Belanger, Goumas: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute
SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
January 6, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) of the women’s basketball team and Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) of the men’s ice hockey team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.
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Elizabeth Belanger, women’s basketball
Elizabeth, a sophomore guard from Acton, Mass., scored a career high 20 points and recorded a team-high nine rebounds to help lift the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to a 77-74 overtime victory at Brown University on Jan. 3.
She scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half to help the Wildcats play to a 38-38 tie through 20 minutes. Elizabeth made 6 of 8 field goals (1 of 2 3-pointers) and all three free throw attempts to account for her 16 first-half points. She finished the game 8 of 14 from the floor.
Through 12 games this season, Elizabeth is averaging 8.6 points per game as well as a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game; she is also second on the team in blocks (eight) and is tied for third in steals (eight). In other stats, Elizabeth has made 39 of 102 field goal attempts, including 7 of 36 from 3-point range.
Elizabeth ranks fourth in the America East conference in rebounding (7.0 per game) and 10th in minutes (30.4 per game). She has scored in double digits five other times and recorded 7+ rebounds eight times, including a season-high 10 vs. Northeastern University (Nov. 16).
Last year as a rookie, Elizabeth played in 30 games and was in the starting lineup 17 times, including nine of the last 11 regular-season games. She averaged 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 23.3 minutes per game. She ranked third on the team in 3-pointers made (21), free throw percentage (.727) and blocks (eight); in other stats, Elizabeth tied for fourth in steals (19) and was fifth in rebounding.
Kevin Goumas, men’s ice hockey
Kevin, a senior from Long Beach, N.Y., recorded six points (one goals, five assists) last weekend to lead the UNH men’s ice hockey team to a weekend sweep of 19th-ranked Nebraska Omaha at the Whittemore Center. The forward tallied a goal and two assists in last Friday’s 6-3 win and followed that with three assists – all in the third period – in a 5-2 victory one night later.
The three assists marked a season high for Kevin, who also had a plus/minus rating of +2 both games vs. the Mavericks, and the three points matched his high in 2013-14 that he established Nov. 9 at UMass and matched at Colorado College (Nov. 30).
Kevin leads the Wildcats in points (26) and is tied atop the assist leaderboard with 18; he also has a team-high plus/minus rating of +15 and is fourth in both goals (eight) and shots (63). With those stats, Kevin is No. 16 in the nation in assists per game (0.82); in Hockey East, he is tied for fourth in points (26) and tied for third in assists.
Kevin recorded his 100th career point Nov. 1 with a goal at UMass Lowell. He has recorded a point in 16 of 22 games this season with six multiple-point efforts and a long point streak of five consecutive games.
In 128 career games, Kevin has amassed 120 points on 33 goals and 87 assists. He was a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star in 2013, when he recorded 42 points (10g, 32) to tie for sixth in the nation in assists/game and was No. 18 in points/game by leading the ‘Cats in both assists and points. Kevin recorded his first career hat trick and had a personal-best five points at Denver (Nov. 24, 2012).
Kevin has been named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team twice.
Matt Willows, men’s hockey – Hockey East Player of the Week
Kristen Anderson, women’s basketball – America East Rookie of the Week
Monday, December 30
Men’s basketball: at Towson 72, at UNH 64
Friday, January 3
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 6, #19 Nebraska Omaha 3
Women’s basketball: UNH 77, at Brown 74 (overtime)
Saturday, January 4
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 5, #19 Nebraska Omaha 2
Men’s basketball: Sacred Heart 66, at UNH 53
Monday, January 6
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7pm
[at Buffalo Wild Wings, Fox Run Mall, Newington, N.H.]
Tuesday, January 7
Women’s basketball vs. Yale, 7 pm
Men’s basketball at Brown, 7 pm
Thursday, January 9
Men’s basketball at Binghamton, 7 pm
Friday, January 10
Women’s ice hockey vs. Providence, 7 pm
Skiing at Vermont Carnival … Alpine: Mt. Mansfield (Day 1 of 2)
Saturday, January 11
Women’s basketball vs. Stony Brook, 1 pm (TV: Live Well Network)
Men’s hockey vs. Dartmouth, 5 pm (Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H.)
