Gray, van Riemsdyk: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup
SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
March 25, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) of the women’s gymnastics team and Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) of the men’s hockey team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.
Kayla Gray, gymnastics
Kayla, a sophomore from Buffalo, New York, was the East Atlantic Gymnastics League individual champion on balance beam with a mark of 9.875 at the EAGL Championship that was held March 23 at the University of North Carolina.
As the titlist – UNH’s first on beam since 2006 – Kayla earned a spot on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on beam. She also earned a spot on the First Team in the all-around competition, where she tied for second overall with an aggregate score of 39.150.
Kayla earned Second Team on both uneven bars (with a score of 9.750 that tied for 14th place) and floor exercise, where she tied for ninth at 9.800. At the EAGL banquet the eve of the championship, the sophomore garnered All-EAGL First Team on balance beam and Second Team on floor exercise for her excellent marks throughout the 2013 season. It was also announced last week that she was named to the EAGL All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.
Kayla’s win on beam marked the ninth time in 12 meets this season – and fifth consecutive week – that she was the top ‘Cat on that apparatus; she claimed first place overall seven times, including the last four meets of 2013. She recorded a season- and career-high 9.950 March 15 at Kent State.
Other than beam, Kayla captured two first-place finishes with a winning mark of 9.925 on the floor exercise at Penn State (March 9) and the top all-around score of 39.275 at the UNH Invitational against Yale, Brown and Towson on March 2.
She was the top ‘Cat once on uneven bars – Feb. 24 at West Virginia (9.800; tie-5th place overall), three times on floor, including the aforementioned meet at PSU, and three times in the all-around.
Kayla recorded career highs in all four events as well as the all-around this season. She tallied a personal best of 9.725 on vault at West Virginia. One week later at the UNH Invitational, Kayla established career highs in both the all-around and uneven bars (9.850). On the floor exercise, her top mark of 9.925 was the aforementioned winning mark at Penn State.
Last year as a freshman, Kayla earned a spot on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on balance beam (second place) and Second Team on floor exercise (16th place). She was named to the All-EAGL First Team on beam for her body of work through the year, and Kayla was also named to the EAGL All-Academic Team.
Her first-year highlights included first place on the beam with a season-best tying 9.9 and tie for fifth place on the floor with a season-high 9.85 at the UNH Invitational. In a quad-meet at Penn, Kayla won the beam and tied for first on floor.
Trevor van Riemsdyk, men’s ice hockey
Trevor, a sophomore from Middletown, New Jersey, was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star on the league’s annual banquet that was held March 21. The defenseman has skated in all 37 games this season and recorded 31 points on seven goals and 24 assists to rank No. 4 in the nation in defensemen scoring (0.84 points per game).
Trevor ranks second on the team in both assists and points, and with those numbers he is atop the Hockey East leaderboard in defensemen scoring as well as fourth overall in assists and 15th in points.
In 27 Hockey East league games, Trevor recorded 22 points (3g, 19a) and then he tallied two assists in Game 3 of the Hockey East quarterfinal series at Providence College.
Trevor recorded a point in 18 of 37 games with 10 multiple-point games, including seven multiple-assist efforts. He tallied career highs in both assists (four) and points (four) vs. Merrimack College on Jan. 26 and had a three-assist game at the University of Vermont (Feb. 22). He recorded two assists in both games of the regular-season finale series against the University of Maine (March 8-9).
Trevor’s other season highlights include game-winning goals at UMass-Lowell (Nov. 16) and vs. Bemidji State University (Dec. 31), and he tallied an assist on three game-winning goals.
As a freshman in 2011-12, Trevor played all 37 games and recorded 19 points on four goals and 15 assists en route to being named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. His season highlights included a career-high two goals Feb. 24, 2012 at UMass.
