January 30, 2012

Lavoie, Paey: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

January 30, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) of the women’s ice hockey team and Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) 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.

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Kristina Lavoie, women’s ice hockey

     Kristina, a junior forward from Fonthill, Ontario, factored in four of the UNH women’s ice hockey team’s five goals last week with three goals and an assist in the home-and-home series against Vermont. She recorded her first career hat trick with three goals in the 4-2 victory at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 28, then tallied an assist on the only goal in Sunday’s 2-1 road loss.

     The 5-foot-9 forward scored the first two goals of the game – at 3:23 and 19:08 of the first period – as well as the tally that gave UNH a 4-0 lead at 6:00 of the second period. The next day at UVM’s Gutterson Fieldhouse, she set up the goal that gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with 48 seconds remaining in the first period.

     Kristina leads the team in both goals (11) and points (24), and is tied atop the leaderboard in assists (13); she also has a team-high 87 shots. She recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in seven January games and has tallied a point in nine of the last 12 games with five multiple-point efforts and a total of 16 points (7g, 9a). Overall, she has a point in 16 of 28 games with seven multiple-point performances.

     In 93 career games, Kristina has amassed 38 goals and 35 assists for 73 points; she is UNH’s active leader in both goals and points and is second in assists.

 

Brice Paey, men’s indoor track & field

     Brice, a senior thrower from Milton, New Hampshire, continued his dominance in the shot put this indoor track & field season with his fourth victory in as many meets. He topped a field of 26 athletes with a winning toss of 57 feet-8.25 inches at the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center (Boston) on Jan. 27.

     That effort came on the heels of being honored as the America East Field Performer of the Week on Jan. 24. Brice received that accolade for topping a four-team field with a throw of 58-06.50 against Holy Cross, Worcester State and Stonehill. It is the top mark in America East this season and reached the NCAA Division I provisional mark for automatic qualifier in the event.

     As a junior in 2009-10 indoor season, Brice won the shot put at the America East Championship (school-record 59 feet, 3.50 inches) and went on to place second at the New England Championship and third at the IC4As. In the subsequent outdoor season, he placed 22nd in the shot put at the NCAA East Regional, second at the IC4As and New Englands and atop the field at America East.

     Brice also captured the shot put title at the conference championship meet in both the indoor and outdoor seasons as a sophomore (2008-09 season); he established an America East Championship record at the indoor meet. He also competed at the NCAA East Regional at the conclusion of the outdoor season and placed 18th overall.

     Brice was also the America East outdoor shot put champion as a freshman; he placed second in that event at the indoor championship to mark the only conference shot put he has not won.

 
 

WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Morgan Frame, women’s basketball – America East Player of the Week

Kristina Lavoie, women’s ice hockey  – Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week

 
 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Wednesday, January 25

Men’s basketball: Maine 80, at UNH 69

Women’s basketball: UNH 66, at Maine 50

Friday, January 27

Men’s hockey: at #7 Boston College 4, UNH 3 (Television: NESN)

Skiing at UNH Winter Carnival: 4th place (Day 1 of 2; alpine canceled)

Men’s track & field: Fourth place (16 teams) at Boston Indoor Games

Women’s track & field: 11th place (14 teams) at Boston Indoor Games

Saturday, January 28

Men’s hockey: #7 Boston College 3, at UNH 2 [overtime] (Television: WBIN-TV)

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, Vermont 2 (Television: WBIN-TV)

Women’s basketball: at UNH 75, UMBC 68

Skiing at UNH Winter Carnival: 3rd place (Day 2 of 2)

Gymnastics: UNH 193.2, at Northern Illinois 191.875

Sunday, January 29

Men’s basketball: at Vermont 77, UNH 60 (Television: CBS Sports Network)

Women’s ice hockey: at Vermont 2, UNH 1

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, February 1

Men’s basketball vs. Hartford, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at Hartford, 7 pm

Friday, February 3

Men’s hockey vs. Providence, 7:30 pm (Television: CBS Sports Network)

Skiing at Vermont Winter Carnival – Alpine: Mt. Mansfield (Day 1 of 3)