Gymnastics at Rutgers, 1 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Providence, 7 pm
Skiing at Vermont Carnival … Alpine: Mt. Mansfield (Day 2 of 2)
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (5-7 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team returned to the court Jan. 3 with a 77-74 overtime victory at Brown University. The Wildcats outscored their hosts 11-8 in the five-minute extra session.
- Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) scored a career-high 30 points in 30 minutes off the bench; she scored nine of UNH’s 11 points in OT, including the last four points of the game on the go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left and two free throws with one second on the clock.
- Anderson was 10-for-16 from the floor, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and made 4 of 6 free throws. She also pulled down a personal-best eight rebounds. The last UNH freshman to score 30+ points in a game was all-time leading scorer Kris Kinney in the 1985-86 season.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) scored a career-high 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor and 3-for-3 from the foul line. She also snared a game-high nine rebounds in 41 minutes.
- Belanger ranks fourth in the America East conference in rebounding (7.0 per game) and 10th in minutes (30.4 per game).
- Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) tallied a career-high six assists in playing 39 minutes. She is No. 4 in America East in 3-point field goal percentage (.371), third in assist to turnover ratio (1.8) and No. 7 in minutes (31.9 per game).
- Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) leads the league in blocked shots (1.8 per game), is No. 8 in field goal percentage (.454) and No. 9 in rebounds (6.8 per game).
- New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 7 (7 p.m.) at home against Yale University. The Wildcats then play host to Stony Brook University for their America East conference opener Saturday, Jan. 11 (1 p.m.); that game will be televised on the Live Well Network.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-11 overall, 0-1 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team was edged 72-64 at Towson University (Dec. 30) and upended 66-53 at home by Sacred Heart University.
- Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a career-high 25 points at Towson by shooting 6 of 19 from the floor (2-for-9 on 3-pointers) and 11 of 14 from the foul line. He also led the ‘Cats in both rebounds (eight) and assists (three) in playing 38 minutes.
- Sophomore forward Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) tallied 13 points and four rebounds at Towson.
- Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) finished with 12 points and four rebounds at Towson. He followed that with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists vs. Sacred Heart.
- Freshman guard John Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high 13 points and pulled down four rebounds vs. Sacred Heart. The four rebounds matched his personal best.
- UNH is ranked No. 2 in the America East conference in scoring defense (66.8 points allowed per game) and defensive field goal percentage (.419)
- New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Brown University and continues its road trip Jan. 9 at Binghamton University. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
- The Wildcats’ next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.) vs. UMBC.
GYMNASTICS (0-0 overall, 0-0 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team, led by 35th-year head coach Gail Goodspeed, opens the 2014 season Saturday, Jan. 11 (1 p.m.) at Rutgers University.
- The Wildcats were picked fifth in the EAGL Preseason Poll that was released Dec. 30. The ‘Cats received 36 points, just one less than both the University of North Carolina and University of Pittsburgh, who tied for third at 37 points.
- Seniors Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Md.) and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) are co-captains of the 2014 squad.
- New Hampshire’s home opener is Jan. 19 (1 p.m.) against Minnesota, Brown and Yale.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (7-10-2 overall, 2-3-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team ended the 2013 calendar year with a 2-1 victory at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Sunday, Dec. 8.
- Senior forward and captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) leads the Wildcats in goals (six), power-play goals (three) and points (13); she is also tied atop the assist leaderboard with seven and ranks second in shots (63).
- Gifford has been UNH’s go-to player in the faceoff circle. She has taken 421 draws and has a .513 winning percentage; the next highest total is 196 by Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta).
- Junior forward and assistant captain Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) has scored all five of her goals the past nine games. She is tied for second on the team in goals and is second in points (10).
- Junior forward Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) has already established personal single-season highs in both assists (seven) and points (nine). She is tied atop UNH’s leaderboard in both assists and plus/minus (+4).
- Junior defenseman Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) leads the team and is second in Hockey East in blocked shots with 35. Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.) and Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) also rank in the top 10 in the league with 25 (No. 8) and 24 (No. 10), respectively.
