Clayton, Cohen: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Roundup


March 14, 2011

DURHAM, N.H.Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) of the men’s skiing team and Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) of the women’s lacrosse team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.


Zach Clayton, men’s skiing

Zach, a junior from Manassas, Virginia, finished third in the men's slalom race at Stowe Mountain Resort to claim All-America First Team honors, highlighting the Wildcats' eighth-place finish in the 2011 NCAA Ski Championships, hosted by the University of Vermont.

Zach Clayton

The alpine skier, who earned All-America Second Team recognition by finishing 10th in giant slalom March 9, outdid his first effort by notching his seventh top-10 SL result of the year. The junior recorded a time of 48.63 seconds in his first run and 52.96 seconds in his second run for a combined time of 1 minute, 41.59 seconds for 44 points.

Zach was recently named to the EISA All-East Team for ranking in the top 10 during the six-carnival EISA season. He earned eighth in men's alpine with a best two combined score of 199, highlighted by 80 points in SL at Vermont and a 50-point showing in GS at Middlebury. The junior's top race of the season was the SL at Vermont (Feb. 5), where he claimed a career-best second place. Clayton also notched fifth place in SL at Dartmouth (Feb. 12) and finished in the top 10 in SL races at the EISA Championships (6th, Feb. 26) Middlebury (10th, Feb. 18), Colby (9th, Jan. 22) and St. Lawrence (6th, Jan. 15).

Ilana Cohen, women’s lacrosse

Ilana, a junior from Andover, Massachusetts, recorded a career-high five points with two goals and three assists to propel the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team to a 12-8 victory against Fairfield University at Alumni Field on March 12.

With the mark she becomes the only Wildcat with multiple points in all five games. On the season she has scored 11 goals on 16 shots for an impressive .688 shooting percentage. She currently leads the team in points (16), goals and shooting percentage, while also ranking second in assists (5).

The midfielder was just as stellar in the outing prior against Colgate (March 5), as she led the ‘Cats to a 17-12 victory on the road. In the contest she posted four points, matching her career best with three goals and one assist.

Ilana Cohen

Last season she registered 27 points on 15 assists and 12 goals. She capped off the year ranking second on the team in assists, third in caused turnovers (10), fourth in both ground balls (22) and draw controls (18), as well as fifth in points. Additionally, she ranked 10th in the America East in assists (0.88 per game).


Monday, March 7

Gymnastics: Central Michigan (195.700), UNH (195.225), Brown (193.675)

Wednesday, March 9

Skiing: 8th place (188 points) at NCAA Championships

Friday, March 11

Gymnastics: Arizona (195.625), BYU (195.300), UNH (194.625), Texas (191.475)

Skiing: 8th place (222 points) at NCAA Championships

Men’s hockey: UNH 3, Vermont 1 at Hockey East Quarterfinals @ UNH

Saturday, March 12

Women’s lacrosse: UNH 12, at Fairfield 8

Skiing: 8th place (344 points) at NCAA Championships

Men’s hockey: UNH 4, Vermont 3 at Hockey East Quarterfinals @ UNH


Monday, March 14

Women’s lacrosse vs. George Mason, 12 pm

Wednesday, March 16

Women’s lacrosse at Vanderbilt, 6 pm

Friday, March 18

Women’s lacrosse vs. Presbyterian, 4 pm @ (Atlanta, Ga.)

Men’s hockey vs. Merrimack, 8 pm (Hockey East semifinals @ TD Garden, Boston)

Saturday, March 19

Gymnastics vs. EAGL Championship @ George Washington University, 2 pm

Men’s hockey (if UNH advances) vs. winner BC/NU, 7 pm (Hockey East Championship @ TD Garden, Boston)

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (21-9-6, 19-6-4 Hockey East)
  • UNH hosted the University of Vermont in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals match-up and earned a series sweep of the Catamounts with 3-1 and 4-3 victories. New Hampshire finished the year 4-0-1 in five games against Vermont.
  • UNH captured its 20th win on Friday night and now has 20 wins in 14-of-the-last-15 season, while Head Coach Dick Umile has 18 20-win campaigns.
  • Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) lifted the Wildcats into the semifinals with the game-winner with three minutes remaining in the third period. Sislo has seven points in the last five games.
  • Junior goaltender Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 56 of 60 shots over the weekend and was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. DiGirolamo moved into fourth on the single season saves list with 1057 saves.
  • Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) became just the seventh Wildcat since 2000 to register 50 points in a single season with 52 points on 28 goals and 24 assists.
  • Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) notched three assists and a power play goal in the series to pace the Wildcats. DeSimone, who has five points in the last three games, moved past 40 points with 10 goals and 30 assists.  
  • The ‘Cats are headed to the TD Garden in Boston for the HE semifinals (first time since 2008) and will play Merrimack College on Friday, March 18 at 8 PM. UNH is 8-0-0 all-time against Merrimack in the Hockey East playoffs.
  • New Hampshire traveled to the University of Arizona for a quad meet on March 11 and tallied a team score of 194.625 at the McKale Center. The Wildcats placed third behind Arizona (195.625) and Brigham Young University (195.3). Texas Woman’s University rounded out the meet with a team score of  191.475.
  • Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.), Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) tied for first place on uneven bars, each recording a 9.85. UNH earned the highest score on bars with a cumulative 49.1.
  • Fobes was UNH’s top all-around performer, scoring 38.975 to finish in third place.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (3-2, 0-0 America East)

