November 12, 2012

Schnepp, Worra: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup

SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP

November 12, 2012

DURHAM, N.H.Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) of the volleyball team and Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) 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 the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Jessie Schnepp, volleyball

     Jessie, a senior defensive specialist from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, broke the UNH volleyball record for digs in a single season during her 19-dig effort against University at Albany on Nov. 11. Her benchmark of 555 digs this season supplants the previous benchmark of 540 established in 2007 by Alyse Lahti.

     Jessie is on the verge of becoming the ninth UNH Wildcat to reach the 1,000 dig milestone. The team captain enters postseason play with 992 career digs.

     In addition to leading the Wildcats in digs, Jessie contributes to the offense with a booming serve and has a team-best 34 service aces. She leads the America East conference in digs and ranks second in digs per set (4.87); she is also third in service aces.

     Jessie, who has been the team’s primary libero this season, recorded a career-high 38 digs Aug. 25 at Villanova University. She also eclipsed 30 digs (with 32) Oct. 13 at Hartford University and recorded 20+ digs in 12 other matches. Jessie’s highlights in her service game includes four aces against both Maryland (Aug. 25; also 27 digs) and Harvard (Sept. 18; 22 digs).

    Her 2012 accolades include Rutgers Invitational All-Tournament Team and Holly Young Invitational All-Tournament Team.

     Jessie played in all 30 matches last year as a junior and recorded 268 digs to rank third on the team while finishing atop the leaderboard in aces with 28.

 

Travis Worra, men’s soccer

     Travis, a sophomore goalkeeper from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, did not allow a goal any of the three games of the 2012 America East Men’s Soccer Championship to backbone the UNH men’s soccer team to a runner-up finish. He stopped all seven shots in the Nov. 10 title game at UMBC, but the Retrievers prevailed on penalty kicks (4-2) following 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The seven saves matched his season high established at Michigan State (Aug. 26) and matched vs. UMass (Sept. 15).

     Travis tied the single-tournament league record in save percentage (1.000), goals-against-average (0.00) and shutouts (three). He had a six-save effort to lead the Wildcats to a 1-0 victory in a Nov. 6 semifinal victory at top-seeded University of Vermont. Travis opened tournament play with a shutout against University at Albany on Nov. 3 in which the ‘Cats advanced on penalty kicks following a scoreless tie.

     At the conclusion of the tournament, Travis was selected to the All-Championship Team. He ended the year with four consecutive shutouts – he blanked Boston University in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale – and an overall shutout streak of 408 minutes, 50 seconds.

     In 17 games this season, Travis went 6-4-6 with a 0.81 GAA, .821 save percentage and eight shutouts, which tied for most in America East; he ranked second in the league in save percentage and third in GAA.

     Travis also played in 17 games last year as a freshman, when he went 7-7-2 with a 1.13 GAA, .753 save percentage and five shutouts. His season highlights included a career-high nine saves in a 1-1 tie vs. Vermont.

 

ACCOLADES

Megan Armstrong, women’s ice hockey – Hockey East Rookie of the Week

Women’s ice hockey Hockey East Team of the Week

RECENT RESULTS

Tuesday, November 6

Women’s ice hockey: at Dartmouth 3, UNH 2

Wednesday, November 7

Men’s soccer: UNH 1, at Vermont 0 (America East semifinal)

Friday, November 9

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 4, No. 5 Boston U. 2

Women’s volleyball: at UNH 3, Hartford 0

Women’s cross country: 13 of 37 at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Madison, Conn.)

Men’s cross country: 21 of 34 at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Madison, Conn.)

Saturday, November 10

Men’s soccer: at UMBC 0, UNH 0 (UMBC advances on penalty kicks, 4-2)

     [America East championship game]

Women’s swimming & diving: at UNH 161, vs. Rhode Island 121

Men’s basketball: at UNH 91, Suffolk 51

Men’s ice hockey: at No. 9 UNH 2, Vermont 0

Sunday, November 11

Volleyball vs. Albany, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Providence, 2 pm

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, November 12

UNH Coach’s Show, 7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings; Newington

   (with football head coach Sean McDonnell)

Tuesday, November 13

Men’s basketball at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Wednesday, November 14

Women’s basketball at Yale, 7 pm

Friday, November 16

Volleyball at Albany, 7 pm (America East semifinal)

