Frates, McNally: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


October 10, 2011


DURHAM, N.H.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) of the field hockey team and Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) 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. 



Whitney Frates, field hockey

     Whitney, a senior forward and captain from Woodstock, Vermont, recorded a nine-point week (three goals, three assists) by factoring in six of the team’s eight goals to lead the 12th-ranked UNH field hockey team to victories against both the University of Vermont (2-1 on Oct. 7) and seventh-ranked Stanford University (6-3 on Oct. 9). She was honored as the America East Player of the Week on Monday (for the third time in 2011) and UNH climbed to #8 in this week’s national poll.

     Whitney set up both of the Wildcats’ goals at UVM, then matched a personal best of three goals and also recorded an assist for a career-high seven points against Stanford. In that game, Frates scored the first two goals of the game – both unassisted – at 14:12 and 20:21 to give UNH a lead it would not relinquish.

     On her third goal of the game, Whitney recorded her 120th career point to climb into second place on the program’s all-time points leaderboard; Gaby Haroules (1977-80) had held that spot with 119 points. She also climbed to No. 5 on the career goals list on that goal, the 43rd of her career. Whitney is currently second on UNH’s career assist list with 34, which is one less than the benchmark established by Becky Craigue (1995-98).

     In 13 games this season, Whitney has tallied 14 goals and 10 assists for 38 points. With those numbers, she is currently ranked seventh in the nation in points per game (2.92) as well as No. 9 in goals per game (1.08) and 15th in assists per game (0.77). In America East, Whitney ranks second in all three of those statistics. She leads the team in assists and is second in both goals and points.

     Whitney’s career accolades include 2010 NFHCA All-America Second Team selection, two-time NFHCA Northeast Region First Team honoree and two time America East First Team representative.


Brian McNally, football

     Brian, a senior defensive end and captain from Cornwall, New York, recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks to lead the sixth-ranked UNH football team to a 47-17 victory against Villanova University at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 8. The Wildcats’ defense held ‘Nova to 277 yards of offense, recorded five sacks and forced three turnovers.

     Brian finished with the game with five tackles and the three sacks totaled a loss of 18 yards. His first sack in the first quarter was recorded on first down and forced Villanova to a 3-and-out series. The senior then recorded a sack on back-to-back plays in the second quarter that forced the visitors to attempt a 45-yard field goal after driving to the UNH 14.

     Brian was named a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America selection last year, when he also garnered ECAC All-Star, FCS All-New England Team, All-CAA First Team and Phil Steele FCS All-America Third Team accolades. He established a school-record 13.5 sacks that led the CAA and was tied for third-most in the FCS.

     As a freshman in 2008, Brian was named the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year. He recorded 55 tackles, including a team-best 8.5 for a loss.



Whitney Frates, field hockey America East Player of the Week



Monday, Oct. 3

Men’s soccer: Bradley 2, UNH 1

Thursday, Oct. 6

Women’s soccer: Boston U. 1, at UNH 0

Friday, Oct. 7

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 3, Colgate 0

Volleyball: at UNH 3, Stony Brook 2

Field hockey: #12 UNH 2, at Vermont 1

Saturday, Oct. 8

Football: at #6 UNH 47, Villanova 17

Men’s ice hockey: at #6 Boston U. 5, #12 UNH 0

Women’s ice hockey: Syracuse 2, at UNH 1

Men’s soccer: at UNH 3, Binghamton 0

Men’s cross country:  22nd  place at New England Championships (43 teams)

Women’s cross country:  13th place at New England Championships (30 teams)

Sunday, Oct. 9

Field hockey: at #12 UNH 6, #7 Stanford 3

Volleyball: at UNH 3, UMBC 1

Women’s soccer: at Stony Brook 1, UNH 0



Tuesday, Oct. 11

Men’s soccer vs. Hartford, 3 pm (at Lewis Fields)

Thursday, Oct. 13

Women’s soccer at Vermont, 3 pm

Friday, Oct. 14

Volleyball vs. Binghamton, 7 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. Boston College, 7 pm

Men’s soccer at UMBC, 7 pm (Television: FOX Soccer)

Men’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 7 pm

Field hockey at Boston U., 7 pm (at Harvard University’s Jordan Field)

Saturday, Oct. 15

Men’s hockey vs Boston College, 7 pm

Football at William & Mary, 12 pm (Television: CSN-NE / TCN / COX11)

Women’s swimming & diving at Siena, 12 pm

Men’s cross country at UAlbany Invitational, 1:30 pm

Women’s cross country at UAlbany Invitational, 1:30 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Boston College, 2 pm

Sunday, Oct. 16

Volleyball vs. Albany, 1 pm

Women’s soccer vs. Binghamton, 2 pm (at Lewis Fields)

Field hockey vs. Boston College, 3 pm



  • UNH competed in the 43-team varsity division at the New England Championships and placed 22nd in the event that was held Oct. 8 at Franklin Park (Boston).
  • Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was the top ‘Cat in 82nd place overall as he completed the course in 26 minutes, 21 seconds.
  • Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) edged out teammate Andrew Dionne (Westerly, R.I.) at the finish line. Jourdain was 112th in 26:43 and Dionne crossed the finish line one second later for 115th place.
  • Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) and Alexander Beaulieu (Merrimack, N.H.) also finished within one second of each other. Morretti was timed in 27:02 for 138th place and Beaulieu was 139th overall.


