Borkan, Steriti: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

September 16, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) of the women’s soccer team and Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) of the football 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.

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Mimi Borkan, women’s soccer

     Mimi, a freshman from Medfield, Mass., backboned the UNH women’s soccer team to a 2-1 road victory against Harvard University on Sept. 11 with a career-high 11 saves. She was honored as America East Rookie of the Week for her performance.

     Mimi shut out the Crimson in the first half with five saves and then tallied six second-half saves to preserve the lead and earn her first career victory.

     In four games this season (two starts), Mimi has a 1-1-0 record with a 1.11 goals-against-average and .857 save percentage. She made her collegiate debut with an 18-minute relief appearance vs. Providence College (Aug. 30); she stopped the only shot she faced that game. In the next game at Rhode Island (Sept. 1), Mimi made her first career start and stopped four of seven shots on goal in a 2-0 loss.

     Before UNH, Mimi was a four-year starter at Medfield High School, where she had a 67-6-16 career record, was a two-time Tri-Valley League MVP, two-time state champion and two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection.


Nico Steriti, football

     Nico, a junior from Toms River, N.J., rushed for a team-high 88 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries to help lead the No. 12/9 UNH football team to a 53-23 victory against Colgate University in the Sept. 14 home opener at Cowell Stadium.

     The running back opened the second-quarter scoring with a five-yard run to give the Wildcats a 33-6 lead and then scored on a 56-yard run later that quarter to extend the advantage to 40-6.

     In the season opener at Central Michigan University, Nico had 16 rushes for 56 yards, including a two-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that gave the ‘Cats a 14-point lead.

     Nico was selected to the All-CAA Second Team and College Sports Madness All-CAA Second Team last year as a sophomore, when he led UNH in both rushing yards (963) and rushing TDs (nine) and ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards per game (76.8). He also ranked 10th in the league in both all-purpose yards/game (101.5) and scoring/game among non-kickers (5.0).

     Nico’s other 2012 accolades included New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award, CAA Offensive Player of the Week, College Sports Madness CAA Offensive Player of the Week (twice).

     Following a redshirt year in 2010, he played in all 12 games and carried the ball 65 times for 370 yards with a team-leading 5.7 yards per carry.

     His career highlights include a 21-rush, 201-yard performance at Old Dominion University (Sept. 22, 2012) in which he scored two touchdowns. As a receiver out of the backfield, Nico hauled in eight passes for 90 yards at Towson University in 2011.



Mimi Borkan, women’s soccer – America East Rookie of the Week

Hannah Richard, field hockey – America East Player of the Week

Harold Spears, football – CFPA National Tight End Performer of the Week



Tuesday, September 10 

Volleyball: at UNH 3, Bryant 0

Wednesday, September 11

Women’s soccer: UNH 2, at Harvard 1

Friday, September 13

Field hockey: Providence 2, at UNH 1

Volleyball: at Maryland 3, UNH 0

Saturday, September 14

Football: No. 12/9 UNH 53, Colgate 23

Volleyball: Villanova 3, UNH 0 (at Maryland)

Volleyball: George Mason 3, UNH 1 (at Maryland)

Men’s soccer: at Marist 2, UNH 0

Sunday, September 15

Field hockey: at UNH 3, Northeastern 1



Monday, September 16

UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (Fox Run Mall; Newington, N.H.)

     featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell

Wednesday, September 18

Men’s soccer vs. Rhode Island, 4 pm (home opener)

Friday, September 20

Women’s cross country at Maine, 3 pm

Men’s cross country at Maine, 3:30 pm

Volleyball vs. UConn, 12:30 pm  & vs. Minnesota, 5:30 pm (at Dartmouth)

Women’s soccer at Bryant, 3 pm

Saturday, September 21

Men’s soccer vs. Grand Canyon, 7 pm (Bremner Field) [Alumni game, 4 pm]

Volleyball vs. Rhode Island, 9:30 am (at Dartmouth) & at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm

Field hockey vs. Central Michigan (at Maine), 12 pm



  • The UNH women’s cross country team did not compete in a race last week.
  • In the Aug. 31 season opener (and only race of the 2013 season), UNH lost to the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Providence College, by just five points (29-34). Freshman Elle Purrier (Richford, Vt.) topped six Wildcats in the top 10 with a fourth-place finish.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 20 (3 p.m.) for a dual meet at the University of Maine.


