SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGH & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
February 18, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) of the women’s swimming & diving team and John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) 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.
Jenni Roberts, women’s swimming & diving
Jenni, a junior from Springvale, Maine, won three individual events, swam on part of two winning relay teams and a pair of runner-up relay teams to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming & diving team to the America East Championship title. She was named the Outstanding Swimmer of the Year following the conclusion of the meet, which was held Feb. 14-17 at the University of Maine.
In her first swim of the meet, Jenni broke the Stanley M. Wallace Pool record in the 200-yard freestyle by swimming a split of 1 minute, 48.60 seconds in the opening leg of the winning 800 freestyle relay team that shattered the America East conference, pool and UNH school records.
Also on Feb. 14, she swam the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay team that placed second.
One day later, Jenni won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.42 that broke the conference, championship and pool records.
On Day 3 (Feb. 16), she took the top spot on the podium in the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 54.60 seconds. Jenni capped the day by swimming the leadoff leg of the championship 400 medley relay team.
Jenni was the fastest swimmer in the 200 fly with a winning time of 1:58.60 on the closing day of competition. She helped UNH secure its fifth conference title by swimming the leadoff leg of the 400 freestyle team, which finished .01 second behind the winning time to take second place.
In the last regular-season dual meet vs. the University of Maine at UNH’s Swasey Pool on Feb. 1, Jenni recorded first-place finishes in the 100 free, 200 fly and 100 backstroke. In a mid-January meet against intrastate rival Dartmouth College, she was the fastest swimmer in the 200 free, 200 back and 100 fly.
Jenni also recorded three first-place efforts – 100 fly, 200 back, 200 free – in her first meet as a UNH Wildcat on Oct. 13 at Swasey Pool. One week later, she swept the 100 and 200 free and also took first place in the 200 IM. Jenni closed October with three more first-place performances as she was the first to touch the wall in the 100 and 200 fly as well as the 200 IM.
In her second home meet – Nov. 10 vs. Rhode Island – Jenni broke the school record in the 200 fly with a winning time of 2:02.80.
Jenni was a letterwinner at the University of Maryland in 2011 and 2012 before transferring to UNH; she earned All-America Honorable Mention status in the 200 frestyle relay. She competed in the 200 IM and 200 butterfly at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
John Prizzi, men’s indoor track & field
John, a sophomore from Wycoff, New Jersey, ran to a first-place finish in the 3,000 meter race at the 2013 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships that were held Feb. 11-12 at the Reggie Lewis Center. He topped the field of 31 runners with a time of 8 minutes, 23.74 seconds, which is an IC4A Championships qualifying time.
John raced to third place (34 runners) in the 3,000m with a time of 8:41.29 at the Joe Donahue Games, which were also held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Jan. 26. He opened the indoor track & field season with fifth place (20 runners) in the 3,000m at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Dec. 1. His other season highlights include seventh place (23 runners) in the mile at the URI Coaches Tribute Invitational.
Last year as a freshman, John placed fourth in the 1,500m at the New England Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:54.88. He raced to fifth place in the 3,000m steeplechase at the America East Championships and finished eighth in the 1,500m at the prestigious Ellis Invitational.
Alexis Crossley, women’s ice hockey – Pro Ambitions WHEA co-Rookie of the Week
Laura McHoul, women’s lacrosse – America East Rookie of the Week
Monday, February 11
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, UConn 0
Men’s track & field: 5th place at America East Championships (day 1 of 2)
Women’s track & field: 6th place at America East Championships (day 1 of 2)
Tuesday, February 12
Men’s track & field: 5th place at America East Championships (day 2 of 2)
Women’s track & field: 5th place at America East Championships (day 2 of 2)
Wednesday, February 13
Men’s basketball: at UNH 92, UMBC 86 (overtime)
Women’s basketball: at UMBC 59, UNH 50
Men’s ice hockey: at Providence 1, #5 UNH 0
Thursday, February 14
Women’s swim & dive: 2nd place at America East Championships (day 1 of 4)
Friday, February 15
Women’s swim & dive: 1st place at America East Championships (day 2 of 4)
Women’s ice hockey: UNH 6, at Providence 4
Skiing: 4th place at Middlebury Carnival (day 1 of 2)
Saturday, February 16
Women’s swim & dive: 1st place at America East Championships (day 3 of 4)
Women’s lacrosse: at Hofstra 13, UNH 12
Women’s basketball: at Boston U. 59, UNH 45
Gymnastics: 1st place (192.725) at Air Force with Lindenwood
Skiing: 4th place at Middlebury Carnival (day 2 of 2)
Women’s Track & Field: at Maine 80, UNH 70
Sunday, February 17
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 3, Providence 3 (tie- overtime)
Men’s basketball: at Boston U. 68, UNH 56
Men’s ice hockey: #5 UNH 4, at #4 Boston College 4 (tie- overtime)
Monday, February 18
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7pm
at Buffalo Wild Wings (Newington, N.H.)
