DURHAM, N.H. – Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) of the women’s volleyball team and R.J. Harris (Odenton, 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 the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.
Lauren Laquerre, women’s volleyball
Lauren, a senior outside hitter from Concord, New Hampshire, led the UNH volleyball team to a 3-2 victory at the University of Hartford in the team’s America East conference opener on Sept. 24. The co-captain finished the match with 22 kills and five blocks, both of which are season highs, as well as four digs and a .226 hitting percentage; the 22 kills matched a personal best established last year versus Hartford.
Earlier in the week against Bryant University, Lauren recorded her team-best sixth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs. She has tallied double-digit kills seven of the past nine matches and has also reached double digits in digs seven times in nine matches.
Last year as a junior, Lauren led the team in kills (318) and ranked fourth in both digs (177) and blocks (31). Her collegiate accolades include America East All-Rookie Team in 2008.
R.J. Harris, football
R.J., a resdhirt freshman from Odenton, Maryland, helped lead the (then) 11th-ranked UNH football team to a 45-43 victory against (then) No. 5 Richmond at Robins Stadium on Sept. 24. The wide receiver recorded career highs in catches (12), receiving yards (120) and touchdowns (two) and was feted as the CAA Football Rookie of the Week.
R.J.’s first TD catch, 19 yards from quarterback Kevin Decker, was UNH’s first score of the game and pulled the Wildcats within 10-7 at 14:12 of the second quarter. His 47-yard score at 2:45 of the fourth quarter gave the ‘Cats a 45-36 advantage.
Through three games, R.J. leads the team in receptions (24), receiving yards (273) and receiving TDs (three). He is averaging 91 yards per game and 11.8 yards per catch. R.J. recorded four catches for 46 yards in his collegiate debut at Toledo (Sept. 1) and then had 107 yards on eight catches in the 48-41 overtime win at Lehigh (Sept. 10).
R.J. Harris, football – CAA Football Rookie of the Week
Dontra Peters, football – CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Travis Worra, men’s soccer – America East Rookie of the Week
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Volleyball: Bryant 3, at UNH 1
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Women’s soccer: at UNH 2, Holy Cross 0 (Bremner Field)
Friday, Sept. 23
Men’s soccer: 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic (Bremner Field)
At UNH 1, Air Force 0
Men’s cross country: 2nd place at Maine
Women’s cross country: 1st place at Maine with Husson College
Saturday, Sept. 24
Football: #11 UNH 45, at #5/7 Richmond 43
Field hockey: #15 Northwestern 5, #7 UNH 4 (at Louisville)
Volleyball: UNH 3, at Hartford 2
Women’s hockey: at UNH 6, Ontario Hockey Academy 1 (exhibition)
Sunday, Sept. 25
Men’s Soccer: 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic (Bremner Field)
At UNH 1, Hartwick 0 // UNH wins tournament
Field hockey: at #19 Louisville 3, #7 UNH 1
Women’s soccer: at Harvard 4, UNH 1
Thursday, Sept. 29
Women’s soccer vs. Albany, 3:30 pm (Lewis Fields)
Friday, Sept. 30
Field hockey vs. Fairfield, 3 pm
Men’s soccer vs. Stony Brook, 3:30 pm (Lewis Fields)
Women’s cross country at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh University)
Men’s cross country at Paul Short Invitational (at Lehigh University)
Women’s ice hockey at Niagara, 7 pm
Volleyball at Providence, 7 pm
Saturday, Oct. 1
Football vs. Holy Cross, 12 pm (Family Weekend)
Men’s ice hockey vs. New Brunswick, 4 pm (exhibition)
Women’s ice hockey at Niagara, 1 pm
Sunday, Oct. 2
Field hockey at Michigan State, 1 pm
Women’s soccer at Hartford, 2 pm
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- UNH lost 18-39 in a dual meet at the University of Maine on Sept. 23. Sophomore Joseph Jourain (Hudson, N.H.) prevented a Black Bears sweep with a fifth-place finish by completing the 5-mile course in a time of 26 minutes, 29 seconds.
- He was followed across the finish line by junior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and senior Alexander Beaulieu (Merrimack, N.H.) in 26:42 and 26:43, respectively.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- UNH swept a tri-meet against the University of Maine and Husson College on Sept. 23. The Wildcats recorded 27 points to edge Maine (29 points) and outdistance themselves from Husson (82).
