SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
December 10, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. – Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) of the women’s indoor track & field team and Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) of the men’s indoor track & field 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.
Rosemary Read, women’s indoor track & field
Rosemary, a senior from West Greenwich, Rhode Island, produced one of 13 first-place finishes to help the UNH women’s indoor track & field team to a 109-80 victory against the University of Maine in a Dec. 8 dual meet at the Paul Sweet Oval.
The throws specialist bested the field in the weight throw with a mark of 53 feet, 10.50 inches and that effort is a qualifying standard for the ECAC Championships. One week earlier at the Jay Carisella Carnival (at Boston University), she finished second – in a field of 23 competitors – with a throw of 50-09.50.
Last year as a junior during the outdoor track & field season, Rosemary placed second in the hammer throw at both the New England Championships (171-04) and America East Championships (167-08).
At the 2012 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships, she took fourth place in the weight throw at a distance of 53-07.25. One year earlier, Rosemary was third in that event at the conference championship with a mark of 50-6.25.
Rosemary’s other career highlights include second place in the hammer throw at the 2011 America East outdoor championships and third in that event at the 2010 conference outdoor championship meet.
Eric Stys, men’s indoor track & field
Eric, a junior from Stittville, New York, contributed to two of the team’s seven victories as the UNH men’s indoor track & field team was upended 102-89 by the University of Maine in a Dec. 8 dual meet at Paul Sweet Oval.
The middle-distance specialist raced to first place in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute, 58.50 seconds. Later in the day, he ran a leg on New Hampshire’s winning 4x400m relay team that finished with a time of 3:25.29.
In the 2012-13 season opener at the Jay Carisella Invitational (Dec. 1), Eric finished second in the 800m with a clocking of 1:57.85.
Last year as a sophomore during the outdoor track season, he ran a led on the winning 4x800m relay squad at the New England Championships and also was a member of that relay team that took second place at the America East Championships.
Eric’s indoor track highlights from the 2011-12 season included fourth place in the 800m at the Jay Carisella Carnival, where he crossed the finish line in 2:00.09.
Wednesday, December 5
Women’s basketball: at UNH 54, Dartmouth 38
Men’s basketball: Central Connecticut State 87, at UNH 84
Women’s ice hockey: No. 6 Boston College 4, at UNH 4
Thursday, December 6
Men’s ice hockey: No. 7 Boston U. 3, at No. 1 UNH 2
Friday, December 7
Women’s indoor track & field: Pentathlon vs. Maine
Men’s indoor track & field: Heptathlon vs. Maine
Saturday, December 8
Women’s indoor track & field: at UNH 109, Maine 80
Men’s indoor track & field: Maine 102, at UNH 89
Men’s basketball: at UNH 64, Yale 56
Women’s ice hockey: at UNH 2, No. 4 Harvard 2 (overtime tie)
Sunday, December 9
Women’s basketball: Central Connecticut State 43, at UNH 32
Men’s ice hockey: at UNH 2, U.S. Under-18 Team 2 (overtime tie; exhibition game)
Sunday, December 16
Men’s basketball at Boston College, 1 pm
Monday, December 17
Women’s basketball vs. Wagner, 7 pm
Saturday, December 22
Women’s basketball at Cleveland State, 2 pm
Sunday, December 23
Men’s basketball at Penn State, 11 am
MEN’S BASKETBALL (4-5 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team went 1-1 last week with an 87-84 loss to Central Connecticut State followed by a 64-56 win against Yale University – both games were at UNH’s Lundholm Gym.
- All five starters scored in double digits and the team shot 57.1% from the floor – including 48% from 3-point range – but the Wildcats were edged by CCSU. Senior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) led the way with 18 points (8 of 10 FGs), three rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
- Junior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) netted 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting – and he grabbed a team-high eight rebounds – vs. CCSU.
- Senior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) made 10 of 12 free throws as part of 15 points; he also tallied seven rebounds vs. the Blue Devils.
- Against Yale, UNH raced out to a 21-8 lead and held a 28-21 halftime advantage. The Wildcats led by as many as 14 points (54-40) in the second half before the visitors closed within six points with 80 seconds remaining.
- Myrick recorded his second career double-double with a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the ‘Cats to victory vs. Yale.
- Rhoads chipped in with eight points, six assists and six steals against the Bulldogs.
- Junior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 14 points and went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the closing minute to help secure the win.
