June 24, 2013

Top 20 Moments 2012-13: Part 3 (10 thru Six)

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. The third part in the series showcases moments 10 through six.

10. The women's hockey team enters the countdown at number ten as the Wildcats knocked off fourth-ranked Boston College, 4-3, on October 20. With the 'Cats trailing 3-1 midway through the 2nd period, Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) found Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) darting toward the net to cut the Eagle lead to just one. The Wildcats would strike twice more in the third period including the game-winner from Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia).

9. On November 3, Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) surpassed Steve Doig as New Hampshire's all-time tackle leader as the Wildcats defeated William & Mary, 28-25, at Cowell Stadium (Nov. 3). After being named the national defensive player of the year in 2011, Evans was named the team's most valuable player in 2012, capped his career with 460 stops and became the fifth Wildcat to have his jersey number (No. 52) retired.

8. Head men's hockey coach Dick Umile became the 12th coach in Division I history to win 500 games when the Wildcats collected a season-opening 5-3 win over St. Cloud State (Oct. 12). Coach Umile became just the eighth coach to win 500 games at one program and will be back at the helm this fall when he begins his 24th year with the Wildcats.

7. Head football coach Sean McDonnell reached a milestone of his own when the 'Cats defeated Georgia State, 44-21, at the Georgia Dome (Oct. 6). Coach McDonnell became the second Wildcat head coach to reach 100 career wins, doing so in his 14th season with New Hampshire. McDonnell ended the 2012 season with a career record of 104-66 and the Wildcats have qualified for the FCS playoffs each of the past nine seasons, the longest active streak in the nation.

6. For the third consecutive year, the field hockey team earned the right to host the America East Tournament and squared off with Fairfield in the semifinal matchup (Nov. 2). The two teams played to a deadlocked score at the end of regulation, but it was the Wildcats who earned the right to play in the America East Championship when redshirt freshman Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) delivered the game-winner.

Fans, follow the countdown all month long when you visit UNHWildcats.com, or join the fun by tweeting us your favorite moments at @UNHWildcats using #UNHTop20 on Twitter. For more information, visit UNHWildcats.com or Like UNH Wildcats on Facebook.

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