SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
November 11, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) of the field hockey team and R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) 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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Megan Bozek, field hockey
Megan, a senior from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., helped lead the UNH field hockey team to the 2013 America East Championship title last week with a 4-0 victory against Fairfield University in the semifinal followed by a 3-2 win in the championship game against University at Albany. She was named to the All-Championship Team and was further honored as the Most Outstanding Player.
Prior to the start of the tourney, Megan was honored as America East Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. She was also an All-Conference First Team selection for the second time in as many years.
The captain backboned a defensive effort that limited Fairfield to seven shots, including just one in the first half, in a shutout performance. Megan then helped UNH shut out Albany, which was averaging more than four goals per game, in the first half. She also contributed offensively when her goal on a penalty stroke gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at 9:15.
Megan, who has started all 21 games, is a defensive stalwart and key member of both penalty corner units. She has tallied eight goals and three assists for 19 points to rank third on the team in both goals and points; she is also third in shots (51). At the other end of the field, Megan has compiled a team-leading four defensive saves, which ranks fourth in America East.
Megan has been a four-year starter in UNH’s backfield. In 84 career games, she has tallied 29 goals and eight assists for 67 points. Her other career accolades include NFHCA All-Academic Squad, All-Region Second Team, All-Region First Team and All-America Third Team. She was recently selected to compete at the prestigious NFHCA Senior Game.
R.J. Harris, football
R.J., a junior from Odenton, Md., was selected FCS Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards on Monday. The wide receiver returned from a three-game injury absence to register a career-high three TDs as part of 10 catches for 183 yards in UNH’s 33-17 win against James Madison University at Cowell Stadium on Nov. 9
With those numbers, R.J. climbed to No. 6 on UNH’s career receptions leaderboard (170) and No. 8 in career receiving yards (2,219). Harris opened the game scoring with an 18-yard TD reception from Andy Vailas at 12:50 of the first quarter, and he struck again on a 52-yard halfback option pass from Nico Steriti to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 14-0 at 3:58 of the first. JMU closed within 20-17 early in the fourth quarter, but R.J. responded with his third touchdown of the game – a 7-yard strike from Vailas – just three minutes later to give momentum back to the ‘Cats.
Despite missing three games – and being hampered by other injuries earlier in the season – R.J. ranks second on the team in both receptions (36) and receiving yards (446).
R.J. is less than 100 yards from climbing to No. 6 in career yards – Keith LeVan (2004-07) is No. 7 at 2,234 and Mike Boyle (2005-08) is No. 6 at 2,317. R.J. will also move into a tie at No. 5 with David Gamble (1990-93) with 12 more receptions.
His collegiate accolades include ECAC D-I FCS All-Star, All-New England Team and All-CAA First Team.
Men’s ice hockey, Hockey East Team of the Week
Coaching Staff of the Year, UNH
Defensive Player of the Year, Megan Bozek
Goalkeeper of the Year, Carlie Tarbell
All-Conference First Team: Megan Bozek, Meg Flatley, Casey Pohlmeyer, Carlie
All-Conference Second Team: Maegan Grew, Kellie Joyce, Hannah Richard, Melyssa
All-Rookie Team: Aggie Sutherland
All-Academic Team: Casey Pohlmeyer
Goalkeeper of the Year, Travis Worra
All-Conference First Team: Lukas Goerigk, Steven Palumbo, Ugochukwu Uche,
All-Conference Second Team: A.J. Albers, Andrew Chaput
All-Rookie Team: Jesus Tedula, Christopher Wingate
All-Academic Team: David Schlatter, Jeffrey Turner
Wednesday, November 6
Men’s soccer: at UNH 2, Vermont 0
Thursday, November 7
America East Field Hockey Championship (at UNH)
at UNH 4, Fairfield 0 … No. 16 Albany 1, Maine 0
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, Providence 2
Friday, November 8
Volleyball: at UNH 3, UMBC 0
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, UMass 1
Saturday, November 9
America East Field Hockey Championship (at UNH)
at UNH 3, No. 16 Albany 2
Football: at No. 25 UNH 33, No. 22 James Madison17
Women’s basketball: at UNH 77, Worcester State 30
Men’s basketball: at UNH 94, Suffolk 70
Women’s swim & dive: UNH 170, at Rhode Island 122
Men’s ice hockey: UNH 9, at UMass 0
Sunday, November 10
Volleyball: at UNH 3, Stony Brook 0
Women’s ice hockey: UNH 3, at Vermont 3 [OT-tie)
Monday, November 11
UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (Fox Run Mall; Newington, N.H.)
featuring UNH football head coach Sean McDonnell
Tuesday, November 12
Men’s ice hockey vs. Brown, 7pm
Wednesday, November 13
Men’s soccer vs. Hartford, 7:30 pm [America East semifinal]
Women’s basketball at NJIT, 7 pm
Men’s basketball at Duquesne, 7 pm
Friday, November 15
Volleyball vs. Albany, 7 pm
Women’s cross country at NCAA Regional, 1 pm [at Van Cortlandt Park; Bronx, N.Y.]