Women’s swimming & diving at Maine, 4 pm

Saturday, February 4

Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston U., 2 pm

Gymnastics vs. Yale and Brown, 7 pm

Men’s hockey at Providence, 7 pm

Men’s track & field at Dartmouth Indoor Classic, 12 pm

Women’s track & field at Dartmouth Indoor Classic, 12 pm

Skiing at Vermont Winter Carnival

     Alpine: Mt. Mansfield // Nordic: Trapp Family Lodge (Day 2 of 3)

Sunday, February 5

Women’s ice hockey at Connecticut, 2 pm

Skiing at Vermont Winter Carnival –Nordic: Trapp Family Lodge (Day 3 of 3)

Women’s lacrosse at South of the Border Tournament (at North Carolina) [exhibition]

Monday, February 6

Men’s basketball vs. Stony Brook, 7 pm (Webcast: ESPN3)

 
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-13 overall, 2-7 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team ended the month of January with losses to Maine (80-69 at home; 1636 fans for White Out Lundholm Gym) and at Vermont (77-60 on CBS Sports Net television).
  • Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was named UNH’s America East Player of the Game against Maine with a team-high 17 points as well as three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
  • Rhoads garnered the America East Player of the Game for the third consecutive game with a team-high 16 points at UVM. He shot 7-for-11 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range.
  • Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers against Maine as part of a season-high 12 3-pointers for the Wildcats. He also had six rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block.
  • Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded 15 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal vs. Maine. He then recorded double digits in rebounds for the fifth time this season with a game-high 11 rebounds at Vermont.
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (12-9 overall, 5-4 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team went 2-0 last week to climb into a tie for third place in the America East standings. The Wildcats opened with a 66-50 road victory against Maine, then defeated conference preseason favorite UMBC, 75-68, at Lundholm Gym.
  • Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) averaged 17 points and five rebounds last week. She matched her season high of 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range, and 5 of 5 from the foul line at Maine; Beliveau was named America East Player of the Game.
  • Sophomore guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) was a consistent point producer last week with 16 points at Maine and 15 vs. UMBC. She made 6 of 10 field goal attempts (with one 3-pointer) as well as 3 of 4 free throws against Maine and followed that with a 4-for-7 shooting effort while making all six foul shots vs. UMBC. Hogan tallied three assists in both games, three steals at Maine and four rebounds against UMBC.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) recorded her fourth double-double of the season (game-high 27 points, 10 rebounds) against UMBC to earn America East Player of the Game. She made 11 of 17 field goal attempts and went 5-for-9 from the foul line and also had three assists. She was honored as the America East Player of the Week.
  • New Hampshire leads America East in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.5% (107-for-329).
 

GYMNASTICS (3-1 overall, 2-0 EAGL)

  • UNH gymnastics improved to 3-1 overall with a score of 193.2 points at Northern Illinois University, which had a score of 191.875, at the NIU Convocation Center on Jan. 28. The Wildcats captured first place in all four events and also recorded the highest team total all all four apparatus.
  • Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished first in the vault with a 9.8 and her teammates Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) and Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) tied for second at 9.75.
  • Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine), the reigning EAGL Specialist of the Week, led a top-three sweep of the floor exercise with a mark of 9.8. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) tied for second place at 9.775.
  • Fobes was the top performer on the uneven bars at 9.8. Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) took third place (9.775) and Carr placed fourth (9.75).
  • Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) captured her first individual title with a high judgment of 0.85 on the balance beam. Carr was the next ‘Cat in third place (9.7).
 

