Lehman, Mello: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

October 28, 2013
Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) of the field hockey team and Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) 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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Lynne Lehman, field hockey

     Lynne, a sophomore from Landisburg, Pa., recorded seven points last weekend to lead the 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team to a 5-0 victory against UMass Lowell (Oct. 25) and 7-0 win at the University of Vermont (Oct. 27). She recorded a goal and an assist for a career-high three points vs. UML, then bested that with four points on a personal-best two goals at Vermont.

      The forward, who came off the bench in both games, was honored as America East Player of the Week for her efforts that gave UNH at least a share of the conference regular-season title and the league tournament top seed.

     Lynne set up UNH’s first goal against UMass Lowell and scored the next goal 3:31 later to give the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead en route to the five-goal victory. She scored both of her goals at Vermont in the second half to close the game’s scoring.

     Lynne has played in all 17 games – all off the bench – this season with totals of five goals and three assists for 13 points; she is fourth on the team in goals and fifth in points. In four conference games, Lynne ranks fourth in America East in both points (seven) and goals (three).

     Last year as a freshman, Lynne played in all 20 games with eight starts. She tallied eight points on four goals and that included the game-winning goal against Boston University to give UNH at least a share of the America East regular-season title. Lynne was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll and All-Rookie Team.

Justin Mello, football

     Justin, a senior from Dartmouth, Mass., recorded eight catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 20/22 UNH football team to a 31-13 victory at Stony Brook University on Oct. 26.

     Both the receptions and TDs were career highs for the wide receiver, and the yardage total was seven less then his personal best. Justin’s 23-yard touchdown reception (and subsequent PAT) at 2:39 of the first quarter gave the Wildcats a lead of 9-3 they would not relinquish.

     Mello also hauled in a 15-yard TD catch on the last play of the third quarter to extend UNH’s lead to 25-13 and then his 36-yard TD reception closed the scoring at 11:20 of the fourth quarter.

     Justin ranks fifth in the CAA in both receiving yards/game (74.3) and receptions/game (5.14). He leads the ‘Cats in both receptions (36) and receiving yards (520), as well as TD receptions with six. The senior eclipsed the milestone of 1,000 receiving yards during a 73-yards effort Oct. 19 vs. Villanova University and currently has 1,182.

     Justin ranked fourth on the 2012 team with 21 catches for 215 yards and two TDs to average 10.2 yards per catch and 17.9 yards per game; he made at least one catch in 10 of 12 games played.

     As a sophomore in 2011, Justin ranked third in receiving yards (416) and fifth in receptions (23) as well as second in TD receptions (five). He had a career-high two TDs in the NCAA second round game at Montana State, including a 29-yard catch with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift UNH within one point. Justin also made a career-high six receptions in the Sept. 1 season-opener at Toledo.

     After a redshirt season in 2009, Justin played in six games with three catches for 31 yards in ’10.

     Justin’s career accolades include 2012 CAA Academic All-Conference Team and 2012 CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award.



Lynne Lehman, field hockey – America East Player of the Week

Arielle O’Neill, women’s ice hockey – Hockey East co-Player of the Week

Carlie Tarbell, field hockey –America East Defensive Player of the Week

Cassandra Vilgrain, women’s ice hockey – Hockey East Rookie of the Week


Thursday, October 24

Women’s soccer: at Stony Brook 3, UNH 1

Friday, October 25

Field hockey: at No. 20 UNH 5, UMass Lowell 0

Men’s cross country: 6th place (15 teams) at Central Connecticut State mini meet

Women’s cross country: 4th place (15 teams) at Central Connecticut State mini meet

Saturday, October 26

Football: No. 20/22 UNH 31, at Stony Brook 13

Men’s ice hockey: at No. 12 Rensselaer 4, No. 13UNH 2

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 8, at Penn State 5

Men’s soccer: at Albany 2, UNH 1 [OT]

