Fitzpatrick, Beranger: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

October 31, 2011


DURHAM, N.H.Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) of the women’s cross country team and Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) 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. 



Sydney Fitzpatrick, women’s cross country

     Sydney, a senior from Billerica, Massachusetts, was the top UNH runnerr and finished third overall at the America East Championships (Oct. 29 at Albany) to lead the Wildcats to a tie for second place. She completed the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 59 seconds to earn America East All-Conference Team recognition.

     Sydney was the runner-up at the 45th Annual UAlbany Invitational (Oct. 15) – to teammate Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) – to help New Hampshire secure the top four spots in the race and the team title for the second consecutive year. She was UNH’s top performer in the 2011 season-opening meet against Providence College as well as the dual meet against Maine.

     Sydney was the team’s top finisher at the 2010 America East conference championship with a sixth-place effort. She has also had a successful track & field career at UNH. Fitzpatrick finished fifth in the 10,000-meter race at the 2010 America East outdoor championship. One year earlier, she was fourth in the steeplechase at both the America East and New England meets.


Chris Beranger, football

     Chris, a sophomore from Winthrop, Massachusetts, recorded a team-high 13 tackles to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to a 31-24 victory against the University of Rhode Island on Oct. 29 at Cowell Stadium. Nine of his 13 tackles were of the solo variety, and he also recorded his first career sack as well as a forced fumble.

     The defensive back has led UNH in tackles five of the last six games and he ranks second on the team with 96 tackles (54 solo, 42 asisted) in eight games. Chris also has two forced fumbles and an interception to his credit.

     One week ago, Chris finished with 14 tackles against UMass in the Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium. He tallied 16 tackles (and a forced fumble) Oct. 15 at William & Mary, 12 tackles vs. Holy Cross (Oct. 1) and a career-high 17 at Richmond. Chris also had double-digit tackles (12) in she Sept. 1 season opener at Toledo.



Matt Di Girolamo, men’s hockey – Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week
Jansan Falcusan, volleyball – America East Setter of the Week
Amy Keding
, volleyball – America East Player of the Week



Wednesday, Oct. 26

Men’s soccer: at Boston U. 3, UNH 0

Thursday, Oct. 27

Women’s soccer: Binghamton 1, at UNH (America East first round tournament game)

Friday, Oct. 28 [Homecoming Weekend]

Men’s hockey: at UNH 2, #11 Union 1 (overtime)

Saturday, Oct. 29 [Homecoming Weekend]

Football: at #10 UNH 31, Rhode Island 24

Men’s hockey: at UNH 5, Northeastern 2

Women’s cross country: 2nd place at America East Championships (at Albany)

Men’s cross country: 7th place at America East Championships (at Albany)

Field hockey: at #18 Albany 3, #10 UNH 2

Men’s soccer: at Albany 1, UNH 0

Sunday, Oct. 30 [Homecoming Weekend]

Volleyball: Providence 3, at UNH 2

Field hockey: #10 UNH 4, at Harvard 3 (overtime)



Tuesday, November 1

Men’s soccer vs. Dartmouth, 7 pm (Senior Day)

Thursday, November 3

Women’s ice hockey vs. Vermont

Friday, November 4

America East Field Hockey Championship

Albany at UNH, 1 pm

Maine vs. Boston U., 4 pm

Men’s hockey vs. UMass, 7 pm

Volleyball at UMBC, 3 pm

Saturday, November 5

Football vs. James Madison, 12 pm

Women’s swimming & diving vs. Central Conn. State & Bryant, 2pm

Men’s hockey vs. Maine ,7 pm (White Out the Whitt)

Sunday, November 6

America East Field Hockey Championship

  Semifinal winners, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Dartmouth, 1 pm

Volleyball at Stony Brook, 1 pm



  • The UNH men’s cross country team raced to a seventh-place finish at the 2011 America East Championships that were held Oct. 29 at the University at Albany.
  • Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) was the top Wildcat finisher. He completed the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 7 seconds to earn 12th place overall.
  • Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) also turned in a top-25 effort. He was the 25th runner across the finish line and had a time of 25:23.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team tied for second place at the 2011 America East Championships that were held Oct. 29 at the University at Albany. This is the second consecutive year that UNH finished as runner-up at the league meet.
  • Three Wildcats earned a place on the America East All-Conference Team by placing in the top 10. Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) was the top UNH runner and third-best overall with a time of 16 minutes, 59 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) was the next runner to cross the finish line at 17:03 and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) was 10th overall with a time of 17:28.
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) just missed All-Conference accolades. She finished just behind Beattie in 11th place at 17:29. Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) edged teammate Elizabeth Campbell (Colonia, N.J.) by .02-of-a-second to complete the scoring in 28th place at 18:21.01.