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-14-2 overall, 6-11-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team dropped a pair of one-goal games in a home-and-home series against seventh-ranked Boston College. UNH led 3-2 with five minutes remaining in the Jan. 27 game at Conte Forum, but the Eagles rallied with two goals to prevail 4-3. In the Jan. 28 rematch at the Whittemore Center, BC netted an overtime power-play goal for the 3-2 victory.
  • Freshman goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded 30 saves Friday night and followed that with a personal-best 34 in the overtime loss. DeSmith has a 3-5-0 record but all five losses have been in one-goal games, including three in overtime.
  • Senior forward Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with a goal Friday night at BC.
  • Sophomore forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) extended his point-scoring streak to six games with an assist in both BC games. He is ranked third in Hockey East in assists.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (10-15-3 overall, 4-9-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team split a home-and-home series against the University of Vermont. The Wildcats won their fourth consecutive home game (4-2 on Jan. 28) and lost their ninth consecutive road game (2-1 on Jan. 29).
  • Junior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) factored in four of the team’s five goals. She recorded her first career hat trick with three goals in the two-goal victory, then tallied an assist the next day. She was honored as Athletic Republic co-Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday.
  • Junior defenseman Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.), sophomore forward Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) and freshman forward Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) all matched a personal best of two assists Saturday.
  • In nine games together, the line of Lavoie, Gifford and Lascelle has produced 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The New Hampshire men’s indoor track & field team finished fourth in the 16-team field at the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center (Boston) on Jan. 27.
  • Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) continued his dominance in the shot put this season with his fourth victory in as many meets. He topped a field of 26 athletes with a winning toss of 57 feet-8.25 inches.
  • Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) raced to second place in the 1,000 meters in a time of 2 minutes, 28.19 seconds; that was an IC4A Championship-qualifying time.
  • Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) tied for third in the high jump with a leap og 6-6.
  • In the weight throw, George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.), Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) and Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.) finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
  • D’Mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) placed fifth in the 55m hurdles (7.80 seconds) and sixthin the 200m (23.00).

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team team finished 11th in the 14-team field at the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games at Reggie Lewis Center (Boston) on Jan. 27. A handful of Wildcats competed at the Terrier Invite, which was held the same day.
  • Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) set a school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16 minutes, 17.62 seconds at the Terrier Classic. She placed fourth in the event and qualified for the ECAC Championships with that effort. Fitzpatrick broke the record of 16:24 established last year by Erica Jesseman.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) turned in ECAC-qualifying times in the 3,000m. Letourneau recorded the second-fastest time in school history to earn ninth place. Maguire had the third-fastest time in program history and finished 11th overall in 9:36.35.
  • Rosemary Read (Greenwich, R.I.) and Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) competed in the weight throw at both the Indoor Games and Terrier Invite. Read and Pothier finished sixth and seventh, respectively, at the Indoor Games. At the Terrier Invite, Read placed ninth and Pothier was 13th.
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team finished third at the UNH Winter Carnival, which was held Jan. 27-28 at Attitash (alpine) and Jackson Ski Touring Center (Nordic). The Wildcats amassed 710 points to place behind Vermont (1,021 points) and Dartmouth (873) in the 17-team event. (Note: giant slalom races were canceled; point totals were doubles in the slalom.)
  • Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) turned in the top ‘Cat effort of the weekend with fourth place in the men’s slalom with a two-run time of 1 minutes, 36.40 seconds. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) finished .02 seconds behind Clayton for fifth place. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) placed 15th as the Wildcats recorded the second-best team score in the event with 218 points.
  • Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the women’s slalom. Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) had an impressive second run to climb from 37th to 13th place.
  • Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) continues to be New Hampshire’s top Nordic skier. She crossed the finish line in 10th place in the classic sprints and followed that with 10th place in the 15K free on Saturday.
  • The other top Nordic efforts were by Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.), who finished 11th in the classic sprints, Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) with 13th in the women’s 15K free and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) in 12th place in the men’s 20K free.
 

SWIMMING & DIVING (5-2 overall, 1-1 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team did not compete last week. The team returns to action Feb. 3 (4 p.m.) at the University of Maine. The Wildcats will then focus their attention on the America East Championships (Feb. 23-26 at Boston U.).
 
 

2011-12 COMPLETED SEASONS

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]
 

FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
  • The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
  • Frates was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • Robin Balducci was named the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
  • Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
  • UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
  • Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
  • Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.
 

FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team was ousted from postseason play with a 26-25 second-round loss at seventh-ranked Montana State University on Dec. 3.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the 17th Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). His other 2011 postseason accolades include: Associated Press All-America Second Team, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team, Phil Steele’s All-America First Team, The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Team, College Sports Journal FCS All-America Team, College Sports Madness All-America Team, Beyond Sports College Network All-America First Team and Defensive National Player of the Year, College Sporting News 2011 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, Gold Helmet Award (New England’s player of the year), All-CAA First Team, All-New England Team and College Football Performance Awards Elite Linebacker Award.
  • Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was named to the 14th annual Footbal Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He previously earned a berth on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Footbll Team (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America)
  • UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

 

VOLLEYBALL (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) were voted to the 2011 America East All-Academic Volleyball Team on Dec. 9.
  • Keding was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Laquerre, Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
  • Keding was named to the All-Championship Team.
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