PATON, THOMPSON: STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT AND ROUNDUP
UNH WEEKLY ROUNDUP
November 23, 2009
DURHAM, N.H. – Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) of the women’s ice hockey team and Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) of the men’s hockey 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.
Kelly Paton, women’s ice hockey
Kelly, a senior forward and captain from Woodstock, Ontario, tallied three goals and an assist in two games last week as UNH went 1-0-1 vs. ECAC foes. Paton recorded her second career hat trick and also matched her career high in points (four) to spearhead the team’s 4-3 comeback victory against Rensselaer. Her first goal of the game gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead and her next goal pulled the team within 3-2 in the second stanza. Paton set up the game-tying goal at 7:49 of the final frame and scored the game-winning goal on an unassisted effort off a faceoff at 9:37.
Paul Thompson, men’s hockey
Paul, a junior forward from Derry, N.H., had three assists and two goals for five points in the weekend against Boston University. He notched a goal and an assist in Friday’s 4-2 win at the Whittemore Center and followed that up with a pair of goals and an assist in Saturday’s tie as he factored in all three New Hampshire goals.
Men’s hockey: Brian Foster, Defensive Player of the Week (Hockey East)
Women’s ice hockey: Kelly Paton, Pure Hockey Player of the Week (Hockey East)
Women’s ice hockey: Lindsey Minton, Defensive Player of the Week (Hockey East)
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Monday, Nov. 16
Women’s basketball: at #21 Maryland 63, UNH 43
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Women’s ice hockey: #4 UNH 1, at Harvard 1 (tie-overtime)
Friday, Nov. 20
Women’s basketball: at UNH 58, UMass 57
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, Boston U. 2
Volleyball: Binghamton 3, UNH 0 (at Albany – America East semifinal)
Men’s basketball: at #25 Maryland 82, UNH 55
Saturday, Nov. 21
Football: at #11 UNH 27, Maine 24
Women’s ice hockey: at #4 UNH 4, Rensselaer 3
Men’s ice hockey: UNH 3, at Boston U. 3 (tie-overtime)
Men’s cross country: 3rd at ICAAAA Championships (Holmdel Park; Holmdel, N.J.)
Women’s cross country: 6th at ECAC Championships (Holmdel Park; Holmdel, N.J.)
Sunday, Nov. 22
Women’s swim & dive: 6th place at Terrier Invitational (at Boston University)
THIS WEEK’S EVENTS
Tuesday, Nov. 24
Women’s basketball vs. Harvard, 7 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Men’s basketball at Harvard, 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 28
Men’s basketball vs. Marist, 1 pm
Football at McNeese State, 3 pm Eastern (FCS first round game)
Men’s hockey at Merrimack, 4 pm
Sunday, Nov. 29
Women’s basketball at Quinnipiac, 12 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 2 pm
- UNH lost 82-55 last week at 25th-ranked Maryland. Senior tri-captain Colbey Santos (Onset, Mass.) scored a team-high 14 points, all in a span of five minutes. He was 4 of 9 from three-point range and made 5 of 10 overall from the floor.
- Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range. He has hit 5 of 6 3-pointers this season.
- UNH improved to 2-0 at home and 2-1 overall with a 58-57 victory against UMass last Friday. The Wildcats shot 44% from the floor in the second half and outscored the Minutewomen 32-22.
- Sophomore forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) had a solid stat line vs. UMass with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. She is averaging 14.7points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.0 assists per game this season.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- UNH closed out the 2009 season with a third-place finish at the IC4A Championship that was held Nov. 21 at Van Cortland Park in New York City. The Wildcats tallied 147 points to place behind Temple (70) and Albany (131) in the 24-team meet.
- Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) was the top Wildcat in eighth place. Cory Sinotte (Hooksett, N.H.) was next in 15th place followed by Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.) in 21st.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- UNH wrapped up the 2009 season with a sixth-place finish at the ECAC Championship that was held Nov. 21 at Van Cortland Park in New York City. Twenty teams competed at the race.
- Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) was the first Wildcat to cross the finish line in 10th place overall. Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass.) and Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) also placed in the top 20 at 16th and 20th, respectively.
FOOTBALL (9-2, 6-2 CAA)
- UNH won the CAA North Division title with its 27-24 victory against Maine last Saturday at Cowell Stadium. It was the seventh consecutive year that UNH won the battle for the Brice Cowell Musket.
- The Wildcats will be making their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA FCS Championships and play at McNeese State (Lake Charles, La.) in a first-round game on Nov. 28 (3 p.m. Eastern).
- UNH has advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals four of the last five years.
- UNH leads the CAA in turnover margin and scoring average. The team is also #3 in the nation in kickoff return average.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (4-6-3, 3-2-1 Hockey East)
- UNH won three of four points last weekend against Boston University with a 4-2 win at home and a 3-3 tie on the road.
- Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) extended his point-scoring streak to six games with four points on the weekend, including a career-high three-assist effort Saturday. Butler is the league’s leading scorer and the first player in Hockey East to reach double digits in goals.
- Blake Kesssel (Verona, Wis.) is one of three Hockey East players in double digits in assists with 10, and he is one of four defensemen in the nation in double-figure assists.
- UNH is 3-0-1 in its last four games at the Whittemore Center.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-1-4, 4-0-1-0 Hockey East)
- UNH extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3) with a 1-1 tie at Harvard and 4-3 win vs. Rensselaer.
- In just 14 games, Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) has already recorded double digits in both goals (10) and assists (16).
- UNH leads the nation in power play percentage and is also third in penalty kill, fourth in offense and 10th in defense.
- There are two Wildcats that rank No. 1 in the nation – Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) is the leader in defensemen scoring and Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) is atop the assist leaderboard.
SWIMMING & DIVING (4-0)
- UNH finished in sixth place at the three-day Terrier Invitational (at Boston U.) behind the efforts of Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wis.) and Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario), both of whom recorded a second-place finish. Nahin was second to touch the wall in the 100-yard breaststroke and Perrault was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke.
- Perrault also placed sixth in the 200 individual medley and swam on both the 400 medley relay (fifth place) and 400 freestyle relay (fifth).
VOLLEYBALL (13-15, 5-5 America East)
- UNH ended the 2009 season with a loss to Binghamton University in the America East semifinals. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich) was selected to the All-Championship Team.
- Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) was named the America East co-Defensive Specialist of the Year. Heldman was also selected to the All-Conference Second Team.
- Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) was voted to the America East All-Conference First Team, while Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) joined Heldman on the Second Team.