DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire athletic department continues 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, highlighting big wins, record-breaking performances and awards. Part 3 showcases moments ten through six.
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10. Our 2011-2012 Top 20 countdown continues with senior Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) of the men's track and field team. Paey finished off his collegiate throwing career as one of the most dominant shot put throwers in the region. The New Hampshire native recorded a top throw of 60-03.00 during the indoor season and concluded his outdoor campaign with an individual title at the America East Championships. Paey leaves UNH as record holder in both the indoor (60-03.00) and outdoor (59-06.00) shot put throw.
9. It was Senior Day at Cowell Stadium on November 19 when the Wildcats battled Maine for the coveted Brice-Cowell Musket. Trailing 17-10 at halftime, the Wildcats would get it rolling in the second half. First, it was Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) getting the call on 1st and 10, and carried the ball 56 yards to the Maine 21 yardline. Two plays later, Jimmy Giansante (Jefferson Hills, Pa.) received a screen pass from quarterback Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) and took it in for the score, and cut the Black Bear lead to just one. With the score 20-16 late in the third quarter, cornerback Chris Houston (Harrisburg, Pa.) notched the second of his two interceptions to set up a 3rd and Goal fade pass to wideout R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) for the go-ahead touchdown. A Maine turnover on the ensuing kickoff set up an 18-yard touchdown run by Steriti, and gave the 'Cats a lead they would not relinquish.
8. On February 25, the gymnastics team posted a 195.75 en route to knocking off No. 23 West Virginia at Lundholm Gymnasium. Senior Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered a 9.9 on both uneven bars and balance beam while junior Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) hit for a meet-high 9.925 on bars to help the Wildcats pull off the upset victory. The win sparked a run that saw the 'Cats record a team score of 195 or higher three consecutive meets, and reached that mark six times throughout the 2012 season.
7. Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) of the men's ice hockey team comes in at number seven on our countdown, scoring four goals in the Wildcats' 4-1 win over Dartmouth in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XI at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Jan. 14). The Big Green struck first in the contest just 8:24 into the first period, but it was all Moses from there. After tying the game during a two-man advantage late in the first period, Moses would strike twice in the second period, highlighted by some nifty stick work on a shorthanded breakaway, backhanding the puck past the Dartmouth netminder to give the 'Cats a lead they would not relinquish.
6. It was a record-setting night in Durham on December 6 when the women's basketball team took on Harvard at Lundholm Gymnasium. Junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) erupted for a career-high 32 points and set a school record with eight 3-pointers. Reed shot an amazing 73% from beyond the arc and tallied 27 of her 32 points in the second half, including a span of seven consecutive made three-pointers, in what was one of the most impressive performances in UNH basketball history.
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