Erler, Orlando: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup



September 4, 2012


DURHAM, N.H.Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) of the field hockey team and Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) of the football 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.



Emma Erler, field hockey

     Emma, a senior midfielder from New Hampton, New Hampshire, recorded a goal and two assists to propel the 24th-ranked UNH field hockey team to a 9-1 road victory against Brown University on Aug. 31. The two assists and four points matched career highs.

     The captain set the tone for the game by setting up the game’s first goal at 4:58, then scored her first goal of the season at 15:01 and assisted on the team’s third goal that established a 3-0 lead at 20:22.

     Emma has started all three games this season. She leads the team in assists (two) and is second in points (four). Emma had a breakout season offensively in 2011, when she ranked second on the squad in assists (10) and fourth in points (18), as well as fourth in the America East conference in assists per game.

     She established her personal bests of two assists and four points last season against the College of the Holy Cross, and also had two assists the next game vs. Northeastern University. In addition to being a linchpin in the midfield, Emma is a strong defensive player who is an integral part of the defensive penalty corner unit; she has also been a key to the success of the offensive penalty corner unit – this season as the insert.

     Emma has been named to both the NFHCA All-Academic Squad and America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times, and has been selected to the America East All-Academic Team each of the past two seasons. She is also a two-time recipient of the UNH field hockey team’s Marisa Didio Award.


Joey Orlando, football

     Joey, a senior from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, recorded seven receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lead the No. 14/12 football team to a 38-17 season-opening victory at the College of the Holy Cross on Aug. 30. The two TDs matched his career high.

     The wide receiver’s first score – a 38-yard reception from Andy Vailas – put the Wildcats back on top for good, 13-7, at 10:04 of the second quarter. His five-yard TD reception from Sean Goldrich gave UNH a 32-10 lead at 14:10 of the fourth quarter.

     Joey, the son of former NFL safety Bo Orlando, was an All-CAA Third Team selection in 2011, when he started all 12 games and recorded a team-high 54 receptions for 679 yards and three TDs. He received five awards for his performance at Lehigh University, which included 10 catches for a personal-best 166 yards, two touchdowns and a 56-yard punt return for a TD.

     In 2010, Joey appeared in all 13 games with 12 starts, 50 catches, 585 receiving yards and six TDs to rank second on the team in receptions, TD catches and receiving yardage.

     Including the season opener, Joey has amassed 126 catches for 1,647 yards and 13 touchdowns in his four-year career. He is closing in on UNH’s top 10 list for career receiving yards – Michael Taylor (1999-2002) is 10th at 1,893.



Meg Carroll, field hockey – America East Rookie of the Week

Taylor Dunklau, volleyball – America East Setter of the Week

Sean Goldrich, football – CAA Rookie of the Week



Tuesday, August 28

Volleyball: Northeastern 3, at UNH 0

Thursday, August 30

Football: No. 14/12 UNH 38, at Holy Cross 17

Friday, August 31

Women’s cross country: Providence 20, at UNH 42

Men’s cross country: Providence 18, at UNH 48

Field Hockey: UNH 9, at Brown 1

Men’s soccer: Marist 2, at UNH 0

Women’s soccer: at Northeastern 3, UNH 2

Volleyball at Rutgers Invitational

     Rhode Island 3, UNH 0  // at Rutgers 3, UNH 0

Saturday, September 1

Volleyball: UNH 3, Iona 0 [at Rutgers]

Sunday, September 2

Women’s soccer: at Brown 1, UNH 0

Men’s soccer: UNH 2, at Penn 1 (double overtime)



Friday, September 7

Field hockey vs. Syracuse, 5 pm

Volleyball: Holly Young Invitational at UNH

   Central Connecticut State vs. William & Mary, 4:30 pm //  Holy Cross at UNH, 7 pm

Women’s soccer vs. Rhode Island, 7 pm [Bremner Field]

Men’s soccer vs. Niagara, 1:30 pm  [at Vermont]

Saturday, September 8

Volleyball: Holly Young Invitational at UNH

   William & Mary vs. Holy Cross, 10 am // Central Connecticut State at UNH, 12:30 pm

   Holy Cross vs. Central Connecticut State, 4:30 pm // William & Mary at UNH, 7 pm

Football at Minnesota, 12pm [TV: Big Ten Network]

Sunday, September 9

Men’s soccer vs. Central Connecticut State, 11 am [at Vermont]

Field hockey at Holy Cross, 12 pm

Women’s soccer at Providence, 3 pm

Tuesday, September 11

Volleyball at Bryant, 7 pm




  • The UNH men’s cross country team ran against regional power Providence College on its home course of College Woods on Friday, Aug. 31 and the visiting Friars raced to a 18-48 victory.
  • Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) was the top UNH finisher in fourth place. He completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 19 minutes, 7.5 seconds.
  • Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) placed sixth overall in 19:15.
  • David Gervais (Nashua, N.H.), Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) and Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) finished in 11th, 13th and 14th place, respectively, to complete the team scoring.
  • UNH returns to action Sept. 14 (2 p.m.) when the Wildcats play host to a Pre-Conference Meet at College Woods.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team raced against regional power Providence College on its home course of College Woods on Friday, Aug. 31 and the Friars prevailed in the dual meet by a score of 20-48.
  • Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat with a third-place finish. She completed the 5-kilometer course in a time of 18 minutes, 6.2 seconds.
  • Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) placed fifth in 18:30.
  • Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.), McKenzie Haney (Penacook, N.H.) and Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) completed the scoring in 10th, 11th and 13th place, respectively.
  • UNH returns to action Sept. 14 (1:15 p.m.) when the Wildcats play host to a Pre-Conference Meet at College Woods.