- UNH is ranked third in Hockey East in scoring defense by allowing 2.53 goals per game.
- New Hampshire returns to action January 10, 2014 at home against Providence College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (12-10-1 overall, 5-5-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team swept 19th-ranked University of Nebraska Omaha with 6-3 (Jan. 3) and 5-2 (Jan. 4) victories last weekend at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats have won three consecutive games.
- Sophomore forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) tallied five points (four goals, one assist) vs. the Mavericks to garner the Hockey East Player of the Week accolade. He scored three third-period goals, including the game-winner, on Saturday to record his second career hat trick; he also tallied an assist to finish with a career-high four points.
- With UNH trailing 2-1, Willows tied the game with a power-play goal at 13:46 and gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead at 15:28. He capped the four-goal surge and secured the win with an empty-net goal at 18:16. Willows also scored a goal Friday and had a plus/minus rating of +2 both games.
- Senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded six points (1g, 5a) vs. Omaha. He tallied a goal and two assists in the series opener and followed that with a season-high three assists – all in the third period – on Saturday.
- Senior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) had a five-point weekend with two assists Friday and three points (1g, 2a) Saturday.
- Junior Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was credited with three assists in Friday’s 6-3 win.
- Senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) scored a career-high two goals Friday and tallied an assist the next night.
- Junior forward Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) scored a goal in both games vs. the Mavericks.
- Sophomore forward Collin Bourque (Goffstown, N.H.) recorded his first career point with an assist Friday and followed that with another assist one day later.
- Freshman forward Dylan Maller (Parkland, Fla.) tallied his first collegiate point with an assist Friday.
- Goumas is No. 16 in the nation in assists per game (0.82) and van Riemsdyk is 19th in that stat (0.78 apg) as well as No. 4 in defenseman scoring (0.96 points per game). Knodel is No. 14 in defensemen scoring (0.74 ppg).
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 11 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College in the Battle for the Riverstone Cup XIII. Game time at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) is 5 p.m.
- The Wildcats’ next game at the Whittemore Center is Jan. 17 (7:30 p.m.) in the first of a two-game home series vs. Union.
- The UNH ski team, led by 27th-year ski coordinator Cory Schwartz and seventh-year alpine coach Brian Blank, opens the 2014 schedule Jan. 10-11 at the Vermont Carnival. The alpine squads compete this weekend at Mt. Mansfield, while the Nordic competition for the Vermont Carnival is Feb. 1-2.
- The alpine contingent is led by men’s captain Charlie Kidd (Toronto, Ontario) as well as women’s captains Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.).
- The Nordic squad is led by women’s captains Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Anne Miller (Whitefish, Mont.) and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) as well as men’s captains Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.).
- UNH’s complete ski team returns to action Jan. 18-18 at the Colby Carnival; the alpine events are at Sugarloaf while the Nordic venue is the Quarry Road Rec. Area.
SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team broke 10 pool records and received six America East weekly awards in the first half of the 2013-14 season, which concluded Nov. 22-24 at the Terrier Invitational.
- Junior Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) was named America East Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 26. She bested a field of 24 participants in the 500-yard freestyle at the Terrier Invitational with a time of 4 minutes, 53.70 seconds. She also swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay quartet and recorded a time of 56.06 seconds in the 100 butterfly, which is the best mark by a conference swimmer this season.
- Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) received the America East Swimmer of the Week award Oct. 29 as she recorded three first-place finishes to propel UNH to victory against Northeastern University on Oct. 26. She broke the Swasey Pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.53. Roberts also touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 400 medley relay team.
- Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was feted as America East Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 22. She established a Swasey Pool record of 2:02.03 in the 200 butterfly in the Oct. 19 meet against Vermont. She also took top honors in the 500 freestyle and was a part of two winning relay teams.
- Junior Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) was honored as the conference Diver of the Week on Oct. 15 & 29. In the Oct. 26 meet vs. Northeastern, Zahka recorded personal bests in both the one- and three-meter dives with 247.20 and 250.40 points, respectively.
- Senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) was Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 15. Bull was the fastest swimmer in both the 50 free and 100 free in the Oct. 12 season opener at Boston College. She also placed second in the 200 individual medley.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 17, 2014 at Dartmouth College.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team did not compete last week.