- UNH leads the America East conference in defensive field goal percentage by limiting the opposition to 37.4% from the floor. That includes a top ranking in defensive 3-point FH percentage with the opponents shooting a mere 23.8% from beyond the 3-point arc.
- Myrick ranks sixth in America East in both scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) while Pelcher leads all conference players in both field goal percentage (63.0%) and blocks (2.0 per game), and Rhoads is No. 1 in steals (2.4 per game) as well as second in minutes (35.8 per game).
- New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Dec. 16 (1 p.m.) at Boston College. The Wildcats’ next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 2 (7 p.m.) against Vermont.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-5 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team split a pair of home games last week with a 54-38 victory versus intrastate rival Dartmouth College followed by a 43-32 loss to Central Connecticut State.
- UNH recorded a season-high 11 steals and committed a season-low 10 turnovers against Dartmouth.
- Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) scored a career-high 16 points in 18 minutes off the bench against Dartmouth; she made 7 of 9 field goal attempts and went 2-for-3 from the foul line to garner the America East Player of the Game award. Kilpatrick recorded a personal-best 10 rebounds vs. CCSU.
- Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.) recorded a career high of eight rebounds vs. Dartmouth and her two steals equaled a personal best.
- Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) recorded a team-high 11 points as well as seven rebounds against CCSU. Frame matched her season high of eight rebounds one game earlier vs. Dartmouth.
- Senior guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) is the only player in the America East conference ranked among the top 5 in both scoring (No. 4; 12.2 ppg) and rebounding (No. 5; 7.4 rpg). Kilpatrick leads the conference in field goal percentage at 59.6%. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) ranks second in assists (4.3 per game).
- New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 17 at home against Wagner College. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (11-2-2 overall, 8-2-1 Hockey East)
- UNH, which climbed to No. 1 in last week’s poll, went for a season-series sweep against Boston University on Dec. 6 but was edged 3-2 by the seventh-ranked Terriers at the Whittemore Center.
- The loss ended UNH’s eight-game unbeaten streak of 7-0-1 and was UNH’s first home loss of the season (now 6-1-1).
- Senior forward John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) recorded a goal and an assist vs. BU.
- Junior forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) tallied two points against the Terriers with a pair of assists.
- Junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games with a GOAL/ASSIST. He has 19 points (7g, 12a) in that span.
- UNH’s penalty kill was a perfect 4 of 4 against BU to extend its streak to 34 consecutive successful kills dating back to Nov. 2 against UMass. The ‘Cats rank No. 2 in the nation in penalty kill at 96.3%.
- UNH also played a Dec. 9 exhibition game at home against the U.S. Under-18 National Team and skated to a 2-2 tie. Sophomore forward Casey Thrush (Easton, Md.) netted a first-period goal and Goumas struck in the second period to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. The U.S. team rallied to tie the score with third-period goals 36 seconds apart. Junior goaltender Jeff Wyer (Reading, Mass.) made 28 saves.
- New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 30-31 at the Ledyard National Bank Classic, which is at Dartmouth College’s Thompson Arena. The Wildcats play Dartmouth on Dec. 30 and then will play either UMass or Bemidji State.
- UNH’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 (7 p.m.) against Rensselaer.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (7-11-2 overall, 4-4-1 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team played host to nationally-ranked Boston College and Harvard University last week. The Wildcats were upended by sixth-ranked BC, 4-1, on Dec. 5 and then skated to a 2-2 tie versus fourth-ranked Harvard on Dec. 8.
- The ‘Cats and Eagles were scoreless through one period and tied 1-1 at the second intermission, but the visitors netted three goals spanning 2:51 to quickly build a 4-1 lead.
- New Hampshire and Harvard also skated to a scoreless first period before the Crimson struck at 5:27 of the second. UNH responded with goals 19 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Harvard potted the game-tying goal with 8:29 remaining in regulation.
- Freshman defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) tallied a goal vs. BC and an assist against Harvard on the tally that gave UNH a 2-1 lead.
- Senior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) recorded an assist in both games.
- Crossley (6g, 7a) and Lavoie (4g, 9a) are tied for the team lead with 13 points.
- Senior forward Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) assisted on both goals vs. Harvard.
- Junior forward Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) netted her team-leading seventh goal of the season against Harvard.
- Sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) made 20 saves in the 2-2 tie vs. Harvard.
- New Hampshire is on break for exams and the holiday season. The Wildcats return to action Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at Union College. UNH’s next home game is Thursday, Jan. 24 vs. Northeastern University.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s swimming & diving team did not compete last week.