Men’s cross country at NCAA Regional, 1 pm [at Van Cortlandt Park; Bronx, N.Y.]
Women’s ice hockey at Princeton, 3 pm
Men’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 7 pm
Saturday, November 16
Men’s ice hockey vs. Northeastern, 7 pm
Women’s basketball vs. Northeastern, 2pm
Field hockey at Duke, 11:30 am [NCAA Championship first round game]
Women’s ice hockey at Quinnipiac, 3 pm
Football at Albany, 3:30 pm
Sunday, November 17
Volleyball vs. Binghamton, 1 pm
Men’s basketball vs. NJIT, 5 pm
- Field hockey: UNH won the America East regular-season and tournament titles to earn the conference’s NCAA automatic qualifier berth. The Wildcats play fourth-seeded Duke University in a Nov. 16 NCAA first round game.
- Men’s soccer: UNH earned the No. 2 seed with a 2-0 victory against the University of Vermont at Bremner Field on Nov. 6. The Wildcats earned a first-round bye and will play host to third-seeded University of Hartford on Nov. 13.
- Volleyball: With two matches remaining in the regular season, UNH sits atop the America East standings at 10-2. The Wildcats earned at least a share of the regular-season title by virtue of last weekend’s wins vs. UMBC and Stony Brook. Three teams – Albany, Stony Brook and UMBC – are tied for second place at 8-4. Four teams advance to the conference tournament, which is at the site of the highest seed.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (1-0 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a 77-30 victory against Worcester State at Lundholm Gym on Nov. 9.
- In her UNH debut, junior forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored a game-high 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting in 25 minutes. Coia, the America East Player of the Game, made 5 of 7 field goals in the first half to help the ‘Cats build a 38-13 halftime lead.
- Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
- Three Wildcats made their collegiate debut vs. Worcester State. Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) was in the starting lineup and finished with eight assists, four rebounds and three points in 19 minutes. Madi Rowan (Aliquippa, Pa.) played 23 minutes off the bench with eight points, three assists and three rebounds. Madison Lopez (Albuquerque, N.M.) recorded eight points, five rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes off the bench.
- New Hampshire shot 50 percent (16-for-32) in the first half and 61% (19-for-31) in the second half to finish at 56% (35-for-63). The ‘Cats finished with a 35-21 rebound advantage.
- New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 13 (7 p.m.) at NJIT. The Wildcats’ next home game is Saturday, Nov. 16 vs. Northeastern University; game time at Lundholm Gym is 2 p.m.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (1-0 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team began the 2013-14 season with a 94-70 victory at home against Suffolk College on Nov. 9.
- Senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) paced four Wildcats in double figures with a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds. He was selected as America East Player of the Game with a 9 of 12 shooting effort in 30 minutes.
- Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) was an across-the-board contributor with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block.
- Senior guard Jordan Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) contributed 12 points and six assists.
- In his collegiate debut, guard Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) made 3 of 4 3-pointers as part of a 14-point effort.
- UNH shot 55.0 percent from the floor in the game and that included 63.0% in the second half. The ‘Cats held a 51-36 rebounding advantage.
- New Hampshire returned to action Wednesday, Nov. 13 (7 p.m.) at Duquesne University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Nov. 17 (5 p.m.) vs. NJIT.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team did not race last week. The Wildcats won the America East Championship meet that was held Nov. 2 at Binghamton University. The Wildcats finished as runner-up each of the previous three years and have placed in the top four every year since 1992, including the only other conference title in 2003.
- Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led that strong pack of ‘Cats in sixth place overall among the field of 81 runners. She completed the 5K course in 17 minutes, 55.62 seconds.
- Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) followed closely in seventh place with a time of 17:59.99.
- The Wildcats took spots 10-12 with junior Chelsea Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) at 18:02.95, senior co-captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) in 18:09.65 and sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia) at 18:11.62.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 15 at the NCAA Regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.).
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team did not race last week. The Wildcats placed fourth in a tightly-bunched America East Championship race Nov. 2 at Binghamton University.
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) won the America East Championship individual title. Prizzi completed the 8K course in 24 minutes, 55.22 seconds to become the fourth UNH runner to win the men’s cross country race. The last Wildcat to win the men’s individual title was Tony Truax in 2004.
