Mann, Benson: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


November 14, 2011


DURHAM, N.H.Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) of the men’s basketball 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. 



Katie Mann, women’s swimming and diving

     Katie, a freshman from Prince George, British Columbia), raced to a first-place finish in all three individual events in which she competed and also swam a leg in the winning 400-yard medley relay to lead New Hampshire to a 160-128 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Tootell Aquatic Center on Nov. 12.

     Katie was the first competitor to touch the wall in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 6.47 seconds), 200 breaststroke (2:24.44) and 200 individual medley (2:09.85) against the Rams.

     It marked the second consecutive week Katie captured first place in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM – she had won both events one week earlier in the home opener against Bryant University and Central Connecticut State University.

     Katie began her collegiate career by breaking a Siena College pool record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.10. She also claimed first place in the 200 back (206.10) and was second in the 1000 freestyle against the Saints.

     In the New England LCM Challenge (at Harvard University on Oct. 23), Katie earned one first-place finish and two third-place finishes. She was the fastest swimmer in the 200 breaststroke (2:44.11) and recorded the third-fastest time in both the 100 breaststroke (1:17.90) and 200 IM (2:27.43).


Brian Benson, men’s basketball

     Brian, a senior center from Rochester, New York, recorded his third career double-double with 17 points and a team-high 16 rebounds to lead the UNH men’s basketball team to a 85-64 season-opening victory against Suffolk University at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 11.

     The captain was named the America East Player of the Game for his effort, which included a 7-for-13 shooting performance from the floor in 32 minutes of action. The 17 points matched a personal best previously established Feb. 27, 2011 at Hartford.

     Brian stepped into a starting role last year as a junior, when he played in 30 games with 27 starts. He led the team in rebounds (8.3 per game) and blocks (53), and ranked second in shooting percentage (.394). The block total is the fourth-best single-season effort in program history. Brian’s rebound average improved to 9.4 per game in America East conference games, and that ranked second overall.

      Brian’s career highlights also include a 22-rebound effort at Stony Brook University (Jan. 15, 2011) and six blocks in a game against University at Albany (Feb. 2, 2011).



Brian Benson, men’s basketball – America East Player of the Week

Amy Keding, volleyball America East Player of the Week



Friday, November 11

Men’s basketball: at UNH 85, Suffolk 64

Women’s basketball: UNH 62, at Brown 57

Volleyball: at Albany 3, UNH 2

Saturday, November 12

Football:  at #12 Towson 56, #7 UNH 42

Men’s hockey: UNH 4, at Vermont 4 (overtime)

Field Hockey: #8 Michigan 5, #9 UNH 4 (NCAA first round at North Carolina)

Men’s cross country: 21st place at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Buffalo, N.Y.)

Women’s cross country: 12th place at NCAA Northeast Regional (at Buffalo, N.Y.)

Women’s swimming & diving: UNH 160, at Rhode Island 128

Women’s ice hockey: at #5 Boston U. 5, UNH 2

Sunday, November 13

Volleyball: UNH 3, at Binghamton 0

Women’s ice hockey: at Providence 6, UNH 2



Monday, November 14

Men’s basketball at Boston College, 7 pm

Wednesday, November 16

Women’s basketball vs. Seton Hall, 7 pm (home opener)

Friday, November 18

Men’s hockey vs. Mass.-Lowell, 7 pm (Television: WBIN-TV)

Volleyball vs. Stony Brook, TBA (America East semifinal at Albany)

Women’s ice hockey at Minnesota, 8 pm (Eastern)

Women’s swimming & diving at Boston University Invitational, 10 am

Saturday, November 19

Football vs. Maine, 12 pm (Senior Day)

Men’s hockey at Boston University, 7 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Minnesota, 5 pm (Eastern)

Women’s swimming & diving at Boston University Invitational, 10 am

Volleyball vs. Albany – UMBC winner, 7 pm (America East final at Albany)

     Note: only with a win Nov. 18 vs. Stony Brook

Sunday, November 20

Men’s basketball vs. Loyola (Md.), 1 pm

Women’s swimming & diving at Boston University Invitational, 10 am


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

  • The UNH men’s basketball team opened the 2011-12 season with a 85-64 victory against Suffolk University at Lundholm Gym last Friday. The Wildcats have won six consecutive season openers.
  • Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded his third career double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds to earn America East Player of the Game recognition. In 32 minutes, the senior center and captain was 7-for-13 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range, as well as 2-for-4 from the free throw line to match his career high of 17 points. He was also honored as the America East Player of the Week.
  • Senior guard and captain Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored a game-high 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting, and he also led all players in steals with four.
  • Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.), a third team captain and junior point guard, and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) also scored in double digits in points with 18 and 15, respectively. It marked a career high for Bronner, a sophomore guard.

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

  • The UNH women’s basketball team kicked off the 2011-12 season with a 62-57 road victory against Brown University at the Pizzitola Sports Center last Friday.
  • Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), in her new role as the shooting guard, led all scorers with 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the floor, including four 3-pointers. She also recorded nine rebounds to help the Wildcats record a 48-35 edge on the glass.
  • Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The senior forward notched 11 double-doubles last season.
  • Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) recorded six points – all from the foul line – and 10 rebounds in her collegiate debut. The point guard also recorded five assists and three steals. 


  • The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.
  • Cory Sinotte (Hooksett, N.H.) was the top Wildcat in 88th place overall. He completed the 10-kilometer course in 33 minutes, 23 seconds.
  • The other four scoring ‘Cats crossed the finish line within 35 seconds of Sinotte. Andrew Dionne (Westerly, R.I.) was next across the finish line in 104th place (33:34) and he was followed by Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.; 117th; 33:47), Alexander Beaulieu (Merrimack, N.H.; 122nd; 33:52) and John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.; 128th; 33:58).


