Steinberg, Thompson: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete & Weekly Roundup


January 10, 2011

DURHAM, N.H.Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) of the gymnastics team and Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) 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 this week's Wildcat Roundup.



 Chelsea Steinberg, gymnastics

     Chelsea, a senior from Ridgewood, New Jersey, backboned UNH to a season-opening victory against Rutgers University at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, January 9 by finishing first in both the vault (9.8) and all-around (38.95). The 5-foot-2 captain also placed second on balance beam (0.725) and tied for fourth on floor exercise (9.75).

     Chelsea was a 2010 All-EAGL First Team selection in balance beam and was a Second Team honoree in vault, floor exercise and all-around. She was further named the EAGL All-Tournament First Team in vault and beam as well as the Second Team in floor and all-around.

     She was the top all-around performer in five meets last season, including a personal best score of 39.35, went on to finish fourth in the all-around at the NCAA Regional, which put her just one place short of qualifying for the national championship.

     Chelsea, who was named Team MVP last season, is a three-time selection to the NACGC/W Scholastic All-America Team. She has also been on the EAGL All-Academic Team all three years.


Paul Thompson, men’s ice hockey

     Paul, a senior from Derry, New Hampshire, ignited the UNH offense in last weekend’s Hockey East victories against UMass-Lowell (5-2) and UMass (3-1) by factoring in six of the eight goals.

     He recorded his second hat trick of the season – third of his career – with three goals and an assist against UML on January 7. One night later, the forward gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at UMass and then set up the game-winning goal by linemate Phil DeSimone.

     Paul leads the ‘Cats in six offensive categories: points (31), goals (15), power-play goals (seven), game-winning goals (three), shots (83) and shooting percentage (.181). He is also third in assists (16) and tied for second in plus/minus (+9). Paul has tallied a point in 15 of 19 games, including 11 of the last 12 games, with 10 multiple-point efforts. He has tallied a goal and an assist in the same game eight times, including four of the last five games.

     In the national statistics, Paul ranks third in points (1.63 per game), fifth in goals (0.79 per game) and 20th in assists (0.84 per game); he is also fifth in both power-play goals (seven) and game-winning goals (three). In Hockey East, he is the league leader in both points and power-play points (14) as well as second in goals and fourth in assists.

     Paul is approaching the 100-point milestone. In 120 career games, he has amassed 91 points on 44 goals and 47 assists. He is the team’s active leader in points per game (0.76).


Paul Thompson, men’s hockey– Hockey East Player of the Week


Tuesday, January 4

Women’s basketball: at Albany 62, UNH 56 (overtime)

Men’s basketball: at Boston U. 61, UNH 54

Thursday, January 6

Women’s basketball: Boston U. 63-, at UNH 43

Friday, January 7

Men’s hockey: at #4 UNH 5, UMass-Lowell 2

Saturday, January 8

Men’s basketball: Binghamton 66, at UNH 61

Sunday, January 9

Gymnastics: at UNH 194.5, Rutgers 191.875

Women’s hockey: Northeastern 4, at UNH 2

Women’s basketball: at Binghamton 72, UNH 60



Tuesday, January 11

Men’s basketball vs. Hartford, 7 pm

Wednesday, January 12

Women’s basketball vs. Hartford, 7 pm

Friday, January 14

Women’s hockey vs. Providence, 7 pm

Skiing at St. Lawrence Carnival (Alpine: Whiteface // Nordic: Mt. Van Hoevenberg)

Saturday, January 15

Women’s basketball vs. Stony Brook, 1 pm

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

Men’s basketball at Stony Brook, 2 pm

Gymnastics at Maryland with Air Force, 4 pm

Women’s hockey at Providence, 7 pm

Skiing at St. Lawrence Carnival (Alpine: Whiteface // Nordic: Mt. Van Hoevenberg)


MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-9, 0-3 America East)

  • The men’s basketball team dropped a pair of America East conference games last week with a seven-point loss at Boston U. and five-point home loss to Binghamton. 
  • UNH lost a second starter to a season-ending injury last week when Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) incurred a knee injury. Myrick averaged 12.1 points per game in 14 games this season. He also ranks third on the team in rebounding, steals and blocks. 
  • Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds 3.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in 37.0 minutes per game last week. He committed just four turnovers and shot 43% from the floor. He was honored prior to the Binghamton game for recording his 1,000th career point earlier in the season. 
  • Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) had a career night at Boston U. with 14 points in 24 minutes. He was 5-for-13 from the floor, including 4 of 11 from 3-point range. 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (3-11, 0-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team opened America East league play with a busy travel week. The Wildcats fell in overtime at Albany on Tuesday, were defeated by Boston University at home on Thursday and then were edged at Binghamton on Sunday.
  • For the third time this season, three ‘Cats scored in double digits in a game when Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) finished with 14 points apiece at Binghamton.
  • Reed was named UNH’s America East Player of the Game as she was 4-for-7 from three-point range and recorded a career-high nine rebounds.
  • McDonald has scored in double figures six consecutive games.
  • Beliveau recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Albany. She has four double-doubles this season and eight in her career. In three games last week, Beliveau averaged 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She shot 53.8% from the floor, including 36.4% from 3-point range, as well as 84.6% from the foul line.


