SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
November 26, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. – Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) of the women’s basketball team and Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) of the men’s ice hockey 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.
Elizabeth Belanger, women’s basketball
Elizabeth, a freshman guard from Acton, Massachusetts, made her second career start against Cornell University and recorded her first double-double with 11 points and team-high 11 rebounds – both personal bests, as was the 36 minutes of action – to help the UNH women’s basketball team record a 59-56 victory on Nov. 25.
Elizabeth helped secure the win in the closing minute. With New Hampshire leading 57-56 and 11 seconds remaining, she pulled down an offensive rebound when a teammate missed the front end of a 1-and-1 from the foul line. That continued possession set up a pair of free throws by Cari Reed that extended the lead to three points.
The 5-foot-10 guard recorded eight points and three rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench in her collegiate debut, the Nov. 14 season-opening 57-51 victory at Yale University.
In four games this season, Elizabeth is averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, which ranks third on the team. She is also third in both assists and field goals attempted, and is averaging 25.5 minutes per game.
Kevin Goumas, men’s ice hockey
Kevin, a junior forward from Long Beach, New York, recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) to help lead the UNH men’s ice hockey team to a 6-4 victory at second-ranked Denver University and 4-4 tie at 14th-ranked Colorado College. For his efforts, which also included a plus/minus rating of +6, he was named Hockey East Player of the Week.
Kevin scored three goals for his first career hat trick and also tallied two assists for a personal-best five points at Denver. With UNH trailing 4-3, Goumas leveled the score at 13:24 of the third period and gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 5-4, at 16:40. He completed the hat trick by scoring an empty-net goal with 23 seconds remaining in the game. Kevin had helped UNH overcome a 3-0 deficit by assisting on the first two Wildcat goals, the first of which was his 50th career assist.
Against Colorado College, he set up the team’s second and third goals to help the ‘Cats build a 4-0 lead.
Kevin has recorded a point all seven November games with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in that span. Overall in 12 games, he leads the team in assists (14), points (20) and plus/minus (+17). Kevin has tallied a point in 10 of 12 games – that includes an assist in nine contests – and has six multiple-point efforts.
With those numbers, Kevin leads Hockey East in points and assists, and he is tied for sixth in goals. He is fourth in the nation in points per game and second in assists per game.
In 80 career games, Kevin has compiled 21 goals and 51 assists for 72 points. Last year as a sophomore, he tallied 34 points (9g, 25a) in 36 games to rank second on the team in assists and third in points. His season highlights included a personal-best four assists against Alabama-Huntsville.
Kevin’s collegiate accolades include Hockey East All-Academic Team (2011). He was also a four-time selection as Rookie of the Week and Rookie of the Month honoree in 2010-11.
Kevin Goumas – Hockey East Player of the Week
Men’s ice hockey – Hockey East Team of the Week
Tuesday, November 20
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 5, Quinnipiac 2
Women’s basketball: at Boston College 64, UNH 59
Wednesday, November 21
Men’s basketball: at NJIT 69, UNH 67
Friday, November 23
Men’s ice hockey: No. 3 UNH 4, at No. 14 Colorado College 4 (tie–overtime)
Saturday, November 24
Women’s ice hockey: No. 1 Minnesota 10, at UNH 2
Men’s basketball: at Holy Cross 60, UNH 50
Men’s ice hockey: No. 3 UNH 6, at No. 2 Denver 4
Sunday, November 25
Women’s basketball: at UNH 59 Cornell 56
Women’s ice hockey: No. 1 Minnesota 4, at UNH 0
Wednesday, November 28
Women’s basketball at Harvard, 7 pm
Thursday, November 29
Men’s basketball at Connecticut, 7 pm (at XL Center – Hartford, Conn.)
Friday, November 30
Men’s ice hockey vs. UMass-Lowell, 7:30 pm [Television: WBIN-TV]
Women’s swimming & diving at Brown Invitational
Saturday, December 1
Men’s basketball vs. Brown, 1 pm [Television: WBIN-TV]
Women’s ice hockey vs. Northeastern, 2pm
Football at Wofford, 2 pm (NCAA Second Round)
[Video Broadcast: ESPN3 (internet only)]
Women’s track & field at Jay Carisella Carnival, 10 am (at Northeastern U.)
