March 19, 2012

Beliveau, Carr: Service Credit Union Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

March 19, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) of the women’s basketball team and Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass) of the gymnastics 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

Denise Beliveau, women’s basketball

     Denise, a senior forward from Framingham, Massachusetts, matched her season high of 24 points and also had eight rebounds and five steals in the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team’s 63-59 loss at the College of the Holy Cross in first-round action of the Women’s Basketball Invitation on March 16.

     The captain led the 2012 Wildcats in points (423), rebounds (257), steals (66) and minutes (1052) as well as field goals both made (145) and attempted (352), free throws made (98) and free throw percentage (83.8%). She ranked second in field goal percentage (41.2%) and third in both 3-pointers made (35) and assists (46).

     In the America East conference, Denise ranks fourth in scoring (14.1 ppg) and steals, third in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and free throw percentage and eighth in both field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.

     Denise was named to the 2012 America East All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team, All-Academic Team and Player of the Game. She was selected UNH’s America East Player of the Game 11 times and the league’s Player of the Week twice.

     In recognition of her excellence in community, classroom, character and competition, Denise was selected as a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award for women’s basketball.

     Denise’s season highlights included a total of 10 double-doubles, which was tops in America East. She tallied a career-high 17 rebounds and 15 points Jan. 14 at Vermont. In addition to the postseason game at Holy Cross, Denise netted 20-plus points twice with a 23-point effort Jan. 5 vs. Hartford and 24 against the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Dec. 30.

     Her other collegiate accolades include 2011 America East All-Conference Second Team, All-Academic Team and Player of the Game, 2008 America East Rookie of the Year and two-time America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2008, 2010).

     Denise ends her Wildcat career ranked sixth on the UNH career leaderboard in scoring (1,365 points), fourth in rebounds (843) and 3-point field goals (141), and third in steals (201).

Ali Carr, gymnastics

     Ali, a senior from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, recorded team-high scores in both the vault (9.800) and balance beam (9.775) to lead the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to a score of 193.050 in a March 16 meet at eighth-ranked Oregon State University that also included Seattle Pacific. With those marks, Carr placed fourth overall on vault and sixth on beam.

     One week earlier, the co-captain tied for second on vault, uneven bars and beam against 17th-ranked University of Arizona in her last career home meet.

     Ali tied for third on both vault and bars and placed fifth on beam to lead the Wildcats to a second-place finish and season-best team score at the UNH Invitational (March 3).

     Her other season highlights include a personal-best 9.9 on the balance beam for first place against West Virginia (on Feb. 25) at Lundholm Gymnasium. Ali also placed second on bars and tied for fourth on vault en route to garnering EAGL Gymnast of the Week recognition.

     In a quad meet at Penn (Feb. 10), Ali won the vault and tied for fourth in both vault and bars. She also recorded the top vault score each of the previous three weeks against Brown and Yale, at Northern Illinois and against Pittsburgh (personal-best 9.875). She also claimed top honors on beam and tied for first on bars vs. Pitt (Jan. 21).

     Ali is a two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honoree. She earned All-EAGL First Team on the vault and Second Team on the uneven bars in 2011, then placed 12th on the bars at the EAGL Championship to earn All-Tournament Second Team in that event. Ali also competed in bars and vault, where she finished in 17th place, at the 2011 NCAA Regional Championship.  Her other career highlights include 18th place on the bars at the 2010 NCAA Regional as well as All-EAGL First Team on bars and All-Tournament Second Team on bars in ’09.

 
 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Wednesday, March 14

Women’s lacrosse: UNH 19, at Fresno State 7

Thursday, March 15

Women’s basketball: at Holy Cross 63, UNH 59 (WBI opening round)

Friday, March 16

Gymnastics: 2nd place (193.050) at #8 Oregon State w/Seattle Pacific

Sunday, March 18

Women’s lacrosse: Fairfield 8, at UNH 3

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, March 24

Gymnastics at EAGL Championship, 2pm (at Pittsburgh)

Women’s lacrosse vs. Binghamton, 1 pm

Wednesday, March 28

Women’s lacrosse vs. Vanderbilt, 12:30 pm

Saturday, March 31

Men’s track & field at Maine, 11 am

Women’s track & field at Maine, 11 am

Women’s lacrosse at Vermont, 2 pm

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (16-14 overall, 9-7 America East)

  • UNH was defeated 63-59 by Holy Cross in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Thursday, March 15. UNH erased a 13-point first-half deficit to take a 39-38 lead and then trailed by no more than six points until the final minute of play (seven point deficit).
  • Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) matched her season high of 24 points – and also recorded eight rebounds and five steals – against Holy Cross. Sophomore guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) contributed 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.
  • UNH finished with its first winning season since 2006 and its most wins since 2002.
  • Beliveau 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 (12-5 overall, 4-1 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team traveled to eighth-ranked Oregon State and recorded a score of 193.050 to place behind the host Beavers (196.725) but ahead of Seattle Pacific (191.000) in a March 17 meet at Gill Coliseum.
  • Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) recorded team-high scores in both the vault (9.800) and balance beam (9.775). With those marks, Carr placed fourth overall on vault and sixth on beam.
  • Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was sixth overall on the uneven bars with a team-best 9.775.
  • Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) scored a 9.725 on floor exercise to tie for sixth place.
  • Courtney Conners (Buffalo, N.Y.) also recorded a sixth-place finish. She took that spot on vault at 9.750.
  • New Hampshire heads to the University of Pittsburgh for the 2012 EAGL Championship meet Saturday, March 24. The Wildcats finished second at the 2011 EAGLs for their best showing since their 2003 championship season.
 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (1-5 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team ended a four-game losing streak with a 19-7 victory at Fresno State on March 14 and then lost 8-3 at home to Fairfield on March 18. The 19 goals marked the highest total by the Wildcats since April 2009.
  • Senior midfielder and captain Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) recorded her 50th career goal with the first of her two goals at Fresno State.
  • Junior attack Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) scored her 50th career goal with the first of her four tallies at Fresno.
  • Junior midfielder and captain Chelsea Cyester (Parker, Colo.) recorded career highs in both goals (five) and points (six) at Fresno State.
  • Senior midfielder and captain Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) has scored a goal all six games – she has a 10-game goal-scoring streak dating back to last season. Keagins leads UNH in goals (10), points (13), ground balls (12), draw controls (18), caused turnovers (13) and shots (22).
 

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team opens the 2012 season March 31 at Maine.
  • The Wildcats have three home meets – April 7 (Holy Cross & Maine), April 14 (Wildcat Invitational I) and April 28 (Wildcat Invitational II).
 

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team begins the 2012 schedule March 31 at Maine.
  • The Wildcats have three home meets – April 7 (Holy Cross & Maine), April 14 (Wildcat Invitational I) and April 28 (Wildcat Invitational II).
 
 

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.

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.
  • That victory was the 499th for UNH head coach Dick Umile.
  • Freshmen Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) were named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and the Wildcats were honored with the 2012 Charlie Holy Team Sportsmanship Award.

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).

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.
  • Atkinson, Guiney and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) were named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association All-East Second Team.

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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