Early, Hoddwells: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Weekly Wildcat Roundup

UNH WEEKLY ROUNDUP

April 25, 2011

DURHAM, N.H. Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) of the women’s track & field team and Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine) 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

Kate Early, women’s track & field

     Kate is a two-sport student-athlete for New Hampshire. The senior from Corning, New York is a letterwinner for UNH’s women’s basketball team and outdoor track & field team. Kate competed at last week’s Holy Cross Pentathlon and bested 24 other competitors to win the event with 4,203 points.

     On the first day of competition at Holy Cross, Kate had the top effort in the shot put (10.33 meters), second-fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles (15.52 seconds) and third-best mark in the high jump. On Day 2, Early recorded the second-fastest time in the 800m (2:31.38) to secure the title.

     The first two meets of the 2011 outdoor season were held at UNH’s Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility. She opened the year with a fifth-place finish in the 100m hurdles (six-team meet), then placed fourth in the shot put at a five-team invitational.

     Kate won last year’s heptathlon at the New England Championship. Earlier in the 2011 season, she placed seventh in the high jump and eighth in the javelin at the America East Championship.

     This past March, Kate capped off a four-year basketball career at UNH. She played in 28 of 29 games as a senior and averaged 3.5 ppg as well as 2.9 rpg; she recorded a team-high 47.6% field goal percentage.

     Her collegiate accolades include America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2010) and America East Academic Honor Roll (2008 & 2009).

 

Max Hoddwells, men’s track & field

     Max, a junior from Wayne, Maine, continued his strong start to the 2011 men’s outdoor track & field season by capturing first place in the triple jump at the Larry Ellis Invitational, a 35-team event that was held at Princeton University on April 22-23. Max

     Max opened the 2011 outdoor season by winning the triple jump (14.02m) and finishing second in the long jump (6.40m) at the Wildcat Invitational I on April 9. One week later, Max won the long jump with a mark of 6.26m.

     Last year, he competed at the New England Championship and finished third in the triple jump (14.01m). Earlier in the 2010 season, Max took seventh place in the triple jump at the America East Championship. UNH was the host of three invitationals that season, and in the triple jump he progressed with third-, second- and first-place finishes.

 
 

ACCOLADES
Rita Ciambra: America East Women’s Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year

 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Wednesday, April 20

Men’s track & field: at Holy Cross heptathlon

Women’s track & field: at Holy Cross heptathlon

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: non-scoring meet at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.)

Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.)

Saturday, April 23

Women’s lacrosse: Vermont 8, at UNH 7

Men’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.)

Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton, N.J.)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, April 26

Men’s track & field at Holy Cross (with Rhode Island), 2 pm

Wednesday, April 27

Women’s track & field at Penn Relays

Thursday, April 28

Women’s track & field at Penn Relays

Friday, April 29

Women’s lacrosse vs. #13 Boston College, 6 pm (Senior Day)

Women’s track & field at Penn Relays

Saturday, April 30

Men’s track & field at UMass Invitational, 11 am

Women’s track & field at UMass Invitational, 11 am

Women’s track & field at Penn Relays

Sunday, May 1

Women’s lacrosse at Binghamton, 12 pm

 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (7-7, 2-3 America East)

  • New Hampshire jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but the University of Vermont rallied to record an 8-7 victory last Saturday at Memorial Field.
  • Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) scored three first-half goals to propel UNH to that six-goal advantage.
  • Casey Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.) was honored as the team’s America East Player of the Game vs. Vermont. She tallied three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
  • Senior captain Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.) will be honored prior to the team’s final home game of the season April 29 against Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 6 p.m.
 

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s outdoor track & field competed at two events last week. Three Wildcats competed at the mid-week Holy Cross Pentathlon – the ‘Cats took the top two spots – and a number of Wildcats competed at the non-scoring Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University that included 35 teams.
  • Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) was honored as the America East Women’s Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league announced last Friday. She earned second place at the Larry Ellis Invitational by clearing a height of 3.80 meters. 
  • Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) recorded a meet-high 4,203 points at the Holy Cross Pentathlon. She had the top effort in the shot put (10.33m), second-fastest time in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.52 seconds) and 800m (2:31.38), as well as the third-best mark in the high jump. 
  • Kaitlin Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) finished second at the heptathlon with 4,109 points. She was the fastest runner in the 800m (2:30.08) and second in both the 200m (27.27 seconds) and high jump (1.56m). 
  • Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) captured first place in the triple jump at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a winning leap of 12.00m. 
  • Other top-10 efforts were turned in by Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) in the long jump (5th place), Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) in the hammer throw (7th) and Julia Credendino (Islip, N.Y.) in the 3000m (9th). 

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s outdoor track & field team competed at the 35-team, non-scoring Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University last weekend. Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine) was victorious in the triple jump with a winning leap of 14.24 meters.
  • Four other Wildcats recorded top-5 finishes. Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) placed second in the hammer throw, Mike Simon (Durham, Conn.) took third in the javelin with an NCAA Regional-qualifying mark of 62.79m, John Randall (Boscawen, N.H.) was fifth in the hammer throw and Jese Swink placed fifth in the javelin.
  • Earlier in the week, Renrick Pesce (New Hartford, Conn.) captured first place at the Holy Cross Decathlon with a total of 5,743 points; 24 other decathletes competed at the event. Pesce was atop the standings following Day 1 with 3,081 points. He recorded the top effort in the long jump (6.34m), shot put (11.11m) and pole vault (3.85m).
 

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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