SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
January 27, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) of the men’s basketball 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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Jenni Roberts, women’s swim & dive
Jenni, a senior from Springvale, Maine, was part of three pool records – two individual, one relay – as the University of New Hampshire senior competed for the last time at Swasey Pool on Jan. 24 against Yale University.
She opened the meet as part of the winning 400-yard medley relay – with Jenna Bull, Katie Mann and Allison Morales– in 3 minutes, 50.30 seconds.
Jenni then topped her own Swasey Pool record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.75, but she was edged at the wall by three milliseconds to finish in second place. She led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 individual medley with a pool-best 2:03.37.
Jenni received the America East Swimmer of the Week award Oct. 29, 2013 as she recorded three first-place finishes to propel UNH to victory against Northeastern University on Oct. 26. On that date, she broke the 200 IM record 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.
Jenni opened her senior season with first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 IM against Boston College. She then won the 200 free and 200 back vs. Vermont and followed that with her outstanding performance against Northeastern. In the fourth meet against Central Connecticut State and Bryant, Jenni bested the field in the 400 IM, 100 free and 200 fly.
She closed out the stretch of dual meet competition with wins in the 100 fly, back and 200 fly against Rhode Island. Jenni opened the 2014 calendar year by winning the 100 back and 100 fly at Dartmouth.
Last year, Jenni was named the America East Swimmer of the Year and ECAC Swimmer of the Year. She was also named to the America East Academic Honor Roll. At the conference meet, Jenni placed first and broke the 200 IM record, placed first and broke the pool record in the 100 butterfly and placed first and set the meet and pool record in the 200 butterfly; she also swam on the winning and record-breaking 800 free relay as well as the second place 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.
She competed at the University of Maryland for two years before transferring to UNH. Jenni was an All-America Honorable Mention in the 200 free relay at the NCAA Championships. She also competed in the 200 IM and 200 fly at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Chris Pelcher, men’s basketball
Chris, a senior from Albany, N.Y., recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds – he also had a career-high seven blocks – to lead the UNH men’s basketball team to a 61-32 victory at UMass Lowell on Jan. 26. He made 6 of 13 field goals and his only free throw attempt of the game. He was honored as America East co-Player of the Week on Jan. 27.
In his other game action last week, Chris came off the bench to record 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in 31 minutes to help the Wildcats defeat the University at Albany, 60-56.
In the Nov. 9 season opener, Chris recorded career highs in both points (25) and rebounds (17) against Suffolk. He also tallied double-doubles at Duquesne (14 p, 16r), vs. NJIT (20 p, 15 r) and vs. Bryant (11 p, 13 r).
For the season, Chris is averaging a double-double at 11.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg, both of which are team highs. Despite missing 11 games, he leads the team in blocks (27). Chris also leads the team in field goal percentage at 51.7% (45-87).
Last year – his first as a Wildcat – Chris saw action in 25 games with 17 starts. He led the Wildcats in both rebounding (6.3 per game) and blocks (1.4 per game) and ranked fourth in scoring (9.1 points per game).
Prior to UNH, Chris played two seasons at Iona College. He played in 35 games and led the Gaels to a 25-12 record.
Chris Pelcher, men’s basketball – America East co-Player of the Week
Monday, January 20
Women’s basketball: at UNH 60, Vermont 45
Men’s basketball: at Vermont 57, UNH 40
Thursday, January 23
Men’s basketball: at UNH 60, Albany 56
Women’s basketball: at Albany 88, UNH 47
Friday, January 24
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 3, No. 20 Maine 2
Skiing: 3rd place at UNH Carnival (Day 1 of 2)
Women’s swim & dive: Yale 156.5, at UNH 143.5
Women’s indoor track & field: at Joe Donahue Games (non-scoring meet)
Men’s indoor track & field: at Joe Donahue Games (non-scoring meet)
Saturday, January 25
Men’s ice hockey: at No. 20 Maine 4, UNH 2
Women’s ice hockey: at No. 7 Boston College 5, UNH 3
Skiing: 3rd place (710 pts) at UNH Carnival (Day 2 of 2)
Gymnastics: at Pittsburgh 194.025, UNH 191.725
Sunday, January 26
Men’s basketball: UNH 61, at UMass Lowell 32
Women’s basketball: UNH 75, at UMass Lowell 68
Women’s ice hockey: No. 7 Boston College 3, at UNH 2
Skiing: 3rd place at Vermont Carnival (Day 2 of 4)
Monday, January 27
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 29
Men’s basketball vs. Maine, 7 pm
Women’s basketball at Maine, 7 pm
Friday, January 31
Men’s ice hockey vs. Notre Dame, 7:30 pm (TV: WBIN and FOX College Sports)
Women’s swim & dive at Maine, 5 pm
Saturday, February 1
Gymnastics vs. Maryland, 1 pm
Men’s ice hockey vs. Notre Dame, 4 pm (TV: NESN)
Women’s indoor track & field at Rhode Island Invitational, 12 pm
Men’s indoor track & field at Rhode Island Invitational, 12 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Maine, 3 pm
Skiing at Vermont Carnival [Nordic: Trapp Family Lodge] (Day 3 of 4)
Sunday, February 2
Women’s basketball vs. Binghamton, 1 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Maine, 3 pm
Skiing at Vermont Carnival [Nordic: Trapp Family Lodge] (Day 4 of 4)
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (11-8 overall, 5-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team extended its win streak to six last week with a 60-45 win at home against the University of Vermont (Jan. 20). The Wildcats then lost at University at Albany (Jan. 23) and ended the week with a 75-68 win at UMass Lowell.
- Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) became the 17th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone with the 13th of her 14 points in last Monday’s 60-45 win vs. UVM. She currently has 1,024 career points, which ranks No. 16 on the program’s all-time list; just ahead of Hogan are Kelly Butterfield (1,030), Kendall Daly (1,061) and Amy Simpson (1,063).
- Hogan ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) recorded her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds at UMass Lowell. She tallied 14 points and four rebounds against Vermont. She is the team’s top rebounder (7.1 rpg) and is third in scoring (8.7 ppg).
- Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell. She opened the week with a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds vs. UVM.
- Coia leads the team in scoring (12.1 ppg) – she has scored in double figures seven consecutive games – and is second in rebounding (6.1 rpg). She also leads the team in both field goal percentage (.479; 90-188) and free throws attempted (83).
- Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) scored a game-high 23 points at UMass Lowell. She made 7 of 12 field goal attempts, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range.
- In the game at UMass Lowell, UNH extended its three-point lead and secured victory in the final minute by making all eight free throws – four by both Anderson and Hogan. The ‘Cats finished the game 25 of 28 from the foul line.
- In the home game vs. Vermont, the Wildcats outscored the Catamounts 25-10 the last 16 minutes of the game to pull away for the win.
- New Hampshire concludes a stretch of three consecutive road games Wednesday Jan. 29 (7 p.m.) at Maine. The Wildcats then return home to play Binghamton University on Sunday, Feb. 2 (1 p.m.); tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (5-15 overall, 3-4 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team opened last week with a loss at Vermont but rebounded with consecutive wins against Albany (60-56 at home, Jan. 23) and UMass Lowell (61-32 on the road, Jan. 26).
- UNH broke the NCAA record by holding the UMass Lowell RiverHawks to a .122 field goal percentage (6-for-49, including 0-20 3-pointers). In contrast, the Wildcats shot 45.3% (24-for-53) from the floor.
- Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds – as well as seven blocks – at UMass Lowell. Pelcher came off the bench vs. Albany to tally 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in 31 minutes. He was honored as the America East co-Player of the Week.
- Freshman guard Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) recorded 20 points and seven assists against the RiverHawks. He shot 8 of 11 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. One game earlier, Dion tallied 13 points (3-6 3-pointers) and five rebounds.
- Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) scored a team-high 14 points vs. Albany. He broke the 51-51 tie with a three-point play with 2:00 remaining and made two foul shots with 10 seconds to play to extend the advantage to 60-56.
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7 p.m.) at home against the University of Maine. It is the only game of the week for the ‘Cats. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
GYMNASTICS (2-3 overall, 0-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team was defeated 194.025–191.725 at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 25.
- Juniors Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) tied for first place on the balance beam with a mark of 9.825. The Wildcats bested the Panthers with a team score of 48.725 on the apparatus.
- UNH recorded its highest team score of the season on vault with a mark of 48.850. Freshman Meghan Pflieger (Barnevald, N.Y.) led the team and was runner-up with a 9.825.
- Junior Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) was the top ‘Cat and third overall in the uneven bars at 9.700. Rudiger also tied for fourth place in the floor exercise (9.800).