Men’s ice hockey at UMass-Lowell, 7 pm

Saturday, November 17

Football vs. Towson, 12 pm (Senior Day) [TV: Comcast SportsNet Regional]

Women’s cross country at NCAA Championships (at U. of Louisville)

Women’s ice hockey at Maine, 12 pm

Women’s basketball at Holy Cross, 1 pm

Men’s basketball at Bryant, 1 pm

Volleyball vs. UMBC/Binghamton, 7pm (America East final; only with Nov. 16 win)

Sunday, November 18

Men’s ice hockey at Boston U., 1 pm

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (1-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team opened the 2012-13 season Nov. 10 with a 91-51 victory against Suffolk at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats recorded 18 assists on 35 field goals and shot 54.7% from the floor.
  • Junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) led five double-digit scorers with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range. He played a team-high 26 minutes.
  • Junior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.), who made his UNH debut, and senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) both recorded 14 points and nine rebounds.
  • Senior center Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) came off the bench and finished with 10 points and six rebounds, as well as two assists and a block.
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 13 (7 p.m.) with a road game against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The Wildcats’ next home game is Dec. 1 (1 p.m.) against Brown University.
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team opens the 2012-13 season with two road games this week. The Wildcats tip off the season Nov. 14 (7 p.m.) at Yale University and then travel to play College of the Holy Cross on Nov. 17 (1 p.m.).
  • New Hampshire returns 11 letterwinners, including three starters, from last year’s team that recorded 16 victories and advanced to the Women’s Basketball Invitational tournament.
  • Statistically, UNH returns three of its top four scorers, two of its top three rebounders, the top two 3-point shooters, two of the top four assist leaders and a player who started all 30 games a year ago.
  • The Wildcats were selected fourth in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll and senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) was voted to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Frame led the ‘Cats in scoring (16.0 ppg_ and ranked second in rebounds (7.5 per game).
  • Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) is the team captain. She led both UNH and America East in 3-point field goal percentage (44.6%). Hogan also led the squad in assists, ranked second in both 3-point field goals made and minutes, and third in scoring (10.2 ppg).

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH men’s cross country team ended the 2012 season with a 21st-place finish at the 34-team NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Hammonasset State Park (Madison, Conn.) on Nov. 9.
  • Sophomore John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) was the top ‘Cat in 75th place overall. He completed the 10-kilometer course in a time of 31 minutes, 57.4 seconds.
  • The next four Wildcats crossed the finish line within a minute. Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) placed 97th in a time of 32:26.4 and was followed by sophomore Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) in 118th place (32:42.6), senior Dan DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) in 122nd (32:44.3) and junior Sean Leighton (Hampstead, N.H.) in 130th (32:50.3).
 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

  • The UNH women’s cross country team placed 13th out of 37 teams that competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet that was held Nov. 9 at Hammonasset State Park (Madison, Conn.).
  • Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) finished 16th overall to earn All-Region Team honors for the second consecutive year and advance to the NCAA National Meet (Nov. 17 at University of Louisvillle).
  • Maguire, who placed 24th at last year’s Regional, completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 22.5 seconds.
  • Junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) was the next Wildcat across the finish line in 21:33.6 for 74th place overall. Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) was close behind in 80th place at 21:40.6.
  • Senior Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) and sophomore Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) completed the UNH scoring in 97th place (22:01.0) and 100th (22:04.5), respectively.
 

FOOTBALL (8-2 overall, 6-1 CAA)

  • The seventh-ranked UNH football team did not play last week and carries a six-game winning streak into the final week of the regular season.
  • New Hampshire is tied atop the CAA standings with Old Dominion University. Four teams – James Madison University, University of Richmond, Towson University and Villanova University – are tied at 5-2.
  • UNH ranks No. 8 in the nation in total offense (483.5 yards per game) as well as No. 11 in scoring offense (36.7 points per game) and 12th in rushing offense (237.2 ypg).
  • UNH returns to action Nov. 17 in the regular-season finale against No. 19 Towson. The game, which begins at noon, will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet New England. A victory in the game will assure the ‘Cats at least a share of the CAA championship. 

