DURHAM, N.H. – Led by first year head coach Sam Lopes, the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team is set to being the 2013 campaign Friday, Aug. 23 with a neutral site game against Colgate. The contest will take place at the TD Bank Classic at the University of Vermont.
The program will not only start a new season, but a new era under the leadership of first year head coach Lopes. Under Lopes’ tutelage, the Wildcats will look to extend their America East Conference record for consecutive postseason appearances to 13.
Lopes, joined by assistants Carlos Pinhancos and Kyle Bak, and by volunteer assistant Jordyn Krall and director of operations Monique LaMotte, takes the reigns of the program consisting of 18 returning letter winners and nine newcomers. Senior goalie Erica Correa returns to the pitch in net after being named a CoSIDA All-Academic All America selection in 2012. Correa tallied a record of 5-11-2 for the ‘Cats and earned three shutouts, two of which came in conference play. She is joined by fellow seniors Chelsea Kuss, Tara Fraprie, Colleen Murray, Kelsi O’Neil and Kristi Zarrilli. Kuss sat out the 2012 season after being sidelined by an injury. In 2011, she made a big impact on offense for UNH as she scored twice and dished out a pair of assists for six points.
Fraprie tallied four points on two goals in 2012. She blasted a total of 14 shots from midfield. Fraprie was in the starting lineup for each of the 19 games played. Murray made 13 appearances on the season and rifled five shots during her time on the field. She matched a career-high mark of two shots at Brown (Sept. 2). O’Neil spent most of her time on defense but provided an offensive punch for New Hampshire. She recorded one point on an assist and sent seven shots at the opposition. She also started all 19 games. Zarrilli started 13 of 19 games she played and notched a pair of assists and 15 shots.
The junior class is comprised of Hannah Blondin, Meghan Ledwith, Jordan Logue, Jenna Shaddock and Brianna Spitler. Blondin started 12 of the 19 games she played at the defense position. From the back line, she posted six shots, providing extra offense for the ‘Cats. Ledwith exploded on offense in 2012 as she scored four goals and added one assist for nine points. One of her goals came with just eight seconds remaining in regulation at Albany (Oct. 11), breaking the 0-0 stalemate and ultimately lifting the Wildcats to victory. Logue played all 19 games on the season while making starts in nine of them. At her primary position of defense, she notched her first career goal and her first career multi-point game against Rhode Island (Sept. 7). Her goal proved to be the game-tying goal in the 89th minute of play.
Shaddock made a pair of starts in 16 appearances and recorded her first career point with an assist. The tally came in the conference quarterfinals against Stony Brook (Oct. 25). Spitler notched her first career points in 2012 with a goal at Providence (Sept. 9). She also recorded five shots in 13 games played.
The class of 2016 will feature seven returning players and one transfer. Madeline Christ, Melissa Gloekler, Alexandra LaPorta, Kellie McGoldrick, Kennedy Nickerson, Cassandra Prario and Gabrielle Sloan return to the pitch for UNH as Kirsten O’Neil, younger sister of senior Kelsi O’Neil, returns to the Granite State after a year at San Diego State University.
Christ made four starts in her 16 appearances, tallying her first collegiate point with an assist. Against Northeastern (Aug. 31), Christ assisted on the second goal of the game for UNH. Gloekler earned her first collegiate minutes against Fairfield (Aug. 24). Overall, she appeared in 10 games during 2012. LaPorta appeared in every game in her first year of play while starting six of those contests. At Rhode Island (Sept. 7), LaPorta assisted on Logue’s game-tying goal in the 89th minute, earning her first career point.
McGoldrick made one start in the nine games she appeared in. She earned her first collegiate start at Providence (Sept. 9). At midfield, Nickerson saw time in 13 games while starting seven matches. She made her first career start at Northeastern (Aug. 31) and recorded one shot on the season. Prario, who spent her 19 games on defense, made 10 starts in 2012. Prario made her first collegiate start against Central Connecticut (Aug. 26) and recorded one shot on the year. Sloan started 12 of the 19 games she played and recorded four points in her rookie campaign on a goal and two assists. She netted her first career goal at Northeastern (Aug. 31) in the 70th minute of play. Sloan also assisted on Ledwith’s game-winning goal at Albany (Oct. 11) that gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 win with eight seconds remaining in regulation.
|Erica Correa||Tara Fraprie||Chelsea Kuss||Colleen Murray||Kelsi O'Neil||Kristi Zarrilli|