Wednesday, February 20
Women’s basketball vs. Hartford, 7 pm
Men’s basketball at Hartford, 7 pm
Women’s ice hockey at Boston U., 7 pm
Friday, February 22
Women’s track & field at New England Championships, 3 pm (at Boston U.)
Men’s track & field at New England Championships, 3 pm (at Boston U.)
Men’s ice hockey at Vermont, 7 pm (TV: NESN)
Skiing at EISA Championship
Saturday, February 23
Women’s lacrosse vs. UMass, 1 pm
Women’s basketball vs. Binghamton, 1 pm (Play 4Kay)
Women’s ice hockey vs. Maine, 2 pm
Women’s track & field at New England Championships, 3 pm (at Boston U.)
Men’s track & field at New England Championships, 3 pm (at Boston U.)
Men’s ice hockey at Vermont, 4 pm (TV: CBS Sports)
Skiing at EISA Championship
Sunday, February 24
Men’s basketball vs. Binghamton, 1pm (TV: WBIN and FOX College Sports)
Women’s ice hockey vs. Maine, 2 pm (Senior Day)
Gymnastics at West Virginia with Michigan and Towson, 2 pm
MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-17 overall, 3-9 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team went 1-1 last week with a 92-86 overtime victory at home against UMBC and then lost 68-56 at Boston University.
- Junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds vs. UMBC for his third double-double of the season. Konan shot 7 of 8 from the floor in 41 minutes of action.
- Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) also recorded a double-double against UMBC with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- Both Konan Myrick went 2-for-2 from the foul line in the last 12 seconds of overtime vs. the Retrievers to secure the victory.
- Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) tallied 20 points and five assists vs. UMBC and followed that with 11 points at Boston U.
- Junior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) netted 13 points, including 3 of 5 shooting from 3-point range, against UMBC.
- Junior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.), who scored 13 points vs. UMBC, scored a game-high 15 points – all in the second half – at BU. He also had seven rebounds and three steals at BU.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 20 (7 p.m.) at the University of Hartford and then plays host to Binghamton University on Feb. 24 (1 p.m.) in a game that will be televised live on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports Atlantic.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (9-15 overall, 4-8 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team dropped a pair of road games last week with a 59-50 setback at UMBC (Feb. 13) and a 59-45 loss at Boston University (Feb. 16).
- Junior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) matched her career high of 20 points – and four 3-pointers – at UMBC. She also tallied three rebounds and two assists. With a pair of 3-pointers at BU, Hogan moved into 10th place on UNH’s career 3-point leaderboard; she currently has 106.
- Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) equaled her personal best of 12 points at BU that included a career-high three 3-pointers.
- Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) had a consistent week with nine points and eight rebounds at UMBC followed by nine points and nine rebounds at BU.
- Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) recorded a team-high four assists in both games last week and also had a season-high seven rebounds at BU.
- New Hampshire begins a three-game homestand Feb. 20 (7 p.m.) against the University of Hartford. UNH then plays host to Binghamton University on Feb. 23 (1 p.m.) as part of the Play 4Kay fight against breast cancer.
GYMNASTICS (9-3 overall, 4-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team recorded a score of 192.725 in a Feb. 15 Air Force Triangular victory against Air Force and Lindenwood at Cadet West Gym. The Wildcats started the meet with a 48.650 – its highest score of the night – on bars.
- Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) finished first in uneven bars by matching her season high of 9.800 and placed second on floor exercise with a 9.800.
- Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) led a 1-2 finish on floor exercise with a top mark of 9.825. She also tied for third place on the vault.
- Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) and Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) shared first place on vault with a 9.775.
- Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied for second on the bars at 9.775.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 24 (2 p.m.) at West Virginia University. Towson University and third-ranked University of Michigan will also be competing at the quad-meet.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (16-8-4 overall, 11-7-3 Hockey East)
- The fifth-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team was upended
1-0 at Providence College (Feb. 13) and then skated to a 4-4 tie at
fourth-ranked Boston College (Feb. 17).