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-1-1 overall, 4-1-1 Hockey East)

  • UNH improved to 6-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in Hockey East, as well as 5-0-0 at the Whittemore Center, with a 4-0 victory against the University of Vermont on Nov. 10. The Wildcats, who climbed to No. 5 in this week’s national poll, are off to their best start since the 2003-04 season, when they also went 6-1-1 through eight games.
  • UNH leads the nation in defense at 1.38 goals allowed per game (8 goals/11 games) and the ‘Cats rank third in penalty kill (93.1%).
  • Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) recorded his second consecutive shutout and third of the season with 27 saves vs. UVM. The last time a UNH goalie had back-to-back shutouts was March 8-9, 2007 (Kevin Regan vs. Providence in the league quarterfinals).
  • DeSmith, who recorded his first career point with an assist on the game-winning goal vs. the Catamounts, leads Hockey East and ranks second nationally in save percentage (.953); he also has a league-best 1.36 GAA that ranks No. 3 in the nation. In league-only games, his numbers improve to a 0.98 GAA and .968 save percentage.
  • Sophomore forward Austin Block (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored two goals against UVM to mark his second consecutive two-goal effort. He has seven goals overall to sit atop the Hockey East leaderboard and rank fourth in the nation in goals per game.
  • Junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) tallied three assists vs. Vermont to increase his team-high point total to 10. He has a league-best nine assists and ranks third nationally in that stat at 1.12 per game
  • Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) recorded two assists for the second consecutive game.
  • New Hampshire begins a stretch of four consecutive road games Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) at UMass-Lowell. The Wildcats then travel to play Boston U. on Nov. 18 (1 p.m.).

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (4-7-1 overall, 2-2-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team went 1-1-1 last week, and that included 1-0-1 in Hockey East with a 4-2 victory against fifth-ranked Boston University (Nov. 9) and 2-2 tie at Providence College (Nov. 11). Earlier in the week (Nov. 6), the Wildcats skated to a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth College.
  • Junior forward Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario) tallied three points vs. BU with a goal and two assists. She secured the win by netting an empty-net goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.
  • Freshman defensemen Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) and Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) both tallied two points against the Terriers. Armstrong, who was honored as the Hockey East Rookie of the Week, was credited with two assists while Crossley tallied a goal and an assist; Crossley has a team-high five goals.
  • In her season debut, sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) made 24 saves to backbone UNH to its upset win at home vs. BU.
  • Freshman goalie Marie-Eve Jean (Gatineau, Quebec) stopped 25 of 27 shots at Providence. She leads the team in both GAA (1.92) and save percentage (.938).
  • UNH, named the Team of the Week by Hockey East for last weekend’s results, returns to action Nov. 17 (12 p.m.) at Maine. The Wildcats then open a four-game homestand Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) against Quinnipiac University.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-7-6 overall, 2-3-1 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team finished as runner-up at the America East Championship tournament for the second time in three years following a 0-0 tie at UMBC in the title game in which the Retrievers prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-2, on Nov. 10.
  • The Wildcats advanced out of the semifinals with a 1-0 victory at top-seeded Vermont on Nov. 6. UNH did not surrender a goal in three tourney games this year to match the feat accomplished in 2010; the six consecutive postseason shutouts is a conference record.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all six shots vs. Vermont and seven against UMBC to extend his streak of consecutive shutouts to four games and 408 minutes, 50 seconds.
  • Sophomore forward Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) netted his first goal of the season at 56:00 and it proved to be the game’s only goal in the 1-0 win at Vermont.
  • At the conclusion of the America East Championship, senior backs Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), as well as Worra, were selected to the All-Championship Team.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)

  • The UNH women’s swimming & diving team remained perfect in the 2012-13 season by winning all 16 events in a 161-121 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Swasey Pool on Nov. 10.
  • Junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) recorded three individual victories, including one pool-record effort, and also swam a leg on a record-setting relay squad. Roberts established the benchmark in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 2.80 seconds. She also claimed first place in both the 100 freestyle (53:05) and 100 butterfly (56.78).
  • The Wildcats set the tone for the meet in the first event, when the 400 medley relay quartet of Roberts, sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia), junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and senior Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) set a pool record of 3:53.46.
  • Mann matched Roberts’ three individual first-place finishes. She was the first swimmer to touch the wall in the 100 breastsroke (1:05.74), 200 breaststroke (2:19.71) and 200 individual medley (2:06.54).
  • Reed and junior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) both won two events. Reed topped the field in the 200 free (1:53.56)) and 50 free (24.81).
  • UNH swept the diving events as senior Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) tallied the top score of 241.12 in the 1-meter and sophomore Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) compiled 232.57 points to capture top honor in the 3-meter.
  • Sophomores Adria Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) both had a first-place effort. Morales was the fastest competitor in the 1000 free (10:29.91) and Cooper’s win came in the 100 backstroke (59.43).
  • The ‘Cats closed the meet by winning the 400 free relay. The combination of Reed, sophomore Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.), sophomore Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) and Bull touched the wall in 3:36.03.
  • New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 30 at the Brown Invitational. The next home meet is Jan. 16 (6 p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College.
 

