McHoul, Shanahan: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Minute
SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
April 21, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. – Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) of the women’s lacrosse team and Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) 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 the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.
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Laura McHoul, women’s lacrosse
Laura, a sophomore from Westwood, Mass., recorded her 100th career point on the third of her season-high five assists at 17th-ranked Stony Brook University on Saturday, April 19. She factored in all five goals scored by the UNH women’s lacrosse team in that game.
The attacker entered the day with 97 career points and inched closed to the milestone with assists at 9:47 and 7:24 of the first half before reaching the benchmark with another assist at 6:26.
Laura also set up the game’s next goal at 24:59 of the second half to lift the Wildcats within 9-4 and tallied an assist on the team’s last goal at 17:58.
Laura increased her season total to 33 assists, which matches last year’s freshman total that ranks No. 2 on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives. The program record of 35 assists was established in 1986 by Karen Geromini.
Laura, who has started all 15 games, leads the Wildcats in assists and points (53). She ranks third in both goals (20) and draw controls (16). With those stats, she leads the America East conference in assists per game (2.20) and is sixth in points per game (3.53). In the national stats, Laura is No. 8 in assists/game.
Laura has recorded a point in 13 of 15 games this season with 11 multiple-point efforts, which includes eight games with multiple goals and nine with multiple assists. She scored a career-high four goals as part of a season-high seven points at Drexel University (March 23). Laura followed that with six points against both the University of Vermont (March 29; 2g, 4a) and Boston University (April 2; 3g, 3a). Earlier in the season, she finished with six points against both UConn (March 5) and Iona College (March 10); she had two goals and four assists both games.
In 31 career games (all starts), she has tallied 36 goals and 66 assists for 102 points – the previous time a UNH sophomore reached the 100-point milestone was in 2004 (Katie Leland). The 66 assists ranks fifth on UNH’s career leaderboard; Liz Brickley is currently No. 4 at 67.
Michael Shanahan, men’s track & field
Michael, a freshman from Dover, N.H., placed in three field events to lead the UNH men’s track & field team to first place at the Wolfie Invitational that was held at Stony Brook University’s University Track on Saturday, April 19.
Michael finished in second place with a distance of 166 feet, 2 inches in the hammer throw. He placed third in both the shot put with a mark of 42-11 and in the javelin with a throw of 170-2.
In his outdoor track & field debut April 5 at UNH’s Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility, Michael took fourth place in the shot put with an effort of 44-11.
Michael made his collegiate debut during the 2013-14 indoor track & field season on Dec. 6. In that dual meet against the University of Maine, he finished third in the shot put (44-1.5) and fifth in the weight throw (48-7.25). In a Jan. 18 dual meet vs. College of the Holy Cross, Michael won the weight throw (54-6) and was runner-up in the shot put (44-4.25).
At the 2014 America East indoor championship, he recorded a personal-best 46-8.25 in shot put for ninth place; he also placed ninth in the weight throw (56-4.5). Michael closed the indoor season with a personal-best mark of 58-1.75 in the weight throw at the IC4As.
Saturday, April 19
Women’s outdoor track & field: 1st place (five teams) at Stony Brook Invitational
Men’s outdoor track & field: 1st place (five teams) at Stony Brook Invitational
Women’s lacrosse: at No. 17 Stony Brook 15, UNH 5
Tuesday, April 22
Men’s track & field at Holy Cross w/Rhode Island, 2 pm
Wednesday, April 23
Women’s track & field at Penn Relays
Men’s track & field at Penn Relays
Thursday, April 24
Women’s track & field at Penn Relays
Men’s track & field at Penn Relays
Friday, April 25
Women’s track & field at Penn Relays
Men’s track & field at Penn Relays
Saturday, April 26
Women’s lacrosse vs. Albany, 12 pm (Senior Day)
Women’s track & field, America East Pre-Conference Meet at UNH, 11 am
Men’s track & field, America East Pre-Conference Meet at UNH, 11 am
Women’s track & field at Penn Relays
Men’s track & field at Penn Relays
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (7-8 overall, 2-2 America East)
- The UNH women’s lacrosse team trimmed a nine-goal deficit to five, but 17th-ranked Stony Brook University pulled away for a 15-5 victory at LaValle Stadium on Saturday, April 19.
- Sophomore attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded her 100th career point with the third of her season-high five assists at SBU. She attained the milestone at 6:26 of the first half and increased her season total to 33, which matches last year’s total that ranks No. 2 on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives; the benchmark of 35 was established in 1986 by Karen Geromini.
