SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
March 24, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) of the gymnastics team and Justin Agosta (East Meadow, 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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Erin Machado, gymnastics
Erin, a senior from Swansea, Mass., won the floor exercise individual title to help the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team capture the 19th annual EAGL Championship that was held March 22 at UNH’s Whittemore Center. The senior captain tied with two other gymnasts with a winning mark and career high of 9.900.
Erin is the second Wildcat to capture first place in floor exercise at the EAGL Championship; the only other ‘Cat to earn that distinction was Amy Roberts in 1998. Erin was named to the All-Tournament First Team for her performance.
Earlier in the week, Erin was named to the EAGL All-Academic Team for the fourth consecutive year and was also an All-EAGL First Team selection on floor exercise with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.855, which ranked fourth in the league.
Erin established a career high of 9.875 Jan. 19 at Lundholm Gym against Minnesota, Brown and Yale; she duplicated that score Mach 3 at George Washington in a meet that also included Maryland. Including those two meets, the event specialist was the top ‘Cat on floor exercise seven times in 11 regular-season meets. And of those seven meets, Erin was the top overall floor performer twice – Feb. 8 at Yale and March 14 vs. Air Force; both times, she tallied a 9.850.
Last year as a junior, Erin took first place in the floor exercise in a meet against Temple and Brown with a 9.825 score. She recorded a season high of 9.850 twice – against Rutgers in the season opener and then a quad-meet at Maryland with N.C. State and Towson. Erin also posted a season-high 9.800 on the balance beam vs. N.C. State and then she matched that the following week vs. Temple and Brown.
Justin Agosta, men’s ice hockey
Justin, a senior from East Meadow, N.Y., helped lead the 18th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team advance to the Hockey East Championship title game for the first time since 2007 when he scored the game-winning goal vs. ninth-ranked Providence College in a March 21 semifinal game at TD Garden in Boston.
The defenseman scored his sixth goal of the season to give UNH a 2-0 lead at 13:31 of the second period in the 3-1 win against the Friars. Justin finished that game and the championship weekend with a plus/minus rating of +1.
Justin’s season highlights included a career-high two goals against UMass (Nov. 3) and personal-best three assists Feb. 14 vs. Boston U. He also tallied multiple assists against Harvard, Dartmouth and Notre Dame, and he finished with two points on a goal and an assist in a March 15 Hockey East quarterfinal game vs. then-No. 14 Northeastern.
In 41 games this season, Justin tallied six goals and 20 assists for 26 points. He ranked second among UNH defensemen in all three of those statistics. Justin has compiled nine goals and 36 assists for 45 points in 116 career games.
Laura McHoul, women’s lacrosse – America East Offensive Player of the Week
Thursday, March 20
Women’s swim & dive: at NCAA Championships (at U of Minnesota)
Friday, March 21
Men’s hockey: No. 18 UNH 3, No. 9 Providence 1 [at TD Garden] (Hockey East semifinal)
Women’s swim & dive: at NCAA Championships (at U of Minnesota)
Saturday, March 22
Gymnastics: 1st place at EAGL Championship (at UNH’s Whittemore Center)
Men’s hockey: No. 7 UMass Lowell 4, No. 18 UNH 0 (Hockey East final) [at TD Garden]
Women’s swim & dive: at NCAA Championships (at U of Minnesota)
Sunday, March 23
Women’s lacrosse: UNH 12, at Drexel 8
Friday, March 28
Women’s outdoor track & field at Raleigh Relays, 9 am
Men’s outdoor track & field at Raleigh Relays, 9 am
Saturday, March 29
Women’s lacrosse vs. Vermont, 1 pm (Cowell Stadium)
Women’s outdoor track & field at Raleigh Relays, 9 am
Men’s outdoor track & field at Raleigh Relays, 9 am
Women’s outdoor track & field at Maine, 11 am
Men’s outdoor track & field at Maine, 11 am
Wednesday, April 2
Women’s lacrosse at Boston U., 4 pm
2013-14 UNH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
• Out of a possible 16 conference championships in the fall and winter seasons, UNH
won five titles (as well as two regular-season crowns).
• Field hockey – America East regular season and tournament champions
• Volleyball – America East regular season and tournament champions
• Women’s cross country – America East champion
• Women’s swimming & diving – America East champion
• Gymnastics – EAGL champion
GYMNASTICS (14-4 overall, 6-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team recored the fifth highest score in program history to capture the 19th annual EAGL Championship with a score of 196.375 at the Whittemore Center on March 22.
- The Wildcats won their second EAGL title; they were also victors in 2003, which marked the last time the event was held at the Whittemore Center.
- New Hampshire recorded the top team score in three of the four events – vault (48.875), balance beam (49.175) and floor exercise (49.400).