Wednesday, March 19
Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 12, Columbia 11
Thursday, March 21
Women’s swim & dive: at NCAA Championships (Day 1 of 3)
Friday, March 22
Women’s swim & dive: at NCAA Championships (Day 2 of 3)
Saturday, March 23
Women’s swim & dive: at NCAA Championships (Day 3 of 3)
Gymnastics: 6th place (194.175) at EAGL Championship (at U. of North Carolina)
Sunday, March 24
Women’s lacrosse: at Albany 11, UNH 6
Wednesday, March 27
Women’s lacrosse vs. Iona, 4 pm (at Memorial Field)
Friday, March 29
NCAA Men’s Hockey Northeast Regional (at Verizon Wireless Arena; Manchester)
UMass-Lowell vs. Wisconsin, 4:30 pm [ TV: ESPN3.com / Syndicated]
UNH vs. Denver, 8 pm [ TV: ESPNU ]
Saturday, March 30
NCAA Men’s Hockey Northeast Regional (at Verizon Wireless Arena; Manchester)
First round winners, 6:30 pm [ TV: ESPNU ]
Women’s outdoor track & field at Maine, 11 am
Men’s outdoor track & field at Maine, 11 am
Wednesday, April 3
Women’s lacrosse vs. Vermont, 3 pm (at Cowell Stadium)
GYMNASTICS (17-7 overall, 6-2 EAGL)
- The UNH gymnastics team finished sixth overall with a score of 194.175 at the EAGL Championship, which was hosted by the University of North Carolina on March 23.
- Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) recorded a 9.875 on balance beam to win the individual title in that event. She is UNH’s first EAGL beam champion since Mariana Pena-Trestini 2006. Gray earned a spot on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on beam and all-around, where she tied for second place at 39.150. She earned Second Team on both uneven bars (9.750; tie-14th) and floor exercise (9.800; tie-ninth).
- Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was a First Team honoree on bars (9.825; tie-2nd) and Second Team on vault (9.800; tie-9th), floor (9.775; tie-13th) and all-around.
- Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) earned a spot on the First Team in floor with a team-best score of 9.850 that placed second overall. She was Second Team on vault (9.800; 9th).
- Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) earned a spot on the First Team on bars by tying Fobes for second place overall at 9.825.
- Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn.) garnered First Team on beam with a career-high score of 9.800 that tied for seventh place overall.
- Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree on vault (9.800; tie-9th), whereas Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) claimed a Second Team spot on floor (9.775; tie-13th).
- The Wildcats opened on floor exercise and turned in a team score of 48.900 to take over second place through two rotations. On the next event, UNH matched its second highest score of the season on vault with a mark of 48.825 to retain second place.
- Through six rotations, UNH jumped into a first-place tie with Pittsburgh at 146.475. The ‘Cats advanced a spot following a 48.750 mark on uneven bars.
- At the annual EAGL banquet prior to the Championship meet, Fobes was named to the All-EAGL First Team on uneven bars and all-around as well as Second Team on vault, balance beam and floor exercise; she was also feted as the team MVP.
- Barile was named to the First Team on floor and Second Team on vault; Gray garnered First Team on balance beam and Second Team on floor exercise; Aucoin was tabbed to the Second Team on uneven bars; Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) earned Second Team on floor. Mike Murphy, UNH associate director of athletic media and public relations, was honored as EAGL co-Administrator of the Year.
- UNH boasted a league-leading 16 members of the EAGL All-Academic Team, announced March 18. Senior co-captain Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.), a business administration: accounting major, was feted for the fourth straight year.
- New Hampshire will find out which individual gymnasts qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships when the field of 36 teams is announced Monday, March 25 at 3 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (19-11-7 overall, 13-8-6 Hockey East)
- The 10th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship and will face off against 12th-ranked University of Denver in Northeast Regional first round game March 29 (8 p.m.) at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.).
- The opening first round game between UMass-Lowell and Wisconsin begins at 4:30 p.m. The winners of the first round face off March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
- UNH, which returns to the NCAA's after a one-year hiatus, has been to the tournament in 11 of the last 12 years. The Wildcats are the second seed in this year’s Northeast Regional.
