Perrodin, Piazza: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

May 12, 2014

DURHAM, N.H.Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) of the women’s track & field team and Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) of the men’s outdoor 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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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Lauren Perrodin, women’s track & field

    Perrodin, a sophomore sprinter from Coral Springs, Fla., set a school record as she took fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the New England Championships, held at Westfield State University. She crossed the line with a time of 11.71, the fastest time for a UNH women’s student-athlete in any conditions. She qualified for the finals in the event after placing seventh in the preliminaries with a time of 12.14 and coming in second in her heat.

Lauren also played a part in the UNH record-setting performance in the 4x100 relay as she ran the first leg of a time of 47.70 seconds, eclipsing the previous record set just a week prior at the America East Championships.

Other outdoor highlights of Perrodin’s include first place victories in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in an eight-team meet at home (April 5). At the UNH Invitational (April 12), Perrodin took an individual first-place finish in the 100-meter dash and helped the Wildcats claim gold in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

At the Wolfie Invitational (April 19), Perrodin kept her winning ways as she claimed first in the 100-meter dash. She earned one more individual win at the UNH Wildcat Invitational II (April 26) in the 100-meter dash.

Drew Piazza, men’s track & field

     Drew, a freshman from Danvers, Mass., took a seventh-place finish for the Wildcats in at the New England Championships in the 800-meter run, clocking in with a time of 1:51.09. His time was the fastest of the season.

Additional accolades from the outdoor season include a second place result in the 800 in an eight-team meet at home (April 5). His next second place finish came at the UNH Wildcat Invitational (April 12) in the 1,500-meter run.

He helped UNH finish second in the 4x800 relay race at the America East Championships and followed up with a tape-breaking performance in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run. He finished the finals segment in fifth.

RECENT RESULTS

Friday, May 9

Women’s track & field at New England Championships (Day One)

Men’s track & field at New England Championships (Day One)

Saturday, May 10

Women’s track & field at New England Championships (Final – 7th place)

Men’s track & field at New England Championships (Final – 30th place)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, May 17

Women’s track & field at ECAC Championships (at Princeton University – Princeton, N.J.)

Men’s track & field at IC4A Championships (at Princeton University – Princeton, N.J.)

Sunday, May 18

Women’s track & field at ECAC Championships (at Princeton University – Princeton, N.J.)

Men’s track & field at IC4A Championships (at Princeton University – Princeton, N.J.)

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH men’s track & field finished 30th at the New England Championships, held at Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass.
  • Freshman Drew Piazza (Danvers, Mass.) finished seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.09.
  • Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) was the top finisher for UNH in the 1,500 run with a time of 3:51.57.
  • Sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) took 13th in the 5,000 run as he crossed the finish line at 14:57.38.
  • Junior Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) took seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase, finished at 9:33.74.
  • Senior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) threw to a sixth-place finish, a team high for the Wildcats, in the hammer throw. He hit a mark of 56.65 meters.
  • The men return to action at the IC4A Championships on Saturday, hosted by Princeton University.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • The UNH women’s track & field team placed seventh at the New England Championships, tallying 40.50 points.
  • Lauren Perrodin clocked in with a time of 11.71 in the 100-meter dash to claim fourth place.
  • Senior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) took a team-high second place finish in the 10,000 meter run as she finished with a time of 36:20.78. Classmate Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) was close behind at 37:27.72 to take fifth place.
  • Junior Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) took eighth place in the 110 meter hurdles.
  • Freshman Sarah Keiran (Rowley, Mass.) and senior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) finished the 3,000 meter steeplechase in tandem, coming in at seventh and eighth. They finished with times of 11:02.45 and 11:02.51, respectively.
  • In the 4x100 meter relay, the quartet of Perrodin, Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine) Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) and Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) finished sixth as they set a new school record with a time of 47.40 seconds, breaking the previous record they set just a week before at the America East Championships (47.87).
  • The 4x800 relay team of Rachel DePalma (Orange, Conn.), Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.), Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) and Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) claimed fourth place with an overall time of 9:12.57
  • Junior Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) finished seventh in the high-jump, leaping to a mark of five feet and five inches.
  • Senior thrower Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) earned the title of New England Champion in the hammer throw as she placed first with a distance of 53.62 meters.

SPRING FOOTBALL

  • The UNH football team played its annual Blue-White Game on Saturday, May 3 at Cowell Stadium with Team Wild defeating Team ‘Cats, 27-0, in the intrasquad scrimmage that officially closed spring camp.
  • Quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) went a perfect 12-for-12 for 139 yards and a touchdown; he led Team Wild to three TDs.
  • Wide receiver Kyon Taylor (Springfield, Va.) hauled in six catches for 77 yards, including a 22-yard score from Goldrich.
  • Tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) recorded five receptions for 69 yards.
  • Running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) rushed six times for 28 yards and scored on a 1-yard TD run. He also caught two passes for 47 yards.
  • Running back Donald Goodrich (York, Maine) carried six times for 18 yards, including a 2-yard TD run.
  • Running back Dalton Crossan (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) had a game-high 12 carries for 30 yards with a 5-yard TD run.
  • Defensive lineman Jullian Turner (East Pittsburgh, Pa.) paced the defense with eight tackles, including a sack, and a forced fumble.
  • Linebacker Kevin McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) recorded six stops.
  • Prior to the game, running back Jim Earley (Hopkinton, N.H.) was presented the Todd Walker Teammate Award.
  • One day earlier, offensive tackle Rob Bowman (Cheshire, Conn.) and defensive end Cody Muller (Telford, Pa.) were named co-captains of the 2014 team.
  • UNH football 2014 season tickets are on sale now online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

O’Neill, McCandless Awarded Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year Honors

Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H) of the football team and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) of the women’s swimming and diving team were named the 2013-14 Jim Urquhart Student-Athletes of the year by the UNH athletic department. The award was handed out on Tuesday, May 6 at the Senior Awards Banquet at Huddleston Hall.

