April 18, 2011

Cohen, Simon: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

UNH WEEKLY ROUNDUP

April 18, 2011

DURHAM, N.H. Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) of the women’s lacrosse team and Mike Simon (Durham, Conn.) of the men’s track & field team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in this week's Wildcat Roundup.

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Ilana Cohen, women’s lacrosse

     Ilana, a junior from Andover, Massachusetts, recorded team highs in both goals (three) and points (five) to lead UNH to a 12-6 victory against Stony Brook University in an America East conference matchup at Memorial Field on April 16. Both the goal and point totals matched her career highs. She was also credited with two ground balls and two caused turnovers to be distinguished as the team’s America East Player of the Game.

     The captain has tallied 19 goals and 10 assists for 29 points in 12 games this season; the goal and point totals are personal single-season bests. She is tied for second on the team in both assists and points, and is fourth in goals (the co-leaders have 20 goals). And with 19 goals on just 30 shots, Ilana has a team-high .633 shooting percentage.

      Ilana opened the 2011 season with a point in 10 consecutive games and has a point in 11 of 12 overall with nine multiple-point efforts, including six multiple-goal performances. Earlier this season, she recorded a career-high three assists (and five points) at Fairfield University; she also had three goals against both Dartmouth and Colgate.

     In 47 career games, Ilana has amassed 42 goals and 29 assists for 71 points. Her career accolades include 2010 America East All-Conference Second Team and 2009 America East All-Rookie Team.

 

Mike Simon, men’s track & field

     Mike, a senior from Durham, Connecticut, has had a record-setting career competing in the javelin for the UNH men’s outdoor track & field team. He won the javelin at the America East Championships as a freshman in the 2008 season, repeated as champion in that event at the 2009 conference championships and once again defended that title at the 2010 America East Championships.

     Mike has opened his senior season with a first-place finish at both the Wildcat Invitational I (April 9) and Wildcat Invitational II (April 16) at UNH’s Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility.

     Mike is the UNH record holder in the javelin with a mark of 66.33 meters. His other career highlights include a ninth-place finish at the 2010 IC4A outdoor championships and second place at the ’09 New England outdoor championships.

 
 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday, April 16

Women’s lacrosse: at UNH 12, Stony Brook 6

Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Wildcat Invitational II

Men’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Wildcat Invitational II

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, April 20

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

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

Thursday, April 21

Men’s track & field at Holy Cross heptathlon

Women’s track & field at Holy Cross heptathlon

Friday, April 22

Men’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.)

Women’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.)

Saturday, April 23

Women’s lacrosse vs. Vermont, 2 p.m.

Men’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.), 11 am

Women’s track & field at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.), 11 am

 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (7-6, 2-2 America East)

  • New Hampshire won its third consecutive home game by doubling up Stony Brook, 12-6, April 16 at Memorial Field. The Wildcats quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead and utilized a 6-1 second-half run to pull away for the victory.
  • Junior captains Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) recorded five points apiece to lead the ‘Cat attack. Cohen, who was UNH’s America East Player of the Game, matched her career highs in both goals (three) and points while Rausch tallied a personal best of three assists.
  • Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) has recorded a season-high eight saves each of the last two games.
 

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field won nine events in a non-scoring meet against the University of Maine, Colby Sawyer College, Bowdoin College and New England College at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility on April 16. 
  • Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) won the 200-meter race (26.60 seconds) and placed third in the 400m (59.18).  
  • Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) won the high jump at a height of 1.52 meters and was runner-up to Kwiecien in the 200m (26.63 seconds). 
  • Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) recorded the longest throw of 36.15 meters in the discus. She also placed third in the shot put at 9.92m. 
  • Other first-place performers were: Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) in the 800m; Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) in the 3000m; Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass) in the 3000m steeplechase; Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) in the pole vault; Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) in the long jump; and Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) in the hammer throw. 

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field won seven events in a non-scoring meet against the University of Maine, Colby Sawyer College, Bowdoin College and New England College at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility on April 16.
  • Four Wildcats captured first place in an event for the second consecutive week. Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) won the hammer throw with a toss of 59.03 meters to lead a group of four ‘Cats in the top six of that event. Mike Simon (Durham, Conn.) captured first place in the javelin with a throw of 64.19m to lead a quartet of Wildcats in the top five. Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine) won the long jump with a leap of 6.26m and Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) bested the field in the high jump at 1.98m.
  • Other victorious ‘Cats were: Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) in the 1,500m; Kevin Greene in the 800m; and Alexander MacLeod (East Longmeadow, Mass.) in the 400m hurdles. UNH also had three other finishers in the top six in both the 800m and 400m hurdles.
 

COMPLETED WINTER SEASON WRAPUPS

MEN’S BASKETBALL (12-18, 6-10 America East)

  • New Hampshire saw its 2011 season come to an end March 5 with a 69-60 loss to Boston University in the America East quarterfinals. UNH raced out to a 12-3 lead but trailed 33-30 at the half. The Wildcats closed within one point, 39-38, with 15 minutes remaining but never regained the lead. 
  • Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) was one of four Wildcats honored at the America East banquet. He was named to the All-Conference Team. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) was voted to the All-Academic Team, Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was an All-Defensive Team selection and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was tabbed to the All-Rookie Team. 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (9-20, 6-10 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team saw its 2011 season come to an end with a 67-53 loss to Binghamton University in an America East quarterfinal on March 4.
  • Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) were honored at the America East banquet prior to the tournament. Beliveau, who was the recipient of the 2011 America East Player of the Game Award, was selected to the All-Conference Second Team and the All-Academic Team. Hogan was an All-Rookie Team honoree.

