January 18, 2010


DURHAM, N.H. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) of the women’s basketball team and Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) of the men’s ski 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.





Amy Simpson, women’s basketball

     Amy, a senior guard from Waterford, Connecticut, became UNH’s career leader in 3-point field goals on Jan. 16 when she made one 3-pointer – the 180th of her career – at UMBC; she entered the game tied for the lead with Heidi Plencner. Amy finished the game with a game-high 15 points to move her career total to 987. She also had five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks vs. the Retrievers.

     Last Tuesday vs. Maine, Amy scored a season-high 21 points on 8 of 17 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range. She also contributed three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.

     Amy is one of just two players in UNH history with totals of 900 points, 250 assists and 100 steals.


Dylan McGuffin, men’s skiing

     Dylan, a senior from Concord, New Hampshire, won the men’s 20K freestyle race and placed third in the men’s 10K classic race to lead the UNH ski team to a third-place finish in the 2010 EISA season opener at the St. Lawrence Carnival.

     Dylan, who recently competed at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, completed the 20K free course at Mt. Van Hovenberg with a time of 54 minutes, 58.4 seconds and led a Wildcat Nordic squad that had four skiers finish in the top 10. He opened the season with a third-place finish in the 10K classic, and that was the top finish by a Wildcat in any of the four disciplines last Friday.




Tuesday, Jan. 12

Women’s basketball: Maine 65, at UNH 61 (White Out Lundholm Gym)

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Men’s basketball: at UNH 67, Albany 59

Saturday, Jan. 16

Women’s hockey: #9 Providence 3, at #3 UNH 2 (Skating Strides vs. Breast Cancer)

Men’s hockey: #20 UNH 5, Dartmouth 2 (at Verizon Wireless Arena; Manchester, N.H.)

Women’s basketball: UNH 77, at UMBC 67

Men’s basketball: at Hartford 56. UNH 53

Skiing: 3rd place at St. Lawrence Winter Carnival

Sunday, Jan. 17

Gymnastics – UNH Invitational

   1. UNH (195.0); 2. Ball State (192.850); 3. Utah State (191.650); 4. Yale (186.525)

Women’s hockey: at #9 Providence 3, #3 UNH 2

Monday, Jan. 18

Women’s swim & dive:

    At UNH 160, Northeastern 139

Boston University 205, at UNH 94

Men’s basketball: at Maine 56, UNH 42



Tuesday, Jan. 19

Women’s basketball at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Women’s hockey vs. Northeastern, 7 pm

Thursday, Jan. 21

Men’s basketball at UMBC, 7 pm

Friday, Jan. 22

Men’s hockey at Providence, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at Albany, 7 pm

Swim & dive at Maine, 5 pm

Skiing at St. Michael’s Carnival (Alpine: Smuggler’s Notch / Nordic: Sleepy Hollow)

Saturday, Jan. 23

Men’s track & field vs. Holy Cross, Quinnipiac, 12 pm

Women’s track & field vs. Holy Cross, Quinnipiac, 12 pm

Men’s hockey at Boston U., 7 pm

Skiing at St. Michael’s Carnival (Alpine: Smuggler’s Notch / Nordic: Sleepy Hollow)

Sunday, Jan. 24

Women’s basketball at Binghamton, 7 pm

Gymnastics at Brown, 1 pm



MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-9, 1-3 America East)

  • UNH defeated Albany (67-59) at home to record its first conference win of the season and then lost at Hartford (56-53) in last week’s action.
  • The Wildcats are now 6-1 at home to match their best start in Durham since the 1997-98 season.
  • UNH had five double-digit scorers vs. Albany. The ‘Cats had not accomplished that feat since Jan. 4, 2004. Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) recorded his second double-double in a three game span with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Russell Graham (Norristown, Pa.) scored a career-high 11 points.
  • Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) averaged 16.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.0 spg in the games against Albany and Hartford.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (6-11, 1-4 America East)

  • UNH was upended at home by Maine (65-61) and then recorded a 77-67 road win against UMBC in last week’s action.
  • Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) became UNH’s career leader in 3-point field goals made at UMBC. She made one 3-pointer in the game, which was the 180th of her career; she had been tied with Heidi Plencner at 179.
  • Simpson and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led four ‘Cats in double digits vs. UMBC with 15 points apiece. Simpson netted a team-high 21 points vs. Maine.
  • Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has recorded at least one block in 11 of the last 12 games and ranks second in America East with 36. UNH ranks second in blocks with 78.



  • In the UNH Invitational at Lundholm Gym, UNH recorded a score of 195.000 to outdistance itself from Ball State (192.850), Utah State (191.650) and Yale (186.525).
  • Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) won two events with the highest score on both the balance beam (9.85) and floor exercise (9.925).
  • UNH recorded the four highest individual scores on the balance beam to win that event.
  • The Wildcats finished with five of the top nine scores in the floor exercise to win that event.
  • UNH also had the highest team score in the uneven bars. Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) led the way in first and second place, respectively, with marks of 9.875 and 9.850.


MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (10-7-4, 9-2-3 Hockey East)

  • UNH won the Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX with a 5-2 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Wildcats went 3-for-4 on the power play and 4 of 4 on the penalty kill.
  • Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) and Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) were name co-MVPs of the game. Kessel recorded a career-high four assists, and the four points also marked a personal best. Thompson tallied two goals and an assist.
  • Kessel has 26 points this season, which is the highest total by a UNH defenseman since Brian Yandle’s 30 points in 2006.
  • UNH is 8-1-2 in its last 11 games with a 7-0-2 mark in Hockey East during that span.
  • UNH’s penalty-kill unit has been successful in 19 consecutive shorthanded situations.


WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (13-4-4, 7-3-1-0 Hockey East)

  • UNH entered last weekend with a 4-0 record in one-goal games but lost a pair of 3-2 decisions in a home-and-home series against ninth-ranked Providence.
  • Three of UNH’s four losses – and all three league losses -- have been to Providence.
  • Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) extended her point-scoring streak to 14 games with an assist in both games vs. PC.
  • Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) has a five-game goal-scoring streak.



  • UNH was idle last week. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 23 at home (Paul Sweet Oval) against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. Meet time is 12 p.m.



  • UNH was idle last week. The Wildcats return to action Jan. 23 at home (Paul Sweet Oval) against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. Meet time is 12 p.m.



  • UNH opened the 2010 EISA carnival season with a third-place finish at St. Lawrence. The Wildcats recorded the second-highest team score in both men’s Nordic races as well as in the women’s 15K freestyle and men’s slalom.
  • Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) won the men’s 20K free race and was also the top ‘Cat – third overall – in the men’s 10K classic.
  • Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) was the other UNH skier to record a pair of top-10 finishes. She recorded the team’s fastest time and was fourth overall in the women’s giant slalom, then raced to 10th place (second-best Wildcat performance) in the women’s slalom.
  • UNH recorded four top-10 finishes and had six among the top 15 in the men’s 20K free. The women’s Nordic team was nearly as impressive with five skiers in the top 18 of the 15K free.
  • The men’s and women’s Nordic squad combined to produce four top-10 efforts in the classic races.
  • The men’s and women’s alpine team combined for eight top-10 performances in the slalom and giant slalom.



  • UNH did not race last week. The Wildcats resume the 2009-10 season Jan. 18 at home against Northeastern University and Boston University. The meet at Swasey Pool begins at 12 p.m.
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