March 12, 2012

Rozinowicz, Downing: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

March 12, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) of the ski team and Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) of the men’s 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.

 
 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Laura Rozinowicz, ski team

     Laura, a sophomore alpine skier from Toronto, Ontario, skied to an 11th-place finish in the giant slalom March 8 at the NCAA Skiing Championships to miss All-America status by one place. That finish was the top effort by any of the nine UNH Wildcats at this year’s NCAAs. She also placed 22nd in the slalom on March 10 to help New Hampshire place 10th overall.

     Prior to the start of the national championships, Laura was named to the 2012 National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team to mark the second consecutive year she received that honor.

     Laura entered the NCAAs as the EISA’s eighth-ranked giant slalom racer. She collected four top-five finishes during the 2012 carnival season, and that included fourth place at both the EISA Championships and Dartmouth as well as fifth at both Bates and Williams. Her top slalom result was 15th place at Vermont.

     As a freshman in 2011, Laura was UNH’s top finisher in the women’s giant slalom at the NCAAs with a 17th-place finish. She recorded four top-10 efforts during the carnival season that was highlighted by second place in the giant slalom at Vermont. Laura also placed sixth in the slalom at the EISAs as well as seventh in the GS and 10th in the SL at St. Lawrence.

     Prior to coming to UNH, Laura competed for Georgian Peaks Ski Club and the Green Mountain Valley School. She was the top junior performer at the 2010 Canadian Nationals after placing fifth overall in the super combined.

 

Grayson Downing, men’s hockey

     Grayson, a freshman forward from Abbottsford, British Columbia, recorded two points with a goal and an assist in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series at sixth-ranked Boston University that spanned March 9-11 at Agannis Arena. His unassisted goal at 13:00 of the second overtime lifted UNH to a 3-2 victory and 1-0 series lead last Friday. He also assisted on Sunday’s second-period power-play goal by Greg Burke that gave UNH a 3-1 lead.

     Grayson recorded a point in 16 of 34 games with five multiple-point efforts. He recorded his first collegiate point Oct. 21 with an assist at St. Cloud State (and finished that game with two assists). He scored his first career goal Nov. 4 at UMass and also had an assist in the 7-3 victory. Grayson matched his personal best of two assists and also established career highs in both goals (two) and points (four) Nov. 22 at Harvard. He followed that with two points (1g, 1a) vs. Alabama-Huntsville and an assist at UMass-Lowell. Grayson had a memorable Frozen Fenway game vs. Maine with a goal and an assist vs. the Black Bears; he set up the first goal of the game at 1:05 of the first period and his third-period goal at 4:43 tied the score at 4-4 to send the game into overtime.

     Grayson tallied 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 34 games. He led all UNH rookies and was fourth overall in points; he ranked second in goals and tied for fourth in assists; furthermore, Grayson led the team with a .172 shooting percentage.

     Before coming to UNH, Grayson skated with the Westside Warriors (BCHL) for three seasons. In 2010-11, he recorded 70 points (36g, 34a) in 52 games to ranked second on the team and 15th in the league in ponts.

 
 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Wednesday, March 7

Women’s lacrosse: UConn 12, at UNH 9

Skiing: 16th place at NCAA Championships [Day 1 of 4]

Thursday, March 8

Skiing: 10th place at NCAA Championships [Day 2 of 4]

Friday, March 9

Skiing: 11th place at NCAA Championships [Day 3 of 4]

Men’s hockey: UNH 3, at #6 Boston University 2 (2ot) (UNH leads series 1-0)

Saturday, March 10

Skiing: 10th place at NCAA Championships [Day 4 of 4]

Men’s hockey: at #6 Boston University 4, UNH 2 (Series tied 1-1)

Sunday, March 11

Men’s hockey: at #6 Boston University 5, UNH 4 (2ot) (BU wins series 2-1)

Gymnastics: #17 Arizona 196.150, at UNH 195.200 (Senior Day)

Women’s lacrosse: at #20 Stanford 15, UNH 13

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, March 14

Women’s lacrosse at Fresno State, 3 pm (Pacific)

Friday, March 16

Gymnastics at Oregon State w/Seattle Pacific, 7 pm (Pacific)

Sunday, March 18

Women’s lacrosse vs. Fairfield, 12 pm

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (16-13 overall, 9-7 America East)

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s basketball team was defeated 59-57 by UMBC in a March 2 America East quarterfinal game.
  • Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) was an America East All-Conference Second Team selection.

GYMNASTICS (11-4 overall, 4-1 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team exceeded 195 points for the fourth time in its last five meets with a mark of 195.200 on Senior Day (March 11) at Lundholm Gymnasium, but the Wildcats were defeated by 17th-ranked University of Arizona, which posted a season-high score of 196.150.
  • Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) recorded a season-high 9.80 on balance beam to tie for second place in that event and also had a 9.80 on uneven bars in the final home meet of her career.
  • Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) celebrated her final home meet with a 9.85 on vault, which tied for second with teammate Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.). The Wildcats recorded a season-high team score of 49.00 in the event.
  • Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) tied her season-high score of 9.825 on the uneven bars to match teammate Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) for second place.
  • Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) was the top ‘Cat on floor exercise in a tie for third place at 9.825.
  • In addition to Reibold and Carr, Tasia Percevecz (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) and Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) also competed at Lundholm Gymnasium for the final time of their career.
 