  • The UNH men’s cross country team did not compete in a race last week.
  • UNH went 1-1 in the season-opening dual meet against Providence College (17-43 loss) and College of the Holy Cross (43-85 win) on Aug. 31. Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) was the first of four Wildcats in the top 10 with a fourth-place finish.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m.) for a dual meet at the University of Maine.

FIELD HOCKEY (2-4 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The University of New Hampshire field hockey team went 1-1 last week with a 2-1 loss to Providence College in the home opener followed by a 3-1 victory at home vs. Northeastern.
  • Senior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) matched her career high of two goals vs. Northeastern. She broke a 1-1 tie in the 28th minute and extended the advantage to two goals in the 32nd minute. She was voted America East Player of the Week for that performance.
  • Richard is now tied for the team lead in goals (four) with Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.). Flatley has a team-high 10 points.
  • Senior midfielder Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.), who redshirted the 2012 season, equaled her personal best of three points with a goal and assist vs. NU.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 21 (12 p.m.) for a neutral-site game vs. Central Michigan at the University of Maine.
  • The Wildcats’ next home game is Sept. 29 (2 p.m.) against Harvard University.

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

  • The No. 12/9 UNH football team scored 40 first-half points en route to a 53-23 victory in the Sept. 14 home opener against Colgate University at Cowell Stadium.
  • UNH’s dominant first half included 336 yards of offensive, 14 first downs and five scoring drives. Overall, the Wildcats finished with 551 yards (288 passing, 263 rushing).
  • Junior tailback Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) rushed for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries.
  • Redshirt freshman Dalton Crossan (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) had seven carries for 81 yards.
  • Junior quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) was 19 of 31 for 208 yards and two TDs.
  • Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) went 5-for-6 for 80 yards and one TD.
  • Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) recorded his second consecutive 100-yard game with five catches for 101 yards.
  • Junior tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) had five catches for 38 yards and two TDs. He was named College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Tight Eng Performer of the Week.
  • Junior linebacker Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.) recorded a team-high eight tackles (four solo, four assisted), including 1.5 for a loss of five yards. McNeely also had an interception with a return of 31 yards to set up UNH’s second TD.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 28 at Lehigh (Bethlehem, Pa.). Game time at Goodman Stadium is 12:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (2-4-1 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team was victorious in its only game of the week with a 2-1 win at Harvard University on Sept. 11.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) recorded a career-high 11 saves, including six in the second half, to record her first career victory. She was honored as the America East Rookie of the Week for that effort.
  • In four games (two starts) this season, Borkan is 1-1-0 with a 1.11 GAA and .857 save percentage.
  • Junior Jordan Logue (Walpole, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season when she deposited the 30-yard service into the box by sophomore Kennedy Nickerson (Niantic, Conn.) into the net to give UNH a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 20 (3 p.m.) at Bryant. The Wildcats’ next home game is Sept. 29 (1 p.m.) against Binghamton University.

MEN’S SOCCER (3-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team recorded a 15-6 shot advantage and 5-3 edge in corner kicks, but was defeated 2-0 at Marist College on Sept. 14.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Giovani Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was credited with one save vs. the Red Foxes.
  • New Hampshire returns to action for its home opener Sept. 18 (4 p.m.) against University of Rhode Island. UNH also plays host to Grand Canyon on Sept. 21 (7 p.m.) with an alumni game beforehand (4 p.m.).

VOLLEYBALL (5-6 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team went 1-3 last week with a straight-set home win against Bryant and losses to Maryland, Villanova and George Mason at the Maryland Tournament.
  • Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led the Wildcats in both kills (31) and blocks (11) last week, including 28 in the three tournament matches en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team. She also totaled 20 digs and 11 blocks that included nine digs vs. Maryland. Thatcher totaled 13 kills, eight digs and six blocks against George Mason.
  • Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) compiled 117 assists to average 9.00 per set. She also tallied 24 digs, which ranked second on the team last week.
  • Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) recorded a team-best 60 digs last week – with a high of 17 vs. George Mason – for an average of 4.62 per set.
  • Demi Muses (Orangevale, Calif.) had a breakout match vs. George Mason with 14 kills, .423 hitting percentage and four blocks. She had a .324 hitting percentage in four matches last week.
  • New Hampshire returns to action with four matches at the Dartmouth Duel (Sept. 20-21). The Wildcats play UConn (12:30 p.m.) and Minnesota (5:30 p.m.) on Friday, followed by Rhode Island (9:30 a.m.) and Dartmouth (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday.
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