Women’s swim/dive: at UNH 167, Northeastern, 128

Volleyball: at UNH 3, UMass Lowell 0

Sunday, October 27

Field hockey: No. 20 UNH 7, at Vermont 0

Women’s soccer: at UMBC 2, UNH 1

Women’s ice hockey: UNH 3, at Penn State 1



Monday, October 28

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

     featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell

Tuesday, October 29

Men’s soccer at Dartmouth, 6 pm

Friday, November 1

Field hockey vs. Fairfield, 4 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston U., 7pm

Volleyball at Hartford, 7 pm

Men’s ice hockey at UMass Lowell, 7:15 pm

Saturday, November 2

Men’s soccer vs. Binghamton, 1 pm

Men’s hockey vs UMass Lowell, 7 pm (TV: WBIN and Fox College Sports)

Men’s cross country at America East Championships, 10 am (at Binghamton)

Women’s cross country at America East Championships, 10 am (at Binghamton)

Football at William & Mary, 1:30 pm

Women’s swim/dive at Central Conn. State w/Bryant, 2 pm

Volleyball at Providence, 2 pm

Sunday, November 3

Field hockey at Dartmouth, 2 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 2 pm



  • Field hockey: UNH has clinched at least a share of the America East regular-season title and the conference tournament top seed. The Wildcats will host the America East Championship on Nov. 7 & 9 at Memorial Field. This is the fourth consecutive year UNH is the top seed.
  • Men’s soccer: With two conference games left in the regular season, UNH is second in the America East standings with nine points. UMBC is first (11 points), while there is a three-way tie for third place between Albany, Hartford and Vermont at seven points.
  • Volleyball: The second half of the America East conference schedule has just begun and UNH is tied atop the standings with Stony Brook University with a 6-2 record. Both UMBC and Albany are at 5-3. The top four teams advance to the America East tourney.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team place fourth (of 15 teams) at the Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet on Friday, Oct. 25. The Wildcats compiled 129 points to place behind Providence College and UMass (78 points apiece) as well as Bryant (117).
  • Freshman Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry N.H.) was the Wildcats’ top finisher in sixth place overall in the field of 137 runners. She completed the 3K course at Stanley Quarter Park in 10 minutes, 18 seconds.
  • Classmate Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) crossed the finish line five seconds later to take 12th place.
  • Junior Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.) was clocked in 10:38 for 29th place and was followed by senior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) in 37th place at 10:43 and sophomore Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) in 45th at 10:50.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Nov. 2 at the America East Championships, which are at Binghamton University.


  • The UNH men’s cross country team raced to sixth place (of 15 teams) at the Central Connecticut State Mini Meet that was held Friday, Oct. 25 at Stanly Quarter Park. The Wildcats compiled a total of 145 points.
  •  Senior tri-captain Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) finished sixth overall in the field of 119 runners with a time of 15 minutes, 14 seconds on the 5K course.
  • Classmate Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine) completed the course in 15:34 to finish in 22nd place.
  • Fellow senior Louis Saviano (Sandown, N.H.) was the 37th runner across the finish line with his time of 15:51 and junior Aidan Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) finished two seconds later for 39th place.
  • Another senior, John Corona (Middletown, Conn.) completed the team scoring in 41st place in a clocking of 15:54.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Nov. 2 at the America East Championships, which are at Binghamton University.

FIELD HOCKEY (11-6 overall, 4-0 America East)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team clinched at least a share of the America East regular-season title and the conference tournament top seed – both for the fourth consecutive year – following last weekend’s 5-0 win vs. UMass Lowell (Oct. 25) and 7-0 road win against Vermont (Oct. 27).
  • The Wildcats have won four consecutive games, all by shutout and an aggregate score of 18-0. Prior to this streak, the last time UNH shut out four consecutive opponents was September 1990.
  • During the four-year reign as America East regular-season titlist (2010-11-12-13), the Wildcats have an 18-1 conference record.
  • Sophomore forward Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) recorded seven points last weekend as she tallied three points (1g, 1a) vs. UMass Lowell and then established career highs in both goals (two) and points (four) at UVM. She was named America East Player of the Week on Monday.
  • Junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) extended her shutout streak to four games and a total of 284 minutes, 54 seconds with last week’s pair of shutouts. She recorded four saves vs. UML and one against Vermont.
  • For the season, Tarbell leads the America East with a .742 save percentage and she ranks second in GAA at 1.86. In conference only games, she is tops in both GAA (0.48) and save percentage (.882).
  • Senior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) equaled her personal best of two goals against Vermont.
  • Junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) matched her career high of two assists at UVM.
  • Sophomore back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) scored her first collegiate goal at Vermont.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 1 at home for its Senior Day game against Fairfield University. The Wildcats conclude the regular season Sunday, Nov. 3 at Dartmouth College.