FIELD HOCKEY (1-2 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The 24th-ranked UNH field hockey team was dominant as 10 Wildcats recorded at least one point in a 9-1 road victory against Brown University on Friday, Aug. 31. The nine goals marked the team’s highest output since October 2006 and the 39 shots was the highest total since October 2002.
  • Senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) both factored in three goals. Erler recorded a goal and two assists to match her career highs in both assists and points (four), while Richard finished with two goals and an assist to tally personal bests in both goals and points (five).
  • Sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) recorded a goal and an assist for a career-high three points.
  • Freshman forward Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.), sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and freshman forward Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) all scored their first collegiate goal and freshman back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) tallied her first career point with an assist.
  • UNH returns to action Friday, Sept. 7 (5 p.m.) at home against second-ranked Syracuse University. In the upcoming week, the Wildcats also travel to the College of the Holy Cross (Sept. 9, 12 p.m.).

FOOTBALL (1-0 overall, 0-0 CAA)

  • The 14th-ranked UNH football team outscored the College of the Holy Cross 19-7 in the second half to pull away for a 38-17 victory at Fitton Field on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Wildcats amassed 531 yards of offense (279 rushing, 252 passing).
  • In his collegiate debut, redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) completed 21 of 31 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a team-high 71 yards on 10 carries.
  • Senior wide receiver Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) had seven catches for 102 yards, including 38- and 5-yard TDs.
  • Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) also finished with 102 receiving yards on a team-high 12 catches. He also had a personal-best 57 rushing yards on four carries.
  • Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) and junior safety Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) shared team-high honors with nine tackles. Evans moved into a tie for fourth place on UNH’s career tackle list with 343 stops (Aaron Thomas, 2000-04).
  • In his only action, sophomore QB Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) engineered a six-play, 73-yard TD drive in the hurry-up offense. He completed all four pass attempts for 59 yards, including a 38-yard TD strike to Orlando.
  • The Wildcats won the turnover battle, 3-0, with two interceptions – senior cornerback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) – and a fumble recovery by junior defensive lineman Jimmy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) after senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) jarred the ball loose.


MEN’S SOCCER (2-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team went 1-1-0 for the second consecutive week. The Wildcats opened the home portion of its schedule with a 2-0 loss to Marist College, then recorded a 2-1 win in double overtime at Penn.
  • Junior midfielder Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) scored with 1:42 remaining in the second 10-minute overtime session to lift the Wildcats to its second OT win of the year.
  • Sophomore forward David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) broke a scoreless tie in the 50th minute off a pass from junior back Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
  • Sophomore forward Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) and freshman midfielder Angel Maldonado (Lennox, Calif.) both recorded their first career point with an assist on Palumbo’s game-winning goal.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded five saves to earn the win at Penn. Fellow sophomore goalie Blake Dawn (San Marino, Calif.) made three saves against Marist. Both have started two games. Worra is 2-0-0 with a 0.43 GAA and .923 save percentage.
  • The men’s soccer team returns to action Sept. 7 & 9 at the Smith Barney Classic (University of Vermont). The Wildcats play Niagara on Sept. 7 (1:30 p.m.) and Central Connecticut State on the 9th (11 a.m.).

WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-3-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team had a pair of one-goal losses last week with a 3-2 loss at Northeastern University and 1-0 setback at Brown University.
  • Senior midfielder Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) gave UNH a 1-0 lead at NU in the 17th minute with her first collegiate goal.
  • Gabrielle Sloan (Stow, Mass.) also scored her first career goal in that game. Her tally in the 70th minute lifted the Wildcats within 3-2. Fellow freshman midfielder Madeline Christ (Issaquah, Wash.) tallied her first career point with an assist.
  • Junior goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.), who was not credited with a save vs. NU, made eight saves in the 1-0 loss at Brown.
  • UNH returns to action Sept. 7 for its home opener against the University of Rhode Island. The ‘Cats then travel to play Providence College (Sept. 9).

VOLLEYBALL (2-5 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team went 1-3 last week with a loss to Northeastern in its home opener followed by a 1-2 effort at the Rutgers Invitational. The Wildcats opened the tourney with a five-set loss to Rhode Island and lost to the host team before sweeping Iona College.
  • Senior libero Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team. She led the defensive effort with 53 digs, including 22 vs. URI; her other tourney stats included two service aces, three assists and one kill. Schnepp also had a team-high 11 digs vs. Northeastern.
  • For the second consecutive week, sophomore setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukowango, Wis.) was honored as the America East Setter of the Week. She averaged 10.21 assists per set in the four matches with 47 assists against URI and quarterbacking the ‘Cats to a .333 hitting percentage vs. Iona.
  • Junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led the offensive effort with 48 kills in four matches. She averaged 3.43 kills per set with a .248 hitting percentage. Thatcher’s other numbers included five service aces, 21 digs and seven blocks. She tallied double-digit kills all three tournament matches, including 18 vs. URI, with a .276 hitting percentage.
  • Junior right side hitter Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) led all Wildcats with 11 blocks last week; she also had 31 kills, which ranked third. Tolliver recorded 24 kills and 10 blocks in the three tournament matches, and that included nine kills, a .533 hitting percentage and five blocks vs. Iona.
  • Freshman middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) had an impressive week with 21 kills, .425 hitting percentage and six blocks. She recorded 19 of those kills and all six blocks in the tourney, where she hit at a .500 clip. Buckwalter tallied 12 kills, a .611 hitting percentage and three blocks in the win vs. Iona.
  • UNH plays host to the Holly Young Invitational on Sept. 7-8. The Wildcats play the latter of two Friday matches when they battle Holy Cross (7 p.m.). On Saturday, UNH plays Central Connecticut State (12:30 p.m.) and William & Mary (7 p.m.). The other tourney matches begin 2.5 hours before the listed UNH times.
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