- Junior tri-captain John Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) also placed in the top 10 at eighth place with a time of 25:17.53. Senior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) crossed the finish line in 11th place at 25:24.00.
- Junior Sam Gagnon (Hooksett, N.H.) finished 23rd at 25:43.33 and sophomore Brendan McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) completed the team scoring in 29th place at 26:00.82.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 15 at the NCAA Regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.).
FIELD HOCKEY (15-6 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The UNH field hockey team won its second America East Championship title the past three years with a 3-2 victory against 16th-ranked University at Albany in the Nov. 9 championship game at Memorial Field.
- New Hampshire, the tournament top seed for the fourth consecutive year, began postseason play with a 4-0 win against Fairfield University in the Nov. 7 semifinal, also at Memorial Field.
- At the tourney’s conclusion, senior back Meg Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was named the Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the All-Championship Team by sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.), senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.).
- Senior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) matched her career highs in both goals (two) and points (four) in the title game vs. Albany. She gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 4:43 and struck again at 39:30 – just 26 seconds after UA scored – to make it 3-1.
- Sophomore forward Emma Compagna (Canton, Mass.) recorded career highs in both goals (two) and points (four) against Fairfield.
- Sophomore back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) tallied a personal-best three points with a goal and an assist vs. Fairfield. She gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at 42:52 – that proved to be the game-winning goal – and set up the next goal 3:32 later to quickly extend the advantage to two goals.
- Flatley scored a goal in the semifinal and registered an assist in the final to extend her point-scoring streak to five games.
- Tarbell recorded her sixth shutout of the season – all in a seven-game span – with a three-save effort vs. Fairfield. She was credited with five saves against Albany.
- UNH continues postseason play in the 2013 NCAA Field Hockey Championship. The Wildcats travel to Durham, N.C to play fourth-seeded Duke University in a Nov. 16 first round game. The winner advanced to play either the University of Massachusetts or University of Virginia in the Nov. 17 second round game.
FOOTBALL (5-4 overall, 4-2 CAA)
- The No. 25 UNH football team scored the final 13 points of the game to pull away for a 33-17 victory against 22nd-ranked James Madison University in a Nov. 9 game at Cowell Stadium. The Wildcats have won four of its last five games and three consecutive matchups against the Dukes.
- R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) was selected FCS Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. The junior wide receiver returned from a three-game injury absence to register a career-high three TDs as part of 10 catches for 183 yards. With those numbers, Harris climbed to No. 6 on UNH’s career receptions leaderboard (170) and No. 8 in career receiving yards (2,219).
- Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) was named Honorable Mention for the FCS All-Purpose Performer of the Week by CFPA. The junior running back completed his first career pass attempt for a 52-yard TD pass to Harris. He also led UNH’s ground game with 14 carries for 68 yards and caught two passes for 31 yards.
- Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.), who started at quarterback for the first time since Oct. 5, completed 28 passes in 49 attempts for 397 yards, all career highs.
- Senior wide receiver Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) set personal bests with 10 catches for 123 yards.
- The UNH defense, which pitched a first half shutout, was led by linebacker Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.). The junior recorded a team-high nine tackles.
- Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) ascended to No. 9 on the CAA career leaderboard for field goals made with his 43rd and 44th against JMU.
- New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Nov. 16 (3:30 p.m.) at the University at Albany. The Wildcats then conclude the 2013 regular season Nov. 23 (12 p.m.) at home against intrastate rival University of Maine.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-4-2 overall, 2-2-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team went unbeaten last week with a 4-2 victory vs. Providence College at the Whittemore Center (Nov. 7) and 3-3 tie at the University of Vermont (Nov. 9).
- Senior defenseman Arielle O’Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) recorded her 50th career point with an assist – her first of the season – at UVM. She has compiles 26 ogals and 24 assists in 112 games.
- Freshman forward Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) recorded career highs in both assists (two) and points (three) to factor in all three UNH goals at UVM. The three points matched the highest total by an Wildcat this season.
- Sophomore defenseman Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) tallied three points, all on assists, in last week’s action. She equaled her personal bests in both assists (two) and points (two) at Vermont. Armstrong also had an assist in the win vs. PC.
- Both Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) and Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) scored a goal in both games last week.
- New Hampshire returns to action with a weekend road trip to play Princeton University (Nov. 15) and Quinnipiac University (Nov. 16). Both games are at 3 p.m. The Wildcats’ next home game is Nov. 24 (2 p.m.) vs. Boston U.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (3-5-1 overall, 2-2-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team swept a home-and-home series against UMass with a 4-1 win at the Whittemore Center (Nov. 8) followed by a 9-0 win on the road (Nov. 9).