- Sophomore forward Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) and freshman forward Dan Correale (Prince George, British Columbia) both tallied a goal and assist at BC.
- Downing has 11 points (7g, 4a) the past six games. The team has an 11-1-2 record when he records a point and that includes 7-0-2 when scoring a goal.
- UNH just completed a stretch in which it played 9 of 10 games against the first, second and fourth place teams in Hockey East.
- Following its mid-week matchup, UNH plays Feb. 17 (4 p.m.) at Boston College. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 1 (7:30 p.m.) against UMass.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (13-14-3 overall, 9-7-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team went 2-0-1 last week with a 4-0 home win against UConn (Feb. 11), 6-4 win at Providence College (Feb. 15) and 3-3 tie at home against PC (Feb. 17).
- The Wildcats, with a five-point week, climbed to fourth place in the Hockey East standings with one week remaining in the regular season.
- Junior forward Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario) recorded her first career hat trick with three goals against UConn. She followed that with two assists in the 6-4 win at PC.
- Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) recorded her second career hat trick with three goals in the Feb. 15 game at PC. She finished the week with five points (4g, 1a) as she also scored a power-play goal vs. PC and had an assist vs. UConn.
- Senior forward Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.), senior defenseman Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) and freshman defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) all tallied four points last week. Horn recorded a goal and three assists while both defensemen had four assists. Chappell recorded a career-high three assists in the 6-4 win at Providence.
- Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) recorded her second shutout of the season and third of her career with a 19-save effort vs. UConn on Feb. 11.
- New Hampshire plays at Boston College on Feb. 20 (7 p.m.) and then ends the regular season with a two-game home series vs. Maine on Feb. 23-24; both games are at 2 p.m.
LACROSSE (0-1, 0-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s lacrosse team opened the 2013 season with a 13-12 loss at Hofstra University on Feb. 16.
- Senior midfielder Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) and freshman attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) led the team with five points apiece. Casiano matched her career high of four goals and also had an assist while McHoul finished with five assists. Casiano reach the 50 goal milestone with the second of her four.
- Sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) extended her goal- and point-scoring streaks to 11 games with a three-goal effort; she has 37 points (31g, 6a) in that span.
- Senior attack and tri-captain Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) tallied four points with three goals and an assist.
- Junior defender Cori Rees (East Hempstead, N.H./Pinkerton) recorded a career-high five ground balls and equaled a personal best of three caused turnovers.
- Senior defender and tri-captain Casey Doyle (Ivyland, Pa,/Council Rock North) played in her 50th career game, the most among active ‘Cats … Doyle matched her career high of four ground balls.
- Senior goalkeeper and tri-captain Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) was credited with 11 saves and five ground balls.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 23 at home against the University of Massachusetts. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.
- The UNH ski team placed fourth at the Middlebury Carnival with
734 points; Vermont (933), Dartmouth (859) and Middlebury (766)
placed ahead of the Wildcats in the 16-team event.
- Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) raced to victory in the women’s giant slalom on Feb. 16. She clocked in at a combined time of 2 minutes, 10.08 seconds to lead UNH to first place in the event. One day earlier, Teschner was the top ‘Cat in the slalom with fifth place overall.
- Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) placed third in the giant slalom at 2:10.60 and Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) was sixth at 2:11.11.
- Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) led three skiers in the top 11 of the men’s giant slalom in sixth place overall with a time of 2:03.50. Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) followed in ninth place at 2:03.79 and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) completed the team scoring in 11th place at 2:03.83.
- Oliver recorded a personal-best runner-up finish in the men’s slalom with a combined time of 1:35.31. Vest-Burton placed eighth (1:36.09) and Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) took 13th place (1:36.63).
- UNH’s women’s Nordic team placed third in the 15K mass start freestyle. Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) posted a team-best time of 41:49.0 for 10th place. Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was 11th in 41:50.2, followed by Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) in 15th place at 42:39.4.
- Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) was the top ‘Cat in the women’s 5K classic by crossing the finish line in 16:31.5 for 11th place overall. Guiney placed 13th in 16:42.7 and Izzo was 16th (17:02.6).
- Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) finished first among Wildcat men in the 10K classic with a 16th-place effort of 27:25.2.