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (15-19-3 overall, 11-14-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team fell 5-4 in double overtime in Game 3 of the best of three Hockey East quarterfinal series at sixth-ranked Boston University on March 11. The Wildcats prevailed 3-2 in double overtime in Game 1, but then BU leveled the series with a 4-2 victory in Game 2.
  • New Hampshire peppered BU goaltender Kieran Millan with 157 shots (52.33 per game) in the three-game series and that included 72 shots in the decisive game.
  • Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) scored an unassisted goal at 13:00 of double overtime on March 9 to lift the ‘Cats to a 3-2 victory. Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) and Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) potted first-period goals 46 seconds apart to transform a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead.
  • That victory was the 499th for UNH head coach Dick Umile.
  • Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded a career-high 50 saves in the Game 3 loss. That included 15 third-period saves and 16 in the first overtime session.
  • Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) scored a career-high two goals in Sunday’s loss.
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the end of UNH careers for Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.), Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.), Damon Kipp (Salmon Arm, British Columbia), Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) and Tyler Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.).
  • Moses scored a goal in Game 2 and finished his career with 98 career points (47g, 51a) in 148 games.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (0-4 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team went 0-2 last week with a 12-9 home loss to UConn and a 15-13 loss at 20th-ranked Stanford.
  • Senior midfielder Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded her 100th career point with the second of her two points – a second-half goal – March 7 against UConn.
  • Keagins and freshman midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) have scored a goal all four games this season. Puccia recorded her first career multiple-goal game with two tallies at Stanford.
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team finished in 10th place at the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 7-10 in Bozeman, Montana. The Wildcats placed in the top 10 for the 23rd time in the 30 years Cory Schwartz has coached the squad.
  • A total of 12 Wildcats were named to the 2012 National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Four ‘Cats – Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario), Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska), Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) – recorded a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) garnered All-Academic Team honors for the third consecutive year.
  • On the final day of competition at the NCAAs, UNH recorded 102.5 points in the slalom races at Bridger Bowl to climb from 11th place to 10th. Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) was the top ‘Cat with a 14th-place finish in the men’s slalom. Atkinson and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) finished 25th and 29th, respectively.
  • The UNH women’s alpine triumvirate finished consecutively in 22nd, 23rd and 24th place in the slalom. Rozinowicz was followed by Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec).
  • New Hampshire was in 16th place following the opening day of competition, which featured the Nordic freestyle races at Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center. Guiney was the fastest UNH skier and placed 30th overall in the women’s 5K; she was followed by Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) in 34th and Ramey in 38th. Erik Lindgren skied to 39th place in the men’s 10K.
  • Rozinowicz turned in the top effort by any Wildcat at the 2012 NCAAs with an 11th-place finish in Thursday’s giant slalom. Lepine raced to 20th place and was followed by Kantor in 26th.
  • In the men’s GS, Atkinson led the team in 18th place. Vest-Burton (22nd) and Clayton (25th) also pointed for the Wildcats.
  • On Day 3, Izzo was the top ‘Cat with an 18th-place effort in the women’s 15K classic race. Guiney (23rd) and Ramey (33rd) gained points, as did Erik Lindgren with 29th place in the men’s 20K.
 
 
 

2011-12 COMPLETED SEASONS

MEN’S BASKETBALL (13-16 overall, 7-9 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team exited the America East Championship with a 63-45 loss to the University at Albany on March 3 at Chase Family Arena (University of Hartford).
  • A trio of Wildcats received America East awards at the annual league banquet. Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team, senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) was tabbed to the America East All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was selected to the All-Defensive Team for the second time in as many years.
  • The end of the season marked the final game in a Wildcat uniform for Abreu, Benson and Ryan Herrion (Dover, N.H.). Abreu ranks first on UNH’s career leaderboard for games played (118) and minutes played (3,879) as well as third in scoring (1,583), fourth in both 3-pointers made (216) and field goals made (535), fifth in free throws made (197) and 10th in steals (115). Benson finishes second in program history in blocks (79) and eighth in rebounds (642).
 

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.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (10-22-3 overall, 4-15-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team was ousted from the Hockey East tournament with a loss at ninth-ranked Boston University in a Feb. 26 quarterfinal game at Walter Brown Arena.
  • Junior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) and junior defenseman Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) were named 2012 WHEA Honorable Mention All-Stars.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The New Hampshire men’s indoor track & field team placed fourth at the America East Championships and then 11th at the New England Championships.
  • Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) won the shot put title at both the league and New England meets. He won the event at every indoor meet until the IC4A Championship, where he placed fourth. Paey was honored as America East Field Performer of the Week five times during the 2011-12 season.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team finished sixth at the America East Championship and seventh at the New England Championship.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) and Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn.) were named to the 2012 America East All-Academic Team. Letourneau finished second in the mile at the America East Championships and broke school records in both the 1,000 meters (2 minutes, 48.16) and the mile (4:42.47). Pothier placed third in the weight throw at the league championship meet.
  • Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) ran to a school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:17.62 at the BU Terrier Classic (Jan. 27).

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.
 

SWIMMING & DIVING (6-2 overall, 2-1 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team placed third at the America East Championships, which were held Feb. 24-27 at Boston University’s Aquatic Center.
  • Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) broke a pair of records en route to being named the Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer and Rookie of the Year. It is the first time in conference history someone won both awards in the same year.
  • UNH earned the America East Coaching Staff of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and 12th time in head coach Josh Willman’s career.
  • Mann broke the America East Championships and league records in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning time of 2:01.32 on Friday. Then on Saturday, Mann swam to a school- and conference-record time of 4:14.10 in the 400 individual medley. That mark qualifies as an NCAA provisional time and ranks 42nd in the country.
  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) took the top spot in the 1,650 freestyle and was the third-fastest swimmer in the 200 butterfly on the final day of competition. On day two, McCandless raced to third place in the 500 free.
  • Grace Borchers (Evanston, Ill.) captured first place in the 100 butterfly.
  • Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.) was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle and raced to fourth place in both the 1,650 free and 500 free.

 

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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