November 18, 2013

Lightfoot, Crossan: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE

November 18, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) of the volleyball team and Dalton Crossan (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) 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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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Madison Lightfoot, volleyball

     Madison, a sophomore from Clarkston, Mich., recorded a school-record 39 digs Nov. 17 against Binghamton University to help the UNH volleyball team defeat the Bearcats, 3-2, at Lundholm Gym and extend the Wildcats’ win streak to seven matches.

     The defensive specialist helped stymie the visitor’s attack to a .068 hitting percentage in the fourth set and a .000 hitting clip in the decisive fifth set, which UNH won 15-7. Madison broke the former record of 38 shared by Jessie Schnepp (2012) and Sarah Heldman (2009). Madison tallied double digits in digs in both the third (11) and fourth (10) sets and became the UNH record holder in Set 5, when her 39th dig of the match set up a Tori Forrest kill that gave the ‘Cats a 13-6 lead.

     Madison recorded 20 digs in UNH’s 3-2 win against University at Albany on Nov. 15 and that victory secured the No. 1 seed for the Wildcats.

     She enters the 2013 America East Championship tournament with 499 digs this year and that total ranks No. 4 on New Hampshire’s list of single-season superlatives. Ahead of her on the list are Sasha Scott (504), Alyse Lahti (540) and Schnepp (560). Madison is currently ranked third in the conference in digs at 4.54 per set.

     Madison played in 26 matches (94 sets) last year as a freshman and tallied 140 digs.

 

Dalton Crossan, football

     Dalton, a redshirt freshman from Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., made the most of his three touches by scoring two touchdowns and compiling 185 all-purpose yards (51 rushing, 134 kickoff returns) in the UNH football team’s 37-20 victory at the University at Albany on Nov. 16. He was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week for that performance; he also received that distinction Oct. 21.

      On his only carry of the game, Dalton ran a counter to the right, cut back sharply to the left and fended off a number of would-be tacklers for a 51-yard touchdown that extended UNH’s lead to 17-0 at 13:10 of the second quarter.

     Albany closed within 27-20 at 8:17 of the third quarter, but the running back quickly pushed the margin back to double digits with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The team’s previous kickoff return for a TD was Sept. 4, 2010.

     In the Oct. 19 win vs. nationally-ranked Villanova University, Dalton rushed five times for 41 yards and scored UNH's first touchdown on a 17-yard carry. He added a 16-yard reception and returned two kickoffs for 46 yards. His 35-yard kick return, coupled with a VU personal-foul penalty, allowed New Hampshire to begin its game-winning drive at the 50 with 1:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.

     Dalton has compiled 683 all-purpose yards in nine games this season. He has 19 carries for 269 yards (14.2 yards/carry) and eight receptions for 82 yards. Dalton is also averaging 25.5 yards per kickoff return with 13 for 332 yards.

WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Dalton Crossan, football –CAA Rookie of the Week; CFPA Kickoff Returner of the Week

Casey DeSmith, men’s hockey Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

Mike MacArthur, football – CFPA Honorable Mention Placekicker of the Week

Chris Pelcher, men’s basketball – America East co-Player of the Week

Ashley Wilkes, women’s ice hockey – Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

RECENT RESULTS

Tuesday, November 12

Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, Brown 2

Wednesday, November 13

Men’s soccer: at UNH 1, Hartford 1 (Harford wins PKs, 4-3) [America East semifinal]

Women’s basketball: UNH 53, at NJIT 40

Men’s basketball: UNH 84, at Duquesne 81

Friday, November 15

Volleyball: at UNH 3, Albany 2

Women’s cross country 9th place (37 teams) at NCAA Regional [at Van Cortlandt Park]

Men’s cross country 12th place (37 teams) at NCAA Regional [at Van Cortlandt Park]

Women’s ice hockey: at Princeton 3, UNH 1

Men’s ice hockey: UNH 3, at No. 18 Northeastern 0

Saturday, November 16

Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, No. 18 Northeastern 1

Women’s basketball: Northeastern 70, at UNH 50

Field hockey: at No. 5 Duke 6, No. 16, UNH 1 [NCAA Championship first round game]

