SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
January 20, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) of the men’s indoor track & field 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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Katie Mann, women’s swimming & diving
Katie, a junior from Prince George, British Columbia, won a pair of individual events and anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay team to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming & diving team to a 166-134 victory at intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Jan. 17.
Katie broke the Karl Michael Pool record with a top mark of 2 minutes, 16.65 seconds in the 200 breaststroke; that benchmark had stood since Jan. 17, 2009. She also swam to first place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.34. Katie helped establish the tone for the meet by anchoring UNH’s 200 medley relay team to a winning time of 1:48.0.
Katie closed the opening half of the 2013-14 season with a third-place effort in the 200 breaststroke at the Terrier Invitational, which was held Nov. 24; she recorded the second-fastest time of 2:19.27 in the preliminaries and touched the wall in 2:19.01 in the final to rank first in America East this season. One day earlier, Katie was the runner-up in the 400 individual medley (4:18.88) and finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.04) – both times are the best marks in the conference. On the first day of competition at the Terrier Invitational, Katie was part of UNH’s winning 400 medley relay team and she placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:04.27).
Earlier this season at the University of Rhode Island (Nov. 9), Katie was part of the Wildcats’ 400 medley relay quartet that broke the Tootell Aquatics Center record with a time of 3:52.29; the previous benchmark was established 21 years earlier. She also set the pool record in the 200 breaststroke with a winning time of 2:17.25 and claimed victory in the 100 breaststroke.
Katie also swam a leg of the 400 medley relay team that broke the Jack Suydam Natatorium record against Central Connecticut State University and Bryant on Nov. 2 with a mark of 3:54.85. Mann went on to win the 200 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay.
In UNH’s most recent home meet – Oct. 26 vs. Northeastern University – Katie bested her own Swasey Pool record in the 200 breaststroke at 2:18.10 and was part of the winning 200 medley relay effort.
In the Oct. 19 home opener against the University of Vermont, Katie took top honors in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. One week earlier in the season opener at Boston College, she was the top swimmer in the 200 backstroke.
Katie became the first student-athlete to garner the America East Most Outstanding Swimmer Award and Rookie of the Year in the same year when she received those honors in 2011. During that season, she broke a pool record in her collegiate debut with a mark of 2:06.10 in the 200 backstroke. She went on to set the meet and conference record at the America East Championship with a time of 2:01.32 in the 200 IM. At that meet, Katie also established the UNH and conference record in the 400 IM at 4:14.10.
Katie recorded a total of 17 individual wins as a sophomore and that included a record-setting effort in the 200 breaststroke at the America East Championship; she was victorious in the 400 IM at that meet. She also won two events at the ECAC Championships and was bestowed the Swimmer of the Meet Award.
Her other accolades include 2013 America East Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in both 2012 and 2013.
Jeff Moretti, men’s indoor track & field
Jeff, a junior from Guilford, Connecticut, raced to a first- and second-place finish to help lead the men’s indoor track & field team to a 221-205 victory against College of the Holy Cross in a Jan. 18 dual meet at Paul Sweet Oval.
The distance runner was the fastest competitor in the 1,000-meter race with a winning time of 2 minutes, 31.74 seconds. He followed that by crossing the finish line in the mile with a time of 4:18.94 to finish in second place.
Jeff made his debut in the 2013-14 indoor track season Dec. 14 at the Jay Carisella Carnival, which was hosted by Northeastern University. He raced to second place – behind teammate John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) in the 3,000m with a time of 8:28.38.
In the 2013 cross country season, Jeff was the second Wildcat and eighth runner overall to cross the finish line at the America East Championship; the tri-captain completed the Binghamton University 8K course in 25:17.53.
Jeff recorded three first-place finishes during the 2012-13 indoor season with a win in the mile against Holy Cross, running a leg of the winning 4x800m relay team and victory in the 1,000m vs. Maine.
As a sophomore in the 2012 cross country season, Jeff finished 30th at the America East Championship. As a freshman, he placed 13th in the America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 5,000m.