- Senior co-captain Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) placed second in the floor exercise at 9.850.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 1 at home against the University of Maryland. The meet begins at 1 p.m.; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
- Tickets are available for the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22 (2 p.m.). For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-14-2 overall, 4-7-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team was swept by No. 7 Boston College in last weekend’s home-and-home series. The Eagles prevailed 5-3 on home ice (Saturday, Jan. 25) and 3-2 at the Whittemore Center (Jan. 26).
- Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) recorded three points vs. BC with two goals and an assist. She recorded her first career multiple-goal game with a pair of third-period goals in the road loss. The next day at the Whittemore Center, Vilgrain set up the game’s first goal.
- Senior forward Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontrio) extended her point streak to six games with a goal Saturday. She tallied eight points (5g, 3a) in that stretch.
- Junior defenseman Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) blocked five shots in both games to increase her season total to 51, which leads the team and ranks second in Hockey East.
- Junior forward Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) and classmate Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.), a defenseman, recorded a point in both games vs. BC. Both ‘Cats recorded an assist in the first game and a goal in the second.
- BC had not surrendered more than two goals in a game the 11 games prior to the UNH series.
- New Hampshire returns to action with a two-game series at the University of Maine on Feb. 1-2. Both games are at 3 p.m. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 9 vs. UConn; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-13-1 overall, 6-6-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team split a home-and-home series against 20th-ranked University of Maine. The Wildcats were 3-2 victors Friday, Jan. 24 at the Whittemore Center and led 2-1 in a 4-2 loss at Alfond Arena the next night.
- Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 65 of 70 shots on the weekend for a .929 save percentage.
- Freshman forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) matched his career high of two assists in Friday’s victory. He set up the team’s second goal to give UNH a 2-1 lead in the second period, then assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal when the ‘Cats took a 3-1 lead early in the third.
- Senior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) scored a goal in both games vs. the Black Bears. He has recorded a point in six of the last seven games with a total of nine points (4g, 5a).
- Sorkin ranks eighth in Hockey East in points with 29 (15g, 14a); he is tied for fourth in goals.
- Senior defenseman and captain Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) tallied a point in both games against Maine. His goal at the Whitt gave UNH a 2-1 second-period lead and he tallied an assist Saturday at Alfond Arena. Knodel has tallied a point seven of the last nine games with nine points (3g, 6a).
- Knodel is tied for second in Hockey East in defensemen scoring with 20 points (6g, 14a) and he has a league-high 70 blocked shots.
- New Hampshire plays host to Hockey East newcomer University of Notre Dame on Friday, Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 1 (4 p.m.). Friday’s game is televised on WBIN and FOX College Sports and Saturday is on NESN; tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
- The UNH ski team placed third at the UNH Carnival that was held Jan. 24-25. The Wildcats amassed 710 points to finish behind University of Vermont (953) and Dartmouth College (870); Middlebury College finished directly behind the ‘Cats with 697 points.
- In Friday’s Nordic classic race at Jackson Ski Touring Center, Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) recorded a career-best third-place finish with a time of 25 minutes, 32 seconds on the 10K course. Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.; 14th place) and Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway; 18th) also finished in the top 20.
- In the women’s 5K classic race, Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) paced the ‘Cats in 10th place with a time of 15:05.1. Lizzie Gill (Bozeman, Mont.; 13th place) and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.; 20th) completed the team scoring.
- In the giant slalom at Attitash Mountain on Friday, Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) fifth in the men’s race with a combined time of 2:20.55. Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) also produced a top-10 result with a time of 2:21.48 for ninth place. Geoff Bonewald (New London, N.H.) captured 12th place at 2:22.42.
- The women’s contingent at the giant slalom was led by freshmen Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario; eighth place), Kelly DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.; 15th) and Morgan Klein (Oregon, Wis.; 18th place).
- Saturday’s alpine races were held at Cannon Mountain, where sophomore Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) raced to fourth place in the women’s slalom with an aggregate time of 1:35.19. Klein took 12th place at 1:44.25.
- In the men’s slalom, Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Hopkins finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at 1:30.21 and 1:31.12. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) placed 14th in 1:32.21.
- Back at Jackson Ski Touring Center for the freestyle mass start, Izzo was the Wildcats’ pace setter in the women’s 15K with a time of 43:26.1 for eighth place. Larusson crossed the finish line almost one minute later – at 44:25.0 – for 14th place.
- The same three men’s Nordic skiers earned points in the men’s 20K free. Fosnaes led the way in 10th place (50:05.6) and was followed by Lindgren (13th; 50:28.3) and Springer (23rd; 51:28.0).