- New Hampshire has a 14-24 record in 21 previous NCAA appearances with seven Frozen Four appearances. This is the team's 22nd appearance under the guidance of head coach Dick Umile. UNH advanced to the regional final in 2009 (third seed) and 2011 (fourth seed).
- UNH won this year's meeting against Denver a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind victory on Nov. 24 at Magness Arena. The Pioneers led 3-0 at the end of the first period, the Wildcats closed within 3-2 in the middle stanza and entered the third period trailing 4-2 before scoring four goals in the final frame. Both Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) recorded a hat trick and Goumas also tallied a pair of assists for a career-high five points.
- Tickets for the Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. can be purchased at the Whittemore Center Box Office, the Verizon Wireless Arena by logging on to www.NCAA.com/frozenfour or by calling 800/745-3000.
- A three-game package is on sale for $77 for adults, $57 for children ages 2-12/Senior Citizen 65+.
- The official UNH Fan Headquarters is Margarita's Mexican Restaurant at 1037 Elm Street in Manchester, all weekend long. The UNH Beast of the East Pep Band and mascot Gnarlz will be there at 6 p.m. on March 29 to get fans ready for puck drop at 8 p.m.
- At the Hockey East annual banquet, sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star. Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) were Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Stars.
- Senior forward John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) earned the Army ROTC Three Stars Award and UNH was honored with the Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award for the fourth consecutive year and eighth time overall.
LACROSSE (2-6, 0-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s lacrosse team extended its winning streak to two games with a 12-11 victory March 20 at home vs. Columbia University, then opened America East conference play with an 11-6 loss at Albany (March 24) in which the Wildcats were outscored 5-1 in the second half.
- Sophomore attack Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) extended her team-leading active point-scoring streak to 12 games with two points (one goal, one assist) vs. Columbia and an assist at Albany.
- Hinkle scored as time expired in regulation vs. Columbia to lift UNH to the 12-11 victory. Hinkle has a team-high 15 assists and she is third in points (21).
- Senior attack Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) extended her goal-scoring streak to nine games with a team-high three goals against Columbia and one at Albany. Simpson leads the ‘Cats in goals (23) and points (27).
- Freshman attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) has recorded a point all eight games of her career. She ranks second on the team in assists (14) and points (22)
- Sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) scored her 50th career goal with the first of her two goals at Albany. She has 59 career points (51g, 8a) in 24 games.
- Senior goalkeeper Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) tallied double-digit saves for the third consecutive game with an 11-save effort vs. Columbia.
- New Hampshire returns to action March 27 at home against Iona College. Game time at Memorial Field is 4 p.m.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-2 overall, 2-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team sent two Wildcats to compete at the NCAA Women’s Division I Championships that were held March 21-23 at Indiana University.
- Sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) finished 33rd in the 400 individual medley preliminaries with a time of 4 minutes, 14.69 seconds on Friday. One day earlier, she recorded a personal best of 2:00.99 in the 200 IM. Mann completed the meet with a mark of 2:14.45 in the 200 breaststroke.
- Junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) opened NCAA competition with a time of 2:00.06 in the 200 individual medley. On Day 2, she swam to a time of 53.96 seconds in the 100 butterfly. Roberts swam in the 200 fly in the final day of competition and touched the wall in 1:59.68.
- Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.), junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Mann were named to the 2012-13 America East Swimming & Diving All-Academic Team.
AMERICA EAST FALL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
The UNH athletic department led the America East conference with 108 student-athletes named to the Fall Academic Honor Roll, as announced by the conference on Feb. 1. Additionally, 44 of those Wildcats received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll; that marked the second most in the conference.
This marked the fourth consecutive year UNH had the highest number of representatives on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll. The Wildcats led the conference in 2011 (96), 2010 (95) and 2009 (86). In 2008, the 'Cats had the second highest total of 82.
Of the 145 student-athletes that participate in America East sports in the Fall, 108 achieved the mark of 3.0 or higher, totaling 75 percent of the athletes. That mark gave the Wildcats the third ranking in percentage of honored athletes.