- McHoul is the third Wildcat to reach the 100-point milestone this season; she joins junior Laura Puccia (Fariport, N.Y.) and Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) in the century club.
- McHoul leads the America East conference in assists per game (2.20) and is sixth in points/game (3.53).
- Junior goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) has played all 900 minutes this season. She is on the verge of entering UNH’s top 5 single-season list; Danielle Martin established the No. 5 mark of 928:23 in 2003 and Shelby Hodgkins set mark No. 4 of 945:00 in 1996.
- Hurwitz is the conference leader in saves per game at 8.67.
- Junior midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) extended her goal-scoring streak to 11 games with two at Stony Brook. She has tallied two goals in 13 of 14 games this season.
- Puccia ranks fifth in the conference in goals per game (2.71) and ninth in points/game (3.14) as well as third in draw controls/game (4.07).
- New Hampshire concludes the regular season April 26 at home against the University at Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team captured first place at the Wolfie Invitational that was held at Stony Brook University’s University Track on April 19. The Wildcats amassed 226 points, which placed them well ahead of runner-up SBU (119 points) in the five-team field.
- Sophomore D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) recorded a pair of first-place finishes by winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.52 seconds and tying for first in the 400m hurdles at 55.38.
- Sophomore Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.) also crossed the finish line in the 400m hurdles at 55.38 seconds to tie McFadden for first place.
- Junior Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) sprinted to first place in the 400m with a time of 49.66 seconds and was also victorious in the 200m by crossing the finish line in 22.60 seconds.
- Freshman Michael Shanahan (Dover, N.H.) placed in three events. He turned in a runner-up performance of 166 feet, 2 inches in the hammer throw and placed third in both the shot put (42-11) and javelin (170-2).
- UNH took the top two spots in the 3,000m steeplechase. Junior Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) led the pack with a winning time of 9:36.57. Freshman Robert Biro (Rockaway, N.J.) was next across the finish line in 9:48.05.
- Senior Jessie Swink (Groton, Conn.) recorded a season-best throw of 192-4 to win the javelin.
- Freshman Ryan Maney (Reading, Mass.) placed second in the 110m hurldles and fifth in the 400m hurdles.
- Sophomore Seth Sheridan (Ashburnham, Mass.) was runner-up in the 100m at 11.15 seconds and placed fifth in the 200m at 22.87.
- The Wildcats finished 2-6 in the 5,000m with Senior John Corona (Middletown, Conn.) leading the ‘Cat pack in 14:54.39.
- Junior Wyatt Berrier (North Conway, N.H.) posted second place in the discus with a mark of 128-1.
- UNH’s 4x100m relay quartet of sophomore Christopher DeCarlo (Derry, N.H.), Sheridan, sophomore Dylan Pelletier (Orford, N.H.) and Maney won the event by completing the lap around the track in 43.76 seconds.
- The 4x400m relay was also victorious with an aggregate time of 3:21.00.
- Four ‘Cats traveled to Princeton, N.J. to compete at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium on April 18. Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) ran to a school-record time of 8 minutes, 47.39 seconds in the 3,000-meter steeplechase; he finished in seventh place.
- Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) also recorded a top-10 finish at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a ninth-place effort in the hammer throw with an effort of 177 feet, 9 inches.
- New Hampshire returns to action this week at the Penn Relays as well as an America East Pre-Conference Meet at home on Saturday, April 26 (11 a.m.).
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team compiled 196 points to win the Wolfie Invitational at Stony Brook University’s University Track on April 18. St. Peter’s was the runner-up at the five-team event with 138 points.
- Sophomore Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.08 seconds and she finished fourth in the 200m at 25.54.
- Senior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) was the runner-up in the 100m at 12.24 and placed third in the 200m at 25.53.
- Freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) claimed victory in the 3,000m steeplechase by crossing the finish line in 10 minutes, 53.31 seconds. Senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) placed third at 11:16.11.
- The Wildcats took four of the top five places in the hammer throw. Senior Bacall Liset (Dover, N.H.) led the way with a toss of 156-11. Classmate Kelsey Farrell (North Hampton, N.H.) finished third at 130-2 and was followed by junior Keila Grigware (Biddeford, Maine) in fourth with a mark of 126-6 and sophomore Abigail Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) in fifth at 122-8.
- Kaplan won the shot put with a distance of 38-11. Junior Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) placed third in that event with a throw of 38-8.75.
- Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) placed second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.71 seconds, and was fifth in the 400m hurdles at 1:06.62.
- Freshman Alyson Messina (Plymouth, Mass.) also placed in both hurdle events with third place in the 400m (1:05.45) and fifth in the 100m (15.92).
- Senior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) was runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 16-6.5.
- There was also a contingent of ‘Cats who competed at the Larry Ellis Invitational that was held at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium on April 18-19. Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, Conn.) had a personal-best effort of 184 feet, 1 inch in the hammer throw to take fourth place and junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) placed fifth in the high jump by clearing a height of 5-7. Senior Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H.) claimed 10th place in the discus with a throw of 122-8.
- New Hampshire returns to action this week at the Penn Relays as well as an America East Pre-Conference Meet at home on Saturday, April 26 (11 a.m.).
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 champions
• Women’s swimming & diving – America East champions
• Gymnastics – EAGL champions
UNH RETAINS LEAD IN AMERICA EAST COMMISSIONER CUP STANDINGS
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UNH remains atop the America East 2013-14 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup standings by one point at the end of the winter athletic season, the conference announced April 3.
The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system that rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference's 20 sports.
UNH, which held a 149-148 lead over UMBC at the conclusion of the fall season, compiled 86 points during the winter season for a league-high 235 points overall. This is the first time the Wildcats lead the Commissioner’s Cup standings after the winter season.
UNH captured the America East women’s swimming and diving title for the second consecutive year to gain 10 points. The Wildcats broke the championship record – also for the second time in as many years – with 877 points and were honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. The team broke four conference, two pool and two school records at the conference championship meet.
The ‘Cats earned 39 points in women’s basketball by recording their best regular-season finish – third place – since the 2004-05 season and advancing to the semifinals of the league tournament for the second straight year.
New Hampshire was awarded 12 points in both men’s and women’s indoor track & field for its fourth-place finish in both competitions at the America East Championship. The Wildcats’ other 13 winter points were from men’s basketball.
UNH ATHLETICS RANKED NO. 41 IN UPDATED LEARFIELD CUP STANDINGS
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings on March 27 and UNH is ranked No. 41 (212 programs received points). UNH received all of its 57 points in the winter standings from the ski team’s 11th-place finish at the NCAA championships earlier this month. The Wildcats compiled 133 points in the fall season with 83 points in FCS football (third place) and 25 points in both field hockey (ninth place) and volleyball (33rd place).
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 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.
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.
GYMNASTICS (14-4 overall, 6-2 EAGL)
- The 23rd-ranked UNH gymnastics team recorded a team score of 195.025 to place fifth at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics University Park Regional Championship at Penn State University on April 5.
- Top-ranked University of Florida won the regional (197.050), followed by 15th-ranked Penn State (196.725), 12th-ranked Oregon (196.525), Kentucky (195.925), UNH at Maryland (194.525).
- Freshman Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) recorded a career-high 9.875 on vault to tie for seventh place and lead the Wildcats to a 49.100 team score, which marked the second highest vault score of the season.
- Junior Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) tied her career high and senior co-captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) with a 9.825 on vault. Senior Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) earned a 9.800.
- Barile was the top ‘Cat on the floor exercise with a mark of 9.825.
- Sophomore Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) earned a share of the team’s top bar score for the fourth time in the last five meets with a 9.750. Pflieger also scored a 9.750 on the apparatus.
- Junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) paced UNH’s beam lineup for the eighth time this season with a 9.800. She was followed by Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) at 9.750 and Hill (9.725).
- Pflieger tied for ninth in the all-around with a 39.050.
- Associate head coach Ed Datti and assistant coach Ali Carr were named the Northeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year, and associate athletic director for operations Carrie Kimball was feted as the Northeast Region Administrator of the Year.
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 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.
- 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). Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) ranked third in goals (18), assists (21) and points (39).
- At the conclusion of the season, four Wildcats inked contracts with professional teams. Junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, Knodel went to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, Sorkin signed a contract with the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate (Hamilton Bulldogs), and Goumas inked a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate (Adirondack Phantoms).
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.
- Junior 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.
- Prizzi and junior Zachary Chabot (Manchester, N.H.) were named to the America East All-Academic Team. Prizzi was also honored last year – his first year of eligibility – while this was Chabot’s first selection to the team.
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.
- Senior Elisa Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Academic Team. It marked the first selection for both Wildcats.
- 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).
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.
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.