SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
October 29, 2012
– Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) of the
women’s cross country team and Cory Sinotte
(Manchester, N.H.) of the men’s cross country 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.
Keely Maguire, women’s cross country
Keely, a senior from Georgetown, Mass., won the 2012 America East Cross Country Championships individual title Oct. 27 at UNH’s College Woods to lead the Wildcats’ women’s team to a runner-up finish. New Hampshire has placed second three consecutive years (2010-11-12).
Keely completed the 5-kilometer course with a time of 16 minutes, 33.48 seconds – just two seconds slower than the course record – and outdistanced the runner-up in the field of 77 runners by 11 seconds. She became the first Wildcat to win the conference race since Cathy Parker took the top spot in 2006.
Keely, who placed 58th two weeks ago at an NCAA Pre-National Meet against some of the top talent in the nation, placed fourth at the 2011 America East Championships to earn All-Conference Team recognition. She was also named to the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team a year ago, when she finished 24th at the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Also in 2011, Keely was named America East Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week following a first-place finish at the UAlbany Invitational. Her other career highlights include 2009 champion of the 10,000-meter run at the America East Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Cory Sinotte, men’s cross country
Cory, a senior from Manchester, N.H., ran to a second-place finish at the 2012 America East Cross Country Championships to lead the UNH men’s team to a runner-up finish at the Oct. 27 meet, which was held at UNH’s College Woods.
Cory completed the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25 minutes, 22.17 seconds to improve greatly upon his 33rd-place effort at last year’s conference championship. He has been the Wildcats’ top finisher in four races this season.
In the Pre-Conference Meet held at College Woods in mid-September, Cory finished in third place overall. Two weeks ago at the NCAA Pre-National Meet, he was the 27th runner to cross the finish line.
Casey DeSmith, men’s hockey – Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week
Dontra Peters, football – CAA Defensive Player of the Week
Hannah Richard, field hockey – America East Player of the Week
Wednesday, October 24
Men’s soccer: at Stony Brook 2, UNH 0
Thursday, October 25
Women’s soccer: Stony Brook 2, at UNH 1 (America East quarterfinal)
Friday, October 26
Men’s ice hockey: at No. 12 UNH 4, No. 15 Northeastern 3
Volleyball: Binghamton 3, at UNH 2 (Dig Pink fundraiser)
Women’s ice hockey: at Wisconsin 2, UNH 1
Saturday, October 27
Women’s cross country: 2nd place America East Championship
Men’s cross country: 2nd place America East Championship
Football: No. 12 UNH 40, at Rhode Island 20
Men’s ice hockey: #12 UNH 0, at No. 15 Northeastern 0 (overtime)
Men’s soccer: at UNH 1, Boston U. 0 (overtime)
Field Hockey: No. 19 UNH 2, at No. 25 Maine 1
Women’s swimming & diving: UNH 165, at Northeastern 135
Sunday, October 28
Volleyball: at UNH 3, UMBC 2
Field hockey: No. 19 UNH 5, at Dartmouth 4 (overtime)
Women’s ice hockey: at Wisconsin 5, UNH 0
Tuesday, October 30
Men’s soccer at Dartmouth -- CANCELLED
Friday, November 2
Field hockey vs. Fairfield, 2 pm (America East Championship semifinal)
Women’s ice hockey vs. St. Lawrence, 7 pm
Women’s swimming & diving at Bryant, 5 pm
Men’s ice hockey at UMass, 7 pm
Saturday, November 3
Football vs. William & Mary, 12 pm (Wildcat Food Drive / Military Day / Legends Day)
Women’s ice hockey vs. St. Lawrence, 2 pm
Men’s soccer at Albany, 6 pm (America East quarterfinal)
Sunday, November 4
Field hockey vs. Albany/Maine (America East championship game; if win Nov. 2)
Volleyball at Stony Brook, 1 pm
Men’s ice hockey at Maine, 4 pm
Monday, November 5
UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings; Newington
(with football head coach Sean McDonnell)
WILDCAT FOOD DRIVE
The New Hampshire Food Bank and WOKQ 97.5 F.M. have teamed up again with UNH Athletics for the annual Wildcat Food Drive. All proceeds and contributions will go to support the Food Bank and granite state communities.
