SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
March 3, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) of the women’s indoor track & field team and Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) of the men’s ice hockey 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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Elinor Purrier, women’s indoor track & field
Elinor, a freshman from Montgomery, Vt., broke the school record with a winning effort in the mile at the America East Championship (Feb. 24) and bested that mark with third place at the Last Chance Meet (March 2).
Elinor bested a field of 17 runners at the America East conference meet at The Armory in New York, N.Y., by crossing the finish line in 4 minutes, 41.73 seconds; the closest competitor finished 5.62 seconds later.
She lowered her record time to 4:36.14 at the Last Chance Meet at Boston University, where she placed behind a runner from Georgetown University and was edged at the finish line by a non-collegian while also edging out runners from Stony Brook, BU and Villanova.
Elinor’s school-record run of 4:36.14 currently ranks 15th in the NCAAs, which would make her eligible to compete at the NCAA Championships.
Elinor opened her collegiate career Aug. 31 with a cross country dual meet against No. 1-ranked Providence College and was the top ‘Cat – fourth overall – by completing UNH’s 5K course in 17:36. In a meet featuring two of the top three teams in the nation, Elinor placed 14th to help the Wildcats finish third at the Boston College Invitational.
She was the top ‘Cat and third overall to lead New Hampshire to the New England Championship on Oct. 12. Three weeks later, she once again was UNH’s top finisher (in sixth place) to propel UNH to the America East title. Elinor capped her cross country season in 40th place (254 runners) at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet.
In the track season, Elinor won the 1,000-meter run in a Jan. 18 dual meet against College of the Holy Cross at the Paul Sweet Oval; she was also part of UNH’s winning 4x400m relay team. One week later, she topped a field of 43 runners in the mile at the Joe Donahue Games (Northeastern University) with a time of 4:48.45.
Elinor continued her winning ways at the URI Coaches Meet (Feb. 1) with a first-place time of 2:13.42 in the 800m. She continued the strong indoor season at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational (Boston U.) on Feb. 7; her time of 4:43.36 was fastest in the second heat and bested four runners in the top heat to earn eighth place overall (of 168 runners).
Kevin Goumas, men’s ice hockey
Kevin, a senior from Long Beach, N.Y., recorded five points (one goal, four assists) last weekend to lead the UNH men’s ice hockey team to a series split in the last weekend of the regular season at Merrimack College. He matched his season high of three assists as part of a season-best four points to propel the Wildcats to a 5-2 victory in the March 1 finale and give New Hampshire the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Hockey East tournament.
The forward, who was honored as Hockey East Player of the Week, set up the team’s first goal to tie the score, 1-1, and then set up the goal that gave UNH a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winning goal late in the second period. Kevin’s goal reestablished a two-goal lead of 4-2 for the ‘Cats at 13:03 of the third period and assisted on the empty-net goal with 1:28 remaining to secure the victory.
Kevin became just the 16th UNH Wildcat in program history to reach the 100-assist milestone with the last of his three assists March 1 at Merrimack.
With a point in both games last weekend, Kevin extended his point streak to nine games and he has compiled 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in that span. He leads the team in both assists (31) and points (45), and those numbers rank third in Hockey East in both statistics. Kevin also ranks second in both plus/minus (+23) and shots (110). In the national stats, he is No. 7 in both points (1.29/game) and assists (0.89).
Kevin has recorded a point in 26 of 35 games this season with 12 multiple-point efforts. He established his season high of three assists Jan. 4 against Nebraska Omaha. He also tallied three points against UMass (Nov. 9; 1g, 2a), Colorado College (Nov. 30; 2g, 1a), Nebraska Omaha (Jan. 3; 1g, 2a) and Notre Dame (Jan. 31; 1g, 2a).
Last year as a junior, Kevin skated in 38 games and recorded 42 points (10g, 32a). He was a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star as he tied for No. 6 in the nation in assists (0.84 per game) and was No. 18 in points (1.11 per game).
In 141 career games, Kevin has tallied 139 points on 39 goals and 100 assists. He is currently tied at No. 32 on the career points list with Mike McShane (1968-71); ahead of Kevin at No. 21 is Lanny Gare (1999-2003) at 142 and current head coach Richard Umile (1968-72) is No. 30 at 144.
