SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
September 17, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. – Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) of the field hockey team and Matt Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) 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.
Hannah Richard, field hockey
Hannah, a junior from Hopkinton, New Hampshire, recorded seven points (three goals, one assist) in two games last week to lead the 21st-ranked field hockey team to victory against University of the Pacific and seventh-ranked Northeastern University.
The 5-foot-6 forward scored consecutive goals four minutes apart – at 8:34 and 12:34 – to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Wildcats to a 7-1 victory vs. Pacific. The two goals matched a career high she established earlier this season at Brown University (Aug. 31).
Hannah followed that with a goal and an assist to lead UNH to a 3-2 win in double-overtime against previously unbeaten Northeastern. Her unassisted goal off a rebound gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at 6:23, then on a corner she set up the game-tying goal with 5:43 remaining in regulation.
The Granite State student-athlete has scored a goal each of the last three games as part of a five-game point-scoring streak that also included a stretch of three consecutive games with an assist (spanning Aug. 31 to Sept. 9). She has tallied six goals and four assists for 16 points during the five-game point streak. Overall, she has a point in six of seven games this season.
Hannah leads UNH in goals (seven) and points (18), and she ranks second in both assists (four) and shots (15) with an impressive .467 shooting percentage. She ranks second in the America East conference in gpg, apg and ppg as well as ninth in the nation in both ppg and gpg.
In two previous years, Hannah started six of 39 games played and tallied three points. She recorded her first career points with a goal vs. Albany as a freshman and registered her first assist last year vs. Stanford. Her collegiate accolades include America East Academic Honor Roll in 2010.
Matt Kaplan, football
Matt, a sophomore defensive tackle from Franklin, New Hampshire, recorded four tackles, including a sack, and two fumble recoveries to help spearhead the UNH football team’s defensive effort in a 43-10 victory against Central Connecticut State University on Sept. 15 at Cowell Stadium.
On CCSU’s first play from scrimmage, Matt recovered a fumble and the Wildcats subsequently marched 79 yards to take a 6-0 lead at 10:54 of the first quarter. His second fumble recovery at 8:56 of the third quarter ended a drive at the UNH 37-yard line. Matt recorded his sack on the next possession and it forced the Blue Devils to punt.
Matt has recorded 11 total tackles, including six solo, in three games this season. He has two sacks for a loss of 10 yards as part of 3.5 tackles for a loss totaling 16 yards. The 6-foot-1, 291-pound defensive lineman recorded a personal-best five tackles (two solo) Sept. 8 at FBS representative University of Minnesota.
After redshirting the 2010 season, Matt played in 11 games with two starts last year. He recorded 15 total tackles, including nine solo and 2.5 tackles for a loss as well as 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and a pass breakup.
The Granite State native recorded two tackles, a forced fumble and pass breakup last September at Lehigh, which marked his second collegiate game. Matt tallied a season-high three tackles against both UMass and Towson.
Megan Bozek, field hockey – America East Defensive Player of the Week
Hannah Richard, field hockey – America East Player of the Week
Tuesday, September 11
Volleyball: UNH 3, at Bryant 1
Friday, September 14
Field hockey: #21 UNH 7, University of the Pacific 1
Men’s cross country: 2nd (of 5) at Pre-Conference Meet [College Woods]
Women’s cross country: 3rd (of 5) at Pre-Conference Meet [College Woods]
Volleyball: #15 Brigham Young 3, UNH 0 [at George Washington]
Women’s soccer: at Dartmouth 3, UNH 0
Saturday, September 15
Football: #18 UNH 43, Central Connecticut State 10
Men’s soccer: at UNH 1, UMass 1 (double overtime)
Volleyball: at George Washington 3, UNH 1 // UNH 3, Princeton 2 [at GW]
Sunday, September 16
Field hockey: #21 UNH 3, #7 Northeastern 2 (double overtime)
Women’s soccer: at UMass 2, UNH 0
Tuesday, September 18
Volleyball vs. Harvard, 7 pm
Men’s soccer at Rhode Island, 7 pm
Wednesday, September 19
Women’s soccer at Holy Cross, 7 pm
Friday, September 21
Women’s cross country at Maine, 3 pm
Men’s cross country at Maine, 3 pm
Field hockey at #5 Connecticut, 7 pm
Saturday, September 22
Volleyball vs. Providence, 2 pm
Football at Old Dominion, 12 pm [TV: Comcast SportsNet Regional]
Sunday, September 23
Women’s soccer vs. UMBC, 2 pm
Volleyball vs. Dartmouth, 2 pm
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team raced to a second-place finish among five teams that competed at the America East Pre-Conference Meet at College Woods on Sept. 14. The Wildcats compiled 50 points to finish behind Boston University (35 points) but ahead of Albany (80), Maine (83) and Vermont (103).
- Senior Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) was the individual runner-up as he completed the 8-kilometer course in 26 minutes, 11.37 seconds. Classmate Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) was next across the finish line in 26:14.16.
- Junior Joseph Joudain (Hudson, N.H.) also recorded a top-10 finish with eighth place in a time of 26:49.66. Classmate Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) placed 18th and 19th, respectively, to complete the team scoring.
- UNH returns to action Sept. 21 (3 p.m.) at Maine.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team took third place at the America East Pre-Conference Meet at College Woods on Sept. 14. The Wildcats amassed 75 points to finish behind Vermont (39) and Albany (60), but ahead of Boston University (80) and Maine (98).
- Freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) was the top ‘Cat and second overall with a time of 17 minutes, 5.95 seconds on the 6-kilometer course.
