March 17, 2014

Puccia, Goumas: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE

March 17, 2014

DURHAM, N.H.Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) of the women’s lacrosse 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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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Laura Puccia, women’s lacrosse

     Laura, a junior from Fairport, N.Y., recorded her 100th career point with the last of her five points – an assist – against Fairfield University at Cowell Stadium on Friday, March 14. She entered the game with 95 points and inched closer to the milestone with four goals, then attained the benchmark with the aforementioned assist at 4:20 of the second half. The midfielder also finished that game with a personal-best seven draw controls.

     Laura finished the weekend with three goals to help the UNH women’s lacrosse team defeat the University of Colorado, 14-11, and increase her career totals to 89 goals and 14 assists for 103 points.

     Laura leads the Wildcats in goals (25), free-position goals (five), points (29), shots (43) and draw controls (29). She has tallied a point 8 of 9 games with multiple goals in those eight games.  Laura scored four goals and matched her career highs in both assists (two) and points (six) to help lead UNH to a 12-3 win at Iona College on March 10. She also potted four goals vs. UConn (March 5).

     In addition to her scoring prowess, Laura has tallied at least one draw control every game. She followed that personal best of seven vs. Fairfield with six against Colorado.

     Last year as a sophomore, she ranked second on the team in goals (30) and four in points (33); Laura also had a team-high 46 draw controls and was third in ground balls (20). As a freshman in 2012, Laura led the ‘Cats in both goals (34) and points (41).

     Laura’s America East conference accolades include All-Academic Team (2013), All-Conference Second Team (2013), All-Rookie Team (2012) and Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2012, 2013).

 

Kevin Goumas, men’s ice hockey

     Kevin, a senior from Long Beach, N.Y., recorded three goals and two assists for five points in UNH’s three-game quarterfinal series against 14th-ranked Northeastern University, which the Wildcats won 2-1. He was honored as Hockey East co-Player of the Week on Monday; he also received the award March 3.

     Kevin tallied his second career hat trick with three goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats to a 5-4 victory in the decisive Game 3. In that game, he set up UNH’s first goal and then scored the team’s next three goals, the last of which gave the Wildcats a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish at 4:40 of the third period.

     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.

     He closed the regular season on a nine-game point streak that spanned Jan. 25 to March 1; he compiled 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in that span. Kevin leads the team in both assists (33) and points (50), and those numbers rank third in Hockey East in both statistics. Kevin is tied for the team lead in shots (122) and ranks second in plus/minus (+26). In the national stats, he is No. 5 in both points (1.32/game) and No. 7 in assists (0.87).

     Kevin has recorded a point in 28 of 38 games this season with 13 multiple-point efforts. He established his season high of three assists Jan. 4 against Nebraska Omaha and matched that March 1 at Merrimack (1g, 3a). 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 144 career games, Kevin has tallied 144 points on 42 goals and 102 assists. He is currently tied at No. 30 on the career points list with current head coach Dick Umile (1968-72) is No. 30 at 144.

WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Kevin Goumas, men’s hockey – Hockey East co-Player of the Week

RECENT RESULTS

Monday, March 10

Women’s lacrosse: UNH 12, at Iona 3

Friday, March 14

Men’s hockey: at UNH 1, No. 14 Northeastern 0 (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Gymnastics: at UNH 196.1, U.S. Air Force Academy 195.075

Women’s lacrosse: Fairfield 10, at UNH 8

Women’s track & field at NCAA Championships

Saturday, March 15

Men’s hockey: No. 14 Northeastern 5, at UNH 4 [overtime] (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Sunday, March 16

Men’s hockey: at UNH 5, No. 14 Northeastern 4 (Hockey East quarterfinal)

Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 14, Colorado 11

Gymnastics: UNH 195.600, at NC State 195.550

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, March 20

Women’s swim & dive at NCAA Championships (at U of Minnesota)

Friday, March 21

Men’s hockey vs. Providence, 8 pm at TD Garden [Boston] (Hockey East semifinal)

Women’s swim & dive at NCAA Championships (at U of Minnesota)

Saturday, March 22

Gymnastics – EAGL Championship at UNH’s Whittemore Center, 2 pm

Men’s hockey at Hockey East final, 7 pm at TD Garden

Women’s swim & dive at NCAA Championships (at U of Minnesota)

Sunday, March 23

Women’s lacrosse at Drexel, 12 pm

 