- UNH returns to action Feb. 22-23 at the EISA Championships, which are hosted by Bates College. The alpine events will be held at the Sunday River while Nordic races are at Black Mountain.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-2 overall, 2-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team won the 2013 America East Championship for the fifth time in school history with a conference record 858 points. The meet was held Feb. 14-17 at the University of Maine’s Stanley M Wallace Pool.
- UNH's 858 points shattered its own previous AE championship mark of 832.5 points, which was set in 1998 when the University won its first title. University of Maryland, Baltimore County finished in second place with 818.5 points.
- Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) was named the America East Outstanding Swimmer of the Year while head coach Josh Willman led a staff that was named America East Coaches of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
- Katie Mann (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) supplied the top individual highlight of Sunday night by setting an America East conference record, AE championship record and Wallace Pool record with an NCAA-qualifying, 200-yard breaststroke time of 2 minutes, 14.18 seconds. Earlier in the day, the sophomore shattered the same trio of pool records in the 200 breast prelims after touching the wall in a time of 2:14.32 to earn the top seed in the finals.
- Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.), the America East record-holder in the 1650-yard free, set the tone in the opening race of the final session when she captured victory in a time of 16 minutes, 48.18 seconds for 20 points. UNH notched places 4 through 6 as Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) registered a fourth-place time of 17:09.13 for 15 points, Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) took fifth place in 17:19.43 (14 points) and Katie Keefer (Waynesboro, Va.) slapped the wall in 17:22.93 for sixth place (13 points).
- The Wildcats made it two straight wins by finishing 1-2 in the 200-yard backstroke; Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) clocked in at 2:01.33 for the victory, and Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) took second place just 0.62 seconds later.
- UNH claimed gold and silver in the 200-yard butterfly with Roberts touching the wall in a dazzling 1 minute, 58.60 seconds for the victory and McCandless posting a runner-up time of 2:00.10.
- The Wildcats wrapped up the championship by virtue of a second-place showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Roberts, Reed, Suffel and Bull combined for a time of 3:25.45, which was a mere 0.01 seconds off the pace of UMBC's victorious quartet.
- On Day 3 (Feb. 16), Mann and Bull took first and second place in the 400 individual medley. Mann came in with a new pool record of 4:14.81 while Bull touched the wall at 4:19.58.
- Roberts took the top spot on the podium in the 100 fly, taking gold with a time of 54.60. Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Morales took the fourth and fifth spots in the event with Suffel touching the wall at 56.98 and Morales at 57.11.
- The Wildcats swam to another first and second place finish as Tribou and Reed earned another 37 points in the 200 free finals. Tribou recorded a 1:50.03 time while Reed came in at 1:50.64.
- New Hampshire capped off the Day 3 finals with a gold medal finish in the 400 medley relay. Roberts swam the lead off leg of the race followed by Mann, McCandless and Reed. The team combined for a time of 3:44.75.
- The Wildcats sat atop the standing at the end of Day 2 (Feb. 15). Roberts shattered the meet record, America East conference and pool records in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.42. Bull placed second in 2:03.40.
- McCandless, Adria Morales and Tribou took second through fourth place in the 500 freestyle.
- UNH swam to a second place finish in the 200 free relay, collectively racking up a time of 1:35.55, nearly a half second behind first place. Reed opened up the relay followed by Bull, Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) and Suffel.
- The ‘Cats were in second place following the opening day of competition (Feb. 14). The Wildcats started the swimming portion off in dominant fashion, shattering an America East Conference record, a Stanley M. Wallace Pool record and a UNH school record in the 800-yard free relay. Roberts went one step further and broke another pool record after blazing through the water in the leadoff leg of the relay, recording a time of 1:48.60. Tribou swam the second part of the relay and recorded a time of 1:49.57. Reed went third and touched the wall at 1:49.60 while Bull anchored the team with a time of 1:49.91. The team finished nearly eight seconds ahead of the second place team.
- The Wildcats gained 34 points with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, after combining for a time of 1:43.12. Cooper, Mann, McCandless and Roberts made up the quartet.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team placed fifth at the 2013 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships that were held Feb. 11-12 at Reggie Lewis Center.
- Junior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) was victorious in the mile as he crossed the finish line in an IC4A-qualifying time of 4:13.93. Greene also added a third-place finish in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:29.44. Greene, who was named the America East Track Performer of the Week before the conference meet, has now captured five individual victories in the past four weeks between the 800 meters 1,000 meters and mile events.
- Sophomore John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) claimed first-place in the 3,000 meters as he topped the field of 31 runners in a time of 8:23.74 to qualify for the IC4A Championships.