Wednesday, January 15
Men’s basketball: at UNH 56, UMBC 42
Women’s basketball: UNH 60, at UMBC 47
Friday, January 17
Men’s hockey: No. 6 Union 3, No. 17 UNH 1
Skiing: 5th place at Colby Carnival (Day 1 of 2)
Women’s swim & dive: UNH 166, at Dartmouth 134
Saturday, January 18
Women’s basketball: UNH 61, at Hartford 56
Men’s basketball: Hartford 60, at UNH 43 (TV: Fox College Sports)
Men’s hockey: No. 6 Union 3, at No. 17 UNH 1
Women’s ice hockey: at UConn 3, UNH 1
Skiing: 4th place at Colby Carnival (Day 2 of 2)
Women’s indoor track & field: Holy Cross 221.5, at UNH 215.5
Men’s indoor track & field: at UNH 224, Holy Cross 203
Sunday, January 19
Gymnastics: 2nd place (193.700 pts) at Wildcat Invitational vs. No. 24 Minnesota
(196.025), Brown (192.55) and Yale (187.500)
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 3, UConn 2
Monday, January 20
Women’s basketball vs. Vermont, 7 pm
Men’s basketball at Vermont, 7 pm
Thursday, January 23
Men’s basketball vs. Albany, 7 pm
Women’s basketball at Albany, 12 pm
Friday, January 24
Skiing at UNH Carnival [Alpine: Cannon Mtn; Nordic: Jackson Ski Touring Center]
Women’s swim & dive vs. Yale, 5 pm
Men’s ice hockey vs. Maine, 7:30 pm [TV: WBIN & Fox College Sports]
Women’s indoor track & field at Joe Donohue Invitational, 4 pm (Boston, Mass.)
Men’s indoor track & field at Joe Donohue Invitational, 4 pm (Boston, Mass.)
Saturday, January 25
Skiing at UNH Carnival [Alpine: Cannon Mtn; Nordic: Jackson Ski Touring Center]
Gymnastics at Pittsburgh, 1 pm [Internet broadcast: ESPN3]
Women’s ice hockey at Boston College, 2 pm
Men’s ice hockey at Maine, 7 pm [TV: Fox College Sports & WFVX Fox 22 (Maine)]
Sunday, January 26
Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston College, 2 pm
Men’s basketball at UMass Lowell, 2 pm
Women’s basketball at UMass Lowell, 4:30 pm
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (9-7 overall, 3-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team extended its win streak to five games with last week’s road wins against UMBC (60-47 on Jan. 15) and the University of Hartford (61-56 on Jan. 18).
- At Hartford, the Wildcats trailed 24-8 in the first half and 33-22 at halftime but rallied in the second half on the strength of 57.7% percent shooting from the floor in comparison to the Hawks’ 23.3%.
- Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last week. She scored a game-high 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor at Hartford. Coia netted a team-high 14 points at UMBC.
- Senior guard Sarah Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) was the team’s second-leading scorer last week at 10.5 ppg. She scored eight points at Hartford and helped fuel the comeback down the stretch on a 3-pointer that tied the game at 50 with 4:43 remaining.
- Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) made her 100th career start Jan. 18 at Hartford. She finished the game with 11 points, six rebounds and season-high seven assists.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) continues to lead the ‘Cats in rebounding. She pulled down eight boards in both games last week and is at 7.1 rpg for the season, which ranks sixth in America East.
- UNH leads the America East conference in scoring defense by yielding 56.1 points per game. The Wildcats are also atop the leaderboard in field goal percentage defense (.341) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.278). Offensively, the ‘Cats rank No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ration (1.0).
- New Hampshire returns to action Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.) at home against Vermont. Later in the week, the Wildcats travel to play both University at Albany (Jan. 23; 12 p.m.) and UMass Lowell (Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m.). The game at UMass Lowell is the second part of the men’s and women’s doubleheader.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-14 overall, 1-3 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team, with just seven players dressed due to a variety of injuries, split a pair of home games last week with a 56-42 win against UMBC (Jan. 15) and 60-43 loss to the University of Hartford (Jan. 18).
- Freshman guard Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) averaged a team-high 11.0 points per game in 31.5 minutes per game off the bench. He also had 3.5 rpg. Dion scored a game-high 13 points – on the strength of three 3-poiners – vs. UMBC.
- Freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) averaged 10.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg last week. He led the team in both points (13) and rebounds (seven) against Hartford.
