October 25, 2010

 DURHAM, N.H.Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) of the women’s volleyball team 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 this week's Wildcat Roundup.



Sara Heldman, women’s volleyball

     Sara, a senior setter from Greenwood, Indiana, became the eighth UNH player to reach the 1,000-dig milestone during her 14-dig effort Oct. 24 against Providence. She is also one of just two Wildcats to record 1,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs. Sara also recorded 28 assists with six kills and a .267 hitting percentage in that Oct. 24 game. In the road match vs. PC on Oct. 22, she tallied 27 assists and 15 digs as well as five kills. In the two matches last week, she averaged 9.17 assists per set and 4.83 digs per set.

     Sara leads the team in assists (747) and is averaging 8.89 assists per set (#2 in the league). She ranks second on the team in digs (228) and is fourth in service aces. Among the seven ‘Cats who have 50+ kills this season, Sara ranks second in hitting percentage (.258).

     Sara split time as the team’s primary setter in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, then made the switch to libero in ’09 and as honored as America East co-Defensive Specialist of the Year. She was also an America East All-Conference Second Team selection last season. Sara’s other collegiate accolades include America East Academic Honor Roll in ’08 and ’09.

    Sara enters this week’s action ranked #7 on UNH’s career leaderboard in both assists (1,267) and digs (1,008).


Steven Palumbo, men’s soccer

     Steven, a freshman midfielder from Kingston, New Hampshire, recorded a goal and an assist to propel the UNH men’s soccer team to a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Boston University on Oct. 23; it marked BU’s first league loss of the season. Steven helped the Wildcats take a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute by setting up Brad Hilton’s goal. He then ended the game with a goal at 108:02 to give the ‘Cats their first league win of the season (1-2-2, 6-3-5 overall).

     Steven is tied for the team lead in assists (two), and he ranks second in both goals (two) and points (six). Steven’s other tally vs. Central Connecticut State was also a game-winning goal (in a 1-0 victory). He also assisted on the overtime game-winning goal vs. Bryant.

     Before arriving at UNH, Steven captained Bridgton Academy to an undefeated season in 2009. He also garnered All-State First Team honors in 2007 and 2008 while at Sanborn Regional High School.



Megan Bozek, field hockey: America East Rookie of the Week

Matt Evans, football: CAA Defensive Player of the Week

Steven Palumbo, men’s soccer: America East Rookie of the Week


 Wednesday, October 20

Men’s soccer: UNH 0, at Holy Cross 0 (tie-double overtime)

Thursday, October 21

Women’s soccer: UNH 1, at Binghamton 1 (tie-double overtime

Friday, October 22

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

Field hockey: UNH 3, at Fairfield 1

Volleyball: at Providence 3, UNH 0

Saturday, October 23

Men’s soccer: at UNH 2, Boston U. 1 (double overtime)

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 5, St. Lawrence 3

Football: UNH 39, UMass 13 (Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium)

Sunday, October 24

Field hockey: #10 Louisville 3, at UNH 2

Volleyball: at UNH 3, Providence 0

Women’s soccer: Hartford 1, at UNH 0



Wednesday, October 27

Men’s soccer at vs. Albany, 2:30 pm (Senior Day)

Thursday, October 28

Women’s soccer at Albany, 2 pm (America East first round)

Friday, October 29

Women’s ice hockey vs. Niagara, 7 pm

Men’s ice hockey at Cornell, 7 pm

Volleyball at Stony Brook, 7 pm

Saturday, October 30

Field Hockey vs. Albany, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. Niagara, 2 pm

Men’s cross country at America East Championships (at Franklin Park, Boston, Mass.)