- On the first day of competition, senior Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) claimed runner-up in the weight throw for the second straight year with an IC4A-qualifying toss of 58-03.25. He also added a third-place finish in the shot put on the second day with an IC4A-qualifying toss of 52-06.00.
- Senior Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) finished third in the high jump with a cleared height of 6-06.25. Teammate Jason Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) took sixth in the event with a cleared height of 6-02.25.
- Senior Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine) placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.48. He also added a sixth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 45-06.25.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 22-23 at the New England Championships, which will be held at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team placed fifth at the 2013 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships that were held Feb. 11-12 at Reggie Lewis Center.
- Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.), the AE cross country champion and NCAA qualifier, placed runner-up in the 3,000 meters with an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:29.49.
- Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) claimed second overall in the 5,000 meters as she crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:15.62.
- The duo of senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the mile in times of 4:57.43 and 4:59.54. Twombly also took sixth overall in the 800 meters as she crossed the finish line in a time of 2:16.45, while James added a sixth-place finish in the 1,000 meters in a time of 3:00.25.
- The Wildcats' 4x800 meter relay team of freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.), sophomore Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.), junior Madeline Allen (Lenox, Mass.) and junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished fourth in a time of 9:25.87.
- Sophomore Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed fifth in finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.09 seconds.
- In the field, sophomore Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) tied for fourth in the high jump with a cleared height of 5-03.75.
- On the first day, Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) placed fourth overall in the weight throw with a toss of 49-06.50, while fellow senior Keyla Salazar (Nashua, N.H.) was right behind in fifth place with a throw of 48-11.00. Junior Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) placed eighth overall in the event at 45-07.00.
- The Wildcats' distance medley relay team of senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.), sophomore Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) and junior Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) finished fourth in a time of 12:09.37.
- UNH also competed in a dual meet at the University of Maine on Feb. 16; the Black Bears prevailed 80-70. Freshman Sydney Kay (Fairfield, Conn.) was victorious in both the 55m (7.48 seconds) and 200m (26.41).
- The Wildcats finished 1-2 in the 3,000m with senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.; 10:42.74) and Samantha Blaise (10:52.05).
- The ‘Cats also took the top two spots in the high jump and shot put. Salley edged Kayla Smith in the high jump while Abigail Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) bested teammate Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) in the shot put.
- Freshman Victoria Tondre (Canton, Mass.) finished as runner-up in both the long jump and triple jump.
- New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 22-23 at the New England Championships, which will be held at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
AMERICA EAST FALL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
The UNH athletic department led the America East conference with 108 student-athletes named to the Fall Academic Honor Roll, as announced by the conference on Feb. 1. Additionally, 44 of those Wildcats received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll; that marked the second most in the conference.
This marked the fourth consecutive year UNH had the highest number of representatives on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll. The Wildcats led the conference in 2011 (96), 2010 (95) and 2009 (86). In 2008, the 'Cats had the second highest total of 82.
Of the 145 student-athletes that participate in America East sports in the Fall, 108 achieved the mark of 3.0 or higher, totaling 75 percent of the athletes. That mark gave the Wildcats the third ranking in percentage of honored athletes.
The Wildcats led the way in four sports -- men’s cross country (23 honor roll/15 commissioner’s honor roll), women’s cross country (31/29), field hockey (15/7) and volleyball (13/7).
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team ended the 2012 season with a 21st-place finish at the 34-team NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Hammonasset State Park (Madison, Conn.) on Nov. 9.
- The Wildcats finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) placed second overall to lead four ‘Cats in the top 20. Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also recorded a top-10 finish in sixth place.
- Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) was named to the America East All-Academic Team.
- UNH placed the highest number of men’s cross country student-athletes (23) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team had one individual qualify for and compete at the NCAA Championships that were held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisvile, Ky.).
- Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 52.5 seconds to finish 112th in the 253-runner field.
- Maguire, the 2012 America East individual champion, earned a spot in the NCAAs by receiving one of four individual regional bids following a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 10. She received All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year.
- UNH finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Maguire was followed by junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.; sixth) and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia; 10th). The other two scoring ‘Cats finished in the top 15 and all seven Wildcat harriers placed among the top 20.
- Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Twombly were voted to the America East All-Academic Team.