FOOTBALL (4-3 overall, 3-1 CAA)

  • The No. 20/22 UNH football team extended its winning streak to three games with a 31-13 victory against Stony Brook University at LaValle Stadium on Oct. 26.
  • Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) recorded eight catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Both the receptions and TDs were career highs, and the yardage total was seven less then his personal best. Mello ranks fifth in the CAA in both receiving yards/game (74.3) and receptions/game (5.14).
  • Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) completed 15 of 29 passes for 186 yards and ran 15 times for 36 yards. He leads the CAA in pass efficiency (157.5).
  • Junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) was the Wildcats’ top rusher with 19 carries for 69 yards. He ranks fifth in the CAA in rushing yards (83.9 yards/game).
  • The defense limited SBU to 286 yards, forced three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) and recorded three sacks.
  • Lamar Edmonds (Worcester, Mass.) and Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.) tied for the team lead with eight tackles apiece. Edmonds also recorded his first career interception and McNeely recovered a fumble. DeVaughn Chollette (Scranton, Pa.) tallied a career-high seven tackles.
  • UNH has the second-highest scoring offense in the CAA (35.4 ppg) and the Wildcats rank third in total offense (460.0 yards/game).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Nov. 2 (1:30 p.m.) at William & Mary. The Wildcats’ next home game is Nov. 9 (12:30 p.m.) vs. James Madison University.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team extended its winning streak to three games and unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1) with a two-game sweep at Penn State University. The Wildcats won the Oct. 26 opener, 8-5, and followed that with a 3-1 win Oct. 27.
  • Head coach Brian McCloskey recorded career victory No. 250 with Saturday’s win. He has a 12-year mark of 251-106-39.
  • Senior Arielle O’Neill (St Catharines, Ontario), forced to skate as a defenseman for the first time in her collegiate career, scored three goals in the series. She matched her personal best of two goals by scoring twice – both on the power play – in the third period of the 8-5 win. O’Neill was honored as Hockey East co-Player of the Week on Oct. 28.
  • Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) extended her goal-scoring streak to three games with a tally in Saturday’s game and then pushed her point streak to four with an assist Sunday. She was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Monday.
  • In her first career appearance and start, freshman goaltender Ashley Wilkes (North Pole, Alaska) made 17 saves to earn the 3-1 win. She shut out Penn State in both the first and third periods with five and 10 saves, respectively.
  • Junior defenseman Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.) scored her first career goal and finished that Oct. 27 game with two power-play goals to also establish a personal best of two points.
  • The eight goals marked the highest total by the Wildcats since Jan. 16, 2009 (8-3 win vs. Dartmouth College). Ten skaters, including eight of nine forwards, recorded at least one point and seven tallied multiple points in the 8-5 win at PSU.
  • Junior forward Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) matched her career highs in both goals (two) and points (three) Oct. 26. She also scored the game-winning goal.
  • Junior forward Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) tallied a career-high three points (1g, 2a) in Saturday’s game, and the two assists tied a personal best.
  • Junior defenseman Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) had a career-high two points (1g, 1a) on Oct. 26.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) at home against Boston University and the Wildcats travel to play Northeastern University on Nov. 3 (2 p.m.)