- Senior captain Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) won the individual floor exercise title with a score of 9.900; the only other Wildcat to earn that distinction was Amy Roberts in 1998.
- Freshman Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) made the All-Tournament First Team in the all-around (39.150), beam (9.850), floor (9.875). She earned Second Team on vault (9.750).
- Freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) was named to the All-Tournament First Team on beam (9.850) and vault (9.825), as well as Second Team on floor (9.825).
- Junior Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) received First Team recognition on floor (9.875) and Second Team on both vault (9.750) and uneven bars (9.800).
- Junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied for second on the beam to earn First Team recognition at 9.875.
- Senior captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) was a First Team performer on floor with a mark of 9.875. She also garnered First Team on vault with a 9.800 judgment and Second Team on uneven bars at 9.800.
- Senior Jannelle Minichiello (Tewsksbury, Mass.) was a First Team honoree on the floor exercise at 9.875.
- Junior Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) earned Second Team on both beam (9.825) and vault (9.750).
- Sophomore Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) gained a Second Team score of 9.825 on bars.
- At the annual league banquet, seven UNH gymnasts received a total of 12 All-EAGL awards. Aucoin led the squad with three honors – First Team vault and balance beam, and Second Team floor. Two honors were bestowed Barile (First Team vault and floor), Rudiger (First Team bars, Second Team floor) and Pflieger (First Team all-around, Second Team vault). UNH’s other honorees were Gray (First Team beam), Machado (First Team floor) and Hill (Second Team beam).
- Earlier in the week, a league-leading 14 Wildcats were named to the EAGL All-Academic Team – seniors Barile, Machado, Minichiello and Hudson were all feted for the fourth consecutive year; Gray was named for the third straight year; two-time recipients were Hill, Catarina Broccoli (Mystic, Conn.), Brodie, Cassy Izzo (Cranston, R.I.), Brittany Prestia (Harleysville, Pa.), Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Courtney Thompson (Chester, N.H.); freshmen Kaylor Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.) and Jen King (Freehold, N.J.) debuted on the All-Academic Team.
- The NCAA Gymnastics selection show announced that UNH will compete at the University Park Regional (Penn State) on April 5 at 4 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (22-18-1 overall, 11-9-0 Hockey East)
- The 18th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team finished as runner-up in the 30th annual Hockey East Championship following a 3-1 win against No. 9 Providence College in a March 21 semifinal and 4-0 loss to No. 7 UMass Lowell in the March 22 championship game. Both games were played at the TD Garden in Boston, and it marked the Wildcats’ first title game appearance since 2007.
- At the annual Hockey East banquet that was held last Thursday (March 20), senior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) were name to the All-Star Second Team. UNH received the Charlie Holt Sportsmanship Award for the fifth consecutive year and ninth time overall.
- In the semifinal win, Goumas netted a shorthanded goal at 7:05 of the second period to break a scoreless tie and struck again with one second remaining in the stanza to give the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead.
- Senior defenseman Justin Agosta (East Meadow, N.Y.) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he gave UNH a 2-0 lead at 13:31 of the middle frame.
- Junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) tallied two assists in the semifinal.
- Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 25 of 26 shots (.962 save percentage) vs. Providence.
- At the conclusion of the tourney, Goumas was named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Goumas led the Wildcats in both assists (33) and points (52), and he ranked second in goals (19). Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) was the leader in goals (20) and was second in points (40). Willows ranked third in goals (18), assists (21) and points (39).
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (5-5 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s lacrosse team won its second consecutive game with a 12-8 win at Drexel University on March 23. The Wildcats have won 3 of 4 to improve to .500.
- Sophomore attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) scored a career-high four goals and tallied three assists for a season-high seven points at Drexel. She was honored as America East Offensive Player of the Week. McHoul climbed up to No. 8 on the program’s assist leaderboard with 53.
- Junior midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) extended her goal streak to seven games with two at Drexel. She has netted multiple goals every game of the streak and in 9 of 10 games overall this season.
- Freshman midfielder Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) had her first multiple-point game with two goals vs. the Dragons.
- Junior midfielder Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.) recorded her first multiple-assist game with two assists.
- Junior goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) was credited with six saves and a season-high five ground balls.
- New Hampshire returns to action at home for its America East conference opener against the University of Vermont. Game time at Cowell Stadium is 1 p.m.
SWIMMING & DIVING (8-1 overall, 2-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team sent one competitor to the 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships that were held March 20-22 at the University of Minnesota.
- Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) opened the meet by swimming to a school and UNH record with a time of 1 minute, 58.78 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley on March 20.
- In the second day of competition, Mann raced to 19th place (among 51 competitors) in the 400 IM with a time of 4:10.39.
- Mann concluded the three-day NCAAs with a time of 2:12.11 in the 200 breaststroke.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.