Women’s ice hockey at No. 7 Quinnipiac 2, UNH 1

Football: No. 23 UNH 37, at Albany 20

Sunday, November 17

Volleyball: at UNH 3, Binghamton 2

Men’s basketball: NJIT 71, at UNH 63

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, November 11

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

     featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell

Wednesday, November 20

Women’s basketball at Central Connecticut State, 7 pm

Thursday, November 21

Men’s basketball at Marquette, 8 pm (TV: CBS Sports Network)

Friday, November 22

America East Volleyball Championship (at UNH)

    No. 2 UMBC vs. No. 3 Albany, 4 pm // No. 4 Stony Brook at No. 1 UNH, 7 pm

Men’s hockey at Providence, 7 pm

Swim & dive at Terrier Invitational (at Boston U.) [Day 1 of 3]

Saturday, November 23

America East Volleyball Championship (at UNH)

    Semifinal winners, 4 pm

Football vs. Maine, 12 pm (TV: Comcast SportsNet New England)

Men’s hockey at Providence, 7 pm

Swim & dive at Terrier Invitational (at Boston U.) [Day 1 of 3]

Sunday, November 24

Men’s basketball vs. Bryant, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston U., 2 pm

Swim & dive at Terrier Invitational (at Boston U.) [Day 1 of 3]

 
 

PLAYOFF PICTURE

  • Volleyball: UNH secured the top seed of the America East Championship with last Friday’s 3-2 victory vs. Albany at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats will now host the tournament Nov. 22-23. Semifinal game times are 4 and 7 p.m. – UNH plays in the latter semi – and the winners advance to Saturday’s 4 p.m. title game; all three matches are at Lundholm Gym.
 
 

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

  • The UNH women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 53-40 win at NJIT, then was defeated at home by Northeastern. The Wildcats made 21 of 23 free throws at NJIT.
  • Junior forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) recorded 16 points (6-15 FGs, 4-5 FTs) and six rebounds at NJIT.
  • Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and career-high 13 rebounds at NJIT.
  • Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) tallied 11 points and eight rebounds at NJIT. She followed that with seven points and 10 rebounds against Northeastern.
  • Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes off the bench against NU.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) at Central Connecticut State. The Wildcats’ next home game is Monday, Nov. 25 (7 p.m.) vs. Colgate.
 

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

  • The UNH men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with an 84-81 win at Duquesne University (Nov. 13), then lost 71-63 to NJIT at home (Nov. 17).
  • Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded his second and third double-doubles of the season with 14 points, 16 rebounds at Duquesne followed by 20 points, 15 rebounds vs. NJIT. He also swatted seven shots last week, including four at Duquesne, and shot 15-for-25 (.600) from the floor. Through three games, Pelcher is averaging 19.7 ppg and 16.0 rpg with a .649 field goal percentage.
  • Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 16 points in both games last week and he averaged 6.5 rebounds per game with six at Duquesne and seven vs. NJIT.
  • Senior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) scored a career-high 17 points at Duquesne. He made 5 of 8 3-pointers and made two free throws with five seconds remaining in the game to give UNH its 84-81 margin of victory.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Thursday, Nov. 21 (8 p.m.) at Marquette University; the game is televised on CBS Sports Network. The Wildcats’ next home game is Sunday, Nov. 24 (1 p.m.) vs. Bryant University.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team concluded its highly successful 2013 season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). Thirty-seven teams competed at the event.
  • Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in 37th place in the field of 254 runners. She completed the 6K course in 21 minutes, 12.5 seconds.
  • Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.), junior Chelsea Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) and senior co-captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were not far behind that pace.
  • Purrier finished in 40th place (21:16.3), followed by Serrano in 47th (21:23.7) and Beattie in 49th (21:28.9).
  • Senior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) completed the team scoring in 77th place with a time of 21:59.8.
  • Sophomore Samantha Blais (Lyndeborough, N.H.) and freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) also competed. Blaise crossed the finish line in 22:10.2 for 89th place and Keiran was timed in 22:24.3 for 104th place.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country finished the season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). A total of 37 teams competed.
  • Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) led the Wildcats by placing 49th of 255 runners. He completed the 10K course in 31 minutes, 34.5 seconds.
  • Junior tri-captain John Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) was the next ‘Cat across the finish line with a tie of 31:49.1 for 68th place. Classmate Zachary Chabot (Manchester, N.H.) placed 86th at 32:07.3.
  • Junior Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) was timed in 32:13.1 for 93rd place and sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass) completed the team scoring in 100th place at 32:18.7.
  • Senior tri-captain Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) and junior Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) rounded out the UNH runners in 168th and 171st place, respectively.
 

