Gifford, Moses: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


November 28, 2011


DURHAM, N.H.Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) of the women’s ice hockey team and Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) 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.



Nicole Gifford, women’s ice hockey

     Nicole, a sophomore forward from Ennismore, Ontario, recorded her first career hat trick with three goals to lead the UNH women’s ice hockey team to a 3-1 victory against Princeton University on Nov 26. The three points also marked a career high.

     In that game, she helped the Wildcats overcome a 1-0 first-period deficit with power-play goals at 17:20 of the first period and 9:06 of the second stanza.

     The assistant captain leads the team in assists (seven) and points (13), and she is tied atop the leaderboard in both goals (six) and power-play goals (three); she is ranks third in both shots (44) and shooting percentage (.136).

     Nicole opened recorded an assist each of the first four games of the season and has tallied a point in 9 of 16 games with three multiple-point efforts. She tallied a career-high two assists at fifth-ranked Boston University (Nov. 12).

     In 47 career games, Nicole has 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists. She tallied five goals and two assists for seven points in 31 games last year as a freshman. Nicole was named to the 2011 Hockey East All-Academic Team.


Stevie Moses, men’s hockey

     Stevie, a senior forward from Leominster, Massachusetts, recorded his first career hat trick with a career-high four goals in UNH’s 9-1 victory against the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 26. The four points also marked a personal best. Earlier in the week, he scored a goal at Harvard University (7-6 loss on Nov. 22).

     He scored the game-winning goal against Alabama-Huntsville by giving the Wildcats a 2-0 first-period lead. Stevie netted a power-play goal at 5:50 of the second period to extend UNH’s lead to 4-1, completed the hat trick of 12:44 of the middle stanza and struck again at 14:40 of the third period.

     The assistant captain has a team-high 10 goals – and 65 shots – and ranks second on the squad in both points (17) and power-play goals (three) as well as tied for fourth in assists (seven). Stevie has recorded a point in 11 of 14 games with four multiple-point efforts, including a three-point game (one goal, two assists) at Vermont.

     Last year, Stevie ranked third on the team in goals (14) and fifth in points (26), as well as third in shots (134). He has been named twice to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. In 125 career games, Stevie has recorded 35 goals and 45 assists for 80 points. He is UNH’s active leader in all four of those statistics.



Stevie Moses, men’s hockey – Hockey East co-Player of the Week



Tuesday, Nov. 22

Men’s hockey: at Harvard 7, UNH 6

Women’s basketball: UNH 63, at Cornell 62

Friday, November 25

Women’s ice hockey: Maine 3, at UNH 0

Saturday, November 26

Men’s hockey: at UNH 9, Alabama-Huntsville 1

Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 3, Princeton 1

Sunday, November 27

Women’s basketball at Central Connecticut State, 2 pm



Tuesday, Nov. 29

Women’s ice hockey vs. Union, 7 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Men’s basketball vs. Dartmouth, 7 pm

Women’s basketball at Dartmouth, 7 pm

Friday, December 2

Men’s hockey at UMass-Lowell, 7 pm

Saturday, December 3

Women’s basketball vs. Holy Cross, 2 pm (Toy Drive – donate an unwrapped present)

Women’s ice hockey vs. Northeastern, 2 pm  (Toy Drive – donate an unwrapped present)

Men’s hockey vs. UMass-Lowell, 7 pm (Toy Drive – donate an unwrapped present)

Women’s track & field at Jay Carisella Carnival (Northeastern U.), 10 am

Men’s track & field at Jay Carisella Carnival (Northeastern U.), 10 am

Football at Montana State, 3 pm (Eastern) [NCAA Second Round] (

Men’s basketball at Holy Cross, 7 pm

Sunday, December 4

Women’s swimming & diving vs. Vermont, 2 pm

Gymnastics – Meet the Team exhibition, 1 pm

Women’s ice hockey at Northeastern, 2 pm


MEN’S BASKETBALL (1-2 overall, 0-0 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team did not play last week. The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Nov. 30 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.

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

  • The UNH women’s basketball team began a stretch of three consecutive road games with a 63-62 buzzer-beating victory against Cornell University on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
  • Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) corralled an offensive rebound under the basket and made a layup with one-tenth of a second remaining on the clock to give the Wildcats a one-point victory at Cornell. The sophomore guard finished the game with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting that included 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
  • Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds – both of which marked game highs – at Cornell. The senior forward also contributed three steals.

FOOTBALL (8-3 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team travels to play seventh-ranked Montana State University for an NCAA FCS second-round game Saturday, Dec. 3 (3 p.m. Eastern) at Bobcat Stadium. The game will be broadcast online at
  • New Hampshire has won its opening postseason game six of the past seven years, including last year’s 45-20 second-round victory at Bethune-Cookman University. The Wildcats had won five of six first-round games prior to receiving a first-round by in 2010, and all but the 2005 victory against Colgate University was on the road.
  • UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.

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

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team split a pair of non-conference games last week with a 7-6 road loss to Harvard University and a 9-1 victory at home against Alabama-Huntsville. The Wildcats are 6-2-2 in the last 10 games and have won six consecutive home games.
  • A total of 12 skaters recorded a point in the win vs. the Chargers, and that included six Wildcats with multiple points.
  • Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) recorded his first career hat trick with a four-goal effort vs. UAH; the four points also marked a personal best. The senior forward netted five goals in two games last week to garner the Hockey East co-Player of the Week award.
  • Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) tallied career highs in both assists and points with a five-assist performance against Alabama-Huntsville. The sophomore forward recorded six points, all on assists, last week.
  • Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) finished with a personal best of four assists – and four points – vs. UAH. The sophomore forward netted two goals at Harvard for a total of six points in two games last week.
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) recorded career highs in both assists and points with a three-assist effort against Alabama-Huntsville. The freshman defenseman tallied two points (goal, assist) at Harvard.
  • Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) recorded his first career multiple-goal game with two goals at Harvard; he also matched a personal best of two assists for a career-high four points. The freshman forward also had a multiple-point game (goal, assist) vs. UAH.
  • John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) tallied a career-high four assists – and points – at Harvard. The junior forward finished the week with six points, all on assists.
  • Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.), a freshman goaltender, made his collegiate debut by playing the final 10 minutes, 36 seconds of the game against Alabama-Huntsville. He stopped all six shots on goal.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (5-9-2 overall, 0-5-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team began a four-game homestand with a 3-0 loss to Maine, but rebounded the next day to record a 3-1 victory against Princeton.
  • Sophomore forward and assistant captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) recorded her first career hat trick with a three-goal effort against Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 26. It marked her first multiple-goal game and the three points also marked a personal best.
  • Sophomore defenseman Maggie Hunt (Naperville, Ill.) recorded a career-high two assists vs. Princeton.
  • Junior defenseman Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) – she has patrolled the blue line after skating as a forward the first 13 games of the season – matched a personal best of two assists against Princeton.
  • Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) earned her first career start Friday, Nov. 25 against Maine. The freshman goaltender finished with 18 saves in the 3-0 loss.
  • Brynja Bogan (Germantown, Md.), a freshman defenseman, recorded her first career point with an assist vs. Princeton.

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

  • The UNH swimming & diving team did not compete last week. The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Dec. 4 at home against the University of Vermont. The meet begins at 2 p.m. at Swasey Pool. It is the team’s last competition of the fall semester, as the ‘Cats do not return to action until Jan. 16 (home vs. Boston U.).



  • 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.


  • 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 was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • 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.


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 was named to the All-Championship Team.
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