- UNH placed the highest number of women’s cross country student-athletes (31) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll, and that represented 93.5% of the team. Of those 31, 29 received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
FIELD HOCKEY (12-8 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team was the top seed and host of the America East Championship for the third consecutive year. In a Nov. 2 semifinal, the Wildcats defeated Fairfield University, 3-2 in overtime, to advance to the title game for the third time in as many years. UNH fell one victory short of defending its 2011 crown with a 3-1 loss to University at Albany in the Nov. 4 championship game.
- Prior to the start of the tournament, the America East conference announced its annual awards and all-conference teams. UNH, led by 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year – it is the first time anyone received that award three consecutive years, and the five overall awards ties the conference benchmark.
- Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She is the first Wildcat to receive that distinction since the award’s 2001 inception.
- Bozek was joined on the All-Conference First Team by senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.).
- Sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) were named to the Second Team, while the All-Rookie Team included forwards Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) as well as back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.).
- The end of the 2012 season marked the end of UNH careers for three seniors – Erler, Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) and Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.).
FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 23-7 loss at ninth-ranked Wofford College in an NCAA second round game Dec. 1 at Gibbs Stadium.
- UNH head coach Sean McDonnell received three awards as he was named New England Football Writers Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year and Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Football Coach of the Year. It marked the fourth time McDonnell was feted as New England Football Writers Coach of the Year (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012) and third AFCA regional honor (2004, 2005, 2012), as well as fourth Gridiron Club award (2000, 2004, 2009, 20012).
- Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to The Sports Network FCS All-America First Team for the second consecutive year and senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) was named to the Third Team.
- Evans was named to a total of six All-America teams, including Associate Press (AP) and AFCA. He is just the fourth player ever named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-America Team three times; two of the others are UNH wide receiver David Ball and quarterback Ricky Santos.
- Senior left guard Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was voted to the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. He was also selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I Football District 1 First Team for the second time in as many years.
- Evans played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game (Jan. 19) while senior cornerback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and Smith were selected to play in the Texas vs Nation All-Star Game (Feb. 2).
- The Wildcats placed 11 members on CAA All-Conference teams. Evans, Smith, sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) and junior left tackle Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.) were First Team selections. Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), Peters and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) were tabbed to the Second Team. Zarkoskie, sophomore tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.), sophomore center Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.) and junior place kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) earned a spot on the Third Team.
MEN’S SOCCER (7-7-6 overall, 2-3-1 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team finished as runner-up at the America East Championship tournament for the second time in three years following a 0-0 tie at UMBC in the title game in which the Retrievers prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-2, on Nov. 10.
- The Wildcats advanced out of the semifinals with a 1-0 victory at top-seeded Vermont on Nov. 6. UNH did not surrender a goal in three tourney games this year to match the feat accomplished in 2010; the six consecutive postseason shutouts is a conference record.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all six shots vs. Vermont and seven against UMBC to extend his streak of consecutive shutouts to four games and 408 minutes, 50 seconds.
- At the conclusion of the America East Championship, senior backs Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), as well as Worra, were selected to the All-Championship Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the conclusion of Wildcat careers for Ryan McNabb (Downington, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.), Thomas and Hussein.
- The UNH men’s soccer team had the highest percentage of representation (72.5%) on the America East Academic Honor Roll – a total of Wildcats made the grade.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, making its conference-record 12th consecutive tournament appearance, was ousted from the 2012 America East Championships with a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook University in an Oct. 25 quarterfinal game at Lewis Fields.
- Junior goalkeeer Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America District 1 First Team on Nov. 2.
- Correa, who was also named to the America East All-Academic Team, started all 18 games in which she played. She had a 1.43 GAA with a .755 save percentage and three shutouts, and ranked third in the conference in both total saves (83) and saves per game (4.61).
- Prior to the start of postseason play, four Wildcats received America East honors. Senior back Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.
- Correa, Curry and junior midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marks the end of UNH careers for eight Wildcat seniors – captain Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.), Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.), Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.), Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.), Drea Noguiera (New Bedford, Mass.) and Curry.
- A total of 18 women’s soccer players were named to the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
VOLLEYBALL (15-14 overall, 7-5 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was ousted from the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded University at Albany in a Nov. 16 semifinal match.
- Prior to the start of the tournament, junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team while outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) were All-Rookie Team honorees and senior defensive specialist Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the end of Wildcat careers for Schnepp and setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.). Schnepp established a UNH single-season record for digs with 560 in 2012 and ended her career with 997 digs.
- UNH had the highest number of volleyball student-athletes (13) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.