FIELD HOCKEY (15-7 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • The 16th-ranked UNH field hockey team, which advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament as the America East automatic qualifier by winning the conference tourney, was defeated by fifth-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke University, 6-1, in a Nov. 16 first round game at Jack Katz Stadium.
  • After the Wildcats fell behind 2-0, senior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) finished a feed from sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) to trim the deficit to 2-1. The assist extended Flatley’s point-scoring streak to six games (5g, 3a).
  • Duke pulled away in the second half with goals in the 47th, 57th, 62nd and 66th minutes.
  • Junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded 10 saves, including six in the second half.
  • Flatley finished the 2013 season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. On UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, that is tied for No. 9 in points and tied for 11th in goals.
  • UNH won three of the six major America East awards with senior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) feted as Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Tarbell as Goalkeeper of the Year and, for the fourth time in as many years, the Coaching Staff of the Year.
  • Bozek and Tarbell were joined on the All-Conference First Team by Flatley and senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.), who was also voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Richard and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were all Second Team selections.
  • Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

FOOTBALL (6-4 overall, 5-2 CAA)

  • The No. 23 UNH football team outscored the hosts 17-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 37-20 road victory against the University at Albany at Bob Ford Field.
  • Freshman running back Dalton Crossan (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was named CAA Rookie of the Week. He recorded a 51-yard touchdown on his only run and also had a 93-yard TD kickoff return. He finished with a career-high 185 all-purpose yards.
  • Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) recorded two TD receptions as part of his six catches for 71 yards. Junior wideout R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) finished with a team-high 85 receiving yards on four catches.
  • Senior running back Chris Setian (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the ground game with 10 carries for 69 yards.
  • Junior linebacker Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.) and sophomore Akil Anderson (Morristown, N.J.) tied for the team lead in tackles with 12. McNeely also had an interception at the UNH 2 to end Albany’s last drive of the game. Senior captain Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) tallied 11 tackles.
  • Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) was perfect against the Great Danes by making all three field goal attempts and going 4-for-4 on PATs. He opened the game scoring with a 31-yard field goal and gave the ‘Cats a 20-6 lead late in the half on a 33-yard FG; he closed the scoring with a 34-yarder at 2:55 of the fourth quarter. MacArthur ascended to No. 7 on the CAA all-time leaderboard by increasing his total to 47 FGs made.
  • New Hampshire concludes the 2013 regular season at home Nov. 23 against the University of Maine. Kick off for the Brice-Cowell Musket game is 12 p.m.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-6-2 overall, 2-2-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team was defeated on the road by a pair of ECAC opponents last week; Princeton University prevailed 3-1 on Nov. 15 and seventh-ranked Quinnipiac University recorded a 2-1 victory Nov. 16.
  • Freshman goaltender Ashley Wilkes (North Pole, Alaska) was honored as the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. She made a career-high 27 saves for  .931 save percentage and 2.05 GAA against the nationally-ranked Bobcats. She shut out QU in the first period with six saves and followed that with 10 in the second and 11 in the third.
  • In two career games (both starts), Wilkes has a 1-1-0 record with a 1.52 GAA and .936 save percentage.
  • Senior forward Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) moved into a tie for the team lead in assists (six) with a helper at Princeton.
  • Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) recorded an assist at Quinnipiac. She ranks second on the team in points (nine), third in goals (four) and tied for third in assists (five).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Nov. 24 (2 p.m.) for “Blue Out the Whitt” against Boston University.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-5-1 overall, 4-2-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team extended its win streak to five games last week by defeating Brown University (4-2) in an early-week matchup and sweeping a home-and-home series against 18th-ranked Northeastern University. The Wildcats were 3-0 road victors and ended the week with a 4-1 win at home.
  • Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) went 2-0-0 last week by backboning UNH to the sweep of Northeastern. He recorded a 22-save shutout on Nov. 15 and then made 31 saves the next night for an aggregate save percentage of .981. DeSmith was honored as Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Junior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) recorded four points in three games last week. He recorded a goal and an assist in the 4-2 win vs. Brown, then scored a goal in both games vs. the Huskies, and that included the game-winning tally in Friday’s 3-0 win. Sorkin has tallied a point each of the last four games.
  • Junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) has a five-game point-scoring streak during which he has compiled seven points (2g, 5a).
  • Junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) and senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) both have four-game point-scoring streaks. Willows has four points (1g, 3a) while Goumas has seven (2g, 5a).
  • Senior goalie Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) made 24 saves in the win vs. Brown.
  • UNH has outscored the opposition 24-4 during the five-game win streak. Prior to the current streak, the last time the ‘Cats won five straight was in the 2008-09 season.
  • New Hampshire returns to action with a two-game road series against Providence College on Nov. 22-23. Both games are at 7 p.m. The Wildcats’ next home game is Tuesday, Nov. 26 (7 p.m.) vs. Harvard University.
 

