CONNOLLY, PETERS: STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & ROUNDUP
UNH WEEKLY ROUNDUP
September 7, 2010
DURHAM, N.H. – Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) of the field hockey team and Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) of the football 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.
Kara Connolly, field hockey
Kara helped the UNH field hockey team extend its season-opening win streak to four games by scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory against Bryant University and striking again vs. Providence in a 4-1 win.
The senior captain scored an unassisted goal in the 15th minute vs. Bryant to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, then scored in the 44th minute off a penalty corner to extend the advantage to two goals. Her goal against PC in the 24th minute – once again on a penalty corner – pushed UNH’s lead to 2-0.
Kara has scored a goal each of the last three games and recorded a point in all four games with season totals of four goals and two assists for 10 points. (She entered 2010 with two career goals and a single-season high of 10 points.) Kara leads the team in goals, points and shooting percentage (.571), and she is tied for third in assists.
Dontra Peters, football
Dontra, a sophomore running back, recorded career highs in carries (19), rushing yards (197), longest run (47 yards) and rushing TDs (two) to help lead the UNH football team to a 33-3 victory against Central Connecticut State in the Sept. 4 season opener at Cowell Stadium.
With the Wildcats facing 4th-and-1 on the CCSU 47-yard line, he broke through the line of scrimmage and then raced to the end zone to give UNH a 13-0 lead at 8:07 of the first quarter. Dontra scored the team’s next touchdown on a 15-yard scamper with 10:22 remaining in the second quarter.
In the second half, Dontra gained 107 yards on the ground to help UNH maintain its sizable lead.
Last year as a redshirt freshman, Dontra amassed 204 rushing yards on 34 carries. His single-game highs included 56 yards vs. St. Francis (Pa.). With the 197-yard effort vs. CSSU, he nearly doubled his career total.
Terrance Fox, Special Teams Player
of the Week (CAA)
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Thursday, September 2
Field hockey: at UNH 2, Bryant 0
Friday, September 3
Men’s cross country: non-scoring meet at Bryant Invitational
Women’s cross country: non-scoring meet at Bryant Invitational
Volleyball: Boston College 3, UNH 2 (at Harvard)
Women’s soccer: UNH 3, at Holy Cross 1
Saturday, September 4
Football: at UNH 33, Central Connecticut State 3
Volleyball: Eastern Illinois 3, UNH 0 (at Harvard)
Bryant 3, UNH 1 (at Harvard)
21st Annual UNH Nike Fall Soccer Classic (men’s soccer)
Central Connecticut State vs. Vermont
at UNH 0, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 9 (tie – 2 OT)
Sunday, September 5
Field hockey: at UNH 4, Providence 1
Women’s soccer: Harvard 2, at UNH 0
Monday, September 6
21st Annual UNH Nike Fall Soccer Classic (men’s soccer)
Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs. Vermont, 11 am
UNH vs. Central Connecticut State, 1:30 pm
Tuesday, September 7
Volleyball vs. Northeastern, 7 p.m.
Friday, September 10
Men’s soccer vs. Cornell, 1:30 p.m. (at University of Vermont)
Volleyball vs. Marist, 3 p.m. (at University of Rhode Island)
at Rhode Island, 7 p.m.
Women’s soccer at UMass, 4 p.m.
Saturday, September 11
Men’s cross country at Boston College Invitational, 10 am (at Franklin Park)
Women’s cross country at Boston College Invitational, 2 p.m. (at Franklin Park)
Field hockey at Maryland, 11 am
Volleyball vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 12 p.m. (at U. of Rhode Island)
Football at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (ESPN3.com)
Sunday, September 12
Men’s soccer vs. Presbyterian, 11 am (at U. of Vermont)
Field hockey vs. American, 12 p.m. (at Maryland)
Women’s soccer vs. Siena, 1 p.m.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team opened the 2010 season Sept. 3 at the Bryant Invitational, which was a non-scoring meet. Junior Alex Beaulieu (Merrimack, N.H.) was the top Wildcat in eighth place overall in the 87-runner field. He finished the 5K run in a time of 16 minutes, 37.73 seconds.
