SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
January 13, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) of the women’s basketball team and Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) 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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Kelsey Hogan, women’s basketball
Kelsey, a senior from Nashua, N.H., scored a career-high 35 points, including all eight of the team’s overtime points, to lead the UNH women’s basketball team to a 71-68 victory against Stony Brook University at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 11. She made 10 of 15 field goals (3-for-5 3-pointers) and 12 of 14 free throws against the Seawolves. She also had four rebounds and six assists with just one turnover in 40 minutes.
With UNH trailing 65-53 in the extra session, Kelsey tied the score with a jump shot and gave the ‘Cats a lead they would not relinquish with a pair of free throws at 2:40. She also drained a pair of fouls shots with both 14 seconds left and four seconds on the clock to secure the win.
Kelsey also helped New Hampshire defeat Yale last week (Jan. 7) with 13 points, including 7 of 7 from the foul line, three rebounds and two assists vs. the Bulldogs.
In 14 games (all starts), Kelsey is averaging a team-high 12.4 points per game in 32.2 minutes per game, which is also leads the ‘Cats. Her other stats include 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Kelsey leads the team in field goals attempted (144), 3-point field goals made (19) and attempted (63), free throws made (50) and free throw percentage (.833).
Kelsey played in 23 of 30 games last year as a junior, when she led the team in assists (73), ranked third in scoring (9.8 ppg), fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg) and second in 3-pointers made (27). She ranked second in America East in free throw percentage (.827) and minutes per game (32.9). Kelsey’s season highlights included 20 points at UMBC, her first career double-double (12p, 11r) at Maine, and nine assists at Holy Cross. She hit the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired in the America East first quarterfinal vs. Stony Brook University, and that was voted the America East Play of the Year.
After back-to-back redshirt seasons in 2009 and 2010, Kelsey was named to the America East All-Rookie Team in 2011, when she led the team and conference in both 3-point FG percentage (.413) and assists (118).
In 99 career games, Kelsey has recorded 967 points, 132 3-pointers and 309 assists. With those numbers, she ranks No. 6 on the program’s 3-pointer list, 11th in assists and 17th in points; Kelsey will move into the top 10 in assists with one more helper.
Dalton Speelman, men’s ice hockey
Dalton, a senior from San Jose, Calif., was named MVP of the Battle for the RiverStone Cup by scoring the game-winning goal in the UNH men’s hockey team’s 4-2 victory against Dartmouth College at Verizon Wireless Arena on Jan. 11.
With the score tied 2-2, the forward gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead just 65 seconds after the Big Green had deadlocked the score. Dalton finished the game with two shots and an even plus/minus rating.
In 24 games this season, he has compiled 12 points on four goals and eight assists. His other stats include two power-play goals and 55 shots and the season highlights include two points against both UMass (Nov. 9) and Colorado College (Nov. 29).
Dalton has played in 145 career games – he redshirted the 2011-12 season after incurring an injury in the 11th game of the season – with totals of 29 goals and 27 assists for 56 points. His collegiate accolades include 2011 America East All-Academic Team.
LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS’ CUP
The University of New Hampshire amassed 133 points in the final fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings to rank 41st of 148 teams that earned points (our of 314 Div. I schools overall). UNH is the highest ranked team in the America East conference as well as fourth best among both FCS and New England schools.
New Hampshire recorded points in three of a possible eight fall sports with NCAA tournament appearances in field hockey, football and volleyball. The Wildcats earned 83 points by virtue of third place in FCS football as well as 25 points in both field hockey (ninth place) and volleyball (33rd place).
CAPITAL ONE CUP STANDINGS
The University of New Hampshire athletics program received high marks in the Capital One Cup standings that were announced by the NCAA last week. UNH is ranked No. 16 on the men’s side with 18 points and the Wildcats are No. 32 on the women’s side with two points. The ‘Cats earned all of its men’s points on the football team’s NCAA semifinal appearance; field hockey and volleyball both earned a point for the women by advancing to the NCAA tournament.