- In a makeup date (postponed from Jan. 11), the alpine team also competed in the slalom competition at the Vermont Carnival (Burke Mountain) on Jan. 26.
- Teschner once again performed well and finished fourth with a time of 1:37.37. Farrow was the next ‘Cat and seventh overall (1:39.58) and Klein completed the scoring in 14th place (1:40.80).
- Coffey was the top ‘Cat and 11th overall in the men’s slalom with a two-run time of 1:37.08. Ogle (16th – 1:37.39) and Bonewald (17th – 1:37.42) also placed in the top 20.
- New Hampshire continues competition at the Vermont Carnival (Feb. 1-2) with Nordic racing at the Trapp Family Lodge.
SWIMMING & DIVING (7-1 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team was edged 156.5–143.5 by Yale University at Swasey Pool on Friday, Jan. 24.
- It was the last home meet for seniors Jenna Bull (Woodstock, Ontario), Bernadette Byrne (Braintree, Mass.), Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine).
- Roberts was a part of three pool records. She opened the meet as part of the winning 400-yard medley relay – with Bull, junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) and junior Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) – in 3 minutes, 50.30 seconds.
- Roberts topped her own Swasey Pool record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.75, but she was edged at the wall by three milliseconds for second place. She led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 individual medley with a pool-best 2:03.37.
- McCandless broke the Swasey Pool record in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:14.18 but placed second in the event. She also topped her previous benchmark in the 200 butterfly with a first-place time of 2:01.91.
- Bull swam to first place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.40 seconds. She was runner-up in the 200 IM at 2:05.99.
- Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) was the fastest swimmer in the 100 breaststroke at 1:04.89.
- Mann led a 1-2 finish in the 200 breaststroke by touching the wall in 2:17.62. Caspersen followed with a time of 2:19.70. Mann placed third in the 200 IM by clocking in at 2:06.14.
- In the final event, the quartet of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.), Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) combined to win the 200 free relay with a combined time of 1:38.06.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 31 (5 p.m.) at Maine for its last dual meet of the season prior to the America East Championships, which will be held Feb. 13-16 at the WPI Sports & Recreation Center (Worcester, Mass.).
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team competed at the non-scoring Joe Donahue Games at Northeastern University’s Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on Jan. 24.
- Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) won the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 48.45 seconds to top the field of 43 runners.
- Three other Wildcats finished in the top 10 in the mile with freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) in fifth (5:00.5), senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) in ninth (5:04.99) and sophomore Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) in 10th (5:10.27).
- Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) ran to first place in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.95 seconds and she also placed fifth in the high jump at 1.55m.
- Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) sprinted to a second-place finish in the 60m dash with a clocking of 7.74. Perrodin qualified out of the preliminaries with a winning time of 7.79 in the fifth heat.
- Junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) was runner-up in the high jump by clearing a height of 1.65 meters.
- Freshman Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) took fourth place in the 800m with a time of 2:16.93 and was followed by classmate Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) in eighth at 5:00.05.
- Junior Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) launched an 11.56m toss to earn sixth place in the shot put.
- Senior Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) finished seventh in the weight throw with a mark of 14.35m.
- Senior captain Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) took eighth place in the long jump with a distance of 5.13m.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Rhode Island Invitational. Meet time is 12 p.m. at Mackal Fieldhouse.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team competed at the non-scoring Joe Donahue Games at Northeastern University’s Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on Jan. 24.
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) edged classmate Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) to win the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 13.89 seconds. Moretti crossed the finish line in 4:14.74.
- Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) was runner-up in the 400-meter dash at 49.74 seconds and John Cox (Rome, Ga.) placed fifth in the event by crossing the finish line in 49.99.
- Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) earned second place in the weight throw with a measurement of 16.71m. Freshman Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) was sixth in the event with a toss of 15.15m.
- Sophomore D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) raced to fourth place in the 60m hurdles by posting a time of 8.39 seconds.
- Senior Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine) finished seventh in the 3,000m by crossing the finish line in 8:33.64.
- Sophomore Dylan Pelletier (Orford, N.H.) placed eighth in the 60m at 7.32.
- Freshman Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) was the eighth-fastest runner in the 200m (22.93).
- Senior Jake Renaud (Lancaster, N.H.) took eighth in the shot put with a mark of 13.53m.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Rhode Island Invitational. Meet time is 12 p.m. at Mackal Fieldhouse.
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.