DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced its top five moments from the 2010-11 season with the final installment of a four-part video series.
5. At the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester (Mar. 26), the UNH men's ice hockey team battled with top-seeded Miami (Ohio) in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal. The Wildcats broke a 1-1 tie less than a minute into the third period when senior captain Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) guided in a cross-ice pass from teammate Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) to give the 'Cats the one-goal advantage. Goaltender Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 21 of 22 shots to contain the high-powered RedHawk attack, and pacing the Wildcat offense was freshman Kevin Goumas (Lake Worth, Fla.) who scored two goals, including a half-ice snipe into an empty-net in the final minutes that sealed the 3-1 New Hampshire victory.
4. The UNH women's swimming and diving team claimed first place at the ECAC Championships in Pittsburgh (Feb. 27). The Wildcats broke five school records as well as five ECAC records on way to earning their first ECAC title since 2005. Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) contributed to six first-place finishes and was named Women's Swimmer of the Meet to lead the Wildcat effort. UNH also earned Coaching Staff of the Meet honors with the team recording 11 first place times.
3. In front of a CAA record crowd of 32,848 in the inaugural Colonial Clash (Oct. 23), the UNH football team played Massachusetts in the first-ever collegiate football game at Gillette Stadium. The Wildcats took advantage of three UMass turnovers en route to the 39-13 win over the 12th-ranked Minutemen. The 'Cats managed a 10-play, 99-yard drive midway through the third quarter to take a commanding 22-0 lead. Quarterback RJ Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) hooked up with wideout Terrance Fox (Piscataway, N.J.) twice on the drive, including a 26-yard completion, and Toman finished off the drive with his second rushing score of the game. Defensively, linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) notched his first career interception and recorded a game-high 13 tackles while being named the game's most valuable player.
2. Senior Colin O'Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) became the only goalkeeper to ever record three shutouts in the America East men’s soccer tournament and propelled the Wildcats to their first America East championship appearance since 1994. O'Donnell concluded his collegiate career with a shutout streak that spanned more than 300 minutes, and tied the UNH school-record with 10 shutouts during the 2010 season while ranking second in the nation in save percentage and goals-against average.
Inside a sold-out Whittemore Center Arena (Feb. 5), the UNH men's
ice hockey team completed a season-sweep of the University of Maine
with a dramatic 5-4 win. Senior forward Paul
Thompson (Derry, N.H.) broke a 4-4 tie with 15 seconds
remaining in regulation when he banked a shot off the back of Maine
goaltender Shawn Sirman and into the net to give the Wildcats the
Fans can vote for their favorite moment from Part IV by participating in the fan poll located on the home page of UNHWildcats.com. The fan favorite for Part III was javelin thrower Mike Simon (Durham, Conn.) of the men's track and field team. Simon finished his career at UNH by winning his fourth-straight America East javelin title. Simon advances to the final fan poll voting, which will begin Wednesday, June 29. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
CLICK HERE to watch Part I (June 1)
CLICK HERE to watch Part II (June 8)
CLICK HERE to watch Part III (June 15)