- Senior Darcy James (Exeter, Mass.), junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and senior Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) recorded top-20 finishes. James crossed the finish line in 18:12.27 to place 14th and was followed by Beattie in 18th place at 18:25.47 and Phillips in 20th at 18:32.18. Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.), another senior, rounded out the team scoring in 22nd place with a time of 18:38.08.
- UNH returns to action Sept. 21 (3 p.m.) at Maine.
FIELD HOCKEY (4-3 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The 21st-ranked UNH field hockey team went 2-0 last week with a 7-1 victory against University of the Pacific (Sept. 14) and a 3-2 win in double overtime against previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Northeastern University (Sept. 16); both games were at Memorial Field.
- Redshirt freshman forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) extended her goal-scoring streak with a goal in both games, and that included the unassisted game-winning tally 2:29 into the second OT session vs. Northeastern.
- Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) extended her point-scoring streak to five games with a seven-point weekend, and she was honored as America East Player of the Week. She matched her personal best of two goals vs. Pacific and followed that with a goal and assist vs. NU.
- Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) recorded two defensive saves and a goal to help lead the ‘Cats to victory vs. Northeastern. Her tally tied the score, 2-2, with 5:43 remaining in regulation. She was feted as the America East Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
- Junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) recorded career highs in both assists (two) and points (four) against Pacific. She leads the team in shots (21).
- Freshman forward Cari Posternak (York, Maine) recorded her first career points with a goal vs. Pacific. Classmate Lexy Cole (Belgrade, Maine) made her collegiate debut by spelling starting goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) for the final 3:53 of that game.
- UNH is ranked xx in the nation in offense and xx in assists.
- UNH returns to action Sept. 21 (7 p.m.) at fifth-ranked UConn. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 5 (3 p.m.) vs. 20th-ranked Albany.
FOOTBALL (2-1 overall, 0-0 CAA)
- The 18th-ranked UNH football team rolled to a 43-10 victory against Central Connecticut State University in its Sept. 15 home opener at Cowell Stadium. It marked the Wildcats’ eighth consecutive victory in a home opener.
- Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) rushed for a team-leading 104 yards to pace a ground attack that accumulated 331 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. It marked the team’s highest rushing total since Sept. 16, 2006 (417 yds in a win over Stony Brook).
- Sophomore RB Jimmy Owens (West Deptford, N.J.) carried 11 times for a career-high 91 yards and two touchdowns.
- Junior RB Chris Setian (East Longmeadow, Mass.) had a rushing score as part of his 11-carry, 81-yard effort.
- Making his first career start, sophomore quarterback Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 122 yards and a TD.
- UNH’s defense had four interceptions and limited CCSU to 234 yards of total offense; the Blue Devils’ lone TD was scored by their defense on a fumble return.
- Sophomore safety Nick Cefalo (Basking Ridge, N.J.) grabbed the first two interceptions of his career. Junior cornerback Chris Houston (Harrisburg, Pa.) and sophomore cornerback Steven Thames (Fort Washington, Md.) also had INTs.
- UNH returns to action Sept. 22 at Old Dominion; that game is televised on Comcast SportsNet Regional. The Wildcats’ next home game is Sept. 29 against Delaware. Opening kickoff for both games is 12 p.m.
MEN’S SOCCER (3-2-2 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in double overtime against UMass at Bremner Field on Sept. 15. The Wildcats are now unbeaten in four games (2-0-2).
- Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded seven saves, including five in the second half and one in the second overtime session.
- Senior forward Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) netted an unassisted goal at 38:22 to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead, and that one-goal stood until UMass scored with two seconds remaining in regulation.
- Thomas leads the team in goals (two) and points (five). Worra has a 2-0-2 record with a 0.35 GAA and .935 save percentage.
- The men’s soccer team returns to action Sept. 15 at home vs. UMass. Game time at Bremner Field is 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-6-1 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team lost 3-0 to intrastate rival Dartmouth College (Sept. 14) and 2-0 to interstate rival UMass (Sept. 16) in last week’s action.
- Junior goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) made eight saves vs. Dartmouth and had a four-save effort at UMass.
- Dartmouth scored with 23 seconds remaining in the first half, then added second-half goals in the 70th and 86th minutes to record the three-goal victory. UMass broke a scoreless tie in the 77th minute and struck again in the 82nd minute; the Wildcats recorded a 7-6 edge in shots on goal vs. the Minutewomen.
- 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 (6-8 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team went 2-2 last week. The Wildcats opened with a 3-1 victory at Bryant (Sept. 11), then went 1-2 at the George Washington Invitational with a 3-0 loss to 15th-ranked Brigham Young and 3-1 loss to the host school before closing with a 3-2 win vs. Princeton.
- Freshman outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) continues to be a reliable offensive weapon for the Wildcats. She is averaging 2.42 kills per set and hit at a .244 percentage in four matches last week. She helped lead the ‘Cats to a comeback win against Princeton with 14 kills and a .286 hitting percentage. She also had a team-high 13 kills and .379 hitting percentage vs. GW. Forrest ranks second on the team in both kills (130) and kills per set (2.50) this season.
- Senior setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.), who was sidelined by injury the first three weeks of the season, returned to action last week and averaged 7.14 assists and 2.29 digs per set in the four matches. After limited action the first three matches, Falcusan led the Wildcats to a comeback 3-2 win vs. Princeton with 44 assists and 12 digs. The quarterbacked the ‘Cat attack to a .278 hitting percentage in that match.
- UNH plays three matches, all at home, this week. The Wildcats battle Ivy League foes Harvard (Sept. 18) and Dartmouth (Sept. 23) and open America East conference play against Providence (Sept. 22).