Kevin Goumas, men’s hockey – Hockey East Player of the Week
Monday, February 24
Women’s track & field: fourth place at America East Championships (final)
Men’s track & field: fourth place at America East Championships (final)
Wednesday, February 26
Women’s basketball: Albany 60, at UNH 47
Thursday, February 27
Men’s basketball: at Albany 66, UNH 48
Friday, February 28
Women’s ice hockey: at No. 4 Boston College 8, UNH 1 (Hockey East quarterfinal)
Men’s ice hockey: at Merrimack 4, UNH 2
Women’s swim & dive: fifth place at ECAC Championships [Day 1 of 3]
Women’s track & field: at New England Championships [Day 1 of 2]
Men’s track & field: at New England Championships [Day 1 of 2]
Saturday, March 1
Men’s ice hockey: UNH 5, at Merrimack 2
Women’s basketball: Maine 66, at UNH 62
Women’s lacrosse: Lehigh 9, at UNH 5
Women’s track & field: 14th place at New England Championships (final)
Men’s track & field: fourth place at New England Championships (final)
Women’s swim & dive: seventh place at ECAC Championships [Day 2 of 3]
Sunday, March 2
Women’s swim & dive: sixth place at ECAC Championships [Day 3 of 3]
Men’s basketball: at Maine 73, UNH 69
Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Last Chance Meet
Monday, March 3
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7 pm
[at Buffalo Wild Wings, Fox Run Mall, Newington, N.H.]
Gymnastics at George Washington w/Maryland, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 5
Women’s lacrosse vs. UConn, 4 pm (Bremner Field)
Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [Day 1 of 4]
Thursday, March 6
Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [Day 2 of 4]
Friday, March 7
Women’s basketball vs. Vermont, 2 pm (at Albany) [America East quarterfinal]
Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [Day 3 of 4]
Saturday, March 8
Gymnastics vs. Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport, 4 pm
Skiing at NCAA Championships (at Utah) [Day 4 of 4]
Women’s track & field at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 1 of 2]
Men’s track & field at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 1 of 2]
Women’s lacrosse at UMass, 4 pm
Men’s basketball vs. Vermont, 12 pm
Sunday, March 9
Women’s track & field at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 2 of 2]
Men’s track & field at ECAC Championships (at Boston U.) [Day 2 of 2]
Women’s basketball America East semifinal at Albany (11 am / 1 pm)
Men’s basketball America East semifinal at Albany (5 pm / 7 pm)
Monday, March 10
Coach’s Show with men’s ice hockey head coach Dick Umile, 7 pm
[at Buffalo Wild Wings, Fox Run Mall, Newington, N.H.]
Women’s lacrosse at Iona, 3 pm
Women’s basketball America East final at Albany, 4 pm
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (18-11 overall, 12-4 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team closed the final week of the regular season with a 60-47 home loss to University at Albany (Feb. 26) and a 66-62 loss to the University of Maine on Senior Day (March 1). UNH had not lost consecutive games since Dec. 18 & 22.
- The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed of the America East Championship and play sixth-seeded University of Vermont in a March 7 quarterfinal (2 p.m. at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena).
- The tourney semifinals are Sunday, March 9 (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.) and the final is Monday, March 10 (4 p.m.). All quarterfinal and semifinal games will be broadcast online at ESPN3; the title game is televised on ESPNU.
- This is UNH’s highest seed since 2005 and the Wildcats’ highest conference winning percentage since 1997.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) scored a game-high 20 points on the strength of 7 of 13 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range against Albany. She also had a team-high eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks.
- In the game vs. Maine, the ‘Cats trailed by nine points (61-52) with 1:55 remaining but closed within four points (63-59) with 43 seconds on the clock and then 10 seconds later Belanger’s 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to 63-62. Maine hit two free throws with 30 seconds to play and UNH had two empty possessions before the visitors hit another foul shot with one second remaining to secure the win.
- On her Senior Day vs. Maine, senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored a game-high 21 points. She made 8 of 16 field goals, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range, in 39 minutes.
- The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.730) and rank No. 2 in defense (58.6 ppg).
- On the individual leaderboards, Hogan is No. 9 in scoring (12.2 ppg) and Belganger is No. 8 in rebounding (6.6 rpg). Hogan is also No. 2 in free throw percentage (.814), No. 4 in both minutes (32.8 mpg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.360), and No. 6 in assists (3.2 apg).