GYMNASTICS (11-9, 2-3 EAGL)

  • New Hampshire placed fifth at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional Championship that was held at the University of Oklahoma on April 2. The Wildcats compiled a team score of 194.5 points.
  • Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) recorded the team’s highest score in the all-around (38.925), vault (9.825) and balance beam (9.8). She tied for seventh on the beam.
  • Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) was top ‘Cat on the uneven bars with a 9.8.
  • Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) recorded a team-high mark of 9.8 on the floor exercise. She also had a score of 9.8 on the vault.
 

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (22-11-6, 17-6-4 Hockey East)

  • UNH, host of the NCAA Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.), was a 3-1 victor against fourth-ranked Miami University in the regional semifinal – the RedHawks had entered the game with a 13-game unbeaten streak – and then was ousted from the NCAA tournament with a 2-1 loss to ninth-ranked Notre Dame in the regional final.
  • It marked the third consecutive year that UNH advanced to the regional final, and the Wildcats are the only team that can boast that feat.
  • Senior forward Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) and junior defenseman Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) were named to the Division I RBK All-America First Team on April 8. Kessel is the seventh UNH men’s hockey player to garner multiple All-America honors, while Thompson is the first New Hampshire native at UNH to earn All-America status.
  • Thompson was named the Leonard Fowle MVP, given the Herb Gallaher Award (best forward) and named to the New England Men’s Division I All-Star Team.
  • Kessel joined Thompson on the New England All-Star Team.
 

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (14-16-2, 7-13-1 Hockey East)

  • New Hampshire finished the 2011 season tied for sixth in the Hockey East standings and did not advance to postseason play.
  • Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star.
 

SKIING

  • The UNH ski team placed eighth at the NCAA Ski Championships that were held March 9-12; it was the team’s highest finish since 2000.
  • Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) raced to All-America First Team status with a third-place finish in the men’s slalom. He earned All-America Second Team recognition with 10th place in the men’s giant slalom.
  • Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) earned All-America Second Team honors with an eighth-place finish in the men’s slalom.
 

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (7-1)

  • UNH closed the 2011 season Feb. 25-27 by capturing the ECAC Championship. The Wildcats won the final event of the meet – the 400-yard freestyle relay – in an ECAC, conference and school record time of 3 minutes, 23.65 seconds to capture the overall title. It is the Wildcats’ first ECAC title since 2005.
  • UNH  totaled 11 ECAC champions with five school and five ECAC records at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • UNH competed at the IC4A Championships that were held March 5-6 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.
  • Anthony Vorachak (Lebanon, N.H.) set a school record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,041 points; he finished in seventh place overall. He tied for the third-best effort in the pole vault by clearing a height of 15 feet, 1 inch.
  • Matthew Guarante (Saugus, Mass.) finished just out of the scoring in ninth place in the men’s high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 8.25 inches.
  • Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) placed 12th in the weight throw with a toss of 55-10.25.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • New Hampshire competed against 49 other schools at the ECAC Championships, which were held March 5-6 at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center, and finished in 21st place.
  • Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine) turned in a record-breaking first-place finish in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16 minutes, 24.09 seconds. She broke her own mark that she established two weeks ago at the America East Championship.
  • The Wildcats also established a school record in the 4x800m relay. The quartet of Megan Donohue (Stratham, N.H.), Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) Catherine Perella (Bedford, N.H.) and Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) placed fifth overall with a time of 8:56.92 to break the mark that had stood since 2003.
  • Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) finished 11th in the triple jump while Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine) were 11th and 12th, respectively, in the pentathlon.
 

FALL SEASON WRAPUP

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • UNH wrapped up the 2010 season with a 12th-place finish at the ICAAAA Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 20; 20 teams competed at the meet.
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • UNH concluded the 2010 season with a 14th-place finish at the ECAC Championships, which were held Nov. 20 at Van Cortlandt Park; 23 teams competed at the meet.
 

FIELD HOCKEY (14-7 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • UNH completed the 2010 season with a 14-7 record following a 2-1 overtime loss to Albany in the America East championship game on Oct. 6. The 14 victories marked the highest single-season total since the ’00 squad also had 14 wins.
  • Junior forward Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was named to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Second Team. It marks the second consecutive year a Wildcat was honored as an All-American.
 

FOOTBALL (8-5 overall, 5-3 CAA)

  • The 10th-ranked UNH football team was defeated 16-3 by fifth-ranked University of Delaware in an NCAA quarterfinal at Delaware Stadium on Dec. 10.
  • Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) was named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was also named to a total of three All-America teams: The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team and the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.

MEN’S SOCCER (9-5-6 overall, 2-3-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team concluded the 2010 season with a tie in the America East championship game at UMBC. The Wildcats and Retrievers battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime, then UMBC won the title by virtue of a 5-3 edge on penalty kicks.
 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-8-4 overall, 4-3-1 America East)

  • UNH’s 2010 season came to an end with the fifth-seeded Wildcats’ 2-1 loss at fourth-seeded Albany in the America East quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
 

VOLLEYBALL (10-17 overall, 5-7 America East)

  • UNH ended the 2010 season on a high note with a 3-2 come-from-behind win at UMBC on Nov. 12. UNH has reached double digits in wins five of the last six seasons.
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