Purrier, Goldrich: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Minute


October 14, 2013

DURHAM, N.H.Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) of the women’s cross country team and Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) 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. 

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Elinor Purrier, women’s cross country

     Elinor, a freshman from Mongomery, Vt., led the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team to first place at the New England Championships that were held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Franklin Park in Boston.

     Elinor was the top Wildcat and finished third overall with a time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds on the 5K course. She was one of two UNH runners in the top 5 and led a total of five ‘Cats in the top 16 overall.

     In her collegiate debut against top-ranked Providence College and College of the Holy Cross on Aug. 31, Elinor was the top Wildcat finisher in fourth place overall with a time of 17:36. In the next race – Sept. 27 at the Boston College Invitational – she placed 14th in a field of 140 runners that included PC and third-ranked University of Oregon.

     As a senior at Richford Junior Senior High School, Elinor was the cross country Div. III state champion, New England cross country champion, Northeast Regional champion and placed 17th in the National Cross Country race to earn All-America honors. She was later named the Gatorade Runner of the Year (for the third consecutive year).


Sean Goldrich, football

     Sean, a sophomore from West Haven, Conn., propelled the No. 25/22 UNH football team to a season-high 59 points and 40-point victory against the University of Rhode Island in an Oct. 12 Homecoming Game at Cowell Stadium.

     The quarterback completed 18 of 26 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a career-high 94 yards and one TD on 14 carries. Sean’s first scoring strike was a six-yard completion to Justin Mello that gave UNH a 21-12 lead at 3:29 and started a 38-point run.

     Sean ran for a 24-yard TD to open the third quarter scoring and give the ‘Cats a 31-12 lead at 12:40. His second TD pass was a 21-yard strike to Harold Spears at 10:46 of the fourth quarter to cap the streak of 38 consecutive points.

     In five games this season, Sean has completed 31 of 46 passes (67.4%) for 445 yards and four TDs for a pass efficiency rating of 168.7. He has also rushed for 158 yards to tie for second on the team.

     Last year as a redshirt freshman, Sean was named the starter at the beginning of the season but then was injured in the second game at Minnesota. In nine games overall, he was 107-for-180 for 1,202 yards and eight TDs.



Taylor Dunklau, volleyball – America East Setter of the Week

Tori Forrest, volleyball America East Player of the Week

Ugo Uche, men’s soccer – America East Player of the Week



Tuesday, October 8

Men’s soccer: at UNH 1, Brown 0 (Cowell Stadium)

Wednesday, October 9

Women’s soccer: at UNH 0, Dartmouth 0 [OT-tie] (Bremner Field)

Friday, October 11 – Homecoming Weekend

Field hockey: at UNH 3, Maine 2 [OT-win]

Volleyball: at UNH 3, Providence 0

Men’s ice hockey: No. 12 UNH 4, Clarkson 1 (Ice Breaker Tournament at Minnesota)

Saturday, October 12 – Homecoming Weekend

Football: No. 22/25 UNH 59, Rhode Island 19

Men’s soccer: at UNH 2, Stony Brook 1 (Bremner Field)

Women’s cross country: UNH 1st place (20 teams) at New England Championships

Men’s cross country: 15th place (41 teams) at New England Championships

Women’s swimming & diving: UNH 217, at Boston College 140

Men’s ice hockey: at No. 5 Minnesota 3, No. 12 UNH 2 (Ice Breaker Tournament)

Sunday, October 13 – Homecoming Weekend

Volleyball: at UNH 3, Hartford 0

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 2, Maine 2 [OT-tie]

Women’s soccer: UNH 1, at Vermont 1 [2OT-tie)

Field hockey: at No. 3 Syracuse 3, UNH 1



Monday, October 14

UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (Fox Run Mall; Newington, N.H.)

     featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell

Wednesday, October 16

Men’s soccer vs. Hartford, 7 pm (Bremner Field)

Women’s ice hockey at Boston College, 7 pm

Thursday, October 18

Women’s soccer vs. UMass Lowell, 3 pm (Cowell Stadium)

Friday, October 18

Men’s ice hockey vs. Michigan, 7:30 pm (TV- WBIN and Fox College Sports)

Field hockey at Albany, 3 pm

Volleyball at Binghamton, 7 pm

Saturday, October 19

Football vs. Villanova, 12 pm (TV- Comcast SportsNet)

Women’s swim/dive vs. Vermont, 2pm

Men’s ice hockey vs. Michigan, 7 pm (TV- WBIN and Fox College Sports)

Men’s soccer at UMBC, 7 pm

Sunday, October 20

Women’s soccer vs. Maine, 1 pm (Bremner Field) [Senior Day]

Field hockey vs. Bucknell, 2 pm

Volleyball at Albany, 1 pm



  • The UNH women’s cross country team took first place at the New England Championships on Saturday, Oct. 12 as the squad topped 19 additional teams to earn the crown with 50 points. The event was held at Franklin Park in Boston.
  • Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led the Wildcats with a third-place finish overall with a time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds.
  • Sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) crossed the finish line three seconds later to claim fifth place.
  • Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) placed 11th overall in 17:52.
  • Junior Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) and senior co-captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) finished back-to-back in 15th and 16th place, respectively. Serrano completed the course in 17:33, followed by Beattie at 17:36.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 25 at the Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet.


