April 16, 2012

Stern, Hardowa: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP 

April 16, 2012

 

DURHAM, N.H.Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) of the women’s track & field team and Connor Hardowa (Edmonton, Alberta) 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.


STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Laura Stern, women’s track & field

     Laura, a senior from Shirley, Massachusetts, has had a successful return to the outdoor track & field team. After being sidelined by multiple injuries as a sophomore and junior, Laura has been the top performer in the javelin all four meets of the 2012 season.

     At this past Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational I, Laura topped the field of 22 athletes in the javelin with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 136 feet, 8 inches. In her return to the event March 24 at Northeastern University’s Husky Spring Open in Boston, Laura won javelin – she beat 28 competitors – with a mark of 147-07 to garner the America East Women’s Field Performer of the Week award.

     She followed that with a winning throw of 127-10 in a dual meet at Maine and then a top effort of 139-00 at home against Maine and Holy Cross on April 7.

     As a freshman in 2009, Laura was the javelin champion at both the America East and New England championship meets. She went on to place third in that event at the ECACs and seventh in the NCAA Regionals.

 

Connor Hardowa, men’s hockey

     Connor, a junior from Edmonton, Alberta, was named the 109th captain in the history of the UNH men’s hockey program for the 2012-13 season. The announcement was made at the annual team banquet, which was held April 14. Connor was also named the recipient of the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award for his play through the 2011-12 season.

     He played in 36 of the team’s 37 games this season and recorded 16 points on six goals and 10 assists. In a 3-2 overtime win at Providence College on Feb. 4, he scored the Wildcats’ first goal and then assisted on the game-winning goal. His other offensive highlights included a five-game point-scoring streak that spanned Nov. 5-26.

     Last year, Connor played in all 39 Wildcat games and finished with 10 points on thre goals and seven assists. He ranked fourth on the team in blocked shots.

     Connor has compiled 28 points on nine goals and 19 assists in three years. He was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team as a freshman in 2010, and at last year’s team banquet he was feted as UNH’s Most Improved Player.

 
 

ACCOLADES

Lauren McCandless, swimming & diving

     America East Student-Athlete of the Year for Women’s Swimming & Diving

 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday, April 14

Men’s track & field’s Wildcat Invitational I, 11 am

Women’s track & field’s Wildcat Invitational I, 11 am

Women’s lacrosse vs. Albany, 1 pm

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, April 18

Men’s track & field at Holy Cross Decathlon, 10 am

Women’s track & field at Holy Cross Decathlon, 10 am

Women’s lacrosse at Columbia, 6 pm

Thursday, April 19

Men’s track & field at Holy Cross Decathlon, 10 am

Women’s track & field at Holy Cross Decathlon, 10 am

Friday, April 20

Men’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational, 11 am

Women’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational, 11am

Saturday, April 21

Women’s lacrosse vs. UMBC, 12 pm (Senior Day)

Men’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational, 11 am

Women’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational, 11 am

 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (3-9 overall, 1-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team overcame a three-goal deficit in the first half but could not duplicate that feat in the second half in a 9-8 home loss to Albany on April 14.
  • Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was named UNH’s America East Player of the Game with four goals, five draw controls, two caused turnovers and one ground ball.
  • Keagins leads the team in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls. She is also tied for the lead in both goals and points, and is tied for third in assists.
  • Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.), with 22 goals, is UNH’s first true freshman to score 20+ goals since Shaunna Kaplan scored 23 in 2007.
 

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team competed against five other schools at the Wildcat Invitational I, which was held April 14 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility. The other teams in the non-scoring meet were Maine, Rhode Island, Bowdoin, Colby-Sawyer and Fitchburg State.
  • Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) won the shot put for the second consecutive week with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 58 feet, 10.74 inches.
  • Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) ran to first place in the 1,500 meters for the second time in as many weeks with a winning time of 3 minutes, 57.07 seconds.
  • Jason Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) topped the field in the high jump with a cleared height of 6-4.
  • Jesse Swink (Groton, Conn.) was the top performer in the javelin for the third consecutive week with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 192-10.
  • UNH had three runner-up efforts – D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) in the 400m hurdles, Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) in the 800m and John Prizzi (Wycoff, N.J.) in the 3,000m steeplechase.
 

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team competed against four other schools at the Wildcat Invitational I, which was held April 14 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility. The other teams in the non-scoring meet were Maine, Bowdoin, Colby-Sawyer and Fitchburg State.
  • Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass.) topped the field in the javelin for the fourth time this season with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 136 feet, 8 inches. Michelle Gearin (York, Maine) was the runner-up at a distance of 117-01.
  • Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) was the fastest runner in the 800 meters with an ECAC-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 10.68 seconds that marked the second-best time in school history. Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) was next across the finish line at 2:13.87.
  • UNH swept the top three spots in the high jump. Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) also had an ECAC-qualifying and second-best mark in school history with a cleared height of 5-7.75. Marie Collins and Emily Hutchinson (Newton, Mass.) placed second and third, respectively, at 5-1.75 and 4-11.75.
  • The ‘Cats also placed 1-2-3 in the 3,000m steeplechase. Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) led the way with a winning time of 11:14.85 and was followed by Lucy Garfield (Hanover, N.H.) and Marina Slavin (Durham, N.H.).
  • Abigail Huntress (Saco, Maine) won the shot put for the second consecutive week with a toss of 41-05.75.
  • Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) topped the field in the long jump for the second time in as many weeks with a leap of 17-10.25.
  • UNH recorded two runner-up finishes – Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) in the shot put with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 168-00 and Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) in the 400m with a time of 59.66.
  • The Wildcats’ 4x400m relay team of Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.), Rachael DePalma (Orange, Conn.), Kathryn Darmody (Westport, Mass.) and Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) had a winning time of 4:04.01.
 

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.
  • 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).
 

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.

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.

GYMNASTICS (14-15 overall, 4-1 EAGL)

  • The UNH gymnastics team recorded a team score of 193.9 points to place sixth at the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Fayetteville Regional, hosted by the University of Arkansas, on April 7.
  • This marked the 30th NCAA Regional appearance for the Wildcats in 31 years and the 32nd postseason appearance in head coach Gail Goodspeed's 33 years at the University.
  • In her final collegiate meet, senior co-captain Ali Carr (Chelmlsford, Mass.) recorded a team-high 9.825 on the balance beam. She also tied with junior co-captain Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) for UNH’s highest score of 9.800 on vault.
  • Junior Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) led the way on floor exercise with matching scores of 9.800.
  • Junior Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.), another senior competing for the last time as a collegian, were the top ‘Cats on the uneven bars at 9.750.
  • New Hampshire scored a 195.225 to finish sixth at the EAGL Championship on March 24. The Wildcats' Regional Qualifying Score is 195.120, they averaged a 194.358 and their season-high total was a 195.800 at the UNH Invitational quad-meet March 3.


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)

  • Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Women’s Swimming & Diving, the league announced April 12. McCandless recorded six top-five finishes, including a gold-medal performance in the 1650-yard freestyle, at the 2012 league championships. She dominated the 200 butterfly in the regular season with four first-place finishes, and also recorded a pair of wins in the 500 free. In the classroom, McCandless has a 3.60 cumulative grade-point-average as a cellular and molecular biology major.
  • 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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