September 13, 2010

DURHAM, N.H.Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) of the women’s cross country team and Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) of the men’s soccer team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.



Erica Jesseman, women’s cross country

     Erica led the UNH women’s cross country team to second place at the 10-team Boston College Invitational that was held Sept. 11 at Franklin Park (Boston). She completed the five-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 47 seconds to finish as the top ‘Cat and in sixth place overall.

     The senior harrier is one of the reasons the Wildcats were highly ranked in the preseason polls – 10th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast Region as well as second in the America East Preseason Coaches Poll.


Brad Hilton, men’s soccer

     Brad recorded a goal and an assist last week to help the UNH men’s soccer team go undefeated (1-0-1) at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Nike Fall Classic and earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

     In the tourney opener last Friday, the junior midfielder set up the game-tying goal in the 73rd minute to lift the Wildcats into a 1-1 tie against Cornell. Then in Sunday’s game against Presbyterian, Brad scored his first collegiate with 16 seconds remaining in the second overtime session to give UNH a 2-1 victory.

     With that goal and assist, Brad leads the team in points (three). The three points matches his total from the 2009 season, when he tallied three assists in 18 games. As a freshman in 2008, Brad recorded two points, both on assists.



Tuesday, September 7

Volleyball: Northeastern 3, at UNH 0

Friday, September 10

Men’s soccer: UNH 1, Cornell 1 (2ot) (at University of Vermont)

Volleyball: UNH 3, Marist 1 (at University of Rhode Island)

     at Rhode Island 3, UNH 1

Women’s soccer: at UMass 2, UNH 1 (2ot)

Saturday, September 11

Men’s cross country: 6th place at Boston College Invitational (at Franklin Park)

Women’s cross country: 2nd place at Boston College Invitational (at Franklin Park)

Field hockey: at #2 Maryland 7, UNH 0

Volleyball: Maryland-Eastern Shore 3, UNH 0 (at U. of Rhode Island)

Football: at Pittsburgh 38, UNH 16

Sunday, September 12

Men’s soccer: UNH 2, Presbyterian 1 (2ot) (at U. of Vermont)

Field hockey: #20 American 5, UNH 2 (at Maryland)

Women’s soccer: Siena 3, at UNH 0



Wednesday, September 15

Field hockey vs. Harvard, 6 p.m.

Friday, September 17

Holly Young Invitational (at Lundholm Gym)

   Sacred Heart vs. Rutgers, 4:30 p.m.

   Dartmouth at UNH, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer at Northeasetern, 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 18

Holly Young Invitational (at Lundholm Gym)

   Dartmouth vs. Rutgers, 10 a.m.

   Sacred Heart at UNH, 12:30 p.m.

   Dartmouth vs. Sacred Heart, 4:30 p.m.

   Rutgers at UNH, 7 p.m. PACK THE ARENA (attendance challenge)

Football at Rhode Island, 12 p.m. (Television: CSN-NE)

Field Hockey at Holy Cross, 1 p.m.

Sunday, September 19

Women’s soccer vs. Bryant, 1 p.m.



  • The UNH men’s cross country team finished sixth overall at the Boston College Invitational that was held Sept. 11 at Franklin Park. The Wildcats totaled 153 points.
  • Junior Alex Beaulieu (Merrimack, N.H.) sophomore Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) were the top ‘Cats. Beaulieu finished 20th overall with a time of 26 minutes while Harlow completed the 8K course in 26:05 to finish 21st.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team raced to a second-place finish at the Boston College Invitational at Franklin Park on Sept. 11. The Wildcats recorded 74 points to finish behind Boston College (34 points).
  • Seniors Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) led the way in sixth and eighth place, respectively. Jesseman completed the 5K course in 17 minutes, 47 seconds and Fitzpatrick crossed the finish line 10 seconds later.

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

  • UNH went on the road for the first time in the 2010 season for the Terrapin Invitational to battle second-ranked Maryland and 20th-ranked American. The Wildcats returned to Durham with two losses.
  • Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) made a season-high nine saves against Maryland. It was one short of her career high established last year vs. Providence.
  • Juniors Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored their second goal of the season in the game vs. American. Tori Welch (East Hampstead, N.H.) recorded her first career assist in that game.
  • UNH looks to extend its home winning streak to seven games Sept. 15 against Harvard.

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

  • The UNH football team traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on FBS representative Pitt at Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The Wildcats trailed 17-3 at halftime in a 38-16 loss to the Panthers in front of 50,120 fans.
  • It was a homecoming for junior tight end Chris Jeannot (Moon Township, Pa.), who recorded career highs in both receptions (12) and receiving yards (110).
  • UNH’s touchdowns were scored by Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and an 11-yard pass play from Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) to Sean Cullen (Naples, Fla.). It was the first career TD for Cullen.
  • Sophomore kicker A.J. DeLago (Menands, N.Y.) made his first career field goal, a 22-yard attempt in the second quarter that pulled the ‘Cats within 10-3. That score was set up by a 38-yard pass play from R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) to Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H.).

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

  • The UNH men’s soccer team went 1-0-1 at a tournament for the second consecutive weekend with a 1-1 tie vs. Cornell and 2-1 victory in double overtime against Presbyterian at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Nike Fall Classic (at the University of Vermont).
  • Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.), Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Hilton recorded an assist on the team’s lone goal vs. Cornell, then tallied the game-winning goal vs. Presbyterian with 16 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Hilton now has a team-high three points while Thomas leads the ‘Cats in shots with 13.
  • Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) recorded an assist on the first goal vs. Presbyterian and leads the team with two.
  • Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.), the reigning America East Goalkeeper of the Year, has a 0.29 GAA and .938 save percentage in three games this season.

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

  • UNH lost two games last week. The Wildcats dropped a 2-1 double-overtime decision at UMass and then fell 3-0 at home to Siena College.
  • Sophomore Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.) scored her team-leading third goal of the season to give UNH a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute against UMass. Allie Rozelle (Sratham, N.H.) and Marika Posehn (Duncan, British Columbia) were credited with assists. The Minutewomen scored with 2:36 remaining in regulation and 3:49 to go in the extra sessions to steal the victory.

VOLLEYBALL (3-7 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • UNH went 1-3 last week as the Wildcats lost its home opener to Northeastern and then won one of three matches at URI’s Art Carmichael Invitational. The ‘Cats defeated Marist College, 3-1.
  • Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J.) was named to the All-Tournament Team. She tallied 36 kills in the three matches and led the team in kills vs. Rhode Island.
  • UNH returns home to play host to the Holly Young Invitational on Sept. 17-18. The Sept. 18 match vs. Rutgers at 7 p.m. is the team’s annual “Pack the Arena” attendance challenge match.
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