The Wildcats led the way in four sports -- men’s cross country (23 honor roll/15 commissioner’s honor roll), women’s cross country (31/29), field hockey (15/7) and volleyball (13/7).
MEN’S BASKETBALL (9-20 overall, 5-11 America East)
- The seventh-seeded UNH men’s basketball team led second-seeded University of Vermont, 26-20, at halftime in a March 9 America East quarterfinal game (at Albany), but the Catamounts made a second-half comeback to record a 61-42 victory and oust the Wildcats from the tourney.
- Prior to the start of the tournament, junior guard Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
- Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) ends his UNH career ranked fourth all-time in games played (114), fifth in assists (307), sixth in minutes played (3,494) and 27th in points (1,015). He was the only Wildcat to start all 29 games in 2012-13.
- Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) ends his career tied for sixth all-time in blocks (51). Myrick led this year’s team in scoring (13.6 ppg), field goals made (125) and attempted (358) and free throws made (89). He was second in rebounding (6.2 rpg), 3-pointers made (43), steals (26) and blocks (19); he was third in assists (34).
- The end of the season marked the end of UNH careers for seniors Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) and Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.). This season, Matagrano played in all 29 games with 15 starts while Trotman was in the starting lineup seven times in 24 appearances.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (12-18 overall, 6-10 America East)
- The fifth-seeded UNH women’s basketball team advanced out of the America East Championship quarterfinals with a 49-46 victory against Stony Brook University on March 8. The Wildcats were then defeated 71-57 by top-seeded host University at Albany in a March 10 semifinal.
- With the score tied 46-46 vs. Stony Brook, junior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Wildcats into the semifinals for the first time since 2005. Hogan finished that game with a team-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
- Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) and senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team prior to the start of the tourney. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.
- UNH’s senior class of Reed, Frame, Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) played in their final collegiate game March 10 against Albany.
- Reed is ranked third on the program's career 3-point leader board with 178; she is also No. 16 in blocks (41) and No. 17 in points (953). This year, she led the ‘Cats in scoring (12.4 ppg) and was second in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
- Frame, in just 52 games as a Wildcat, recorded 678 points (13.0 ppg) and 375 rebounds (7.2 rpg). In 2012-13, Frame led the squad in rebounding (7.0) and was second in scoring (10.8 ppg).
- Friel played in 24 games as a senior; one of her two starts was the America East semifinal at Albany. Wells played in all 30 games with 12 starts.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team ended the 2012 season with a 21st-place finish at the 34-team NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Hammonasset State Park (Madison, Conn.) on Nov. 9.
- The Wildcats finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) placed second overall to lead four ‘Cats in the top 20. Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also recorded a top-10 finish in sixth place.
- Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) was named to the America East All-Academic Team.
- UNH placed the highest number of men’s cross country student-athletes (23) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team had one individual qualify for and compete at the NCAA Championships that were held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisvile, Ky.).
- Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 52.5 seconds to finish 112th in the 253-runner field.
- Maguire, the 2012 America East individual champion, earned a spot in the NCAAs by receiving one of four individual regional bids following a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 10. She received All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year.
- UNH finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Maguire was followed by junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.; sixth) and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia; 10th). The other two scoring ‘Cats finished in the top 15 and all seven Wildcat harriers placed among the top 20.
- Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Twombly were voted to the America East All-Academic Team.
- UNH placed the highest number of women’s cross country student-athletes (31) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll, and that represented 93.5% of the team. Of those 31, 29 received further distinction to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
FIELD HOCKEY (12-8 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team was the top seed and host of the America East Championship for the third consecutive year. In a Nov. 2 semifinal, the Wildcats defeated Fairfield University, 3-2 in overtime, to advance to the title game for the third time in as many years. UNH fell one victory short of defending its 2011 crown with a 3-1 loss to University at Albany in the Nov. 4 championship game.
- Prior to the start of the tournament, the America East conference announced its annual awards and all-conference teams. UNH, led by 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year – it is the first time anyone received that award three consecutive years, and the five overall awards ties the conference benchmark.
- Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She is the first Wildcat to receive that distinction since the award’s 2001 inception.