  • The UNH gymnastics team opened the 2011 season Jan. 9 at home with a dominant victory (194.5–191.875) against Rutgers University. The Wildcats recorded a higher team score in all four events (vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise) to outdistance themselves from the Scarlet Knights.
  • Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) was the all-around champion with a score of 38.95. She captured first place in the vault (9.8) and finished second on balance beam (9.725) as well as fourth on floor exercise (9.75).
  • Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) had a personal best all-around score of 37.925 that was highlighted by a career-high 9.825 and tie for first place on the uneven bars as well as a first-place finish in the floor exercise with a personal best of 9.875.
  • Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) tied Fobes for first place on the bars and won the balance beam with a score of 9.8.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (12-3-4, 10-1-2 Hockey East)

  • UNH extended its Hockey East winning streak to five games with victories against UMass-Lowell (5-2 at home) and UMass (3-1 on the road). The Wildcats also extended their league regular-season home unbeaten streak to 26 games (19-0-7).
  • Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) has allowed three or fewer goals in 12 of 13 Hockey East conference games, and that includes less than three 10 times. He posted a 1.50 GAA and .954 save percentage in last weekend’s victories.
  • Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) scored four goals and handed out two assists to lead UNH’s offense last weekend. He tallied four points (three goals, assist) vs. UMass-Lowell and then had a goal and assist at UMass.
  • Thompson is the first ‘Cat to have multiple hat tricks in the same season since 2008-08, when Mike Radja accomplished the feat.
  • Blake Kesel (Verona, Wis.) scored against both UMass-Lowell and UMass, and also had an assist to finish with a three-point weekend.
  • UNH, which sits atop the Hockey East standings, completed the season series against both UMass-Lowell (3-0-0) and UMass (2-0-1).

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-11-0, 2-8-0 Hockey East)

  • UNH opened the 2011 calendar with a 4-2 home loss to Northeastern on Jan. 9.
  • Senior defenseman and captain Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) won a gold medal as a member of the Canada Women’s National Under-22 Team at the MLP Cup in Switzerland. She tallied an assist in the gold medal game.
  • Senior defenseman and assistant captain Courtney Sheary (Melrose, Mass.) has recorded an assist in three of the last four games.
  • UNH concludes the season series against Providence with a home-and-home series this weekend.


  • The UNH ski season begins its EISA season Jan. 14-15 at the St. Lawrence Winter Carnival. The alpine races will be held at Whiteface Mountain while the Nordic events will take place at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
  • A handful of Wildcats competed at the U.S. Cross Country Championships that were held Jan. 2-8. Sophomore Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) headlined the UNH performances with third place in the junior girls 5K freestyle to earn an alternate spot on the U.S. National Team. Tasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) finished eighth in the 10K classic sprint; she was followed by classmates Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine; 12th place) and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.;19th).


  • UNH did not compete in a meet last week. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 17 at Boston University. 


  • UNH was idle last week. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 22 at home against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. The meet begins at noon at the Paul Sweet Oval in the Field House. 


  • New Hampshire did not have a meet last week. The ‘Cats return to action Jan. 22 against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac at UNH’s Paul Sweet Oval in the Field House. The meet begins at 12 p.m. 



  • UNH wrapped up the 2010 season with a 12th-place finish at the ICAAAA Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 20; 20 teams competed at the meet.


  • UNH concluded the 2010 season with a 14th-place finish at the ECAC Championships, which were held Nov. 20 at Van Cortlandt Park; 23 teams competed at the meet.

FIELD HOCKEY (14-7 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • UNH completed the 2010 season with a 14-7 record following a 2-1 overtime loss to Albany in the America East championship game on Oct. 6. The 14 victories marked the highest single-season total since the ’00 squad also had 14 wins.
  • Junior forward Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was named to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Second Team. It marks the second consecutive year a Wildcat was honored as an All-American.

FOOTBALL (8-5 overall, 5-3 CAA)

  • The 10th-ranked UNH football team was defeated 16-3 by fifth-ranked University of Delaware in an NCAA quarterfinal at Delaware Stadium on Dec. 10.
  • Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) was named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/ FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was also named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/ FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.

MEN’S SOCCER (9-5-6 overall, 2-3-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team concluded the 2010 season with a tie in the America East championship game at UMBC. The Wildcats and Retrievers battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime, then UMBC won the title by virtue of a 5-3 edge on penalty kicks.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-8-4 overall, 4-3-1 America East)

  • UNH’s 2010 season came to an end with the fifth-seeded Wildcats’ 2-1 loss at fourth-seeded Albany in the America East quarterfinals on Oct. 28.

VOLLEYBALL (10-17 overall, 5-7 America East)

  • UNH ended the 2010 season on a high note with a 3-2 come-from-behind win at UMBC on Nov. 12. UNH has reached double digits in wins five of the last six seasons.
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