MEN’S SOCCER (12-5-1 overall, 5-2-0 America East)

  • The second-seeded UNH men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in the America East semifinal against third-seeded University of Hartford at Bremner Field on Nov. 13. The Hawks then advanced to the title game by virtue of a 4-3 decision in PKs.
  • UNH entered the game with a conference-record six consecutive tournament shutouts that spanned the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
  • Redshirt senior Byron Greenwood (Greenland, N.H.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a goal – his first of the season – at 14:08. The Hawks responded with the game-tying goal 51 seconds later, and neither team scored again the remaining 75:01 of regulation or 20 minutes of overtime.
  • Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was credited with five saves as UNH was outshot 20-11 (6-3 on goal).
  • Prior to the start of the conference tourney, junior Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. He was joined on the All-Conference First Team by seniors Uguchukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) as well as sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany).
  • The Second Team included sophomores A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) while Jesus Tedula (Zaragoza, Spain) and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned All-Rookie Team honors.
  • Senior co-captains David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
 

SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team did not compete in a meet last week.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 22 when they begin competition at the three-day Terrier Invitational at Boston University.
 

VOLLEYBALL (18-12 overall, 12-2 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team extended its win streak to seven matches by ending the regular season with 3-2 wins at home against both University at Albany (Nov. 15) and Binghamton University (Nov. 17).
  • UNH is the top seed and host of the 2013 America East Volleyball Championship, which will be played Nov. 22-23 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats play fourth-seeded Stony Brook University in a Nov. 22 (7 p.m.) semifinal. The winner advances to the next day’s title game at 4 p.m.
  • New Hampshire went 10-1 at home, including 7-0 in America East, this year. Of the 10 wins, seven were in straight sets – the other three were in five sets.
  • Sophomore defensive specialist Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) broke the program record with 39 digs in the victory vs. Binghamton; the previous benchmark of 38 was shared by Jessie Schnepp (2012) and Sarah Heldman (2009). Lightfoot tallied 20 digs in the win against Albany and her season total of 499 digs ranks No. 4 on the program’s leaderboard.
  • Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) tallied 30 kills last week on the strength of a .293 hitting percentage. She also contributed four blocks.
  • Senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) tallied 19 kills and 10 blocks while hitting at a .259 clip. She has 111 blocks this season, which ranks tied for sixth (with Natasha Otte) on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives.
  • Sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) recorded a team-high 31 kills as well as 29 digs and three service aces.
  • Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) tallied a total of 102 assists to lead the ‘Cats to a .209 hitting percentage. Dunklau’s 1,067 assists this year is No. 7 on the Wildcats’ single-season leaderboard.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) contributed 26 kills with a .208 hitting percentage.
  • UNH leads the America East conference in hitting percentage (.204). Tolliver is atop the leaderboard in blocks (1.03/set) and is fifth in hitting percentage (.259). Thatcher ranks in the top 10 in both kills (No. 2, 3.06 per set) and hitting percentage (No. 9, .236), and is 11th in blocks (0.73/set). A pair of ‘Cats are ranked No. 3 – Dunklau in assists (9.70/set) and Lightfoot in digs (4.54/set). Forrest is fourth in kills/set (2.97).
 

COMPLETED SEASONS

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

  • The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
  • Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
  • Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan 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.
  • Borkan leads America East in save percentage and is second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she is No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
  • Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
  • O’Neil ranks eighth in America East in points/game, ninth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she is No. 4 in goals/game (0.50),  points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75)

 

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