Jessica Hitchcock, women’s ice hockey – Hockey East’s Warrior Player of the Week
Tuesday, January 7
Women’s basketball: at UNH 58, Yale 53
Men’s basketball: at Brown 72, UNH 68
Thursday, January 9
Men’s basketball: at Binghamton 67, UNH 38
Friday, January 10
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, Providence 1
Skiing: 3rd place at Vermont Carnival (Day 1 of 4)
Saturday, January 11
Women’s basketball: at UNH 71, Stony Brook 68 (overtime)
Men’s hockey: No. 20 UNH 4, Dartmouth 2 [Battle for the RiverStone XIII]
Gymnastics: at Rutgers 195.075, UNH 191.750
Women’s ice hockey: at Providence 4, UNH 1
Skiing: at Vermont Carnival (postponed)
Monday, January 13
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7pm
[at Buffalo Wild Wings, Fox Run Mall, Newington, N.H.]
Wednesday, January 15
Men’s basketball vs. UMBC, 7 pm
Women’s basketball at UMBC, 12 pm
Friday, January 17
Women’s swim & dive at Dartmouth, 6 pm
Men’s hockey vs. Union, 7:30 pm
Skiing at Colby Carnival [Alpine: Sugarloaf; Nordic: Quarry Road Rec.] (Day 1 of 2)
Saturday, January 18
Women’s indoor track & field vs. Holy Cross, 12 pm
Men’s indoor track & field vs. Holy Cross, 12 pm
Men’s basketball vs. Hartford, 1 pm (TV: Fox College Sports)
Men’s hockey vs. Union, 7 pm
Women’s basketball at Hartford, 2 pm
Women’s ice hockey at UConn, 2 pm
Skiing at Colby Carnival [Alpine: Sugarloaf; Nordic: Quarry Road Rec.] (Day 2 of 2)
Sunday, January 19
Gymanstics vs. Minnesota, Brown and Yale, 1 pm
Women’s ice hockey vs. UConn, 2 pm
Monday, January 20
Women’s basketball vs. Vermont, 7 pm
Men’s basketball at Vermont, 7 pm
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (7-7 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team recorded home wins against Yale University (58-53 on Jan. 11) and Stony Brook University (71-68 in overtime on Jan. 11) to extend its win streak to three.
- Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored a career-high 35 points – including all eight of the team’s overtime points – to lead the Wildcats to a 71-68 win against Stony Brook. Hogan made 10 of 15 field goals (3-for-5 3-pointers) and 12 of 14 free throws. She also had four rebounds and six assists with just one turnover in 40 minutes.
- Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) finished with 12 points and six rebounds, as well as three steals, vs. Stony Brook. She recorded a double-double with team highs in both points (15) and rebounds (12) vs. Yale.
- Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) also recorded a double-double vs. Yale with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She had a career-high five blocks against the Bulldogs.
- UNH leads the America East conference in both scoring defense at 56.7 points allowed per game and field goal percentage defense at .345. The Wildcats also lead the league in defensive rebounds (27.3 rpg).
- Hogan is No. 8 in America East in scoring (12.1 ppg) and Coia is 10th (11.8 ppg). Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) is fifth in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and Kilpatrick is No. 8 (6.8 rpg) as well as atop the leaderboard in blocked shots (1.9 per game).
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 15 (12 p.m.) at UMBC. Later in the week the Wildcats travel to play Hartford on Jan. 18 (2 p.m.).
- UNH’s next home game is Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.) against Vermont.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-13 overall, 0-2 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team was on the road for two games last week and returned to Durham with losses to Brown University (72-68 on Jan. 7) and Binghamton University (67-38 on Jan. 9).
- Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) scored 23 points at Brown on the strength of 7-for-15 shooting from the floor and 7 of 10 from the foul line. Bronner is averaging 10.0 points per game this season.
- Freshman guard Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas) scored a career-high 15 points; he made 3 of 5 3-pointers.
- Senior guard Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Konan is averaging 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this season.