  • The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) was the top Wildcat harrier in 24th place overall. The junior crossed the finish line in a time of 21 minutes, 27 seconds on the six-kilometer course.
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.) were timed in 21:40 and 21:41, respectively, to finish in 34th and 35th place.
  • Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) placed 55th overall in 22:06 and Elizabeth Campbell (Colonial, N.J.) completed UNH’s scoring in 126th place with a time of 23:23.

FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
  • The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
  • UNH built a lead of 3-0 behind Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.), who set up the team’s first and third goals on penalty corners and scored the second goal off a pass from Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.). Rausch increased her single-season record point total to 62 with her four-point effort.
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) broke a 3-3- tie with 10:01 remaining in regulation. With that goal, Frates climbed into a tie for second on the single-season points list at 57 (with Karen Geromini; 1986).
  • Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) matched her career high of two assists for the second consecutive game.
  • The end of the 2011 season marked the end of the UNH field hockey careers for the six-member senior class of Deck, Frates, Rausch, Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.), Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) and Jess Sweeney (Accord, N.Y.). 

FOOTBALL (7-3 overall, 5-2 CAA)

  • The UNH football team, ranked seventh in last week’s poll, was outscored 56-42 by 12th-ranked Towson University last Saturday at Unitas Stadium. The Wildcats amassed a season-high 611 yards on offense but committed four turnovers.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) recorded a game-high 19 tackles, including a sack, to climb into third place on the school’s all-time single-season list with 142 this season. Evans will tie his 2010 mark, which is No. 2 in University history, with 14 more tackles.
  • Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) threw for 389 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for two other TDs. He completed 36 of 43 passes and had a team-high 75 rushing yards.
  • Sean Cullen (Naples, Fla.) had a team-high 95 receiving yards on five catches.
  • Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) finished with 10 rushes for 56 yards and eight catches for 90 yards. He had one rushing TD.

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

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2) with a 4-4 tie at the University of Vermont on Nov. 12. The Wildcats hold the second-longest unbeaten streak in Hockey East and fifth-longest mark in the nation.
  • Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) extended his point-scoring streak to eight games with an assist at UVM. He has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the eight-game span.
  • Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) recorded a goal and two assists against the Catamounts to extend his point-scoring streak to four games (3g, 4a).
  • UNH has scored a power-play goal in five consecutive games and is 8-for-37 (21.6%) this season.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (4-6-2 overall, 0-4-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team continued its stretch of five consecutive road games with a 5-2 loss to fifth-ranked Boston University (Nov. 12) and a 6-2 loss to Providence College (Nov. 13).
  • Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) had a multiple-point effort (one goal, one assist) at BU and finished the weekend with three points (1g, 2a) to extend her point-scoring streak to three games.
  • Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) recorded multiple points (two assists) at BU and completed the weekend with three points (1g, 2a) to extend her point-scoring streak to three games.
  • Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) matched her career high of 28 saves at Boston University.
  • Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) made her collegiate debut with a 28:01 relief stint at Providence. She stopped 18 of 20 shots on goal, including a 14-save effort in the third period.

SWIMMING & DIVING (4-0 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team improved to 4-0 with a 160-128 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Tootell Aquatic Center on Nov. 12. The Wildcats claimed first place in 14 of 16 events, but did not score in the last three events.
  • Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) raced to a first-place finish in all three individual events and also swam a leg in the winning 400-yard medley relay. Mann was the first competitor to touch the wall in the 100 breaststroke (1 minute, 6.47 seconds), 200 breaststroke (2:24.44) and 200 individual medley (2:09.85).
  • Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) won two individual events and was part of both winning relay teams (400 medley and 200 freestyle). She recorded the fastest time in the 200 free (1:54.21) as well as the 200 backstroke (2:07.69).
  • Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) joined Bull on both winning relay squads and also claimed a pair of first-place finishes. She was the fastest swimmer in both the 50 (25.03 seconds) and 100 (53.12) freestyle races.
  • Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) and Kyle Bonus (Philadelphia) took the top two spots in the 1-meter dive. Pelletier compiled a score of 251.02 points while Bonus finished with 199.27. They also finished 1-2 in the 3-meter dive with Pelletier once again taking the top spot (224.02 points) followed by Bonus (193.42).

VOLLEYBALL (10-19 overall, 8-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team completed the regular season last weekend on the road with a loss to Albany (3-2) and straight-set victory against Binghamton. The Wildcats are the second seed of the America East Championship tournament and will play Stony Brook University, a team they swept during the regular season, in a Nov. 18 semifinal.
  • The set scores at Albany were 24-26, 25-22, 12-25, 29-27, 10-15.
  • UNH won 3-0 at Binghamton by set scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-18.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) had another strong week with a team-high 23 kills – and team-best .227 hitting percentage – at Albany with 14 digs. The senior outside hitter once again led the team in kills at Binghamton with 15 on a .281 hitting percentage en route to garnering the America East conference Player of the Week award.
  • Other notable efforts at Albany included Jansan Falcasun (Plymouth, Mich.; 43 assists), Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.; 27 digs) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.; 15 kills, .227 hitting percentage).
  • At Binghamton, Taylor Dunklau (Mukowonago, Wis.) quarterbacked the offense to a .320 hitting percentage with 35 assists as well as four service aces and finished with a team-high nine digs. Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded 11 kills on a .360 hitting percentage and also had four blocks.


MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Freshman midfielder Ryan McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) recorded his first career multiple-goal game with two tallies, and the four points marked the high by any Wildcat this season. McNamara scored 3 minutes, 51 seconds apart.
  • Worra registered three saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season.

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.
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