- Bozek was joined on the All-Conference First Team by senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.).
- Sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) were named to the Second Team, while the All-Rookie Team included forwards Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) as well as back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.).
- The end of the 2012 season marked the end of UNH careers for three seniors – Erler, Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) and Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.).
FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 23-7 loss at ninth-ranked Wofford College in an NCAA second round game Dec. 1 at Gibbs Stadium.
- UNH head coach Sean McDonnell received three awards as he was named New England Football Writers Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year and Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Football Coach of the Year. It marked the fourth time McDonnell was feted as New England Football Writers Coach of the Year (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012) and third AFCA regional honor (2004, 2005, 2012), as well as fourth Gridiron Club award (2000, 2004, 2009, 20012).
- Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to The Sports Network FCS All-America First Team for the second consecutive year and senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) was named to the Third Team.
- Evans was named to a total of six All-America teams, including Associate Press (AP) and AFCA. He is just the fourth player ever named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-America Team three times; two of the others are UNH wide receiver David Ball and quarterback Ricky Santos.
- Senior left guard Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was voted to the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. He was also selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I Football District 1 First Team for the second time in as many years.
- Evans played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game (Jan. 19) while senior cornerback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and Smith were selected to play in the Texas vs Nation All-Star Game (Feb. 2).
- The Wildcats placed 11 members on CAA All-Conference teams. Evans, Smith, sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) and junior left tackle Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.) were First Team selections. Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), Peters and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) were tabbed to the Second Team. Zarkoskie, sophomore tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.), sophomore center Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.) and junior place kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) earned a spot on the Third Team.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-16-4 overall, 10-8-3 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team’s season ended with a 5-4 overtime loss to Providence College in a Hockey East quarterfinal game at the Whittemore Center on March 2.
- Freshman defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) was named to the Hockey East All-Star Second Team and All-Rookie Team. She recorded a team-high 17 assists and finished second in points with 24.
- Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) was named Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention. Gilligan finished the year with a 10-5-3 record, 2.29 GAA and .909 save percentage; in 15 league games, she was 8-4-2 with a 2.06 GAA and .915 save percentage.
- Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) netted a third-period goal in the quarterfinal to end her UNH career with 57 goals and 51 assists for 108 points in 134 games. Lavoie led this year’s team in goals (12) and points (26).
- The end of the 2013 season marked the end of UNH careers for Lavoie, Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.), Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario), Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario), Paige Goloubef (Oakville, Ontario), Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.).
- The UNH ski team recorded six All-America performances en route to an eighth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships that were held March 6-9 by Middlebury College. Eighth place matches the Wildcats’ top NCAA placement since 1994.
- New Hampshire recorded the third-highest alpine team score (327 points) and that included the second-best men’s alpine mark (153).
- Prior to the start of the NCAAs, senior Nordic skier Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was named the winner of the National College Men’s and Women’s Skiing Elite 89 award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point-average participating at each of the NCAA’s 89 championships. Guiney was feted for compiling a 3.98 in genetics.
- Senior captain Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) raced to a pair of All-America finishes. He earned First Team accolades with fifth place in the men’s slalom (March 8) and Second Team in the giant slalom (March 6) with a sixth-place performance.
- Junior Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) skied to All-America First Team in the slalom. Coffey, who earned All-America Second Team recognition in 2011, registered a two-run time of 1:39.75 to finish third overall in the 2013 slalom.
- Sophomore Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) raced to All-America First Team in the giant slalom with a time of 2:03.18 that tied for second overall.
- Freshman Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) recorded an All-America Second Team finish in the slalom with 10th place overall.
- Senior Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) missed All-America status by 0.48 seconds as she was 12th in the women’s slalom.
- Junior Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) posted a 12th-place finish in the giant slalom to narrowly miss All-America accolades by 0.12 seconds.
- Senior co-captain Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) capped her collegiate career on March 9 by earning All-America Second Team in the 15K freestyle mass start with a sixth-place finish.