Women’s cross country at America East Championships (at Franklin Park, Boston)

Men’s soccer at Binghamton, 7 pm

Sunday, October 31

Volleyball at Hartford, 1 pm


  • UNH did not race last weekend. The Wildcats return to action Oct. 30 for the America East Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.
  • UNH did not race last weekend. The Wildcats return to action Oct. 30 for the America East Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.
 FIELD HOCKEY (12-6 overall, 4-0 America East)
  • UNH remained unbeaten in America East league play with last Friday’s 3-1 victory at Fairfield.
  • The Wildcats will play host to Albany this Saturday (Oct. 30) in the regular-season finale; the victor of that game will be the league’s regular-season champion.
  • In other action last week, UNH was edged 3-2 by 10th-ranked Louisville at Memorial Field. Each of the team’s last four losses has been by one goal.
  • Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) tallied her 10th and 11th assists of the season Oct. 24 vs. Louisville to become the first ‘Cat since 2005 to reach double digits in assists in a single season.
  • Megan Bozek (Cortlandt, Manor, N.Y.) was named America East Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks. She tallied a goal in both games last week.

FOOTBALL (5-3 overall, 3-2 CAA)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH football team rolled past #12 UMass, 39-13, in the inaugural Colonial Clash that was played Oct. 23 at Gillette Stadium; it marked the first collegiate football game at the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots and MLS’ New England Revolution. The crowd of 32,848 was a CAA league attendance record.
  • UNH defeated a nationally-ranked for the third consecutive game. The Wildcats had defeated James Madison (#6) and Richmond (#11) the previous two weeks.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was the recipient of the Bill Knight Trophy as the game MVP. He tallied 13 tackles, an interception (the first of his career) and a forced fumble.
  • Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) carried the ball 23 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
  • In seven games vs. FCS teams, UNH has not allowed a third-quarter point.

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

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2) with a 2-2 tie in its Hockey East opener at Northeastern.
  • Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) scored a power-play goal at NU. It was his third power-play tally of the season.
  • Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) has recorded a point in all four games this season.
  • Matt DiGirolamo (Ambler Pa.) stopped 37 of 39 shots at Northeastern.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-2-0, 1-0-0 Hockey East)

  • UNH extended its winning streak to four games with home victories against Clarkson (2-1) and St. Lawrence (5-3). The Wildcats improved to 27-5-2 in home openers by defeating Clarkson.
  • Julie Allen (Brampton, Ontario) factored in both UNH tallies vs. Clarkson with a goal and an assist. It marked the second consecutive Friday game that Allen recorded a goal and an assist.
  • Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) has recorded six points (3g, 3a) in the last four games. She factored in three consecutive goals vs. St. Lawrence by setting up the tally that gave UNH a lead it would not relinquish (2-1), scoring a goal to give the ‘Cats a 3-1 lead and assisting on the game-winning goal.

MEN’S SOCCER (6-3-5 overall, 1-2-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team went unbeaten (1-0-1) last week with a 2-1 double-overtime win against Boston University and a scoreless tie at Holy Cross.
  • New Hampshire has played nine overtime games, eight of which have gone into double overtime, this season.
  • Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) was named America East Rookie of the Week. He scored the game-winning goal and recorded an assist against Boston U. to help hand the Terriers their first league loss of the season. The game-winner was scored with less than two minutes remaining in the extra sessions.
  • Chris Devine (Hampton, N.H.) made five saves at Holy Cross to record his first career shutout.
  • The Wildcats play the final regular-season home game on Oct. 27.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (8-7-4 overall, 4-3-1 America East)

  • UNH went 0-1-1 last week with a 1-1 tie at Binghamton and a 1-0 loss at home to Hartford on Senior Day.
  • The Wildcats will be the #5 seed in the upcoming America East tournament. They will travel to play Albany on Oct. 28 in a first-round game.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) stopped 10 of 12 shots last week.


  • UNH was idle last weekend. The Wildcats return to action Nov. 6 at Central Connecticut State.

VOLLEYBALL (8-14 overall, 3-4 America East)

  • UNH split a home-and-home series with Providence last week as both home teams prevailed in straight sets. The Wildcats are sitting in a fourth-place tie just more than halfway through the regular season.
  • Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) became the second UNH player to record 1,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs. Heldman, who had already surpassed the 1,000-assist milestone, recorded her 1,000th career dig during a 28-assist, 14-dig effort Oct. 24 against Providence.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) led the team in kills in both matches with 12 in Friday’s road match and 11 in the home victory. She added seven digs, three service aces and a block in the back end of the home-and-home series.
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