Fans can continue their support by bringing a canned food item to the following UNH Athletic events and will receive a discount ticket rate for doing so.
- • Women’s ice hockey: Friday, Nov. 2 vs. St. Lawrence, 7 pm
- • Football: Saturday, Nov. 3 vs. William & Mary, 12 pm
- • Women’s ice hockey: Saturday, Nov. 3 vs. St. Lawrence, 2 pm
- • Men’s basketball: Saturday, Nov. 10 vs. Suffolk, 1 pm
- • Men’s ice hockey: Saturday, Nov. 10 vs. Vermont, 7 pm
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team finished as runner-up in the nine-team America East Championships that was held Oct. 27 at UNH’s College Woods. The Wildcats, who recorded their best finish since 2009, compiled 68 points to place behind Stony Brook University (61 points).
- Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) was second overall in the 78-runner field with a time of 25 minutes, 22.17 seconds on the 8-kilometer course. He placed third in the Pre-Conference Meet back in mid-September and 33rd at the 2011 America East championship meet.
- Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also recorded a top-10 finish with sixth place. He crossed the finish line in 25:55.09.
- Two other Wildcats placed in the top 20. Sophomore John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) was the 12th runner to cross the finish line and junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) finished 18th with respective times of 26:01.66 and 26:10.44.
- Sophomore Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) completed the team scoring in 30th place with a time of 26:39.18. He was followed closely by senior David Gervais (Nashua, N.H.; 34th place) and sophomore Dean Bhatt (Woodbridge, Conn.) rounded out the UNH field in 48th place.
- UNH returns to action Nov. 9 at the NCAA East Regional, which will be held at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team finished as runner-up at the America East Championships for the third consecutive year with its second-place finish Oct. 27 at UNH’s College Woods. The Wildcats, who placed three runners in the top 10 for the second consecutive year, accrued 46 points to finish only behind Stony Brook University (37 points) in the nine-team event.
- Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) ran away from the 77-runner field as she completed the 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, 33.48 seconds to win the individual title by 11 seconds. The last UNH harrier to capture the top individual honor was Cathy Parker in 2006.
- Two other Wildcats recorded top-10 efforts. Junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, Mass.) crossed the finish line in a time of 17:02.88 for sixth place and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) placed 10th with a clocking of 17:21.26.
- The four remaining ‘Cats all placed in the top 20. Sophomore Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) finished in 14th place (17:29.19) and junior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) completed the team scoring in 15th (17:33.55). Juniors Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) placed 18th and 20th, respectively, at 17:39.00 and 17:40.81.
- UNH returns to action Nov. 9 for the NCAA East Regional at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn.
FIELD HOCKEY (11-7 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 19th-ranked UNH field hockey team traveled approximately 300 miles to record road wins against both 25th-ranked Maine, 2-1, on Saturday and Dartmouth, 5-4 in overtime, on Sunday.
- UNH completed the America East regular season unbeaten for the second time in three years, as the Wildcats also went 5-0 in 2010. The ‘Cats have won three consecutive America East regular-season titles, and as such have been the top seed and host of the America East Championships three consecutive years.
- New Hampshire begins defense of its 2011 conference tournament title Nov. 2 with a semifinal game against Fairfield. That game, which begins at 2 p.m., will be followed by Albany vs. Maine. The title game is Nov. 4 (x p.m.) and the winner of that game will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
- Junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) scored three goals last week, including the game-winning goal at Maine, to garner America East Player of the Week recognition for the second time this season. She also matched her career high of two goals at Dartmouth.
- Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) recorded her first career multiple-goal game with two tallies against Dartmouth. Her first goal ignited a 3-0 run and the second strike gave UNH a 4-3 lead in the 67th minute.
- Junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) tallied a point in both games last weekend. She scored the first goal and assisted on the game-winning goal at Maine, then had an assist on the team’s second goal at DC.
