SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
November 21, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. – Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) of the volleyball team and Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) 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.
Amy Keding, volleyball
Amy, a senior outside hitter from Northbrook, Illinois, closed her collegiate career with a double-double effort (team-high 16 kills, 16 digs) in New Hampshire’s 3-1 loss to Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 America East semifinal match that was played at the University at Albany. She was named to the All-Championship Team for that performance, which included a .148 hitting percentage.
The captain, who was named to the All-Conference First Team last week, proved to be a consistent offensive force for the Wildcats throughout the season. Amy paced the lineup with 384 kills and ranked fifth in the conference with 3.32 kills per set. She led all UNH outside hitters in hitting percentage (.192), ranked third on the team in service aces (21), tied for fourth in digs (259) and fifth in blocks (58).
Amy registered 12 double-doubles on the year and earned America East Player of the Week honors twice during the season with highlights of a 27-kill, 30-dig performance at Harvard (both numbers are personal bests). A year ago, she finished second on the team in kills (297) as well as third in both digs (208) and blocks (62).
Her collegiate accolades include America East All-Academic Team (2010), All-Conference Second Team (2010), America East Commissioner’s Roll (2009) and America East Academic Honor Roll (2008).
Nico, a redshirt freshman running back from Toms River, New Jersey, rushed for 150 yards on 21 carries – including an 18-yard touchdown run – and returned a kickoff 71 yards as part of a 237 all-purpose yards effort that led the UNH football team to a 30-27 victory against Maine on Nov. 19.
His 18-yard scoring scamper at 13:26 of the fourth quarter was the second of two Wildcats’ touchdowns spanning 15 seconds that transformed a 20-16 deficit into a 30-20 lead.
Nico leads the team at 6.5 yards per carry and ranks fourth in rush attempts (58) as well as third in yards (378). He has scored three rushing TDs and contributed to the passing game with 18 catches for 215 yards (11.9 yards per catch) as well as special teams with seven kickoff returns for 143 yards (20.4 average).
In his collegiate debut – the Sept. 1 season opener at Toledo – he ran for an 87-yard touchdown.
R.J Harris, football – CAA Football Rookie of the Week
Casey Thrush, men’s hockey – Hockey East Rookie of the Week
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Monday, November 14
Men’s basketball: at Boston College 67, UNH 64
Wednesday, November 16
Women’s basketball: Seton Hall 61, at UNH 38
Friday, November 18
Men’s hockey: at UNH 5, Mass.-Lowell 0
Volleyball: Stony Brook 3, UNH 1(America East semifinal at Albany)
Women’s ice hockey: at #2 Minnesota 11, UNH 0
Women’s swimming & diving at Boston University Invitational (Day 1 of 3)
Saturday, November 19
Football: at #12 UNH 30, #11 Maine 27
Men’s hockey: at #16 Boston University 4, UNH 1
Women’s ice hockey: at #2 Minnesota 6, UNH 1
Women’s swimming & diving at Boston University Invitational (Day 2 of 3)
Sunday, November 20
Men’s basketball: Loyola (Md.) 66, at UNH 60
Women’s swimming & diving at Boston University Invitational: Sixth place
Tuesday, Nov. 22
Men’s hockey at Harvard, 7 pm
Women’s basketball at Cornell, 7 pm
Friday, November 25
Women’s ice hockey vs. Maine, 7 pm
Saturday, November 26
Women’s ice hockey vs. Princeton, 2 pm (Television: WBIN-TV)
Men’s hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 7 pm
Sunday, November 27
Women’s basketball at Central Connecticut State, 2 pm
MEN’S BASKETBALL (1-2 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 67-64, at Boston College on Nov. 14 and then lost 66-60 at home to Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 20.
- Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) had two strong performances. He matched his career high of 20 points at BC on 6 of 14 shooting from the floor that included 2-for-6 from 3-point range. Rhoads led four Wildcats in double digits against Loyola with 14 points; he also contributed five assists and two rebounds to garner America East Player of the Game. Through three games, he is averaging a team-high 17.3 ppg.
- Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half at Boston College. The also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Abreu recorded 11 points and six rebounds vs. Loyola. He is second on the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.7 rpg).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (1-1 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team dropped its home opener, 61-38, against Seton Hall on Nov. 16.
- Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) was named the America East Player of the Game for her seven-point, 10-rebound performance.
FOOTBALL (8-3 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The UNH football team, ranked 11th in this week’s national poll, won its fifth game against a nationally-ranked team in 2011 with a 30-27 victory against then-11th-ranked University of Maine on Senior Day, Nov. 19 at Cowell Stadium to reclaim the Brice-Cowell Musket.
- New Hampshire extended its longest active streak of consecutive NCAA postseason appearances to eight years by receiving one of 10 at-large berths to the 2011 Division I FCS Championship. The Wildcats begin postseason play Dec. 3 with a second-round game at sixth-ranked Montana State University.
- Senior quarterback Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) was named the CAA Offensive Player of the Year. Decker was joined on the All-CAA First Team by junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) and senior defensive end Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.).
- Redshirt freshman wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.), sophomore offensive lineman Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.) and sophomore place kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) were Second Team selections.
- Junior wide receiver Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) and sophomore offensive lineman Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.) were named to the Third Team.
- Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) rushed for 150 yards on 21 carries, including an 18-yard TD, and returned a kickoff 71 yards as part of a career-high 237 all-purpose yards.
- Harris had six catches for 106 yards and two TDs – a 34-yard first-quarter score and 5-yard fourth-quarter score that gave UNH a lead it would not relinquish. He was honored as CAA Rookie of the Week.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-5-2 overall, 4-4-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) with a 5-0 victory against UMass-Lowell at the Whittemore Center on Nov. 18, then lost 4-1 at 16th-ranked Boston University.
- UNH has won five consecutive games at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats return home Nov. 26 against Alabama-Huntsville.
- Matt Di Girolamo (Ambler, Pa.) made 31 saves to record his first shutout of the season and third of his career. It was his first shutout since a 25-save effort against the River Hawks on Dec. 2, 2010. He stopped 54 of 57 shots (.947 save percentage) on the weekend.
- Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) earned the Hockey East Rookie of the Week award for his two-point effort (one goal, one assist) against UMass-Lowell. Thrush, who finished the weekend with a plus/minus rating of +2, netted his first collegiate goal when he gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead in the third period.
- Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) scored his first collegiate goal with a third-period goal that tied the score, 1-1, last Saturday at BU.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (4-8-2 overall, 0-4-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team ended a stretch of five consecutive games with a two-game series at second-ranked University of Minnesota, and the Wildcats returned home with a pair of losses.
- Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) played 40 minutes in the opener and was credited with 27 saves – one shy of her career high. In the next game, Gilligan made 17 first-period saves, which is a personal single-season high.
- Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) has made a relief appearance in three consecutive games. She stopped 11 of 14 third-period shots last Friday (Nov. 18), then made a career-high 29 saves on Saturday with 11 stops in the second period and 18 in the third.
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 (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
- Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.), Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
- Keding recorded a match-high 16 kills on a team-high 54 attack attempts, and also had 16 digs to earn recognition to the All-Championship Team.
- Falcusan quarterbacked the offense with 38 assists and also contributed 14 digs, while Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) had a team-best 17 digs.
- Thatcher was second on the team in kills (10) and had a .188 hitting percentage.
- The end of the season also marked the end of UNH careers for Keding, Laquerre and Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta).
2011-12 COMPLETED SEASONS
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 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.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- 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.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
- Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]
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).
- Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
- Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
- UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
- Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
- Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
- Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.
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.
- Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
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.