  • The UNH men’s cross country team placed 14th of 41 teams that competed at the New England Championships that were held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Franklin Park in Boston.
  • Junior Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) led the Wildcats in 17th place overall in a field of 135 runners with a time of 25 minutes, 6 seconds on the 8K course.
  • Sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) was the next ‘Cat across the finish line in 42nd place at 25:44.
  • Freshman Ryan Chiesa (Stockholm, N.J.) was timed in 25:54 for 53rd place. Senior John Corona (Middletown, Conn.) and freshman Robert Biro (Rockaway, N.J.) completed the team scoring in 75th (26:19) and 85th (26:32), respectively.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 25 at the Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet.

FIELD HOCKEY (7-6 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The University of New Hampshire field hockey team went 1-1 last week with a 3-2 overtime victory in its America East opener vs. the University of Maine (Oct. 11 at Memorial Field) followed by a 3-1 road loss to third-ranked Syracuse University.
  • Sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) scored the game-winning OT goal vs. Maine and tallied an assist against Syracuse to increase her team-leading totals to nine goals and 21 points.
  • Sophomore forward Emma Compagna (Canton, Mass.) recorded her first career points with a goal vs. Maine, then gave UNH a 1-0 lead at Syracuse with a first-half goal.
  • Junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded her fourth double-digit save effort of the season with 10 at Syracuse.
  • Senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) recorded her 19th career assist with a helper vs. Maine; she is tied with four other players for No. 10 on UNH’s career assist leaderboard.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Oct. 18 (3 p.m.) at the University at Albany. The Wildcats’ next home game is Sunday, Oct. 20 (2 p.m.) vs. Bucknell University.

FOOTBALL (2-3 overall, 1-1 CAA)

  • The No. 25/22 UNH football team scored 38 consecutive points spanning the second, third and fourth quarters to defeat the University of Rhode Island, 59-19, in a Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Cowell Stadium.
  • Senior kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) tied UNH’s record for career field goals made with a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter. Connor McCormick (2002-05) also has 40 career field goals. One more FG will lift MacArthur into the Top 10 in CAA history.
  • Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) became the 10th UNH Wildcat to reach the 2,000 receiving yards milestone and supplanted Scott Sicko (2006-09; 2,023) at No. 9; Harris currently has 2,036 yards. Ahead of Harris at No. 8 is former teammate Joey Orlando (2009-12) at 2,131.
  • UNH rushed for a season-high 333 yards on 43 carries (7.7 yards/rush) and the defense scored two TDs with a Steven Thames (Fort Washington, Md.) 11-yard interception return and Cam Shorey (Calais, Maine) 44-yard fumble return.
  • Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) completed 18 of 26 pass attempts for 241 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a career-high 94 rushing yards and a TD.
  • Junior running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season – eighth of his career – with 15 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) had four receptions for 47 yards to increase his career yardage to 999.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 19 (12 p.m.) vs. Villanova University at Cowell Stadium. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (2-2-1 overall, 0-0-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie against the University of Maine in a Homecoming Weekend game Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Whittemore Center.
  • Sophomore forward Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) matched her career high of two points with a goal and assist vs. Maine. She set up the Wildcats’ first tally at 10:02 of the second period, then just 2:45 later her goal gave the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead.
  • Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) scored her first collegiate goal against Maine when she tied the score, 1-1, midway through the game.
  • Senior forward Arielle O’Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) won 20 of 25 faceoffs vs. Maine; she has a .690 faceoff win percentage (60 of 87) this season.
  • Sophomore goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) is 2-0-1 in three games (all starts) with a 1.62 GAA and .943 save percentage.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 16 (7 p.m.) at Boston College. The Wildcats’ next home game is Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) vs. Boston University.