Men’s track & field at Jay Carisella Carnival, 10 am (at Northeastern U.)
Women’s basketball vs. Quinnipiac, 4 pm (at Brown University)
Men’s ice hockey at UMass-Lowell, 7 pm
Women’s swimming & diving at Brown Invitational
Sunday, December 2
Women’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 2 pm
Women’s basketball vs. Brown or Rider, 2/4 pm (at Brown University)
Women’s swimming & diving at Brown Invitational
MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-3 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team continued its stretch of five consecutive road games last week with a 69-67 loss at New Jersey Institute of Technology and a 60-50 loss at College of the Holy Cross.
- Junior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) had a solid week at 12.5 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game with seven blocks, four steals and a .556 field goal percentage.
- Pelcher recorded his first double-double as a Wildcat with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds at NJIT. He also recorded four blocks and two steals in 30 minutes.
- Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored a career-high 21 points at NJIT. He averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 37.0 minutes last week.
- Junior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) recorded a personal-best eight assists at NJIT.
- UNH concludes the stretch of five consecutive road games Nov. 29 at UConn; game time at the XL Center in Hartford is 7 p.m. The Wildcats play host to Brown University on Saturday, Dec. 1 (1 p.m.).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (3-1 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team went 1-1 last week with a 64-59 loss at Boston College followed by a 59-56 against Cornell University in the Wildcats’ home opener. UNH has won 11 of its last 13 home openers.
- The 3-1 start matches the best by the team in the past decade; the Wildcats were 3-1 in the 2009-10 and 2005-06 seasons.
- Senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) scored a game-high 17 points to lead the ‘Cats to victory against Cornell. With UNH leading by one point and nine seconds remaining in the game, she made two free throws to extend the advantage to its final score of 59-56. Reed averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last week.
- Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Cornell.
- Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) netted a game-high 14 points at Boston College. That included a stretch of eight consecutive team points in the latter part of the first half. Frame averaged 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds last week.
- Reed is on the verge of entering UNH’s top 5 on the career 3-point list. She currently has 129 at No. 6 and Ashley Cerniglia (2004-07) is No. 5 with 131.
- UNH leads the America East conference in field goal percentage at 43.1%.
- Reed and Frame are tied for fourth in the conference in scoring (13.8 ppg), and Reed is third in rebounding (9.0 rpg).
- New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 28 (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The Wildcats then compete at the Brown Classic and open the tourney Dec. 1 (4 p.m.) against Quinnipiac University.
- UNH’s next home game is Dec. 5 (5:30 p.m.) against intrastate rival in the first game of a women’s – men’s doubleheader at Lundholm Gym.
FOOTBALL (8-3 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team begins its quest for the 2013 NCAA title Dec. 1 with a second-round game at Wofford College. Game time at Gibbs Stadium is 2 p.m. and the game will be video broadcast live on ESPN3 (internet only).
- The Wildcats are making their ninth consecutive NCAA tourney appearance, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
- Four UNH Wildcats were named to the All-CAA Football First Team with sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.), junior offensive lineman Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.), senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) and senior defensive lineman Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.).
- There were three ‘Cats named to the Second Team – sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), senior corner back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.).
- Four UNHers were selected to the Third Team on offense – senior offensive lineman Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.), junior placekicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) and sophomores Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.; tight end) and Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.; offensive lineman).
- New Hampshire’s offense is ranked No. 9 in the nation in total offense (470.9 yards per game), 11th in scoring offense (36.55 points per game) and 13th in rushing offense (234.18 ypg).
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-1-2 overall, 6-1-1 Hockey East)
- UNH returned home from its Thanksgiving weekend trip to Colorado with a 4-4 tie against 14th-ranked Colorado College and 6-4 win versus second-ranked Denver University. The Wildcats, who climbed one spot to No. 2 in this week’s poll, have the nation’s third-longest active unbeaten streak of six games (5-0-1).
- At 9-1-2, this is UNH’s best winning percentage (.833) through 12 games since the 1968-69 team went 10-2-0 for an identical winning percentage.
- Junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded seven points, including a career-high five at Denver, last weekend and was honored as Hockey East Player of the Week. He tallied his first career hat trick in that game and propelled the Wildcats to victory by scoring the game-tying, game-winning and insurance goals.