- At the Jay Carisella Carnival (Dec. 14), freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) ran to first place in the 1-mile run with a time of 5 minutes, 4.02 seconds.
- Senior captain Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed in a pair of sprints. She recorded the fourth-fastest time in the 60-meter dash (7.88 seconds) and placed fifth in the 200m (26.03).
- New Hampshire returns to action January 18, 2014 at home against Holy Cross. The meet begins at 12 p.m.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team did not compete last week.
- At the Jay Carisella Carnival (Dec. 14), junior John Prizzi (Wycliff, N.J.) was victorious in the 3,000-meter with a time of 8 minutes, 27.3 seconds. Classmate Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) gave the Wildcats a 1-2 finish in the event with a runner-up time of 8:28.38.
- New Hampshire returns to action January 18, 2014 at home against Holy Cross. The meet begins at 12 p.m.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team concluded its highly successful 2013 season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). Thirty-seven teams competed at the event.
- Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in 37th place in the field of 254 runners.
- The Wildcats won the 2013 America East Championship title (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University); the only other time New Hampshire won the team title was 2003. Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led the ‘Cats in sixth place and Twombly was next across the finish line. The ‘Cats then finished 10th through 12th, starting with junior Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) followed by senior captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia).
- UNH won the 2013 New England Championship that was held Oct. 12 at Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.). Purrier once again led the squad in third place overall. She was followed by Donegan (fifth place), Twombly (11th), Serrano (15th) and Beattie (16th).
- Senior captains Beattie and Twombly were named to the America East All-Academic Team. It marked the second time both received this honor – Beattie was previously feted in 2011 while for Twombly it marked the second consecutive year she was honored.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country finished the season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). A total of 37 teams competed.
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) won the America East Championship individual title with a first-place finish (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University). He became the first Wildcat runner to win the men’s title since 2004 (Anthony Truax).
- UNH placed fourth at the America East Championship – the top four teams were separated by 14 points. The ‘Cats, with 72 points, were edged by UMBC (58 points), Binghamton (65) and Stony Brook (70); in comparison, fifth-place Maine tallied 110 points.
- Junior Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) also recorded a Top-10 effort in eighth place while senior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was just outside the Top 10 in 11th place.
- Prizzi, who was also the top ‘Cat at the Northeast Regional meet in 12th place overall, was selected to the America East All-Academic Team.
FIELD HOCKEY (15-7 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 16th-ranked UNH field hockey team, which advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament as the America East automatic qualifier by winning the conference tourney, was defeated by fifth-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke University, 6-1, in a Nov. 16 first round game at Jack Katz Stadium.
- The Wildcats won the America East regular-season title for the fourth consecutive year – the second straight year and third time in four years with a perfect record – and won the conference tournament for the second time in three years.
- The 15 wins marks the fifth-highest single-season total in the program’s 39-year history. UNH ended the regular season with six consecutive wins and extended the win streak to eight games with a 4-0 win vs. Fairfield University in the America East semifinals and 3-2 victory against University at Albany in the title game. Each of the first five wins during that streak was by shutout to mark the longest streak since September 1984 (six games).
- Senior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team. She was voted to the Third Team a year ago. This marks the fifth consecutive year UNH has had at least one All-America Team honoree.
- Bozek, senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) were voted to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team. The trio is on the ballot for the national All-America East that will be announced Dec. 2.
- Sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were named to the Northeast Region Second Team.
- Flatley finished the 2013 season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. On UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, that is tied for No. 9 in points and tied for 11th in goals.
- UNH won three of the six major America East awards with Bozek feted as Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Tarbell as Goalkeeper of the Year and, for the fourth time in as many years, the Coaching Staff of the Year.
- Bozek and Tarbell were joined on the All-Conference First Team by Flatley and Pohlmeyer, who was also voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Joyce, Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were all Second Team selections.
- Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.
FOOTBALL (10-5 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The No. 5 UNH football team’s 2013 season came to an end with a 52-14 loss to top-seeded and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State University in an FCS semifinal game at Fargodome on Dec. 20. It marked the Wildcats’ first trip to the semifinals and ended a six-game win streak.
- New Hampshire has reached double digits in victories five times during its national-leading 10-year playoff streak. The 2005 Wildcats finished with a school-record 11 victories. The 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013 teams all had 10 wins.
- UNH had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers for the first time in school history. Senior Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) finished with a team-high 1,038 yards on 73 catches in 15 games; the yardage and receptions both rank No. 7 on UNH’s single-season list. Junior R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) recorded 1,004 yards on 76 catches in 12 games; on the single-season leaderboard, those numbers are No. 6 in receptions and No. 9 in yards.
- UNH had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver for just the second time in program history. In addition to the aforementioned Mello and Harris with 1,000+ receiving yards, junior Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) recorded 1,028 rushing yards.
- Senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.), senior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) and junior wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) were named to the New England Football Writers’ Association FCS All-New England Team.
- Harris was named to the CAA All-Conference First Team. Archer and junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) were Second Team selections. Sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson (Morristown, N.J.), senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.), senior offensive lineman Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.), junior tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) and Asam were Third Team honorees.
- The 15 games played marked the most in a season for the Wildcats; nine of the 15 games were on the road and that included the last three playoff games vs. Maine, Southeastern Louisiana and North Dakota State.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
- Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
- Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
- Borkan led America East in save percentage and ranked second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she was No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
- Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
- O’Neil ranked seventh in America East in points/game, sixth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she was No. 4 in goals/game (0.50), points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75).
MEN’S SOCCER (12-5-1 overall, 5-2-0 America East)
- The second-seeded UNH men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in the America East semifinal against third-seeded University of Hartford at Bremner Field on Nov. 13. The Hawks then advanced to the title game by virtue of a 4-3 decision in PKs.
- UNH entered the game with a conference-record six consecutive tournament shutouts that spanned the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
- The Wildcats rank No. 5 in the nation in team GAA with a conference-leading mark of 0.58. The team also ranks fifth with a conference-best .867.
- The 12 wins ties the third-highest total in program history.
- Prior to the start of the conference tourney, junior Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. He was joined on the All-Conference First Team by seniors Uguchukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) as well as sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany).
- The Second Team included sophomores A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) while Jesus Tedula (Zaragoza, Spain) and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned All-Rookie Team honors.
- Senior co-captains David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Worra led America East in both GAA (0.55) and save percentage (.883) as he recorded six shutouts in 12 games. In the national stats, Worra is No. 4 in save percentage and No. 7 in GAA.
- Uche ranked sixth in the conference in goals/game and seventh in points/game. He led the ‘Cats in goals (six) and points (13).
VOLLEYBALL (20-13 overall, 12-2 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was defeated 3-0 by sixth-ranked University of Southern California in a Dec. 5 NCAA first-round game at the Galen Center. The set scores were 25-9, 25-10, 25-12.
- The Wildcats’ season-high nine-match win streak was snapped by the Women of Troy, who improved to 27-5.
- UNH followed up its America East regular-season title by winning the 2013 America East Championship tournament, which was held Nov. 22-23 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats extended their win streak to nine matches by defeating Stony Brook University (3-0) in the semifinals and UMBC (3-2) in the final.
- This is the seventh time head coach Jill Hirschinger has led the ‘Cats to a 20-win season (first since 2003).
- This was the Wildcats’ fourth NCAA tourney appearance, all under Hirschinger; they previously advanced to the NCAAs in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
- New Hampshire claimed a total of 10 America East awards at the conference banquet. Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was honored as Player of the Year and the Wildcats, led by Hirschinger, were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
- UNH tied the highest total on both the All-Conference First and Second Team with two on each. Thatcher was joined on the First Team by sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) while junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) and senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) were Second Team selections.
- Demi Muses (Orangeville, Calif.) was voted to the All-Rookie Team.
- The ‘Cats also placed the highest number of representatives on the All-Academic Team with Forrest, sophomore Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) and junior Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) all making the grade.
- Dunklau, a junior setter, was named Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship. Thatcher and Tolliver joined Dunklau on the All-Championship Team.