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

  • The 12th-ranked UNH men’s ice hockey team opened the 2013-14 season with a runner-up finish at the Ice Breaker Tournament, which was hosted by the University of Minnesota at Mariucci Arena. The Wildcats defeated Clarkson University, 4-1, in the Oct. 11 opener and then lost 3-2 to fifth-ranked Minnesota on Oct. 12.
  • Senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) was named to the All-Tournament Team. He scored a goal in both games.
  • Junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) joined Knodel on the All-Tournament Team. He finished with three assists, including two against Minnesota.
  • Senior goaltender Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) recorded a career-high 33 saves in UNH’s 4-1 win vs. Clarkson.
  • Freshman forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal against Clarkson and it proved to be the game-winning goal.
  • Sophomore forward Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) tallied his first career points with a pair of assists vs. Clarkson.
  • Junior forward Matt Willows (Congers, N.Y.) recorded a goal and assist against Clarkson.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.) for its home opener against the University of Michigan. The teams face off again at the Whittemore Center on Oct. 19 (7 p.m.). Both games will be televised on both WBIN-TV and Fox College Sports.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (3-5-6 overall, 1-0-3 America East)

  • The UNH women’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a scoreless tie against intrastate rival Dartmouth College (Wed., Oct. 9) and 1-1 draw at the University of Vermont (Sun., Oct. 13).
  • The Wildcats have shut out four opponents – including three overtime ties – and allowed a total of two goals during their six-game unbeaten streak of 1-0-5.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) saw her shutout streak end at 350 minutes, 55 seconds when UVM scored in the 56th minute. She had shut out each of the previous two opponents – Dartmouth and Hartford.
  • Borkan leads the America East conference in save percentage (.883) and is second in GAA (0.64). In conference-only games, she is atop the GAA leaderboard (0.41) and is No. 2 in save percentage (.889).
  • Junior Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) scored UNH’s only goal of the week. Her tally gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at UVM in the 26th minute.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Thursday, Oct. 17 at home against UMass Lowell; game time at Cowell Stadium is 3 p.m. The Wildcats play their last home game of the regular-season Sunday, Oct. 20 vs. Maine at Bremner Field; the Senior Day game is 1 p.m. at Bremner Field.

MEN’S SOCCER (8-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to three games with last week’s home wins against both Brown (1-0, Oct. 8) and Stony Brook (2-1, Oct. 12).
  • Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) leads the nation in both GAA (0.41) and save percentage (.912). He has stopped 31 of 34 shots in seven games (655:44). Worra made seven saves in the 2-1 victory vs. SBU.
  • Senior forward Ugo Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored the first goal against both Brown and Stony Brook; he was named America East Player of the Week for his efforts. Uche is tied for the team lead in goals (three).
  • Freshman goalkeeper Giovanni Riello (Sao Paulo, Brazil) recorded his second career shutout with a three-save effort vs. Brown.
  • Senior midfielder Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) netted his first goal of the season in the 71st minute vs. Stony Brook to break the 1-1 tie.
  • UNH is ranked No. 8 in the nation in defense at 0.53 goals allowed per game.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 16 vs. Hartford; game time at Bremner Field is 7 p.m. The Wildcats also travel to play UMBC on Saturday, Oct. 19 (7 p.m.).

SWIMMING & DIVING (1-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team opened the 2013-14 season with a 217-140 victory at Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the William J. Flynn Recreation Complex.
  • UNH won all but two events at the meet and captured the top three spots in eight events.
  • Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) recorded three individual victories – 100-yard backstroke (57.68 seconds), 100 butterfly (56.72) and 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 5.44 seconds).
  • Sophomore Bettina Caspersen (Lyngby, Germany) was the top swimmer in both the 100 backstroke (1:08.64) and 200 breaststroke (2:24.78).
  • Junior Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) touched the wall in 10:38.00 to win the 1,000 freestyle.
  • Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) swam to a first-place finish in the 200 back with a time of 2:08.00.
  • The 200 medley relay quartet of Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa), Caspersen, Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Sarah Broderick (Haverhill, Mass.) recorded a winning time of 1:50.57.
  • UNH also captured first in the 200 free relay with the combination of Broderick, Roberts, Emily Magnavita (South Glastonburg, Conn.) and Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) finishing at 1:39.93.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Oct. 19 for its home opener vs. the University of Vermont. Meet time at Swasey Pool is 2 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL (10-11 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches with straight-set victories at home against both Providence College (Oct. 11) and University of Hartford (Oct. 13).
  • Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) was named America East Setter of the Week for the second time this season and fifth in her career. She orchestrated the Wildcats’ offense to a .268 hitting percentage by averaging 11.5 assists per set. Dunklau tallied 34 assists and eight digs vs. PC followed by 35 assists and seven digs against Hartford.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) was selected America East Player of the Week for the second time this year. Forrest averaged 4.67 kills per set and 2.67 digs per set in the two matches. She matched her career high of 18 kills and also had nine digs vs. Hartford. Two days earlier against PC, Forrest tallied 10 kills and seven digs.
  • Senior right side hitter Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) recorded her 300th career block during UNH’s 3-0 win against Hartford. Tolliver became just the fifth Wildcat to reach that milestone. She leads the America East conference in blocks per set (0.99).
  • New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.) at Binghamton University and continues the road trip Sunday, Oct. 20 (1 p.m.) at Albany.
  • The Wildcats’ next home match is Saturday, Oct. 26 (2 p.m.) vs. UMass Lowell.
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