Falcusan, Palumbo: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


September 19, 2011


DURHAM, N.H.Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) of the women’s volleyball team and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) 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.



Jansan Falcusan, women’s volleyball

     Jansan, a junior setter from Plymouth, Michigan, quarterbacked the UNH volleyball team to its first victory of the season, a straight-set win at Quinnipiac University on Sept. 17, with 19 assists and five digs.

     The co-captain amassed 146 assists and 41 digs in four matches last week to average 36.5 assists and 10.25 digs. Jansan kicked off the week with a career-high 60 assists in a 3-2 loss at Harvard (Sept. 13) and also turned in a 36-assist, 21-dig effort in a 3-2 loss to Army (Sept. 17); the 21 digs marked a personal best. She was named to the Yale-Quinnipiac Classic All-Tournament Team.

     In 15 matches this season, Jansan has 349 assists (6.58 per set) and 110 digs (2.08 per set). In two previous years, she played in a total of 14 matches with 86 assists and 31 digs.

Steven Palumbo, men’s soccer

     Steven, from Kingston, New Hampshire, scored in the 74th minute to break a scoreless tie and lift the UNH men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Adelphi University on Sept. 16. It was the first goal of the season for the sophomore midfielder, who was sidelined by injury the first two games of the 2011 season.

     In four games this season, Steven has recorded 10 shots and that included six of the team’s 10 shots in the 2-1 loss to Colgate University on Sept. 10.

     Last year as a freshman, Steven appeared in all 20 games and was in the starting lineup 13 times. He led the team in goals (three), assists (two) and points (eight), and all three of his goals were game-winning goals and was selected to the 2010 America East All-Rookie Team.



Travis Worra, men’s soccer America East Rookie of the Week



Tuesday, Sept. 13

Volleyball: at Harvard 3, UNH 2

Thursday, Sept. 15

Women’s soccer: Brown 1, at UNH 0

Friday, Sept. 16

Field hockey: #10 UNH 5, Holy Cross 0

Men’s soccer: UNH 1, at Adelphi 0

Volleyball: at Yale 3, UNH 0

Saturday, Sept. 17

Volleyball Army 3, UNH 2 (at Yale) // UNH 3, at Quinnipiac 0

Sunday, Sept. 18

Field hockey: #10 UNH 4,  #20 Northeastern, 0

Women’s soccer: UNH 0, at Bryant 0 (tie – double overtime)



Tuesday, Sept. 20

Volleyball vs. Bryant, 7 pm

Wednesdayday, Sept. 21

Women’s soccer vs. Holy Cross, 7 pm (Bremner Field)

Friday, Sept. 23

Men’s soccer: 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic (Bremner Field)

    Vermont vs. Hartwick, 4:30 pm // Air Force at UNH, 7 pm

Men’s cross country at Maine, 3 pm

Women’s cross country at Maine, 3 pm

Saturday, Sept. 24

Women’s hockey vs. Ontario Hockey Academy, 2 pm (exhibition)

Football at Richmond, 3:30 pm (CSN-NE television)

Field hockey vs. Northwestern, 2 pm (at Louisville)

Volleyball at Hartford, 4 pm

Sunday, Sept. 25

Men’s Soccer: 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic (Bremner Field)

    Vermont vs. Air Force, 12 pm // Hartwick at UNH, 2:30 pm

Field hockey at Louisville, 2 pm

Women’s soccer at Harvard, 1 pm



  • UNH did not compete last week. The Wildcats return to action Sept. 23 at Maine. 


  • UNH did not compete last week. The ‘Cats race again Sept. 23 at Maine.

FIELD HOCKEY (8-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • No. 10 UNH extended its season-opening win streak to eight with shutout victories last weekend against both Holy Cross (5-0) and 20th-ranked Northeastern (4-0). It is the program’s best win streak at the outset of a season since the 1984 squad went 10-0 and the first consecutive shutouts since October 2007.
  • Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) became the fourth UNH Wildcat to reach the 100-point milestone with the second of her two goals Sept. 16 vs. Holy Cross. She currently ranks #3 on UNH’s career leaderboard in both assists (27) and points (105) as well as #6 in goals (39).
  • In the national statistics, UNH is ranked #5 in offense and #7 in defense. Three Wildcats, led by Rausch at #3 in both points per game and goals per game, are among the top 10 nationally. Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) is 8th in GAA and 10th in save percentage. Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) is #6 in ppg as well as 13th in gpg and 17th in assists per game. 

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

  • The UNH football team did not play last weekend. The Wildcats return to action Sept. 24 at #6/9 Richmond University. Kickoff at Robins Stadium is 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live on Comcast Sports Network-New England (CSN-NE).
  • Through the first three weeks of the season, junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) leads the nation in tackles (19). Classmate Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) is tied for sixth in receptions per game (8.0) and is ninth in receiving yards per game (107.5). Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) is #2 in punting (46.75 yards per punt) and Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) is #5 in all-purpose yards (187.5 yds per game).
  • Through three weeks, UNH leads the CAA in passing offense (255 yds per game).

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (0-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

  • New Hampshire plays an exhibition game against Ontario Hockey Academy this Saturday (2 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats open the regular season Sept. 30 at Niagara and play their home opener Oct. 7 vs. Colgate.

MEN’S SOCCER (2-4-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team was a 1-0 victor at Adelphi in its only game last week (Sept. 16).
  • Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded five saves to earn his first collegiate shutout.
  • UNH is the host of the 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic on Sept. 23 & 25 at Bremner Field. The University of Vermont, Air Force and Hartwick are competing in the tourney. Game times are 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday, then 12 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-6-1 overall, 0-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team went 0-1-1 last week with a 1-0 loss at home to Brown (Sept. 15) and a scoreless tie at Bryant (Sept. 18).
  • Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) recorded seven saves and her second shutout of the season at Bryant (0-0 tie). She stopped 16 of 17 shots in the two games, including a season-high nine against Brown, for a .941 save percentage and a 0.45 GAA.

VOLLEYBALL (1-14 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team recorded its first win of the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against Quinnipiac University in the final match of the Yale-Quinnipiac Classic on Sept. 17. The Wildcats had lost to Army (3-2) and Yale (3-0) at the tourney and were edged 3-2 at Harvard on Sept. 13.
  • Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) was selected to the Yale-Quinnipiac Classic All-Tournament Team as she averaged 28.6 assists per game. The junior captain tallied 36 assists and 21 digs in the five-set loss to Army, then quarterbacked UNH to a straight-set win at Quinnipiac with 19 assists and five digs. Earlier in the week, Falcusan recorded a career-high 60 assists in a five-set loss at Harvard.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) had a career day with 27 kills and 30 digs against Harvard.
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