Rausch, DeCrescenzo: UNH Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

September 6, 2011

DURHAM, N.H.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) of the field hockey team and Daniel DeCreszenzo (New Milford, Conn.) of the men’s cross country team are featured in this week's UNH Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup. 




Hayley Rausch, field hockey

     Hayley, a senior forward from Severna Park, Maryland, factored in seven of the team's 11 goals to lead UNH to wins against Brown University (5-0) and Providence College (6-1) last weekend. The Wildcats improved to 4-0 and entered this week’s national poll at #12.

     She established a personal best of three goals in the home opener vs. Brown on Sept. 2, then matched that and also had an assist for a career-high seven points at PC (Sept.. 4). It marked the first time since 1986 a UNH player scored three goals in back-to-back games.

     Hayley leads the team in goals (seven), game-winning goals (two), points (17) and shooting percentage (.368), and is ranked second in both assists (three) and shots (19).

     She is atop the America East leaderboard in points per game (4.25) and goals per game (1.75), and is second in shots per game (4.75) as well as third in assists per game (0.75).

     In 60 career games, Hayley has compiled 32 goals and 27 assists for 91 points to rank ninth on UNH’s all-time list in goals, third in assists and seventh in points. She garnered NFHCA Northeast Region Second Team and All-Conference Second Team awards in 2010. Hayley is also a letterwinner on the UNH women’s lacrosse team and earned All-Conference First Team recognition as a junior.


Daniel DeCrescenzo, men’s cross country

     Daniel, a senior co-captain from New Milford, Connecticut, opened the 2011 season with an impressive sixth-place finish in a tri-meet that included national-power Providence College and the University of Maine.

     He was the Wildcats’ top finisher by completing the 6-kilometer course at UNH’s College Woods in 19 minutes, 48 seconds and his effort helped lead the ‘Cats to a defeat of interstate rival Maine.

     Daniel is coming off an impressive 2010-11 season on the track, where he finished as runner-up in the 5,000m at the America East Indoor Championships.



Hayley Rausch, field hockey: America East Player of the Week



Thursday, Sept. 1

Men’s soccer: Iona 2, at UNH 1(Bremner Field)

Football: at Toledo 58, UNH 22

Friday, Sept. 2

Field hockey: at UNH 5, Brown 0

Volleyball: at Pitt 3, UNH 1 … Miami 3, UNH 1 (at Pitt)

Women’s soccer: at Oregon 3, UNH 0

Saturday, Sept. 3

Women’s cross country: 2nd place vs. Providence and Maine

Men’s cross country: 2nd place vs. Providence and Maine

Volleyball: Penn State 3, UNH 0 (at Pitt)

Sunday, Sept. 4

Men’s soccer: Michigan State 3, at UNH (Lewis Fields)

Field hockey: UNH 6, at Providence 1

Women’s soccer: Oregon State 4, UNH 0 (at U. of Oregon)



Tuesday, Sept. 6

Volleyball at Northeastern, 7 pm

Friday, Sept. 9

Volleyball: Holly Young Invitational (at UNH)

  Fairfield vs. UConn, 4:30 pm // Indiana St. at UNH, 7 pm

Men’s soccer vs. UMass (at Vermont), 1:30 pm

Women’s soccer at Rhode Island, 7 pm

Saturday, Sept. 10

Volleyball: Holly Young Invitational (at UNH)

   Indiana St. vs UConn, 10 am // Fairfield at UNH, 12:30 pm

   Indiana St. vs. Fairfield, 4:30 pm // UConn at UNH, 7 pm  (Pack the Arena)

Field hockey vs. Rutgers, 1 pm

Football at Lehigh, 12:30 pm

Sunday, Sept. 11

Women’s soccer vs. Northeastern, 1 pm

Men’s soccer vs. Colgate , 11 am (at UVM)

Field hockey at Dartmouth, 3 pm



  • UNH split a tri-meet against Providence College and the University of Maine in the 2011 season opener Sept. 3 at UNH’s College Woods. The 55 points edged Maine (57) and trailed PC (21).
  • Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) was the Wildcats’ top runner with a sixth-place finish. He completed the 6K course in 19 minutes, 48 seconds.
  • Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) also turned in a top-10 effort in ninth place with a time of 20:09.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 24 at Maine.


  • UNH opened the 2011 season Sept. 3 at College Woods with a tri-meet in which the Wildcats, with 41 points, were defeated by Providence (23 points) and beat Maine (65).
  • Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) and Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) were impressive by finishing second and third, respectively. Fitzpatrick crossed the finish line of the 5K race in 17 minutes, 23 seconds and Maguire followed six seconds later.
  • Megan Ross (Franklin, Mass.) and Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) also turned in top-10 efforts. Ross completed the course in 19:16 for ninth place and Pellegrini was two seconds off that time to claim 10th place.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 10 at the Dartmouth Invitational.

FIELD HOCKEY (4-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • UNH entered the national poll at #12 this week to mark the program’s highest national ranking since September 1998.
  • In last week’s action, the Wildcats were 5-0 victors against Brown in their Sept. 2 home opener, then prevailed 6-1 at Providence on Sept. 4.
  • Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) established a personal best of three goals vs. Brown, then matched that and also had an assist for a career-high seven points at PC to earn America East Player of the Week recognition. She is the first ‘Cat to score three goals in consecutive games since 1986. Rausch enters this week’s action at #7 on the program’s all-time scoring list with 91 points.
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) ascended to #5 on UNH’s career points leaderboard with her five-point effort vs. Brown; it marked the second consecutive game she tied her personal bests in both goals (two) and points. Frates now has 94 career points.
  • Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) has stopped 16 of 19 shots on goal for an .842 save percentage, which is best in the America East conference.

FOOTBALL (0-1 overall, 0-0 CAA)

  • The UNH football team, ranked 13th in this week’s national poll, opened the 2011 season with a 58-22 loss at FBS opponent University of Toledo on Sept. 1. 
  • Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) completed 21 of 28 passes for 162 yards, threw for one TD, ran for another TD and ran in a 2-point conversion vs. the Rockets. 
  • Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), in his collegiate debut, raced for an 87-yard TD run, which was the longest by a Wildcats since Oct. 31, 2009 (Chad Kackert, 73 yds).
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) led the defense with 14 tackles, including eight solo efforts, and Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) finished with a career-high 12 tackles.

MEN’S SOCCER (1-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team led for most of the game vs. Iona College, but the Gaels scored two late goals to record a 2-1 victory at Bremner Field. The Wildcats also played host to Michigan State (at Lewis Fields) and were defeated 3-0.
  • David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.), a freshman forward, scored his first collegiate goal to give UNH a 1-0 lead vs. Iona with a goal in the 27th minute.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (0-4-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team traveled to the University of Oregon for last weekend’s Nike Tournament to battle the homestanding Ducks as well as Oregon State. The Wildcats were defeated 3-0 by Oregon and then 4-0 by Oregon State.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the All-Tournament Team.

VOLLEYBALL (0-7 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team dropped all three matches at last weekend’s University of Pittsburgh Invitational. The Wildcats lost 3-1 to both Pitt and Miami (Ohio) as well as 3-0 to second-ranked Penn State.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) was named to the All-Tournament Team. She led the ‘Cats with 10 kills and recorded a .330 hitting percentage vs. Pitt. Keding followed that with a match-high 22 kills and .425 hitting percentage against Miami, and both of those marks are team-highs this season.
  • New Hampshire will host the Holly Young Invitational this weekend with Indiana State, Fairfield and UConn traveling to Durham to battle the Wildcats.
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