VOLLEYBALL (15-13 overall, 7-5 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team defeated Hartford in straight sets on Nov. 9 and concluded the regular season with a 3-2 loss to Albany on Senior Day (Nov. 11.) The Wildcats secured a berth in the America East Championship by virtue of the victory vs. Hartford and is the tournament’s fourth seed. The ‘Cats will play top-seeded and host school Albany in a Nov. 16 semifinal.
  • UNH has qualified for the tourney in consecutive years and is looking for its first America East crown since winning back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.
  • Senior defensive specialist Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded 19 digs versus Albany to break the program’s single-season dig record. She currently has 555 digs. The previous mark of 540 was established by Alyse Lahti in 2007.
  • Schnepp is on the verge of becoming the ninth UNH Wildcat to reach the 1,000 dig milestone. She enters postseason play with 992 career digs.
  • Junior right side hitter Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) recorded a team-high 21 kills and a .362 hitting percentage, as well as six blocks, vs. Albany. Tolliver climbed into a tie for 10th on the program’s single-season block list at 101.
  • Junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led UNH’s attack vs. Hartford with 12 kills and a .450 hitting percentage. Thatcher has 409 kills this season, which is No. 8 on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives.
  • Freshman outside hitter Victoria Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) recorded 12 kills in both of last week’s matches and finished with a double-double vs. Albany by also tallying 11 digs.
  • Sophomore defensive specialist Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) stepped into the role of libero last week and led the team in digs in both matches with 19 against Hartford and 27 vs. Albany.
  • Sophomore setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukowonago, Wis.) quarterbacked the ‘Cats to a .269 hitting percentage, including .400 in the second set, vs. Hartford with 30 assists. She followed that with 53 assists vs. Albany.
  • Schnepp and senior setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) were honored (Senior Day) prior to the start of the Albany match.
  • UNH leads the America East conference in kills (12.62 per set) and assists (11.77/set). The Wildcats rank second in hitting percentage (.200), opponent hitting percentage (.177), digs (16.33/set) and blocks (1.81/set).
 

COMPLETED SEASONS

FIELD HOCKEY (12-8 overall, 5-0 America East)

  • The 20th-ranked UNH field hockey team was the top seed and host of the America East Championship for the third consecutive year. In a Nov. 2 semifinal, the Wildcats defeated Fairfield University, 3-2 in overtime, to advance to the title game for the third time in as many years. UNH fell one victory short of defending its 2011 crown with a 3-1 loss to University at Albany in the Nov. 4 championship game.
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, the America East conference announced its annual awards and all-conference teams. UNH, led by 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as Coaching Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year – it is the first time anyone received that award three consecutive years, and the five overall awards ties the conference benchmark.
  • Junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was voted Defensive Player of the Year. She is the first Wildcat to receive that distinction since the award’s 2001 inception.
  • Bozek was joined on the All-Conference First Team by senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and junior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.).
  • Sophomore midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and junior forward Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) were named to the Second Team, while the All-Rookie Team included forwards Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) as well as back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.).
  • The end of the 2012 season marked the end of UNH careers for three seniors – Erler, Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) and Mary Quill (Greenland, N.H.).

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.
  • Junior goalkeeer Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America District 1 First Team on Nov. 2.
  • Correa, who was also named to the America East All-Academic Team, started all 18 games in which she played. She had a 1.43 GAA with a .755 save percentage and three shutouts, and ranked third in the conference in both total saves (83) and saves per game (4.61).
  • 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.
  • Correa, Curry and junior midfielder Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
  • 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.), Drea Noguiera (New Bedford, Mass.) and Curry .
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