- Junior forward Grayson Downing (Abbotsford, British Columbia) recorded four points in the weekend series and that included his second career hat trick Saturday.
- Junior goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) registered his first two victories of the season in the sweep of the Minutemen. He stopped 22 of 23 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win and all 23 shots Saturday before exiting the game with 6:38 remaining in regulation. Overall, he mad 45 saves on 46 shots for a .978 save percentage.
- Freshman forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) tallied a personal-best three points with a goal and two assists at UMass. He also had an assist one day earlier to end the weekend with four points (1g, 3a).
- Freshman defenseman Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) and sophomore defenseman Harry Quast (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) both recorded first career point with an assist Saturday at UMass.
- New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 12 (7 p.m.) with a home game against Brown University. The Wildcats then play a home-and-home series against Northeastern University; the teams face off Nov. 15 in Boston and Nov. 16 at the Whittemore Center.
MEN’S SOCCER (12-5-0 overall, 5-2-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team closed the regular season with a 2-0 victory against the University of Vermont at Bremner Field on Nov. 6. With the win, the Wildcats secured the No. 2 seed in the America East Championship.
- New Hampshire, which is 7-0-0 at home this season, plays host to the University of Hartford in a Nov. 13 America East Championship semifinal game. Start time at Bremner Field is 7:30 p.m.
- Senior midfielder Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored early in both halves – at 3:25 and 46:00 – to propel UNH to victory in the Battle of the ‘Cats. It marked the first two-goal game by a Wildcat this season and the first of his career. Uche leads UNH in goals (six) and points (13).
- Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) made four saves to record his sixth shutout of the season and 19th of his career. He enters the America East Championship tournament with an 8-3-0 record, 0.52 GAA and .889 save percentage.
- UNH leads the America East conference in GAA (0.57). The Wildcats have committed the fewest fouls in the league (153) – the second-lowest team, Stony Brook, is at 188.
- Worra is atop the conference leaderboard in GAA and save percentage. Uche ranks sixth in goals per game and seventh in points per game.
SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team remained unbeaten with a 170-122 victory at the University of Rhode Island on Nov. 9. The Wildcats broke three pool records at the Tootell Aquatics Center.
- The New Hampshire quartet of Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine), Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) opened the meet by besting a 21-year old record in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 52.29 seconds.
- Mann shattered another pool record with a mark of 2:17.25 in the 200 breaststroke, and she was the fastest swimmer in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.2).
- Roberts touched the wall in a pool record time of 2:01.33 in the 200 butterfly and also won the 200 backstroke at 2:06.92 as well as the 100 fly in 56.08 seconds.
- Bull captured first place in the 200 individual medley at 2:06.22.
- McCandless swam to first place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:05.10.
- Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) swept the one- and three-meter dives with scores of 214.34 and 224.99, respectively.
- Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) took top honors in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.28 seconds.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Nov. 22 when they begin competition at the three-day Terrier Invitational at Boston University.
VOLLEYBALL (16-12 overall, 10-2 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team extended its match win streak to five and sets win streak to 15 with straight-set victories at home against both UMBC (Nov. 8) and Stony Brook University (Nov. 10).
- Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a team-high 25 kills last week. She finished with 12 kills, .455 hitting percentage and three blocks vs. UMBC and followed that with 13 kills on a .290 hitting percentage against Stony Brook.
- Senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) recorded 11 kills while hitting at a .500 clip vs. UMBC; she also contributed three blocks in that match. Tolliver then had eight kills on a .312 hitting percentage vs. SBU.
- Sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) compiled 22 kills last weekend, including a team-best 14 against Stony Brook.
- Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) quarterbacked the ‘Cat attack to a .276 hitting percentage with 32 assists against UMBC. She finished with 40 assists and four blocks vs. SBU.
- Sophomore defensive specialist Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) led the team in digs against both UMBC (18) and Stony Brook (20) to help limit the opposition to hitting percentages of .138 and .088, respectively.
- UNH leads the America East conference in hitting percentage (.203) as well as second in both opponent hitting percentage (.185) and blocks (1.93/set). On the individual leaderboards, Thatcher and Forrest rank 2-3 in kills/set and Tolliver is No. 1 in blocks/set as well as No. 6 in hitting percentage.
- New Hampshire concludes the regular season with two home matches this weekend – Friday, Nov. 15 (7 p.m.) against University at Albany and Nov. 17 (1 p.m.) for Senior Day vs. Binghamton University.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
- Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
- Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
- Borkan leads America East in save percentage and is second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she is No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
- Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
- O’Neil ranks eighth in America East in points/game, ninth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she is No. 4 in goals/game (0.50), points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75)