  • New Hampshire improved its road record to 3-1 with a 12-8 victory over Fairfield University.
  • Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) finished with a season-high six points, scoring three goals and recording three assists. She has tallied a point in every game this season, extending her point-scoring streak to 13 games.
  • Junior midfielder and tri-captain Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) tallied a career-high five points and is the only Wildcat with multiple points every game; she leads the team in both goals (11) and points (16). Cohen has scored 11 goals on 16 shots for an impressive .688 shooting percentage.
  • Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) scored four goals to mark her first multiple-point game of 2011.
  • Meghan Bridges (Sandy Hook, Conn.) recorded her first collegiate point with a goal.
  • In her first start of the season, Kate Gunts (Wilton, Conn.) made six saves, all in the first half, and finished with a game-high five ground balls.
  • The UNH ski team finished in eighth-place at the NCAA Championships at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, accumulating 344 points, posting their best NCAA result since 2000.
  • Alpine skier Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) earned All-America Second Team recognition by finishing 10th in giant slalom.
  • Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) also earned All-America Second Team honors with an eighth-place combined time of 1:44.16.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (12-18, 6-10 America East)

  • New Hampshire saw its 2011 season come to an end March 5 with a 69-60 loss to Boston University in the America East quarterfinals. UNH raced out to a 12-3 lead but trailed 33-30 at the half. The Wildcats closed within one point, 39-38, with 15 minutes remaining but never regained the lead.
  • Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) was one of four Wildcats honored at the America East banquet. He was named to the All-Conference Team. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) was voted to the All-Academic Team, Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was an All-Defensive Team selection and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was tabbed to the All-Rookie Team.
  • Conley was scoreless in the first half but finished with a team-high 16 points. Conley finished his career with 1,304 points for sixth place on the program’s all-time scoring list. He is also first in 3-point field goals attempted (680), tied for second in games played (116), third in 3-pointers made (222), fifth in both FG attempted (1,216) and minutes (3,520), eighth in blocked shots (48) as well as 10th in field goals made (442) and steals (115).
  • Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) tallied six points and eight rebounds. He finished second on UNH’s career leaderboard in rebounding (854) and tied for second in games played (116).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (9-20, 6-10 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team saw its 2011 season come to an end with a 67-53 loss to Binghamton University in an America East quarterfinal on March 4.
  • Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) were honored at the America East banquet prior to the tournament. Beliveau, who was the recipient of the 2011 America East Player of the Game Award, was selected to the All-Conference Second Team and the All-Academic Team. Hogan was an All-Rookie Team honoree.
  • The Wildcats trailed Binghamton by 21 points, 53-32, with nine minutes remaining but went on an 18-3 run to close within 56-50 with just under four minutes to play. The Bearcats responded with nine consecutive points, however, to secure the victory.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-16-2, 7-13-1 Hockey East)
  • New Hampshire finished the 2011 season tied for sixth in the Hockey East standings and did not advance to postseason play.
  • UNH closed the 2011 season Feb. 25-27 by capturing the ECAC Championship. The Wildcats won the final event of the meet – the 400-yard freestyle relay – in an ECAC, conference and school record time of 3 minutes, 23.65 seconds to capture the overall title. It is the Wildcats’ first ECAC title since 2005.
  • UNH  totaled 11 ECAC champions with five school and five ECAC records at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.


  • UNH competed at the IC4A Championships that were held March 5-6 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Anthony Vorachak (Lebanon, N.H.) set a school record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,041 points; he finished in seventh place overall. He tied for the third-best effort in the pole vault by clearing a height of 15 feet, 1 inch.
  • Matthew Guarante (Saugus, Mass.) finished just out of the scoring in ninth place in the men’s high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 8.25 inches.
  • Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) placed 12th in the weight throw with a toss of 55-10.25.


  • New Hampshire competed against 49 other schools at the ECAC Championships, which were held March 5-6 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center, and finished in 21st place.
  • Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) turned in a record-breaking first-place finish in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16 minutes, 24.09 seconds. She broke her own mark that she established two weeks ago at the America East Championship.
  • The Wildcats also established a school record in the 4x800m relay. The quartet of Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.), Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.) and Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) placed fifth overall with a time of 8:56.92 to break the mark that had stood since 2003.
  • Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished 11th in the triple jump while Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) were 11th and 12th, respectively, in the pentathlon.



  • UNH wrapped up the 2010 season with a 12th-place finish at the ICAAAA Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 20; 20 teams competed at the meet.
  • UNH concluded the 2010 season with a 14th-place finish at the ECAC Championships, which were held Nov. 20 at Van Cortlandt Park; 23 teams competed at the meet.
FIELD HOCKEY (14-7 overall, 5-0 America East)
  • UNH completed the 2010 season with a 14-7 record following a 2-1 overtime loss to Albany in the America East championship game on Oct. 6. The 14 victories marked the highest single-season total since the ’00 squad also had 14 wins.
  • Junior forward Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was named to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Second Team. It marks the second consecutive year a Wildcat was honored as an All-American.
FOOTBALL (8-5 overall, 5-3 CAA)
  • The 10th-ranked UNH football team was defeated 16-3 by fifth-ranked University of Delaware in an NCAA quarterfinal at Delaware Stadium on Dec. 10.
  • Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) was named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/ FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was also named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/ FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.

MEN’S SOCCER (9-5-6 overall, 2-3-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team concluded the 2010 season with a tie in the America East championship game at UMBC. The Wildcats and Retrievers battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime, then UMBC won the title by virtue of a 5-3 edge on penalty kicks.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-8-4 overall, 4-3-1 America East)
  • UNH’s 2010 season came to an end with the fifth-seeded Wildcats’ 2-1 loss at fourth-seeded Albany in the America East quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
VOLLEYBALL (10-17 overall, 5-7 America East)
  • UNH ended the 2010 season on a high note with a 3-2 come-from-behind win at UMBC on Nov. 12. UNH has reached double digits in wins five of the last six seasons.
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