up each of the first two goals vs. KSU. Lyons gave UNH a 2-0 lead vs. Kent State and set up the team’s second tally against Ohio State.
  • Katherine Nagenganst (Westborough, Mass.), yet another senior, matched her personal best of 12 saves vs. Ohio State. She was credited with nine first-half saves.

FOOTBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA)

  • The 10th-ranked UNH football team kicks off the 2011 season Sept. 1 against FBS opponent Toledo. The Wildcats have won five of its last six games vs. FBS schools. 
  • Senior defensive end Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) and junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) have both received numerous preseason accolades on the national and conference levels.
  • In the Fall Blue/White Game (Aug. 23), senior quarterback Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) completed 18 of 20 passes for 272 yards and three TDs.
  • With projected starting tailback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) seeing limited action, the ground game was led by Nico Steriti (Toms Rivers, N.J.) and Chris Setian (East Longmeadow, Mass.). Steriti rushed seven times for 49 yards and three TDs while Setian barreled his way to 78 yards on eight carries.
  • Junior offensive lineman Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) has been nominated for the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. The team recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.

MEN’S SOCCER (1-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team began the 2011 season with a thrilling 2-1 victory against the University of Rhode Island at home last Friday. Following a scoreless first half, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute. Despite playing a man down, URI knotted the score in the 84th minute, but the ‘Cats scored with 1:18 remaining in regulation to get the victory.
  • Sophomore back Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) recorded his first collegiate points by scoring the game-winning goal.
  • Senior captain Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.), off a feed from sophomore Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), scored to give UNH its 1-0 lead.
  • In his collegiate debut, freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned the victory with a two-save effort.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (0-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team completed its first week of action with a 2-1 home loss to UMass and a 1-0 neutral-site loss to American University. The scheduled game vs. Charleston Southern was cancelled.
  • Senior forward Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) scored UNH’s lone goal with a header in the 89th minute to lift the ‘Cats within 2-1 vs. UMass. Junior midfielder Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was credited with an assist on the service into the penalty box.

VOLLEYBALL (0-4 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team began the 2011 season with four matches at the West Virginia Invitational on Aug. 26-27. Senior co-captain Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Thatcher led the team in kills all four matches and averaged 2.54 kills per set. She recorded 10 kills against both West Virginia and Valparaiso and had an impressive .312 hitting percentage vs. Towson.


  • The UNH men’s basketball team concluded its five-day trip in Canada with a 3-1 record following an 80-66 victory against Bishop’s University on Aug. 27. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored 30 points for the second consecutive game on 10-for-15 shooting.
  • The Wildcats were defeated 77-74 by McGill University in the opening game of the road trip Aug. 24 in Montreal.
  • In game 2, UNH was a 75-65 overtime victor against the University of Quebec on Aug. 25. Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) shot 6 of 9 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, to score a team-high 19 points; he finished one rebound short of a double-double in 41 minutes played.
  • New Hampshire, without the services of Brian Benson and Alvin Abreu, defeated LaVal University, 87-65, on Aug. 26. Rhoads scored a game-high 30 points on 8 of 14 shooting, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) had a breakout game with 20 points and seven rebounds while Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) finished with 12 boards and eight points.
  • Every player was in the starting lineup at least once.
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