- New Hampshire resumes the 2012-13 season Jan. 16, 2013 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Meet time at Swasey Pool is 6 p.m.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team won seven events in a 102-89 loss to the University of Maine at the Wildcats’ Paul Sweet Oval on Dec. 8.
- Junior Eric Stys (Stittville, N.Y.) captured first place in the 800-meters with a time of 1 minute, 58.50 seconds. He was also part of the winning 4x400m relay team that crossed the finish line in 3:25.29.
- Sophomore Isaiah Penn (Boston, Mass.) was the fastest runner in the 400m at 51.38 seconds.
- UNH finished 1-2 in the 500m as senior Joseph Lemay (Derry, N.H.) won in 1:09.82 and was followed by freshman Robert Richard-Snipes (Norfolk, Va.) at 1:11.38.
- The Wildcats also claimed the top two spots in the weight throw with seniors Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) and George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) besting the field with respective marks of 55 feet, 1.00 inches and 50-11.50.
- Junior Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine) was victorious in the mile with a time of 4:19.47 and sophomore Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) placed first in the 1,000m at 2:35.44.
- One day earlier, the teams also competed in a heptathlon. Freshman Tyler Mulcahy (Weymouth, Mass.) was the top ‘Cat in fourth place overall with 4,162 points and sophomore Daniel Johnson (Lancaster, N.H.), who recorded the best time in the 55m hurdles (8.16 seconds), finished fifth at 4,151.
- New Hampshire resumes the 2012-13 season Saturday, Jan. 19 at home against College of the Holy Cross and Stonehill College.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team won 13 events to upend Maine, 109-80, in a dual meet held Dec. 8 at the Wildcats’ Paul Sweet Oval.
- Freshman Lauren Perrodin (Coral Springs, Fla.) tied the school record with a winning time of 7.21 seconds in the 55-meter dash; the benchmark was previously established 2008 by Sarah Hall.
- Freshman Joya Helander (Madison, Conn.) recorded two first-place finishes as she was the fastest runner in both the 200m (26.89) and 400m (1:00.96).
- Senior Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) took the top spot in the weight throw with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 53 feet, 10.50 inches.
- UNH finished 1-2 in the 500m and 1,000m and mile. Senior Colleen Manna (Ridgefield, Conn.) was first across the finish line in the 500m at 1:20.57 and was followed closely by sophomore Caroline Hammond (Lexington, Mass.) in 1:20.84; junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Conn.) won the 1,000 in 2:56.54 and sophomore Brittany Hunt (Lynnfield, Mass.) was runner-up in 3:09.04; in the mile, freshman Cassie Kruse (Hampshire, Ill.) recorded the fastest time of 5:14.83 to edge out junior Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) in 5:14.91.
- The Wildcats also claimed the top two spots in the shot put with sophomore Abby Huntress (Saco, Maine) besting the field with a mark of 39-06.50 and freshman Abigail Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) taking second at 35-11.50.
- Other individual winners were sophomore Virginia Lavallee (Kingston, N.H.) in the 55m hurdles (8.44 seconds), sophomore Emily Hutchinson (Newton, Mass) in the high jump (5-0.1) and senior Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) in the long jump (16-11.50).
- The 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams also captured first place.
- One day earlier, UNH and Maine competed in a pentathlon. Junior Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in third place with 2,672 points and sophomore Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) followed in fourth with 2,658 points.
- New Hampshire breaks for exams and the holidays before resuming the 2012-13 season Saturday, Jan. 19 at home against College of the Holy Cross and Stonehill College.
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.).
FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The 11th-ranked UNH football team saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 23-7 loss at ninth-ranked Wofford College in an NCAA second round game Dec. 1 at Gibbs Stadium.
- UNH head coach Sean McDonnell received two awards as he was named New England Football Writers Coach of the Year and AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. It marked the fourth time McDonnell was feted as New England Football Writers Coach of the Year (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012) and third AFCA regional honor (2004, 2005, 2012).
- Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to The Sports Network FCS All-America First Team for the second consecutive year and senior defensive tackle Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) was named to the Third Team.
- The Wildcats placed 11 members on CAA All-Conference teams. Evans, Smith, sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) and junior left tackle Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.) were First Team selections. Sophomore running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.), senior cornerback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) and junior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) were tabbed to the Second Team. Sophomore tight end Harold Spears (Perkasi, Pa.), sophomore center Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.), senior left guard Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) and junior place kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) earned a spot on the Third Team.
- Zarkoskie was voted to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I Football Districk 1 First Team for the second consecutive year.
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.