Thatcher, Uche: Service Credit Union Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup
SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT &UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
September 2, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) of the volleyball team and Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) of the men’s soccer 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.
Morgan Thatcher, volleyball
Morgan, a senior right side hitter from Brockton, Mass., led the UNH volleyball team to a 2-1 record at the Lehigh Classic (Aug. 30-31) and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. The co-captain led the Wildcats in kills all three matches to finish with 44 overall; she also recorded a .268 hitting percentage, 19 digs and seven blocks.
With the 44 kills, Morgan ascended to No. 10 on UNH’s list for career kills with 863. She opened the 2013 season with 18 kills, eight digs and three blocks to lead the ‘Cats to a five-set victory against Lehigh. She tallied 16 kills and five digs in a five-set loss to Rhode Island and finished with 10 kills, six digs in the straight-set win against Saint Peter’s.
As a junior tri-captain in 2012, Morgan was named to the America East All-Conference First Team and received the team’s Most Valuable Player award. She led UNH in kills (412) and ranked second in both hitting percentage (.225) and blocks (81). In the conference, she was fourth in kills, 10th in hitting percentage and seventh in blocks per set.
Morgan was an All-Conference Second Team selection in 2011, when she ranked third on the team in kills (289) and tied for second in kills (59). She earned a spot on the America East Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore and junior.
Ugochukwu Uche, men’s soccer
Ugochukwu, a senior midfielder from Ann Arbor, Mich., lifted the UNH men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Evansville by scoring a golden goal with 1:22 remaining in the second overtime.
The Wildcats, who tied the score in the 81st minute to send the game into OT, won when Ugochukwu scored off a rebound at 108:38.
Ugochukwu played in 12 games (one start) and recorded two points (one goal) last year as a junior. He had a breakout sophomore season in which he tallied seven points (2g, 3a) in 18 games (three starts); he scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Rhode Island.
Friday, August 30
Volleyball: UNH 3, at Lehigh 2 (Lehigh Classic tournament)
Women’s soccer: Providence 4, at UNH 1 (Bremner Field)
Men’s soccer: at Bradley 1, UNH 0 (Bradley U. tournament)
Saturday, August 31
Women’s cross country: 2nd place (34 pts); #1 Providence (29), Holy Crosss (68)
Men’s cross country : 2nd place (43 pts); Providence (17), Holy Cross (85)
Volleyball at Lehigh Classic tournament
Rhode Island 3, UNH 2
UNH 3, St. Peter’s 0
Field hockey: #2 Maryland 8, #20 UNH 4 (at Temple)
Sunday, September 1
Men’s soccer: UNH 2, Evansville 1 (2OT) [at Bradley U. tournament)
Field hockey: Ohio State 3, #20 UNH 2 (2OT-Shootout) [at Temple]
Women’s soccer: at Rhode Island 2, UNH 0
Tuesday, September 3
Volleyball at Northeastern, 7 pm
Thursday, September 5
Women’s soccer vs. Northeastern, 7 pm (Bremner Field)
Friday, September 6
Volleyball – Holly Young Invitational
St. John’s vs. Missouri State, 4:30 pm
UNH vs. Brown, 7 pm
Men’s soccer vs. UMass, 1:30 pm (at Smith Barney Classic; at UVM)
Field hockey at Stanford, 9 pm (Eastern)
Saturday, September 7
Volleyball – Holly Young Invitational
Brown vs. Missouri State, 10 am
UNH vs. St. John’s, 12:30 pm
St. John’s vs. Brown, 4:30 pm
UNH vs. Missouri State, 7 pm
Football at Central Michigan, 3 pm (ESPN3)
Sunday, September 8
Women’s soccer vs. UMass, 1 pm (Bremner Field)
Men’s soccer vs. Colgate, 11 am (Smith Barney Classic; at UVM)
Field hockey vs. University of the Pacific, 2 pm (Eastern) [at Stanford]
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team was impressive in the 2013 season opener by finishing just five points behind No. 1-ranked Providence College, 29-34, in last Saturday’s meet at UNH’s College Woods. Holy Cross placed third (68 points).
- Freshman Elinor Purrier (Richford, Vt.) paced the Wildcats by crossing the finish line of the 5K course in 17 minutes, 36 seconds to claim fourth place.
- The ‘Cats ran effectively as a pack to place 6-10 in a span of 15 seconds. Samantha Blais (Lyndenborough, N.H.) led the group with a time of 17:55 and was followed by senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.; 18:05), Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.; 18:08), Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.; 18:09) and Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.; 18:10).
- New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 20 (3 p.m.) for a dual meet at the University of Maine.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team placed second in the Aug. 31 season-opening tri-meet against Providence College and Holy Cross. PC took the top spot with 17 points, followed by UNH (43) and Holy Cross (85).
- Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) completed the 6K course at College Woods in 18 minutes, 19 seconds to finish as the top ‘Cat in fourth place overall.
- Three Wildcats placed within four seconds of each other to finish 8-10. John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) edged Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) as both crossed the finish line in 18:40. Zachary Chabot (Manchester, N.H.) followed in 10th place with a time of 18:44.
- Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) led a quartet of ‘Cats who finished 14-17; he closed the team scoring with his time of 18:53.
- New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m.) for a dual meet at the University of Maine.
FIELD HOCKEY (0-2 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team opened the 2013 season at the Conference Cup, which was hosted by Temple University. UNH was defeated 8-4 by second-ranked Maryland, which scored a goal with no time remaining, and lost 3-2 in a double-overtime shootout to Ohio State.
- Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) finished the tournament with six points as she recorded a career-high two assists vs. Maryland and matched her personal best of two goals against Ohio State; the four points also equaled a career high. In addition to scoring the two goals that gave UNH a 2-1 lead vs. OSU, Flatley also scored on her shootout attempt.
- Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) recorded an assist in both games.
- Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) tallied her first career point with an assist vs. OSU.
- Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) matched her career high of 12 saves against Maryland. She followed that with a 10-save effort, including three in overtime, vs. Ohio State.
- Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was the only Wildcat to take a penalty stroke or record a defensive save last year. She scored on a penalty stroke vs. UMD and also had a defensive save against the Terrapins.
- New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 6 (9 p.m. Eastern) at Stanford University. The Wildcats also play University of the Pacific at Stanford on Sept. 8 (2 p.m. Eastern).
FOOTBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA)
- In the Blue/White Game, which was played Aug. 29 at Cowell Stadium, junior quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) led the offense to a pair of touchdown drives in completing 9 of 11 passes for 164 yards and rushing four times for 24 yards.
- Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) went 15-for-16 for 135 yards and efficiently directed a two-minute drill that led to a field goal as time expired in the second quarter; that was a nine-play, 62-yard drive in 1:23.
- Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) finished with six receptions for 122 yards, including a 72-yard TD from Vailas.
- In the rushing game, Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) had six carries for 63 yards and senior co-captain Chris Setian (East Longmeadow, Mass.) toted the ball three times for 29 yards, including a six-yard TD scamper. Setian also tallied six catches for 47 yards.
- Tim Pike (Bedford, Mass.) finished with a game-high five tackles and Danny Riley (Danielsville, Pa.) had a big day with four tackles, including three sacks, and a forced fumble.
- The No. 10/8 UNH football team opens the 2013 season opener Sept. 7 at FBS opponent Central Michigan University. The game, available online at ESPN3, kicks off at 3 p.m.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-3-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team went 0-2-0 last week with a 4-1 loss to Providence College in the Aug. 30 home opener at Bremner Field and a 2-0 loss at Rhode Island on Sept. 1.
- Jenna Shaddock (Halifax, Nova Scotia) scored her first goal of the year in the 47th minute against PC to lift the Wildcats within 2-1. Kennedy Nickerson (Niantic, Conn.) recorded her first career point with an assist.
- Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) made five saves vs. the Friars and Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.), in her first career start, was credited with five saves in the game at URI.
- New Hampshire plays two home games this week. The Wildcats play host to Northeastern University on Sept. 5 (7 p.m.) and UMass on Sept. 8 (1 p.m.). Both games are at Bremner Field, and Sunday’s game is preceded by a free youth clinic at 11 a.m. (for girls up to eighth grade).
MEN’S SOCCER (1-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team opened the 2013 season with a split at the Bradley University Tournament. After falling 1-0 to Bradley in the first game, the Wildcats responded by beating Evansville, 2-1, in double overtime.
- UNH recorded a 22-14 shot advantage, including 7-4 on goal, against Bradley but the Braves netted the game’s only goal in the 59th minute as Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) finished with three saves. Worra was credited with six saves in the win vs. Evansville.
- The ‘Cats once again recorded a decisive shot advantage – 28-15 (14-8) – against Evansville. After falling behind 1-0 in the 70th minute, UNH tied the score in the 81st minute and Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored with 1:22 remaining in the second overtime session to end the game.
- Will Szostkeiwicz (Longmeadow, Mass.) set up the game-winning goal by setting up Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) on a counterattack breakaway. Palumbo’s shot was stopped by the goalie, but Uche scored on the rebound.
- New Hampshire competes at the Smith Barney Classic this weekend at the University of Vermont. UNH plays UMass on Sept. 6 (1:30 p.m.) and closes the tourney against Colgate on Sept. 8 (11 a.m.).
VOLLEYBALL (2-1 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team opened the 2013 season at the Lehigh Classic and returned home with a second-place finish by virtue of a 2-1 record. The Wildcats started the tourney with a 3-2 win against the host school, then lost in five sets to Rhode Island and closed the action with a straight-set victory vs. Saint Peter’s.
- Senior captains Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) were voted to the All-Tournament Team.
- Thatcher finished the weekend with a team-high 44 kills, .268 hitting percentage, 19 digs and seven blocks. She had a match-high 18 kills with eight digs and three blocks vs. Lehigh. Thatcher tied for the lead with 16 kills vs. URI and once again led the team in kills (10) and had six digs against Saint Peter’s.
- Tolliver tallied a team-leading 19 blocks (12 solo, seven assisted) as well as 17 kills, .214 hitting percentage and 15 digs. She excelled in the season opener with nine kills, a .381 hitting percentage, nine blocks and six digs.
- Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) was second in kills (37) with a team-leading .295 hitting percentage, and she was also second in digs (35). She recorded a double-double (kills-digs) against both Lehigh (14-12) and URI (16-19).
- Taylor Dunklau (Mukowonago, Wis.) recorded 112 assists to quarterback the ‘Cat attack to a .258 hitting percentage – in comparison, the opponents’ was .154. She had a season-high 55 assists vs. Lehigh.
- Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) had a team-high 40 digs, including 22 vs. Lehigh, and also contributed offensively with nine assists and team-best three service aces.
- With her 44 kills, Thatcher climbed to No. 10 on UNH’s career leaders in kills with 863; she supplanted Natasha Otte (2000-04; 834 kills).
- New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 3 (7 p.m.) at Northeastern University before playing host to the annual Holly Young Invitational on Sept. 6-7. The Wildcats battle Brown University on opening night at 7 p.m., then the ‘Cats play St. John’s University (12:30 p.m.) and Missouri State (7 p.m.) in the second day of action.