- Sophomore forward Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) played 70 of a possible 80 minutes. He scored 7.5 ppg and averaged a team-leading 8.0 rebounds. Okeke recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats past UMBC.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 20 (7 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats then play host to the University at Albany (Jan. 23, 7 p.m.) and travel to UMass Lowell for a Jan. 26 men’s-women’s doubleheader; the men’s game tips off at 2 p.m.
GYMNASTICS (2-2 overall, 0-1 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team captured second place at the Wildcat Invitational at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 19. The ‘Cats tallied 193.700 to place behind No. 24 University of Minnesota (196.025) and ahead of Ivy League schools Brown University (192.550) and Yale University (187.500).
- Junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) won the balance beam with a score of 9.875 to lead UNH to an event-winning total of 48.275.
- Junior Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.), the UNH recipient of the Katie Baldwin Expression Award, tied for second on the balance beam at 9.800 while teammate Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) tied for fourth at 9.775. Pflieger, a freshman, was the top ‘Cat on vault with a personal best of 9.850 to tie for fourth place.
- Junior Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) was UNH’s top performer on uneven bars at 9.725 to tie for ninth place.
- Senior co-captain Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) scored a career-high 9.875 on the floor exercise to tie for third place.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Jan. 25 (1 p.m.) for a dual meet at the University of Pittsburgh. The event will be broadcast online at ESPN3.
- The Wildcats’ next home match is Saturday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m.) against the University of Maryland.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-12-2 overall, 4-5-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team split last weekend’s home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut with a 3-1 road loss (Jan. 18) and 3-2 home win (Jan. 19).
- Senior captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) extended her point scoring streak to five games with an assist last Saturday and a goal Sunday. Gifford has six points (2g, 4a) during the streak.
- Senior forward Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) also extended her point streak to five games with an assist in both games vs. UConn. Hitchcock has seven points (4g, 3a) during the streak.
- Sophomore goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) returned to action Jan. 19 with a 24-save effort to backbone UNH to a 3-2 victory. She had missed nine consecutive games due to injury since playing Nov. 15 at Princeton University. Vaattovaara is 6-3-2 this season with a 2.34 GAA and .920 save percentage.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Jan. 25 at Boston College and then plays host to those Eagles on Jan. 26. Both games are at 2 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (13-12-1 overall, 5-5-0 Hockey East)
- The 17th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team played host to sixth-ranked Union College and the Dutchmen skated to a 3-1 victory both nights (Jan. 17 & 18). The Wildcats had entered the weekend on a four-game win streak.
- Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 68 of 73 shots in the weekend series for a .932 save percentage.
- Senior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) extended his point streak to four games with a goal in Saturday’s game; he tallied two goals and five assists in that span.
- Sorkin is the UNH leader in goals (13) and ranks second in points (27).
- New Hampshire returns to Hockey East action this weekend with a home-and-home against interstate rival University of Maine. UNH plays host to the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center on Friday, Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.) in a game that will be televised on both WBIN and Fox College Sports. The teams face off again Jan. 25 (7 p.m.) at Maine; that game will also be televised on Fox College Sports.
- The UNH ski team finished fourth at the Colby Carnival – the first carnival of the season – on Jan. 17-18. The Wildcats, who were in fifth place after the first day of competition, compiled 620 points to place behind the University of Vermont (1,012 points), Dartmouth College (882) and Middlebury College (682).
- Senior Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) raced to fourth place in Friday’s men’s 10K classic at Quarry Road Recreation Area by completing the course in 31 minutes, 53.2 seconds.
- Sophomore Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) matched that fourth-place effort in Saturday’s women’s slalom competition. She recorded an aggregate time of 1:37.51. Freshman Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) also placed in the top 10 at sixth place with a time of 1:39.99.
- Senior co-captain Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) was the top ‘Cat in Friday’s women’s 5K classic by virtue of her 16th-place time of 18:10.9. She was also the first UNH racer across the finish line in the 10K freestyle with a 12th-place time of 29:55.3.
- A pair of UNH skiers finished in the top 10 of Friday’s women’s giant slalom with senior co-captain Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) in sixth place (2:20.18) and fellow senior co-captain Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) in eighth place (2:21.16). Rozinowicz followed that with 11th place in the slalom.
- The men’s alpine team was led in Friday’s giant slalom by junior Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) in 10th place with a two-run time of 2:12.39. Sophomore Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) led the ‘Cats in the slalom in ninth place (1:30.22) and he was followed closely by senior Geoff Bonewald (New London, N.H.) in 11th place (1:30.26).