- Sophomore forward Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) recorded his first career hat trick at Denver. After the ‘Cats fell behind 3-0, Downing scored three consecutive goals to level the score.
- Junior goaltender Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) played the final 50 minutes, 55 seconds against Denver and stopped 18 of 19 shots to earn his first collegiate victory. He was also credited with an assist.
- UNH leads Hockey East in scoring defense (1.67 gpg) and penalty kill (95.2%). The Wildcats also lead the nation in defense and are No. 2 in penalty kill as well as No. 7 in offense (3.50 gpg).
- Goumas leads the league in points (20) and assists (14), and is tied for sixth in goals (six). He is fourth in the nation in points per game and second in assists per game.
- Sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.), who tallied a goal at CC and an assist vs. Denver, is sixth in Hockey East in points (12) and fourth nationally in defenseman scoring.
- Sophomore forward Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) matched his career high of two goals at Colorado College.
- New Hampshire plays a home-and-home series against UMass-Lowell this weekend. The teams face off at UNH’s Whittemore Center on Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.).
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (6-9-1 overall, 3-2-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) with a 5-2 win at home against Quinnipiac University, then got swept in a two-game home series against top-ranked University of Minnesota.
- Junior forward Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario), in her first year as a Wildcat, tallied four points in three games last week. She scored two goals, including the game-winning tally, and had an assist in the win against Quinnipiac. Hitchcock netted a power-play goal in the series opener vs. Minnesota.
- Senior defenseman Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) and junior forward Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) both recorded a goal and an assist vs. Quinnipiac.
- UNH’s special teams was perfect against QU by scoring a goal on both power-play opportunities and killing off all four shorthanded situations.
- Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) stopped 30 of 32 shots vs. Quinnipiac to improve to 3-0-0 this season.
- Sophomore goalie Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) made a career-high 39 saves in the 4-0 loss to Minnesota.
- New Hampshire plays a home-and-home series against Northeastern University this weekend. The teams face off at UNH’s Whittemore Center on Dec. 1 (2 p.m.).
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team did not compete in a meet last week.
- The Wildcats entered the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll at No. 16 on Nov. 15 following its 161-121 victory vs. the University of Rhode Island on Nov. 10.
- New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 30 at the three-day Brown Invitational. The next home meet is Jan. 16 (6 p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team opens the 2012-13 season Dec. 1 at the Jay Carisella Carnival (Northeastern University).
- The Wildcats are host of a pentathlon (Dec. 7; 5 p.m.) and meet (Dec. 8; 12 p.m.) against Maine.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team opens the 2012-13 season Dec. 1 at the Jay Carisella Carnival (Northeastern University).
- The Wildcats are host of a pentathlon (Dec. 7; 5 p.m.) and meet (Dec. 8; 12 p.m.) against Maine.
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.
- The Wildcats finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Senior Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) placed second overall to lead four ‘Cats in the top 20. Classmate Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also recorded a top-10 finish in sixth place.
- Junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) was named to the America East All-Academic Team.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team had one individual qualify for and compete at the NCAA Championships that were held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer State Park (Louisvile, Ky.).
- Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes, 52.5 seconds to finish 112th in the 253-runner field.
- Maguire, the 2012 America East individual champion, earned a spot in the NCAAs by receiving one of four individual regional bids following a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 10. She received All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year.
- UNH finished as runner-up at the 2012 America East Championship, which was held at UNH’s College Woods course. Maguire was followed by junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.; sixth) and freshman Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia; 10th). The other two scoring ‘Cats finished in the top 15 and all seven Wildcat harriers placed among the top 20.
- Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Twombly were voted to the America East All-Academic Team.
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.).
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.
- 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.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the conclusion of Wildcat careers for Ryan McNabb (Downington, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.), Thomas and Hussein.
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.
VOLLEYBALL (15-14 overall, 7-5 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was ousted from the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded University at Albany in a Nov. 16 semifinal match.
- Prior to the start of the tournament, junior right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team while outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and middle blocker Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) were All-Rookie Team honorees and senior defensive specialist Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was voted to the All-Academic Team.
- The end of the 2012 season marked the end of Wildcat careers for Schnepp and setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.). Schnepp established a UNH single-season record for digs with 560 in 2012 and ended her career with 997 digs.