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.) at home vs. UMBC. The Wildcats also play host to Hartford in a Jan. 18 (1 p.m.) game that is televised on Fox College Sports.
GYMNASTICS (0-1 overall, 0-1 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team opened the 2014 season with a loss at Rutgers University on Saturday, Jan. 11. The Wildcats amassed 191.750 points while the Scarlet Knights totaled 195.075.
- UNH performed well on vault, led by Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) with a team-high 9.775 for third place overall. Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.), who missed the 2013 season because of injury, earned a share of fourth place at 9.750 with teammate Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.).
- Pflieger recorded the team’s top mark on floor exercise and tied for third place at 9.775.
- Aucoin was UNH’s standout on the balance beam with a mark of 9.725 that tied for fourth place overall.
- Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Md.) and Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) shared fifth place on uneven bars with team-high score of 9.575.
- New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Jan. 19 (1 p.m.) against Minnesota, Brown and Yale.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (8-11-2 overall, 3-4-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team split last weekend’s home-and-home series against Providence College as each team recorded a 4-1 victory on home ice. The Wildcats prevailed in Friday’s opener at the Whittemore Center and PC won the next day at Schneider Arena.
- Senior forward Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) was honored as Warrior Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday. She recorded four points vs. the Friars as she tied career highs in both goals (two) and points (three) last Friday. Hitchcock set up the game’s first goal and broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period with what proved to be the game-winning goal; she netted an empty-net goal in the final minute to secure the victory. Hitchcock scored the team’s only goal in Saturday’s game.
- Senior forward and captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) recorded three points last weekend with a goal and an assist in the win and an assist in the second game of the series.
- Gifford leads the team in goals (seven), assists (nine) and points (16).
- Freshman goaltender Ashley Wilkes (North Pole, Alaska) made 12 of her 22 saves in the second period to backbone the ‘Cats to Friday’s 4-1 win.
- Redshirt freshman Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) scored her first goal of the season when her third-period goal gave UNH a 3-1 lead on Jan. 10.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Jan. 18 at UConn and then plays host to those Huskies on Jan. 19. Both games are at 2 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (13-10-1 overall, 5-5-0 Hockey East)
- The 20th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team captured the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XIII with a 4-2 win against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) on Jan. 11. The Wildcats have won four consecutive games.
- Senior forward Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) was named MVP of the game as he broke a 2-2 tie at 17:45 of the third period – just 65 seconds after Dartmouth had deadlocked the score.
- Three Wildcats recorded multiple points – senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored two goals, sophomore forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) finished with a goal and an assist and Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) tallied two assists. Goumas also won 16 of 25 draws in the faceoff circle and has eight points the past three games.
- Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 32 of 34 shots for a .941 save percentage.
- Senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) continues to lead Hockey East in blocked shots with 64, and sophomore forward Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) is among the league leaders in faceoff percentage (third, .592).
- New Hampshire plays host to fifth-ranked Union College for a two-game series at the Whittemore Center on Friday, Jan. 17 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 18 (7 p.m.).
- The UNH ski team saw its season-opening weekend at the Vermont Carnival shortened as the Jan. 11 alpine races were postponed. The Wildcats, with 183 points, were in third place after the first day of competition on Friday.
- Sophomore Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) raced to fourth place in the men’s giant slalom at Mount Mansfield on Friday, Jan. 10. He completed the two runs in a time of 2 minutes, 0.77 seconds.
- The women’s squad was led by senior co-captain Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario), who finished seventh in the giant slalom at 2:07.50.
- Senior Geoff Bonewald (New London, N.H.) and freshman Morgan Klein (Oregon, Wis.) both recorded 10th-place efforts. Bonewald was timed in 2:02.83 in the men’s competition and Klein had an aggregate time of 2:07.77.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 17-18 at the Colby Carnival. The alpine races are held at Sugarloaf and 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 (6 p.m.) at Dartmouth College. The Wildcats’ next – and last – home meet of the season is Jan. 24 (5 p.m.) vs. Yale.
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.
- 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 20-15th-year
- 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.