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (1-3-1 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

  • The 13th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team was defeated by 12th-ranked Rensselaer, 4-2, at the Houston Field House on Saturday, Oct. 26.
  • The Wildcats’ three losses have been to teams that have a combined 12-2-2 record – No. 1 Minnesota, No. 3 Michigan and No. 12 Rensselaer.
  • Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped all nine shots he faced in 34:34 of relief action at Rensselaer.
  • Senior forward Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) and junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) scored second-period goals in a span of 1:41 to pull the Wildcats within 4-2.
  • Silengo recorded his first point of the season with that tally and Willows netted his second goal of the season.
  • Senior goalie Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) was charged with his first loss of the season. He exited the Rensselaer game at 3:44 of the second period with UNH trailing 4-0 and 14 saves to his credit.
  • New Hampshire plays a home-and-home series this weekend against UMass Lowell with a Friday, Nov. 1 (7:15 p.m.) road game and Saturday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.) home game.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team saw its 2013 season come to an end with Sunday’s 2-1 loss at UMBC; the Retrievers scored goals in the 83rd and 84th minute for a late rally past the Wildcats. Earlier in the week (Thursday, Oct. 24), the Wildcats were defeated 3-1 at Stony Brook University.
  • Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) scored the game’s first goal against both UMBC and Stony Brook. She finished as the team leader in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14). She also recorded a team-high 48 shots.
  • Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
  • In the America East rankings, O’Neil ranks seventh in points per game and 10th in goals per game while Borkan leads the conference in save percentage and is third in GAA.
  • In conference-only games, O’Neil is fourth in both goals/game and points/game, whereas Borkan is second in both GAA (0.90) and save percentage (.818).

MEN’S SOCCER (9-5-0 overall, 3-2-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team was defeated 2-1 in double overtime at the University at Albany on Oct. 26 despite recording a 24-6 shot advantage and 9-1 edge in corner kicks.
  • Senior midfielder Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) scored his first goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 16:33, but UA tied the score at 65:30 to force overtime.
  • Freshman midfielder Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) tallied an assist – his third of the season – on the goal.
  • Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) has a 7-3-0 record with a 0.57 GAA, .880 save percentage and five shutouts; he leads America East in GAA and save percentage. In five conference games, he is 3-2-0 with a 0.78 GAA and .846 save percentage.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 26 (7 p.m.) at Albany. The Wildcats’ next home game is Saturday, Nov. 2 (Senior Day, 1 p.m.) vs. Binghamton University.

SWIMMING & DIVING (3-0 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team remained unbeaten with a 167-128 victory against Northeastern University at Swasey Pool on Nov. 26. Three Wildcats set pool records as UNH took first place in every swim event.
  • Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) led the ‘Cats with three first-place finishes that included a pool record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 4.53 seconds; the previous record had stood for 17 years. She also took the top spot in the 100 backstroke (56.61 seconds), 100 butterfly (56.06) and 200 individual medley (2:04.53). Roberts closed the meet by swimming the anchor leg of the fastest 400 free relay quartet.
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) broke her own record that she established one week earlier in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.92. McCandless also topped the field in the 1,000 freestyle (10:20.52) and 500 free (5:03.75).
  • Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) also bested her own record in the 200 breaststroke when she touched the wall in 2:18.10. She also was the fastest swimmer in the 100 breaststroke  at 1:05.83.
  • Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) recorded a first-place finish in both the 200 freestyle (1:52.18) and 200 backstroke (2:04.05).
  • Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) also won two events as she prevailed in the 50 free (24.41 seconds) and 100 free (53.25).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Nov. 2 (2 p.m.) at Central Connecticut State University. Bryant will also be competing.

VOLLEYBALL (12-12 overall, 6-2 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team remained in a tie atop the America East standings with a straight set victory (25-16, 25-6, 25-13) against UMass Lowell at Lundholm Gym on Oct. 26.
  • The Wildcats are 6-1 at home this season and close the regular season with four consecutive home matches; the ‘Cats are at Hartford (Nov. 1, 7 p.m.) and Providence (Nov. 2, 2 p.m.) this weekend.
  • Senior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led the offense with 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Thatcher ranks second in America East in kills at 2.88 per set.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) recorded a team-high 12 kills. She is No. 4 in the conference in kills at 2.79 per set.
  • Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) directed the attack to a .444 hitting percentage with 31 assists. In America East, she ranks fourth in assists at 9.25 per set and is sixth in service aces (0.31/set).
  • Senior right side hitter Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) continues to lead America East in blocks (1.02/set) and is ninth in hitting percentage (.231).
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