  The Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year award, which was established in 1999, is named in memory of longtime UNH coach and administrator Jim Urquhart, who coached the men’s lacrosse team for 17 seasons and mentored the wrestling program for 11 seasons. He served as the University’s associate athletic director of event management from 1997 until he passed away after suffering a heart attack Jan. 14, 1998. The Urquhart award is bestowed upon senior student-athletes who excel in both athletic competition and in the classroom, as well as possessing great character, sportsmanship and a passion for sports.

  O’Neill, who graduated in December with a Kinesiology: Sport Studies degree, was stalwart on the Wildcats’ offensive line for four straight years. The three-time All-CAA selection working his way into the starting lineup as a right guard on the opening day of his redshirt freshman season (2010), O’Neill shifted to left tackle as a sophomore and showed tremendous durability by starting the remaining 38 games of his career from 2011-13. Among the team achievements during O’Neill’s tenure: two Colonial Clash victories (2010-11) against UMass at Gillette Stadium; four straight NCAA playoff appearances, which extended the nation’s longest current streak to 10 years in a row; the 2012 co-CAA championship and, this past season, the first Division I national semifinal appearance in school history.

McCandless, who will graduate with magna cum laude distinction in May with a degree in molecular & cellular biology/biochemistry, owns the all-time UNH record in the 500- (4:51.20, 2013) 1,000- (10:00.97, 2011) and 1,650-yard freestyle (16:35.31, 2011), leading the Wildcats to three conference titles in four years (ECAC, 2011; America East, 2013; America East, 2014). In addition, the two-time co-captain is also associated with the program’s fastest relay times in the 200-(1:41.70, 2011) and 400-yard medley relay (3:34.89, 2011). At the America East Swimming & Diving Championships, McCandless became just the fifth swimmer in conference history to win the same event all four years (1,650-yard freestyle). Over her collegiate years competing at the America East Championships, the two-time conference Scholar Athlete of the Year (2012 & 2014), racked up the most points (215) among all league swimmers to earn the David Alexander Coaches' Award. Furthermore, McCandless was bestowed the Dean Williamson Award, which goes to a senior who has been outstanding and well rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarships, athletics and loyalty to UNH.

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 Women’s Swim & Dive’s McCandless Named America East Scholar Athlete

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team was named the 2013-14 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's swimming & diving, the conference announced April 23.

     McCandless, a two-time co-captain, is the first repeat winner of the America East Scholar-Athlete award (2012 and 2014) and sixth in program history. Furthermore, UNH swimmers have received the accolade the past three seasons with teammate Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) honored in 2013.

Witt Named UNH Women’s Ice Hockey Head Coach

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire athletic department announced April 23 that Hilary Witt, who most recently served as assistant coach on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, has been hired as the UNH women's ice hockey head coach. Witt's official start date is May 5.

     Witt brings a wealth of coaching experience at both the national and collegiate levels to UNH, and her highly-decorated collegiate career at Northeastern University was followed by playing time with the U.S. National Team.

Contract Extension Announced for Women’s Basketball Head Coach Magarity

DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire director of athletics Marty Scarano announced April 24 that women's basketball head coach Maureen Magarity agreed to a five-year contract extension.

     In four seasons at New Hampshire, Magarity has led the Wildcats to back-to-back semifinal appearances in the America East tournament. Most recently, the fourth-year head coach guided the Wildcats to a personal-best 19-12 overall record and 12-4 in conference play, the most wins in a single season since the 1998-99 season (19-8, 13-5 AE).

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.

COMPLETED SEASONS

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.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE (7-10 overall, 2-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s lacrosse team ended the 2014 season with a 13-5 loss to top-seeded and host Stony Brook University in an America East Championship semifinal game at LaValle Stadium on May 2.
  • Prior to the tournament, six Wildcat received a total of nine awards at the conference’s annual banquet. Senior defender Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) was named to the All-Conference First Team while sophomore attack Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.), junior attack Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and senior defender Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) were Second Team selections. Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree. DePetris, Puccia, Rees and Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) were voted to the All-Academic Team to give UNH a league-high four representatives on the squad.
  • Following the conclusion of the tournament, seniors Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H.) and Cara Dowdle (Northbrook, Ill.) were named to the All-Championship Team.
  • Gaffey recorded a game- and career-high six ground balls – a mark that doubled her previous personal best – as well as one caused turnover and one draw control against Stony Brook.
  • McHoul tallied four points (one goal, three assists) to increase her season total to 60 points (21g, 39a); she is the first Wildcat to record 60 points in a season since 2009, when Sarah Von Bargen had 71.
  • McHoul’s 39 assists are a UNH single-season record and she ranks No. 4 on the program’s career leaderboard with 72 in just two seasons.
  • Puccia scored two goals against the Seawolves to extend her goal streak to 13 games and finish the season with a personal-best 41 goals. Her 47 points also mark a personal single-season high.
  • Junior goalkeeper Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) played all 1020 minutes and that total ranks fourth on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, just behind Danielle Martin’s 2002 mark of 1042:55. The last time a New Hampshire goalie played every minute of the season was 1995, when Steph Olsen was in net for all 780 minutes in 13 games.
  • Hinkle recorded one assist vs. the Seawolves to increase her career total to 52 and climb into a tie for No. 9 on UNH’s all-time leaderboard with Ilana Cohen.

SKIING

  • 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.
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