- UNH swept the regular-season series against Vermont with a 60-45 win at home (Jan. 20) and 71-50 road win (Feb. 19).
MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-23 overall, 4-12 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team closed the regular season with road losses to the University at Albany, 66-48, on Feb. 27 and Maine, 73-69, on March 2.
- New Hampshire is the No. 8 seed of the America East Championship and will play top-seeded University of Vermont in a March 8 (12 p.m.) quarterfinal game at the University at Albany’s SERCU Arena.
- The semifinal games are March 9 (5 & 7 p.m.) and the title game is March 15 (11:30 a.m.) at the site of the highest remaining seed. All of this weekend’s games are broadcast online on ESPN3.
- Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) averaged 19 points last week. He scored a team-high 14 points at Albany on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, and two free throws. In the regular-season finale at Maine, Bronner matched his career high of 24 points; he made 8 of 15 FGs, including 5-for-8 on 3-pointers.
- Junior guard Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.) was inserted into the starting lineup last week and pulled down eight rebounds in 25 minutes at Albany, followed by a personal-best 12 in 31 minutes at Maine; he also netted a career-high eight points vs. the Black Bears.
- UNH lost both regular-season meetings to UVM with a 57-40 road loss (Jan. 20) and 79-44 setback at home (Feb. 19).
GYMNASTICS (8-3 overall, 2-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team did not compete last week. The Wildcats have compiled a 6-0 record the previous four meets and exceeded 195 points three of those meets.
- New Hampshire returns to action Monday, March 3 at George Washington University. The University of Maryland will also be competing.
- The Wildcats’ next home meet is Saturday, March 8 (4 p.m.) against Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport; 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 (9-23-2 overall, 4-15-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team saw its 2013-14 season end with an 8-1 loss to fourth-ranked Boston College in a Feb. 28th Hockey East quarterfinal game at Conte Forum.
- New Hampshire recorded the shot advantage in both the second (8-7) and third (15-12) periods. The game total was even at 32.
- The Wildcats quickly took a 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) 71 seconds into the game. Sophomore forward Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) extended her point streak with an assist; sophomore defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) also tallied an assist.
- BC potted goals 3:01 apart – at 4:56 and 7:57 – and scored twice late in the period to take a 4-1 lead into the first intermission.
- Sophomore goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) went the distance in goal and finished with 24 saves.
- The end of the 2014 season marks the end of Wildcat careers for seniors Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario), Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario). Gifford recorded 29 goals and 42 assists for 71 points in 134 career games. Hitchcock, who spent her first two years at Niagara University, finished with overall numbers of 36 goals and 40 assists for 76 points in 133 games. O'Neill tallied 28 goals and 28 assists for 56 points in 134 games.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (19-16-1 overall, 11-9-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team ended the regular season with a road split at Merrimack College. The Wildcats were edged 4-2 on Friday, Feb. 28 and then recorded a 5-2 win on March 1 to secure the No. 4 seed of the upcoming Hockey East tournament.
- In Friday’s game, MC scored a pair of second-period goals to take a 2-0 lead into the second intermission. UNH tied the score on goals by Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) and Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) at 2:29 and 8:01 of the final frame. MC regained the lead 59 seconds later, however, and added an empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining to secure the win.
- In Saturday’s regular-season finale, Merrimack once again struck first but Pesce and Speelman netted goals seven-second apart – at 12:21 and 12:28 of the second period – and Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) scored with 39 seconds left in the middle frame to build a 3-1 lead.
- Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in Saturday’s game and five points (1g, 4a) in the weekend series at Merrimack to garner the Hockey East Player of the Week award. The four points marked a season high and the three assists matched the season high established Jan. 4 vs. Nebraska Omaha.
- Goumas ended the regular season with a nine-game point streak in which he amassed four goals and 13 assists for 17 points. He leads the team in both assists (31) and points (45) and ranks No. 3 in Hockey East in both statistics.
- Four other ‘Cats recorded a point in both games last weekend. Speelman scored a goal each game while Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) tallied an assist both Friday and Saturday Pesce (2g, 1a) and Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia; 3a) both tallied three points.
- Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded a season-high 49 saves in Saturday’s 5-2 win with 19 saves in the first period followed by 16 in the second and 14 in the third.
- Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) recorded two goals and an assist Saturday.