FIELD HOCKEY (15-4 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The 10th-ranked UNH field hockey team ended the regular season with a 4-3 overtime victory at Harvard on Oct. 30 to record its 15th win of the season. It is the highest total since 1986 (school-record 17 wins) and the fourth highest single-season total in the program’s 37-year history. The Wildcats’ 11-game conference unbeaten streak ended Oct. 29 with a 3-2 loss at 18th-ranked Albany.
  • New Hampshire finished as America East regular season co-champions (UNH won the title outright last year) and is the host of the America East Field Hockey Championship. The top-seeded Wildcats will play fourth-seeded Albany in a Nov. 4 (1 p.m.) semifinal at Memorial Field. The semifinal winners advance to the title game on Nov. 6 (1 p.m.).
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) became the third Wildcat to record 50+ career goals with the first of her two goals Sunday at Harvard; she currently has 51 career goals.
  • Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) became the fourth UNH player to record 50+ points in a single season during her three-point weekend. She inched closer to the benchmark with an assist at Albany, then surpassed it with her team-leading 22nd goal of the season at Harvard. She currently has 51 points in 2011.
  • Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was credited with a defensive save at Harvard. She has three of the team’s four defensive saves this season.

FOOTBALL (6-2 overall, 4-1 CAA)

  • The UNH football team, ranked 10th in last week’s poll, recorded a 31-24 victory against the University of Rhode Island in an Oct. 29 Homecoming Day game at Cowell Stadium. 
  • Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) led UNH in tackles for the fifth time in the last six games with 13 tackles, including nine solo stops. He also tallied his first career sack as well as a forced fumble.
  • Sean Cullen (Naples, Fla.) recorded a career-high 104 receiving yards.
  • Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) led the ground attack with 13 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 179 all-purpose yards that also included 68 kick-return yards and 19 receiving yards.
  • Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) rushed for a career-best 78 yards and a TD. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 257 yards.
  • UNH plays two of its last three regular-season games at home – Nov. 5 vs. 13th-ranked James Madison University and Nov. 19 against Maine in the regular-season finale.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (2-4-1 overall, 1-3-0 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team began a four-game homestand last weekend with wins against 11th-ranked Union College (2-1 in overtime) and Northeastern University (5-2).
  • UNH head coach Dick Umile became the second head coach in Hockey East history to record 300 league victories when the Wildcats defeated Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 29. Umile has a Hockey East mark of 300-147-73, and he is the winningest coach in UNH history at 486-249-85.
  • Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) turned aside 52 of 55 shots in the two games, including a season high of 37 against Union, to post a 1.49 GAA and .945 save percentage for the weekend.
  • UNH’s fourth line of Mike Borisenok (Watervliet, N.Y.), Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) and Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) factored in the team’s first three goals of the game vs. Northeastern. Borisenok scored the first two goals of the game, both of which were set up by Thrush, and McCarey’s goal gave the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-3-2 overall, 0-1-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team was idle last week. The Wildcats return to action Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) at home against the University of Vermont.

MEN’S SOCCER (6-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team concluded the America East portion of its schedule last week with road losses to Boston University (3-0) and Albany (1-0). The Wildcats needed a win or tie at Albany to advance to league postseason play.
  • UNH concludes the 2011 season Nov. 1 against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The Senior Day game is 7 p.m. at Bremner Field.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.
  • UNH recorded a 12-6 shot advantage in the playoff game and that included 7-1 in the second half. The Bearcats scored the only goal of the game at 2:22.

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

  • The UNH swimming & diving team did not compete last week. The Wildcats return to action Nov. 5 at home against Central Connecticut State and Bryant University. The action begins at 2 p.m. at Swasey Pool.

VOLLEYBALL (8-17 overall, 6-2 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team split a pair of matches last week with a 3-1 non-conference victory at Holy Cross and a 3-2 home loss to Providence College on Senior Day. The senior class of Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta), Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) was honored prior to the match vs. Providence.
  • Keding had an impressive week and was honored as the America East Player of the Week. She recorded 16 kills and 19 digs in the Oct. 26 win at Holy Cross, then tallied 20 kills and 23 digs Oct. 30 to Providence.
  • Laquerre tallied a season-high 23 kills, as well as14 digs and five blocks, in her last regular-season match at Lundholm Gym (against Providence).
  • Dick recorded an impressive eight blocks in the final regular-season home match of her career. She also had six kills in that match vs. PC. In the match at Holy Cross, she had 11 kills with a .391 hitting percentage.
  • Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) tallied 62 assists and 12 digs in the five-set loss to PC. The 62 assists marked a career high for Falcusan, who recorded 60 assists Sept. 13 at Harvard. She was selected the America East Setter of the Week.
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