FOOTBALL (7-2 overall, 5-1 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team won its fifth consecutive game with a 40-20 victory Oct. 27 against the University of Rhode Island at Meade Stadium.
- Senior defensive back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) recorded five tackles, an interception and a forced fumble to earn the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season. His first-quarter interception in the UNH end zone preserved UNH’s 9-6 lead, and his forced fumble halted a URI drive at the UNH 21-yard line with the Wildcats leading 16-6.
- Peters has a team-high four interceptions for the Wildcats, who lead the CAA in interceptions (15), and he ranks fifth in tackles with 36.
- Junior running back Chris Setian (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown. He epitomized UNH’s balanced offense with four rushes for 55 yards and two catches for 25 yards.
- Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the fourth time this season with a team highs in both catches (eight) and receiving yards (131).
- Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) totaled a team-high 12 tackles to increase his career total to 427, which is seven less than the school record of 434 held by Steve Doig (1978-81).
- Senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) was a disruptive force with two tackles, a blocked field goal and three pass attempts batted down at the line of scrimmage.
- Senior linebacker Alan Buzbee (Chester, N.J.) recorded an interception for the third time in the past four games.
- UNH returns to action Oct. 27 at Rhode Island. Opening kickoff is 12 p.m. It will be Military Appreciation Day, Legends Day and fans bringing a canned food item for the New Hampshire Food Bank will receive a special ticket rate.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (4-0-1 overall, 2-0-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team, which climbed to No. 9 in the Oct. 29 USCHO poll, remained unbeaten with last weekend’s 4-3 come-from-behind win at home and scoreless tie on the road against then-No. 15 Northeastern University.
- UNH boasts the nation’s longest unbeaten streak of five games.
- Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) stopped 52 of 55 shots in the two games vs. the Huskies, and that included a season-high 34-save effort in the Oct. 27 scoreless tie at NU; it was his first shutout of the season and second of his career. With those numbers, DeSmith posted a 1.44 GAA and .945 save percentage and was named Hockey East co-Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
- DeSmith is atop the Hockey East leaderboard (conference-only games) in both GAA (.130) and save percentage (.950).
- This is UNH’s best start since the 2007-08 team went 25-10-3 and won the Hockey East regular-season title.
- UNH’s offense has been balanced with 17 skaters recording at least one points, 12 with multiple points and eight with 4+ points. The Wildcats lead Hockey East in offense (3.40 gpg), scoring defense (1.80 gpg) and penalty kill (.941).
- UNH, which began its stretch of 8 of 9 games on the road with the tie at NU, plays away from home twice this week with games at UMass (Nov. 2) and Maine (Nov. 4).
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-4-0 overall, 1-2-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team was swept in a two-game series at Wisconsin with a 2-1 loss Oct. 26 followed by a 5-0 loss Oct. 28.
- Freshman goalie Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) made 32 saves, including 13 in the third period, in last Friday’s one-goal loss to the Badgers. She followed that with a 27-save effort Sunday.
- ·Vaattovaara has played in all seven games (six starts) and is 3-4-0 with a 3.18 GAA and .893 save percentage.
- Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) scored her third goal of the season midway through the second period to lift the Wildcats within one goal. She leads the team with seven points; her four assists are tied atop the leaderboard.
- Senior defenseman Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) tallied her third assist of the season on Lavoie’s goal. She is tied for third in assists and is fourth in points (five).
- UNH returns to action for a two-game home series against St. Lawrence University on Nov. 2 (7 p.m.) and Nov. 3 (2 p.m.). Both games are part of the Wildcat Food Drive. Fans donating a food item will receive a discounted ticket rate.
MEN’S SOCCER (6-7-4 overall, 2-3-1 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team needed a victory in its last America East conference match of the season – Senior Day against Boston University – to secure a berth in the conference tournament and the Wildcats did exactly that with a 1-0 overtime win on Oct. 27.