  • UNH competed in the 30-team sub-varsity division at the New England Championships that were held Oct. 8 at Franklin Park (Boston) and finished in 13th place.
  • Kellie Walker (North Branford, Conn.) was the first Wildcat to cross the finish line in 54th place overall with a time of 20 minutes, 11 seconds.
  • The next three ‘Cats finished within 22 seconds of Walker. Megan Donohue (Exeter, N.H.) finished 59th (20:16) and was followed by Brenna McLaughlin (Derry, N.H.) in 65th (20:21) and Megan Trow (Fall Mountain, N.H.) in 84th (20:33). Megan Murnane (Andover, N.J.) completed the team scoring in 117th place (21:12).

FIELD HOCKEY (12-2 overall, 2-0 America East)

  • The 12th-ranked UNH field hockey team extended its winning streak to four games with a 2-1 America East victory at Vermont and a 6-3 win against seventh-ranked Stanford that marked the Wildcats’ second win vs. a top-10 team this season.
  • The 12-2 overall record is the team’s best mark through 14 games since the 1986 squad also went 12-2, and the ‘Cats have won nine consecutive conference games dating back to the 2009 season.
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) factored in six of the team’s eight goals with three goals and three assists. She matched her personal best of three goals and added an assist for a career-high seven points vs. Stanford.
  • Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) extended her point-scoring streak to 14 games with a goal at UVM followed by two goals against Stanford.
  • Frates climbed to No. 2 on UNH’s career points leaderboard with the last of her seven points vs. Stanford. She enters this week’s action with 120 points on 43 goals and 34 assists. [Gaby Haroules (1977-80) compiled 119 career points.]
  • Both Frates and Rausch supplanted former teammate and current volunteer coach Meg Shea in the top 5 on UNH’s career goal leaderboard. Rausch is at #4 with 44, followed by Frates (43) and Shea (42).
  • Freshman goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) made her first collegiate start at Vermont and earned her first win with a five-save effort.

FOOTBALL (4-1 overall, 2-0 CAA)

  • The UNH football team, ranked sixth in last week’s poll, recorded its fourth consecutive victory with a 47-17 win against Villanova University at Cowell Stadium on Oct. 8. 
  • Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) passed for a career-high 395 yards, threw three touchdowns and rushed for another TD as well as a two-point conversion. He matched his career high for completions on 23 of 32 passing.
  • R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season with seven catches for a career-high 190 yards and one TD (66 yards).
  • Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) spearheaded UNH’s best defensive effort of the season by recording a career-high 3.5 sacks as the Wildcats held Villanova to 277 yards of offense and forced three turnovers.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (0-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 Hockey East)

  • UNH dropped its season opener 5-0 at sixth-ranked Boston University on Oct. 8. The Wildcats were shut out only once last season.
  • Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) recorded double-digit saves all three periods at BU and finished with 32 saves overall. Di Girolamo led the nation in saves (1,145) last season.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

  • UNH split a pair of home games last weekend with a 3-0 victory against Colgate followed by a 2-1 loss to Syracuse.
  • The Wildcats skated to a 3-0 lead each of the first three games of the season and did not face a deficit until Syracuse took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period.
  • Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) recorded her first career shutout with a 19-save effort vs. Colgate that included nine saves in the third period.
  • Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) extended her goal-scoring streak to four games with a power-play goal against both Colgate and Syracuse. She has five points (4g, 1a).
  • Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) has tallied an assist every game. She has five points (1g, 4a).

MEN’S SOCCER (5-6-0 overall, 1-1-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team split a pair of home games last week with a 2-1 loss to Bradley and a 3-0 victory against Binghamton in which the Wildcats scored three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 32 seconds.
  • Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), a sophomore midfielder, ignited the three-goal outburst with a tally at 34:11, then capped the spurt at 36:43 to give the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead. It marked Palumbo’s first career multiple-goal game, and the first by a Wildcat since October 2009.
  • Robert Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), also a sophomore midfielder, recorded an assist on both of his brother’s goals and senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) tallied his team-leading fourth assist on the goal by Ryan McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) in the 36th minute; it was the first collegiate goal for the freshman midfielder.
  • Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded his fourth shutout of the season with a three-save effort against Binghamton.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (3-10-1 overall, 1-3-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team lost by a score of 1-0 to both Boston University and Stony Brook.
  • Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.), a sophomore goalkeeper, recorded her second-highest save total of the season with eight at Stony Brook on Oct. 9. She stopped four shots vs. BU for a 1.00 GAA and .857 save percentage in two games.

VOLLEYBALL (5-15 overall, 4-0 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team remained unbeaten by defeating Stony Brook in a thrilling five-set match, 3-2, and then upending UMBC, 3-1, with an impressive .472 hitting percentage in Set 2 of the match.
  • The Wildcats topped Stony Brook behind double-doubles from both senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.). Laquerre posted 16 kills and 18 digs, as well as four blocks, while Falcusan tallied 48 assists and 14 digs.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) registered a team-high 21 kills and Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) led the defense with 23 digs vs. the Seawolves.
  • Laquerre recorded her third consecutive double-double and ninth of the season with 16 kills and 16 digs vs. UMBC.
  • Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) also tallied 16 kills vs. the Retrievers with a .353 hitting percentage.
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