GYMNASTICS (14-4 overall, 6-2 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team concluded the regular season with two wins in a three-day span. The Wildcats topped the 196 mark for the second consecutive meet with a winning score of 196.100 on Senior Day against Air Force on March 14, then traveled to North Carolina State and prevailed with a mark of 195.600 on March 16.
  • Freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) tied for first place on vault with a 9.850 against Air Force. She also tied for the top mark on balance beam at 9.875. Then at N.C. State, Aucoin recorded UNH’s only individual victory of the meet with a winning mark of 9.875 on beam.
  • Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) matched a personal best mark of 9.875 on uneven bars to share the top score in the meet vs. Air Force. Rudiger also recorded a first-place tying mark of 9.850 on floor exercise.
  • Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) also had a first-place score of 9.875 on beam vs. Air Force.
  • Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) tied for first on floor vs. Air Force with a mark of 9.850.
  • Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) placed third on vault with a 9.825 vs. Air Force.
  • Barile and Machado tied for second place with matching scores of 9.850 on the floor exercise at N.C. State.
  • Jannelle Minicheillo (Tewksbury, Mass.) recorded a career-high 9.850 on bars vs. Air Force to notch third place.
  • Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) tied for second in the all-around at N.C. State with a four-event aggregate total of 39.150. She placed four on vault (9.750), tied for fourth on beam (9.825) and shared fifth on floor (9.825).
  • Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) led the way for the ‘Cats on bars at N.C. State with a personal-best 9.850 for third place.
  • UNH plays host to the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22 (2 p.m.). The Wildcats take on George Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Towson. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (21-17-1 overall, 11-9-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team won Game 1 (1-0) and Game 3 (5-4) to capture the Hockey East quarterfinal series against 14th-ranked Northeastern University and advance to the semifinals.
  • The fourth-seeded Wildcats face off against third-seeded Providence College on Friday, March 21 (8 p.m.) at the TD Garden in Boston. The semifinal winners advance to the March 22 (7 p.m.) title game, also at TD Garden.
  • UNH and PC split the regular-season series at Schneider Arena as the ‘Cats prevailed 3-2 in overtime (Nov. 22) and the Friars were 4-2 victors (Nov. 23).
  • Senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded three goals and two assists for five points in the three-game quarterfinal series; he was subsequently honored as Hockey East co-Player of the Week. He tallied his second career hat trick with three goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats to a 5-4 victory in the decisive Game 3. In that game, Goumas set up UNH’s first goal and then scored the team’s next three goals, the last of which gave the Wildcats a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish.
  • Freshman forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored a goal in two of the three games to help UNH advance to the semifinals. In Game 1, he broke a scoreless tie at 4:49 of the third period and it proved to be the game’s only goal in UNH’s 1-0 victory. He had a +1 plus/minus rating in that game and followed that with a +3 rating in the team’s 5-4 loss Saturday.
  • On Friday night, junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped all 27 shots he faced to record the Wildcats’ first shutout in Hockey East tournament play since 2007.
  • Junior defenseman Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, N.Y.) tallied three points with a goal and two assists in Game 3. He scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he have UNH a 5-3 lead at 13:41 of the third period.
  • Senior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) recorded three points with a goal and two assists in Game 3. He also scored a goal in Game 2.
  • Junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) finished with two points in Game 3 after tallying an assist in Game 2.
  • Junior forward Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) and senior defenseman Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y) both had a goal and an assist in Game 2.
  • Goumas leads the team in both assists (33) and points (50) to rank No. 5 in the nation in points per game (1.32) and No. 7 in assists per game (0.87). He has 144 career points (42g, 102 a) in 144 games, which is tied for 30th on UNH’s career points leaderboard with head coach Dick Umile.
 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (4-5 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team went 2-1 last week with a 12-3 win at Iona College (March 10), 10-8 loss to Fairfield University (March 14) and 14-11 win against the University of Colorado (March 16).
  • Junior midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) recorded her 100th career point with the last of her five points – an assist – against Fairfield at Cowell Stadium. She matched her career highs in both assists (two) and points (six) at Iona.
  • Sophomore attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded her 50th career assist with the second of her two helpers vs. Fairfield. She is currently No. 9 on the program’s career assist leaderboard.
  • Sophomore attack Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) matched her personal bests in both assists (four) and points (seven) against Colorado.
  • Junior goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) recorded double-digit saves twice last week with 10 against both Iona and Colorado.
  • Senior midfielder Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H.) recorded her first career multiple-goal game with two tallies at Iona and then scored three goals vs. Colorado.
  • New Hampshire returns to action March 23 (12 p.m.) at Drexel University. The Wildcats’ next home game is the America East conference opener March 29 (1 p.m.) against the University of Vermont.
 

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.
  • Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) has been selected to compete at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Division I Championship at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center from March 20-22. Mann is schedule to compete in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley as well as the 200 breaststroke.
  • Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) has been named an alternate for the NCAAs in the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 200 IM.
 

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team had one individual compete at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that were held March 14-15 at the University of New Mexico’s Indoor Track at Albuquerque Convention Center.
  • Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) finished seventh in her heat and 15th overall in the semifinals of the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 48.82 seconds.
  • Purrier qualified with a school-record time of 4 minutes, 36.14 seconds that ranked ninth in the nation. She took first place in the mile at the America East Championship with a time of 4 minutes, 41.73 seconds, which was a school record at the time.
 

Partnership announced to bring 2014 state title football games to UNH

     The UNH department of athletics and the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) announced Monday a partnership that will bring all three New Hampshire state high school football championship games to Cowell Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014.

     The Super Saturday (Nov. 22) of NHIAA football championship games will consist of the Division III final at 11 a.m., the Division II title matchup at 2:30 p.m. and the Division I championship game under the lights at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold on game day at the Cowell Stadium ticket office.

     NHIAA football championships, which had been contested at the home field of the highest remaining seed, join NHIAA Division I and II boys’ basketball championships and D-I and D-II swimming championships that are currently decided on the UNH campus.

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.

COMPLETED SEASONS

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (19-12 overall, 12-4 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team advanced out of the America East Championship quarterfinal with an 85-79 victory against the University of Vermont, but then the Wildcats were ousted in the semifinals with a 79-59 loss to Stony Brook. Both games were played at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
  • In Friday’s quarterfinal vs. UVM, the Wildcats trailed 38-33 at halftime but rallied to tied the score at 44 and then surged ahead 51-49. UNH extended the advantage to double digits, 71-61, with five minutes to play. UVM closed within 79-74 with 1:14 remaining, but the Wildcats made 6 of 8 free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.
  • In Sunday’s semifinal, UNH built an early 7-2 lead, but Stony Brook scored 13 consecutive points to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Wildcats trailed 36-30 at the half and scored the first basket of the second half to pull within four points, but the Seawolves netted the next 10 points to extend the advantage to 46-32 with 13:42 remaining.
  • Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored a team-high 21 points in the quarterfinal against UVM; she made 7 of 9 field goals and went 7-for-10 from the foul line. She also recorded eight rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
  • Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) recorded 18 points, five rebounds and four assists against Vermont.
  • Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) recorded 16 points and six rebounds vs. UVM. She followed that with a team-high 18 points, five rebounds and three assists against Stony Brook.
  • Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) finished with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block against the Catamounts.
  • UNH, the third seed, advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year. The last time the Wildcats went to the semis in back-to-back years was 2002 and 2003.
  • Prior to the tourney, UNH collected four awards at the annual America East banquet – it marked the team’s highest total since 2002. Hogan was named to the All-Conference First Team, Coia was selected to the Second Team and Belanger was a Third Team honoree. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) was voted to the All-Academic Team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (6-24 overall, 4-12 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team saw the 2014 season come to an end with a 77-60 loss to the University of Vermont in a March 8 America East quarterfinal at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
  • Senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) recorded 14 points in his final game as a Wildcat. He leaves the program tied for first in games played (117) and No. 9 in career assists (254).
  • Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a team-high 19 points on the strength of 3 of 4 shooting from 3-point range.
  • Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) recorded 41 blocks this season to rank No. 3 on UNH’s single-season leaderboard. His 75 blocks in just two seasons as a Wildcat also ranks third on the career leaderboard.
  • UNH recorded 99 blocks, which is the second-highest season total in program history.
  • Prior to the start of the tourney, freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) was named to the America East All-Rookie Team and senior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was voted to the All-Academic Team at the annual conference banquet.

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 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.
  • Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
  • 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 INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s indoor track & field team broke two school records and concluded the 2014 season at the IC4A Championships that were held March 8-9 at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
  • John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) broke an 11-year old record in the 3,000-meter run with a fifth-place time of 8 minutes, 2.40 seconds on Sunday. The previous benchmark of 8:05.00 was set by Dan Hocking in 2003.
  • The 4x800 relay quartet of Christopher Poggi (Dover, N.H.), Steve Souza (Fall River, Mass.), Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) and Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) claimed fourth place with a time of 7:28.74.
  • One day earlier, that foursome combined to break the school record in the 4x800 preliminary round with a time of 7:28.52. The previous benchmark was 7:33.13.
  • Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) took 13th place in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 58 feet, 1.75 inches. George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) finished 15th with a measurement of 57-11.25.
  • Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) ran a personal-best time of 48.56 seconds in the 400m to finish 14th of 32 runners.
  • D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) also recorded a 14th-place finish with a time of 8.29 seconds in the 60m hurdles.

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team finished in 11th place (of 23 teams) at the 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 5-8 at the University of Utah. The Wildcats recorded three All-America Second Team performances with Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) earning that recognition in both slalom and giant slalom and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) getting that distinction in slalom.
  • Teschner placed sixth in the Saturday, March 8 slalom competition with a sixth-place effort of 1 minute, 41.47 seconds. She opened the NCAAs with 10th place in the March 5 giant slalom with a combined mark of 2:00.10; it marked her second straight year earning All-America status in that event.
  • Oliver, who was a 2013 All-America First Team skier in giant slalom, earned Second Team in this year’s slalom with an eighth-place finish of 1:56.47. Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.) clocked in at 2:00.77 for 17th place.
  • Also in Saturday’s last day of competition, Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) led UNH’s Nordic racers with 19th place in the 20K freestyle by crossing the finish line in 44:34.00.
  • On opening day (March 5) at Park City Mountain Resort, Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario), in her NCAA Championships debut, skied to 14th place in the giant slalom.
  • On the first day of Nordic competition (March 6), Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) recorded a team-best 18th-place finish in the women’s 5K classic race.
  • Prior to the start of the NCAAs, the United State Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) announced that a nation-leading 13 UNH skiers were named to the 2014 National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) were honored for the third time.

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.
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