- New Hampshire returns to action at its UNH Carnival on Jan. 24-25 with the alpine events held at Cannon Mountain and the Nordic races at Jackson Ski Touring Center. The giant slalom and Nordic classic races will be held Friday followed by the slalom and skate mass start competitions Saturday.
SWIMMING & DIVING (7-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team returned to action Jan. 17 with a 166-134 victory at intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The Wildcats earned first place in 11 of 16 events, including the first six races of the event, to defeat a Big Green team that was ranked 15th nationally in the Division I mid-major polls.
- Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) won a pair of individual events that included a pool record time of 2 minutes, 16.65 seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke. That Karl Michael Pool record had stood since Jan. 17, 2009. Mann also swam to first place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.34.
- Mann also anchored the 200 medley relay to a winning time of 1:48.0 in the first event of the meet. Senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), junior Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) also comprised the quarter.
- Both Bull and Roberts also won two individual races. Bull was the fastest swimmer in the 200 free (1:52.13) and also captured first place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.11.
- Roberts was first to touch the wall in the 100 backstroke at 56.25 seconds and also bested the competition in the 100 butterfly in 56.60 seconds.
- Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) won three events. She raced to first place in the 1,000 freestyle by touching the wall in 10:17.52, then captured the 200 butterfly at 2:02.15 and concluded her day by winning the 500 free with ha clocking of 5:02.55.
- New Hampshire returns to action for its last home meet of the season Jan. 24 (5 p.m.) vs. Yale at Swasey Pool.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team returned to action Jan. 18 with a 221.5 to 215.5 loss to College of the Holy Cross at the Paul Sweet Oval. The Wildcats won eight of the 19 events.
- Freshman Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) was the fastest runner in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 0.64 seconds.
- Freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) captured the 800m with a 2:21.15 mark.
- Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led a 1-2 finish in the 1,000m with a winning time of 2:50.62; classmate Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) followed in 2:59.79.
- UNH also took the top two places in the mile. Senior captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) crossed the finish line first in 5:05.40 and was followed by sophomore Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) in 5;08.56.
- The quartet of Kruse, Szymanski, Kimball and Purrier captured first place in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:05.37.
- In the field events, junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 5 inches.
- Senior captain Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) had the top effort in the long jump with a distance of 16-1.75.
- Freshman Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.) was victorious in the triple jump at 34-8.25. She also raced to second place in the 400m at 1:01.55.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Jan. 24 (4 p.m.) at the Joe Donohue Invitational, which is hosted by Northeastern University at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team returned to action Jan. 18 at the Paul Sweet Oval with a 224-203 victory against College of the Holy Cross. The Wildcats won 11 of 17 events.
- Sophomore Dylan Pelletier (Orford, N.H.) dashed to first place in the 55-meter race with a time of 6.72 seconds.
- Sophomore Christopher DeCarlo (Derry, N.H.), who placed third in the 55m, won the 200m with a time of 23.51 seconds.
- Senior Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) led a 1-2 UNH finish in the 500m with a winning time of 1:08.05. He was followed by classmate Joseph Lemay (Derry, N.H.) in 1:09.52.
- Junior Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) bested the field in the 1,000m with a time of 2:31.74. He was runner-up in the mile with a time of 4:18.94. Classmate John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) was first across the finish line with a time of 4:17.56.
- Sophomore Samuel Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) was triumphant in the 3,000m with a time of 8:35.92.
- Sophomore D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) was the fastest runner in the 55m hurdles with a mark kof 7.81 seconds.
- The quartet of DeCarlo, Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.), Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.), and Lemay was victorious in the 4x400m with a time of 3:32.76.
- UNH also captured first place in the 4x800m relay with the combination of Souza, Prizzi, Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine) and Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) crossing the finish line in 8:11.55.
- Mulcahy, a sophomore, bested the field in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 6.25 inches.
- Senior Jake Renaud (Lancaster, N.H.) was the top competitor in the shot put at 45-10.75 and he also placed third in the weight throw with a mark of 51-00.75.
- Freshman Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) earned victory in the weight throw with a toss of 54-06.00 and was runner-up in the shot put at 44-04.75.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Jan. 24 (4 p.m.) at the Joe Donohue Invitational, which is hosted by Northeastern University at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
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.
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 Jeff 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.