- UNH earned the No. 5 seed of the America East Championships and will travel to play fourth-seeded University at Albany (at the College of St. Rose) in a Nov. 3 quarterfinal. Game time is 6 p.m.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded his fifth shutout of the season by recording four saves against BU.
- Senior back Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) scored his third goal of the season in the 97th minute to lift the Wildcats to the 1-0 victory. Hussein is now tied with three other ‘Cats for the team lead in goals.
- Senior midfielder Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) recorded his second assist of the season on the game-winning goal.
- Earlier in the week, UNH lost 2-0 at Stony Brook on Oct. 24.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, making its conference-record 12th consecutive tournament appearance, was ousted from the 2012 America East Championships with a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook University in an Oct. 25 quarterfinal game at Lewis Fields.
- Prior to the start of postseason play, four Wildcats received America East honors. Senior back Elizabeth Curry (Bremerton, Wash.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) was an All-Rookie Team selection. Curry, junior goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) and junior midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
- UNH recorded a decisive 27-10 shot advantage against SBU but could not overcome the two-goal deficit.
- Junior midfielder Tara Fraprie (Farmington, Conn.) netted her second goal of the season when she volleyed the service from the right corner by sophomore forward Jenna Shaddock (Halifax, Nova Scotia) into the goal. Senior forward Drea Nogueira (New Bedford, Mass.), who played the ball to Shaddock in the corner, was also credited with an assist.
- The end of the 2012 season marks the end of UNH careers for eight Wildcat seniors – captain Erin Jackson (Wakefield, Mass.), Allie Coppenrath (Green Harbor, Mass.), Sarah Dobush (Pickering, Ontario), Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.), Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.), Kelly Spencer (Exeter, N.H.), Curry and Nogueira.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (3-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team concluded its impressive October with a 165-135 victory against Northeastern University at Barletta Natatorium. The Wildcats won 11 of the 16 events.
- Junior Jenni Roberts (Sanford, Maine), the reigning America East Swimmer of the Week, won three individual events – the 200-yard butterfly, 100 fly and 200 individual medley.
- Junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) swept the 500 and 1,000 freestyle.
- Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) was first to touch the wall in the 50 free at 25.05 and also bested the field in the 100 free with a time of 52.76.
- Sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia), junior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) and Candace Young each had a first-place finish. Mann won the 200 breaststroke, Bull was the fastest swimmer in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.87 and Young recorded the top point total in the 3-meter dive.
- UNH’s 400-yards freestyle relay team capped the meet with a first-place finish.
- UNH returns to action Nov. 2 at Bryant’s Chace Center Pool (Smithfield, R.I.). The Wildcats’ next home meet is Nov. 10 (1 p.m.) against Rhode Island.
VOLLEYBALL (14-11 overall, 6-3 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team split last weekend’s home matches – both of which went five sets – with a loss to Binghamton, which was the Dig Pink fundraiser, and win against UMBC.
- Junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a match-high 22 kills and had a .260 hitting percentage against UMBC. She also contributed four blocks. In the previous match vs. Binghamton, Thatcher totaled 17 kills, three blocks and three service aces.
- Freshman outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) extended her streak of double-doubles to five matches with 12 kills and 19 digs vs. Binghamton followed by 14 kills and 11 digs against UMBC.
- Sophomore setter Taylor Dunklau (Mikwonago, Wis.) tallied 50 assists and 14 digs against the BU Bearcats, then had 45 assists and 12 digs vs. the UMBC Retrievers.
- Senior libero Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the Wildcats in digs in both matches with 22 in the loss and 21 in the victory.
- UNH continues to lead America East in both assists (11.73 per set) and kills (12.60 per set), as well as second in hitting percentage (.200).
- Thatcher has a league-high 370 kills; she ranks third in kills per set (3.63). Schnepp leads America East in digs (511) and is second in digs/set (5.01).
- UNH returns to action Nov. 4 at Stony Brook. The Wildcats then conclude the regular season with home matches against Hartford (Nov. 9; 7 p.m.) and Albany (Nov. 11; 1 p.m.).