DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire athletic department has started its countdown of this past year's most memorable highlights. The countdown features a four-part video series including 20 moments from the year that was, culminating with the top five moments from the 2010-11 season set to release on Wednesday, June 22. The first part in the series showcases moments 20 through 16:
20. The countdown begins with women's nordic skier Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). Egan made the most of her one season at UNH, taking home women's Nordic team MVP honors while qualifying for the NCAAs. The graduate student catalogued an impressive campaign with seven individual top-10 finishes, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 5K free at the EISAs (Feb. 26). Egan was also named to the USCSCA All-Academic Team for her performance in the classroom. A three-sport athlete, Egan was also a vital member of the UNH women’s cross country team, helping the Wildcats finish second at the America East Championships and ninth at the New England Championships. Egan continued to shine during the outdoor track & field season, as she won the 3,000m steeplechase at the conference championships and scored in the event at New Englands, helping UNH capture its first title in program history.
19. Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) of the women's soccer team anchored the backline for the Wildcats last season, started all 20 games, notched her first career point and helped the 'Cats post four shutouts during the 2010 campaign. Mooney earned a spot on the America East All-Conference First-Team as a junior and will look to lead the Wildcats once again in 2011 as she was selected as one of three captains for the upcoming fall season.
18. Ninety-five New Hampshire student-athletes were named to the America East academic honor roll during the fall semester, a feat that required them to earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the term. The Wildcats led the conference in three sports with the most student-athletes named to the honor roll. Among these teams was volleyball, which saw 11 of its 12 members named to the list, men's cross country with 13 and women's cross country with 20 of its 23 members meeting that requirement.
17. On January 11 at Lundholm Gymnasium, Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) led the men's basketball team with a career-high 33 points, the most by any Wildcat in over a decade, to help the 'Cats to a 57-54 win over conference foe Hartford. Conley ignited a second-half comeback, scoring 25 of his 33 after halftime to help erase a 16 point deficit. The senior guard knocked down 10 of 16 shots, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc, to backbone the 'Cats first America East conference victory of the season and snap Hartford's three-game winning streak.
16. The UNH gymnastics team scored 195.175 points to finish runner-up at the 2011 East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship (Mar. 19) at George Washington University, marking the Wildcats' best finish since winning their lone crown in 2003. The performance at EAGLs secured the 'Cats a spot in the NCAA Regional Championships for the 29th time in head coach Gail Goodspeed's 32 years at UNH.
Fans can vote for their favorite moment out of these five by participating in the fan poll located on the home page of UNHWildcats.com. The countdown continues on Wednesday, June 8, when highlights 15 through 11 will be revealed. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.