- Freshman Marina Slavin (Durham, N.H.) led the ‘Cats in third place overall with a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds on the 5K course. Classmate Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) took fourth place in 19:03 and sophomore Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) crossed the finish line four seconds later to claim fifth place.
FIELD HOCKEY (8-2 overall, 0-0 America East)
- No. 7 UNH – the team’s highest ranking since September 1995 (#5) – traveled to Louisville to face a pair of nationally-ranked teams and returned home with a 5-4 loss to #15 Northwestern and a 3-1 setback to #19 Louisville.
- The Wildcats entered the weekend as the national leader in defense with six goals allowed through eight games. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) led the nation in points per game and was second in goals per game.
- Rausch extended her goal-scoring streak to eight games and point-scoring streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist vs. Northwestern and a goal at Louisville.
- UNH looks to remain unbeaten at home (4-0 at Memorial Field) when the ‘Cats play host to Fairfield in the America East conference opener on Sept. 30.
FOOTBALL (2-1 overall, 1-0 CAA)
- The UNH football team, ranked 11th in last week’s poll, outlasted No. 5/7 Richmond, 45-43, at Robins Stadium on Sept. 24 for the team’s first victory in Richmond since 1994.
- Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) amassed 261 all-purpose yards (64 rushing, 56 receiving, 141 kick return) en route to garnering the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week award.
- R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) recorded 12 catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns – all career highs – and was honored as CAA Football Rookie of the Week.
- Defensively, Randi Vines (Roanoke, Va.) had a 60-yard interception return for a TD as part of a 21-point outburst spanning 3:49 early in the second quarter, and Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown to extend UNH’s lead to 28-13 at 5:54 of the second quarter. Evans also tallied 14 tackles while Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) finished with a career-high 17 tackles.
- Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) accounted for four TDs with two passing touchdowns – both to Harris – and two rushing scores. Decker completed 22 or 32 passes for 239 yards and rushed nine times for 48 yards.
- New Hampshire plays its 2011 home opener Oct. 1 against College of the Holy Cross. Kickoff at Cowell Stadium is 12 p.m.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (0-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East)
- New Hampshire rolled to a 6-1 victory against Ontario Hockey Academy in a Sept. 24 exhibition game at the Whittemore Center. Six different skaters scored a goal and a total of 13 Wildcats recorded a point.
- The Wildcats open the regular season Sept. 30 at Niagara and play their home opener Oct. 7 vs. Colgate.
MEN’S SOCCER (4-4-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team won the 22nd Annual Nike Fall Classic, which was held at the University’s Bremner Field on Sept. 23 & 25, with back-to-back 1-0 victories against Air Force and Hartwick.
- Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was selected the Tournament MVP and the America East Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week.
- Worra was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
- Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) scored in the 77th minute vs. Air Force to mark the only goal scored by the ‘Cats. It was Hilton’s service into the box vs. Hartwick that resulted in an own-goal.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (2-7-1 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team went 1-1-0 last week with a 2-0 win vs. Holy Cross at home followed by a 4-1 loss at Harvard.
- In the team’s first game of the season under the lights of Bremner Field, Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.) and Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) scored and Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) made two saves to lead the Wildcats to victory vs. Holy Cross.
- It marked the second consecutive shutout and third of the season for Correa, whose shutout streak ended at 215 minutes, 2 seconds at Harvard.
VOLLEYBALL (2-15 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team went 1-1 last week with a 3-1 loss to Bryant followed by a 3-2 victory versus Hartford in the America East conference opener for the Wildcats. The Wildcats recorded a season-high .260 team hitting percentage in the victory.
- Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.), a senior outside hitter, led the ‘Cat attack against Hartford with 22 kills, five blocks, four digs and a .226 hitting percentage; both the kill and block totals were season highs. She recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs against Bryant.
- Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.), a freshman defensive specialist, extended her streak of double-digit digs to seven consecutive matches with a team-high 17 digs vs. Bryant and 19 at Hartford.
- Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.), a junior setter, recorded her second- and third-highest assist totals of the season with 48 against Bryant and 58 versus Hartford. She has 30+ assists each of the past four matches.