- New Hampshire plays host to fifth-seeded Northeastern University in a best-of-three quarterfinal series at the Whittemore Center on March 14, 15 and, if necessary, March 16.
- The UNH ski team placed fifth at the EISA Championships, which also serve as the NCAA East Regionals, held Feb. 21-22 at Middlebury College. The Wildcats will have 10 student-athletes competing at the NCAA Championships.
- At the conclusion of the EISA meet, Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) was named Nordic Rookie of the Year and was one of five Wildcats named to the All-East Second Team.
- Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) were the other Nordic skiers who garnered Second Team recognition. Alpine skiers Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) also received that honor.
- Oliver, Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) and Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) compose UNH’s full allotment of men’s alpine skiers at the NCAAs.
- Teschner, Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario) are UNH’s complete women’s alpine squad.
- Laursson and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) will compete in the women’s Nordic races at the NCAAs.
- Both Fosnaes and Lindgren will represent the UNH men’s Nordic squad.
- New Hampshire returns to action March 5-8 at the NCAA Skiing Championships, which is hosted by the University of Utah. The alpine events are March 5 (giant slalom) and March 7 (slalom) at the Park City Mountain Resort. The Nordic races are scheduled for March 6 (classic) and March 8 (freestyle) at Soldier Hollow.
SWIMMING & DIVING (8-1 overall, 2-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team sent six competitors to compete at the ECAC Championships and – despite the limited numbers and no entries in the relay events – placed sixth of 21 teams with 270 points. The meet was held Feb. 28 & March 1-2 at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Lejeune Hall.
- Head coach Josh Willman was named the women’s co-Coach of the Meet; he received the honor last year and has been feted four times.
- Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) recorded a pair of NCAA provisional cuts and ECAC records as part of three winning efforts. On the final day of competition, she swam to first place in the 200-yard butterfly with an ECAC- and school-record time of 1 minute, 56.91 seconds; that benchmark currently ranks 38th in Division I. On Saturday, Roberts finished first in the 200 freestyle with an ECAC record mark of 1:48.50. She opened the three-day event by repeating as 200 individual medley champion with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 2:00.24.
- Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) placed third in the 200 butterfly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:58.93. One day earlier, McCandless raced to sixth place in the 100 fly (54.97 seconds). She opened the meet with fourth place in the 500 free with a time of 4:57.47.
- Junior Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) swam a personal-best time of 2:03.81 in the 200 fly to finish seventh overall. Morales placed 12th out of 38 competitors in the 100 fly with a mark of 56.09. On Friday, she swam to seventh place in the 200 IM in 2:07.80.
- Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Denmark) earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 200 breaststroke with a fourth-place time of 2:15.21. Caspersen recorded a top-five effort in the 100 breaststroke in fifth place at 1:03.80.
- UNH placed two swimmers in the top five of the 200 backstroke with junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) in second place with a time of 1:59.61 and Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) touching the wall in 2:02.84 for fifth place.
- Mann successfully defended her 400 individual medley title with an ECAC record and NCAA ‘B’ time of 4:09.40, which currently ranks 22nd in D-I. Mann opened the meet with second place in the 500 free; she was clocked in 4:51.81.
- Cooper also took fifth place in the 400 IM with a mark of 4:24.07. On the first day of competition, Cooper was runner-up in the 200 IM with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 2:02.37.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team opened the week by finishing fourth in the America East Championship (Feb. 24; New York, N.Y.), then placed 14th at the New England Championship (Feb. 28 & March 1; Boston University) and competed at the non-scoring Last Chance Meet (March 2; BU).
- Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) took first place in the mile at the America East meet with a school-record time of 4 minutes, 41.73 seconds. She then bested that benchmark with a third-place effort of 4:36.14 at the Last Chance Meet; that time currently ranks 15th in the NCAAs, which would make her eligible to compete at the NCAA Championships.
- Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) tied the school record of 5 feet, 7 inches for second place in the high jump at the league meet. At New Englands, she placed third in that event by once again clearing a height of 5-7.
- Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) was runner-up in the 60m in 7.63 seconds at the America East Championship. Later in the week, she took third place in the 60m at the New Englands with an identical time of 7.63.
- Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) raced to third place in the 1,000m with a clocking of 2:53.64 at America East.
- Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) took third place in the 3,000m at America East by crossing the finish line in 9:54.79. Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) placed sixth in the event at 10:02.34.
- Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) ran to fourth place in the 800m with a time of 2:14.70 at the league meet.
- Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) took seventh place in the shot put with a measurement of 38-11.00 at the America East Championship.
- Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed seventh in the 60m hurdles at the league meet at a time of 9.00 seconds. Lavallee took sixth in that event at New Englands with a time of 8.96 seconds.
- The 4x800m relay squad of Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.), Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.), Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.) and Kruse was runner-up in the 9:14.93 at the America East meet.
- At the New Englands, the 4x800m quartet of Kruse, Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.), Szymanski and Hunt bested a field of 16 teams with a winning time of 8:59.87.
- New Hampshire returns to action March 8-9 at the ECAC Championships, which will be held at Boston University.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team finished fourth at the America East Championship (Feb. 24; New York, N.Y.) and then also placed fourth at the New England Championships, which were held Feb. 28 & March 1 at Boston University.
- John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) led three Wildcats in the top eight in the 3,000-meter run with a winning time of 8:20.43 at the America East Championship. Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) and Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) were seventh and eighth, respectively, in 8:29.17 and 8:29.31. At New Englands, Moretti ran to fourth place in the 5,000m with a time of 14:46.37; Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) followed in fifth place at 14:50.36.
- Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) was runner-up in the 400m dash at the America East meet with a time of 48.67 seconds. At New Englands, Penn was fifth in the 400m in 48.68.
- Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) placed second in the 800m with a clocking of 1:52.72 at the league meet. He went on to take third place in that event at New Englands in 1:52.63.
- D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) was third in the 60m hurdles at 8.27 seconds at the America East meet. He was the eighth-place finisher in that event at New Englands with a time of 8.44.
- Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.) took sixth place in the 500m with a time of 1:05.83 at America East. He placed fourth at New Englands in that event at 1:04.28.
- Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) claimed seventh place in the 800m at 1:53.97.
- Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) placed eighth in the 400m by crossing the finish line in 50.64 seconds at the league meet.
- The 4x400m relay unit of Piazza, Stys, Souza and Tanner Kent (Amherst, N.H.) recorded a time of 7:39.66 to claim second place at America East.
- At the New England Championships, the 4x800m relay squad of Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.), Souza, Stys and Piazza won the event with a time of 7:38.16.
- George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) finished eighth in the weight throw at New Englands with a distance of 57 feet, 5.75 inches.
- New Hampshire returns to action March 8-9 at the ECAC Championships, which will be held at Boston University.
NEW ATHLETIC COMPLEX OUTLINED AS PART OF CAMPUS MASTER PLAN
With a focus on meeting its strategic priorities, UNH is moving forward with fundraising and planning for a new athletic complex that will benefit the University, Durham and the Seacoast region, and the state. Athletic facilities and venues, including a new stadium, were identified as a priority in the campus’ master plan to improve recruitment, student satisfaction, and overall visibility in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Expected to cost $25 million and open in late 2015, the facility, which is referred to as the West Stadium, will offer increased and improved seating, state-of-the art broadcast and WiFi capability, concessions, restrooms, and a special student section. The original concrete section of the current East Side facility dates to the 1930s.
The new athletic complex will offer increased seating capacity of more than 10,000, a new home side on the opposite side of the existing field, and gathering and social spaces.
AMERICA EAST FALL 2013 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
In an announcement made Feb. 6 by the America East conference, UNH had the highest number of student-athletes (114) recognized on the America East Fall 2013 Honor Roll; it marked the fifth consecutive fall semester New Hampshire accomplished the feat.
UNH’s women’s cross country team had the highest percentage of honor roll recipients from a single team, with 33 of a possible 35 (94.3%) student-athletes recognized. Fifteen of those Wildcats received distinction on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.50 or higher gpa).
The UNH volleyball team placed 13 of 16 (81.3%) student-athletes on the Honor Roll and eight made the grade for the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The men’s cross country had the next highest percentage among UNH teams at 76% (19 of 25 runners) and was followed closely by men’s soccer at 73.3% (22 of 30). In women’s soccer, 10 of the 15 ‘Cats who made the Honor Roll also made the Commissioner’s Roll and half of the 12 field hockey student-athletes on the Honor Roll were also on the Commissioner’s Roll.
Overall, UNH boasted 73.1% of its student-athletes on the Honor Roll, and 46.5% of those ‘Cats made the Commissioner’s Roll.
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.