- The end of the 2013 season marked the end of UNH careers for alpine skiers Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec), Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) and Vest Burton, and Nordic skiers Caldwell Bean, Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), Kelsey Hoar (Shaftsbury, Vt.), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), Kvehl McDermott (Putney, Vt.), Perry Thomas (Rindge, N.H.) and Ian Wilson (Wayzata, Minn.).
MEN’S SOCCER (7-7-6 overall, 2-3-1 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team finished as runner-up at the America East Championship tournament for the second time in three years following a 0-0 tie at UMBC in the title game in which the Retrievers prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-2, on Nov. 10.
- The Wildcats advanced out of the semifinals with a 1-0 victory at top-seeded Vermont on Nov. 6. UNH did not surrender a goal in three tourney games this year to match the feat accomplished in 2010; the six consecutive postseason shutouts is a conference record.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all six shots vs. Vermont and seven against UMBC to extend his streak of consecutive shutouts to four games and 408 minutes, 50 seconds.
- At the conclusion of the America East Championship, senior backs Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), as well as Worra, were selected to the All-Championship Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the conclusion of Wildcat careers for Ryan McNabb (Downington, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.), Thomas and Hussein.
- The UNH men’s soccer team had the highest percentage of representation (72.5%) on the America East Academic Honor Roll – a total of Wildcats made the grade.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, making its conference-record 12th consecutive tournament appearance, was ousted from the 2012 America East Championships with a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook University in an Oct. 25 quarterfinal game at Lewis Fields.
- Junior goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America District 1 First Team on Nov. 2.
- Correa, who was also named to the America East All-Academic Team, started all 18 games in which she played. She had a 1.43 GAA with a .755 save percentage and three shutouts, and ranked third in the conference in both total saves (83) and saves per game (4.61).
- Prior to the start of postseason play, four Wildcats received America East honors. Senior back Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.
- Correa, Curry and junior midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marks the end of UNH careers for eight Wildcat seniors – captain Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.), Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.), Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.), Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.), Drea Noguiera (New Bedford, Mass.) and Curry.
- A total of 18 women’s soccer players were named to the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.
- Sam Lopes was named head coach of the program on Feb. 12. He has more than 11 years of women’s soccer coaching experience at the collegiate and professional level. He was a two-year assistant coach at Providence College prior to coming to UNH.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team placed fifth at the America East Championships (Feb. 11-12), competed at the New England Championships (Feb. 22-23) and then completed the indoor season at the IC4A Championships that were held March 2-3.
- Junior Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) finished sixth in the mile at the IC4As with a time of 4 minutes, 7.01 seconds. He had placed second the preliminaries at 4:06.88 and was the America East Champion in that event back in February.
- The Wildcats’ 4x800 meter relay team took seventh overall in the finals with a time of 7:33.94. On Saturday, the squad of sophomore James Anderson (Melrose, Mass.), freshman Luke Miller (Birdsboro, Pa.), junior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) and Greene placed fifth overall in the trials with a record-breaking time of 7:33.13. The team broke the previous school record of 7:37.09, which was set in 2010.
- Greene and John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) were named to the 2012-13 America East Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team placed fifth at the America East Championships (Feb. 11-12), competed at the New England Championships (Feb. 22-23) and completed the season at the ECAC Championships (March 2-3).
- Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) raced to a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters at the ECACs as she crossed the finish line in a time of 9 minutes, 33.97 seconds. She also ran to a second-place finish in that event at the America East Championships with a school-record time of 9:29.49.
- Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) broke the school record in the 60-meter dash in 7.65 seconds at the ECACs.
- Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) were selected to the 2012-13 America East Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team.
VOLLEYBALL (15-14 overall, 7-5 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was ousted from the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded University at Albany in a Nov. 16 semifinal match.
- Prior to the start of the tournament, junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team while outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) were All-Rookie Team honorees and senior defensive specialist Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the end of Wildcat careers for Schnepp and setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.). Schnepp established a UNH single-season record for digs with 560 in 2012 and ended her career with 997 digs.
- UNH had the highest number of volleyball student-athletes (13) on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll.