January 9, 2012

Beliveau, Evans: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

January 9, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) of the women’s basketball team and Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) of the football 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. 

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Denise Beliveau, women’s basketball

     Denise, a senior forward from Framingham, Massachusetts, had another strong week by averaging 20.0 points and 11.5 rebounds as the New Hampshire women’s basketball team split a pair of America East conference games last week and she was named the America East Player of the Week (for the second consecutive week). She continued to be highly efficient from the floor as she shot 56.5% from the field, including 57.1% from 3-point range, and also shot a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line. The Wildcats lost 67-65 at UMBC (Jan. 2) and then recorded a 64-45 victory against Hartford (Jan. 5).

     The captain led all players in both points (23) and rebounds (seven) against Hartford to garner the America East Player of the Game award; she shot 9 of 14 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Beliveau opened conference play with a double-double (17 points, 16 rebounds) at UMBC; it was her sixth double-double of the season and the 16 boards matched her career high.

     In the past four games, she is averaging 19 points and 9.5 rebounds and is shooting 50% from the floor.

     Denise recorded her 1,000th career point Dec. 3 at home against the College of the Holy Cross. She is the 16th player in program history to reach that milestone. Her other season highlights include a 17-point, 14-rebound effort in a 57-42 win against Manhattan College at home on Dec. 9; the 14 rebounds is second only to her own 16-rebound effort among all Wildcats this season. Denise also leads all ‘Cats with a single-game high of five steals against both Holy Cross (Dec. 3) and Dartmouth (Nov. 30).

     In the America East conference, Denise is ranked in the top 10 in nine statistical categories. She is atop the leaderboard in both free throw percentage (.911) and defensive rebound average (6.3 rpg) and is second in overall rebounding at 8.9 per game. He other top rankings include scoring (fifth: 13.8 ppg) and steals (fourth: 2.2 per game).

     Denise leads New Hampshire in points (193), rebounds (124), rebound average (8.9 rpg), field goals made (69) and attempted (165), steals (31) and minutes (483). She is second in scoring average (13.8 ppg) as well as third in both 3-pointers made (14) and attempted (41).

     Denise is currently 10th on the UNH career points leaderboard with 1,135 (she will climb into a tie for ninth place with Pam Brandell with five more points). Denise’s other career rankings include sixth in rebounds (710), seventh in 3-point field goals made (120) and 10th in steals (166).

Matt Evans, football

     Matt, a junior outside linebacker from Hanover, Massachusetts, was named the 17th Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) on Jan. 5. His other 2011 accolades include seven All-America teams, All-CAA First Team, All-New England Team and Gold Helmet Award (top player in New England).

Matt, who finished fourth in voting for the Buchanan Award in 2010, becomes the first player in UNH history to earn the honor, which was voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries.

     The 6-foot, 227-pound linebacker led the nation with 7.67 solo tackles/game and registered 165 total tackles, the second-most in the country and the second-highest, single-season total in school history. He tallied double-digit tackles in 10 of 12 games this season and in 21 of his last 25 games, including a career-high 24 tackles at then-No. 14 Lehigh on Sept. 10 and a 13-tackle, two-forced fumble performance in the Colonial Clash victory against then-No. 22 Massachusetts on Oct. 22.

     Matt notched three interceptions, including a 31-yard pick-six at then-No. 5 Richmond on Sept. 24 and a 58-yard pick-six in the Wildcats' NCAA Division I FCS second-round playoff loss at then-seventh-ranked Montana State on Dec. 3. His other statistics included three forced fumbles, one recovered fumble and two sacks.

     With 334 career tackles, Matt is ranked No. 5 in University history and will go into his senior campaign just 100 tackles shy of the school's top spot.

     Prior to the 2011 season, Matt was selected to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-America First Team, Phil Steele's Preseason All-American First Team, The Sports Network/Fathead.com Preseason All-America First Team and College Sporting News Preseason All-America Team.

     As a sophomore in 2010, Matt ranked third in FCS football with 156 tackles, which is now the third-highest, single-season total at UNH. Following the season he garnered Walter Camp FCS All-America honors, was tabbed to the College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America team, The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Second Team, A.P. All-America Second Team and the All-CAA Second Team.

     Matt helped the 2011 Wildcats match a school record by defeating five ranked teams en route to reaching the NCAA playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the nation.

 

WEEKLY AWARDS

Denise Beliveau, women’s basketball – America East Player of the Week

 
 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Monday, January 2

Men’s basketball: UMBC 82, at UNH 76

Women’s basketball: at UMBC 67, UNH 65

Thursday, January 5

Women’s basketball: at UNH 64, Hartford 45

Men’s basketball: at Hartford 56, UNH 49

Saturday, January 7

Gymnastics: UNH 191.05, at Rutgers 189.575

Men’s hockey: Maine 5, UNH 4 (overtime) [at Fenway Park]

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, January 10

Women’s ice hockey at Boston College, 7 pm

Wednesday, January 11

Women’s basketball vs. Albany, 7 pm

Men’s basketball at Albany, 7 pm

Men’s hockey at Providence, 7 pm

Friday, January 13

Women’s ice hockey vs. UConn, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 14

Men’s basketball vs. Vermont, 3pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. UConn, 4pm

Men’s hockey vs. Dartmouth, 7pm (at Verizon Wireless Arena; Manchester, N.H.)

Women’s basketball at Vermont, 3pm

Sunday, January 15

Gymnastics vs. Penn State, 1 pm

Monday, January 16

Women’s swimming & diving vs. Boston University, 12 pm

Women’s basketball vs. Stony Brook, 7 pm

Men’s basketball at Stony Brook, 7 pm

 
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-8 overall, 0-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team went 0-2 last week with an 82-76 home loss to UMBC and a 56-49 loss at Hartford.
  • Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) led five Wildcats in double-digit scoring against UMBC with a career-high 20 points on 7 of 11 field goals.
  • Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) tallied 12 points and seven rebounds vs. UMBC. At Hartford, he was one of two ‘Cats in double digits with 10 points; he also had seven boards vs. the Hawks. Abreu ranks 10th in America East in scoring (13.2 ppg).
  • Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) came off the bench and scored in double figures in both games. He netted 10 points in 14 minutes vs. UMBC and then scored 12 points in 24 minutes at Hartford.
  • Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded 14 rebounds and eight points at Hartford. He was selected UNH’s America East Player of the Game. Benson continues to lead the America East conference is rebounding. Through 13 games, he is averaging 9.6 rebounds per game.
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (8-6 overall, 1-1 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team went 1-1 in the opening week of America East conference play with a 67-65 loss at UMBC and a 64-45 victory against defending league champion Hartford in which the Wildcats led wire to wire.
  • UNH ranks second in the America East conference in offense (58.9 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.715), 3-point field goal percentage (.360) and rebound margin (+2.1), and rank second in field goal percentage (.383).
  • Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) had another strong week by averaging 20.0 points and 11.5 rebounds; she was honored as America East Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Beliveau led all players in both points (23) and rebounds (seven) against Hartford to garner the America East Player of the Game award; she shot 9 of 14 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Beliveau opened conference play with a double-double (17 points, 16 rebounds) at UMBC and was also the Player of the Game.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) scored a game-high 23 points and also had six rebounds at UMBC. She followed that with a 15-point, seven-rebound effort vs. Hartford.
  • Sophomore guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored in double digits for the ninth time in 14 games with a 13-point performance – 5-for-7 from the floor, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range – against Hartford.
 

GYMNASTICS (1-0 overall, 1-0 EAGL)

  • UNH gymnastics opened the 2012 season with a dual-meet victory at Rutgers University on Jan. 7. The Wildcats recorded a total of 191.05 points, whereas the Scarlet Knights totaled 189.575.
  • Senior Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) and sophomore Jannelle Minichiello (Orlando, Fla.) tied for first place on the balance beam at 9.75.
  • Senior co-captain Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) turned in a team-best score of 9.65 on the uneven bars – Reibold matched that mark of 9.65 – and also led the ‘Cats on the vault with a mark of 9.825, which placed second overall.
  • UNH’s top event score was in the vault (48.075), followed closely by floor exercise (48.050).
 

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-11-2 overall, 4-8-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team erased a two-goal deficit but lost 5-4 in overtime to Maine in the second game of the Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader on Jan. 7.
  • Sophomore forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored two goals, including a 5-on-3 shorthanded tally. His shorthanded tally gave the ‘Cats a 2-1 second-period lead, and Goumas scored the first of two UNH goals 1 minute, 43 seconds apart early in the third period to help the Wildcats pull into a 4-4 tie.
  • Sophomore forward Jeff Silengo (Madison, Conn.) tallied a season-high two assists at Fenway Park. It marked his first multiple-point game of the season.
  • In his second career start, freshman goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) made 28 saves in the Frozen Fenway game.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-12-3 overall, 0-6-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team returns to action Jan. 10 at Boston College. The Wildcats’ next home game is Jan. 13 vs. UConn.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team returns to action Jan. 21 at home against Holy Cross and Stonehill. Starting time at the Paul Sweet Oval is 12 p.m.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team resumes competition Jan. 21 at home against Holy Cross and Stonehill. Starting time at the Paul Sweet Oval is 12 p.m.
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team begins its EISA schedule Jan. 20-21 at the Bates Winter Carnival. The Wildcats then host a Winter Carnival on Jan. 27-28; the alpine events will be held at Attitash while the Nordic races will take place at Jackson Ski Touring Center.
 

SWIMMING & DIVING (5-0 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team returns to action Jan. 16 at home against Boston University. The meet begins at Swasey Pool at 12 p.m.
 
 

2011-12 COMPLETED SEASONS

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]
 

FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
  • The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
  • Frates was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • Robin Balducci was named the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
  • Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
  • UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
  • Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
  • Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.
 

FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team was ousted from postseason play with a 26-25 second-round loss at seventh-ranked Montana State University on Dec. 3.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the 17th Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). His other 2011 accolades include: Associated Press All-America Second Team, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team, Phil Steele’s All-America First Team, The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Team, College Sports Madness All-America Team, Beyond Sports College Network All-America First Team and Defensive National Player of the Year, College Sporting News 2011 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, Gold Helmet Award (New England’s player of the year), All-CAA First Team, All-New England Team and College Football Performance Awards Elite Linebacker Award.
  • Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was named to the 14th annual Footbal Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He previously earned a berth on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Footbll Team (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America)
  • UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

 

VOLLEYBALL (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) were voted to the 2011 America East All-Academic Volleyball Team on Dec. 9.
  • Keding was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Laquerre, Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
  • Keding was named to the All-Championship Team.
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