- Five other ‘Cats finished in the top 20. In his first collegiate race, freshman Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) placed 11th in 16:42.36.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team opened the 2010 season Sept. 3 at the Bryant Invitational, which was a non-scoring meet. In the 55-runner field, the top ‘Cat was senior Katherine Chwasciak (Webster, N.H.) in 14th place. She covered the 5K course in 20 minutes, 56.88 seconds.
- Four Wildcats finished within 20 seconds for 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st place. Cayle Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.), a freshman in her first collegiate race, led that pack in 21:09.23.
FIELD HOCKEY (4-0 overall, 0-0 America East)
- UNH extended its season-opening win streak to four games with victories at home against Bryant University (2-0) and Providence College (4-1). The 4-0 start is the best by the Wildcats since the 1999 team also had that mark.
- Dating back to last season, New Hampshire has won six consecutive games at Memorial Field.
- Senior captain Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) has scored a goal in three consecutive games and has recorded a point in all four games.
- Junior goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) has a 0.76 GAA and .842 save percentage. Her streak of consecutive minutes (dating back to the 2009 season opener) ended at 1635:33 when Renee Bernier (Wolfeboro, N.H.) entered the game vs. Providence with 3:49 remaining in regulation.
- Junior back Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) has recorded an assist in three of four games and has a team-high four assists.
FOOTBALL (1-0 overall, 0-0 CAA)
- The UNH football team opened the 2010 season Sept. 4 with a 33-3 victory against Central Connecticut State in front of 7,419 fans at Cowell Stadium. The Wildcats have won 10 straight home games.
- Terrance Fox (Piscataway, N.J.) quickly gave the Wildcats a 6-0 lead by returning the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Fox finished with 138 all-purpose yards to garner CAA Special Teams Player of the Week.
- Sophomore running back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) had 19 rushes for a career-high 197 yards and two touchdowns, including a 47-yard scamper on a 4th-and-1 play.
- UNH’s defense limited CCSU’s highly-touted rush attack to 86 yards on 39 carries (2.2 yards per carry) and the Blue Devils’ offense to 220 total yards. The defense recorded three sacks and two takeaways, including a 30-yard interception return by sophomore lineman Randi Vines (Oxnard, Calif.) for a TD.
- In his first start at tight end, junior Chris Jeannot (Moon Township, Pa.) had a game-high five receptions for a team-high 35 yards, including a 3-yard TD catch.
- New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 11 (1 p.m.) at the University of Pittsburgh. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com.
MEN’S SOCCER (1-0-1 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team captured first place at the 21st Annual Nike UNH Fall Soccer Classic last weekend with a scoreless tie vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a 1-0 victory vs. Central Connecticut State.
- Senior goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass.) recorded the back-to-back shutouts with five saves vs. Wis.-Milwaukee and a personal best of seven saves against CCSU. He was named the tournament MVP.
- O’Donnell was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Joe Corsello (York, Maine), Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.).
- The Palumbo brothers – both freshmen – combined to produce the only goal of the game vs. CCSU in the 35th minute when Robert set up Steven.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (2-1-2 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- UNH extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2) with a 3-1 road win at Holy Cross before falling 2-0 at home to Harvard.
- The Wildcats used a three-goal outburst in the second half to upend Holy Cross. The 2-0-2 record marked the best start to a season, with regards to winning percentage (.750), for the Wildcats since 1999 and the four-game unbeaten streak is the longest at the outset of a season since ’91.
- Sophomore transfer Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) recorded her first points in a UNH uniform with the game-winning goal vs. the Crusaders.
- Rookie goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) has a 1.10 GAA and .824 save percentage through five games.
VOLLEYBALL (2-4 overall, 0-0 America East)
- UNH lost all three matches at last weekend’s Harvard Invitational. The Wildcats lost 3-2 to Boston College on Sept. 3 and then fell to both Eastern Illinois and Bryant in the second day of action
- Junior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) was named to the All-Tournament Team. She recorded 38 kills, 25 digs, 12 blocks and four assists.
- Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) contributed 33 kills and 20 digs in the three matches.
- UNH plays its home opener Sept. 7 (7 p.m.) against Northeastern University.