SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT & WILDCAT MINUTE
December 23, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) of the women’s basketball team and Steven Thames (Fort Washington, Md.) 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.
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Corinne Coia, women’s basketball
Corinne, a sophomore from North Smithfield, R.I., recorded her second career double-double with a personal-best 19 points and 11 rebounds, which matched her career high, in the UNH women’s basketball team’s 69-58 loss to Boston University on Dec. 22.
The 6-foot-4 forward, who redshirted the 2012-13 season after transferring from the University of Rhode Island, made 8 of 14 field goal attempts and shot 3-for-4 from the foul line in a season-high 35 minutes. Corinne also recorded one assist, one steal and a block against the Terriers.
Earlier in the week (Dec. 15) against Cleveland State University, Corinne finished with eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes; the three assists matched her personal best.
Through 11 games this season, Corinne leads the team in scoring (12.1 points per game) and is third in rebounding (5.8 rpg). She also leads the team in both field goals made (56) and attempted (123), and is tied for the lead in field goal percentage (.455). In other stats, Corinne has a team-high 37 free throws attempts and is second in free throws made (21).
Corinne has scored in double digits eight times this season and began the year by matching her previous high of 16 points in consecutive games against Worcester State and NJIT. She recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Colgate (Nov. 25).
Prior to coming to UNH, Corinne played in 27 of 29 games as a freshman at URI in the 2011-12 season. She ranked third on the team in points (207), field goal percentage (.407) and rebounds (107). Corinne also ranked second in both free throws made (54) and attempted (77) as well as fifth in minutes (608).
Steven, a junior from Fort Washington, Md., recorded his second pick-six of the season to give the 15th-ranked UNH football team an early 7-0 lead, but the Wildcats were defeated 52-14 by top-seeded North Dakota State University in an FCS semifinal at Fargodome on Dec. 20.
On the third play of the game from scrimmage, Steven’s 38-yards interception return down the left sideline gave the ‘Cats a 7-0 lead at 13:37. It marked the third consecutive game with an interception and fourth of the season for Steven, who also had a pick-six Oct. 12 vs. the University of Rhode Island. He finished the game with four tackles.
In 14 games this season, the defensive back finished with 46 solo tackles and nine assisted tackles for a total of 55. Steven led the team in interceptions and ranked second in pass breakups with 11. He was also credited with a forced fumble in the Sept. 28 game at Lehigh; he tallied a career-high eight tackles – all solo – that game.
Steven has played in 34 career games and has amassed 86 tackles as well as six interceptions. In played in all 12 games last year as a junior, when he tallied 24 tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups.
Wednesday, December 18
Women’s basketball: Cleveland State 65, at UNH 50
Men’s basketball: Dartmouth 62, at UNH 48
Friday, December 20
Football: at No. 1 North Dakota State 52, No. 15 UNH 14 [NCAA semifinal]
Sunday, December 22
Women’s basketball: Boston U. 69, at UNH 58
Men’s basketball: at Rhode Island 62, UNH 45
Saturday, December 28
Men’s hockey vs. Cornell at Florida College Classic (Estero, Fla.), 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 29
Men’s hockey vs. TBD (Princeton or Maine) at Florida College Classic
Monday, December 30
Men’s basketball at Towson, 7:30 pm
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-7 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s basketball team returned to the court with losses at home to Cleveland State (65-50 on Dec. 18) and Boston University (69-58 on Dec. 22).
- Senior guard and captain Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) became the 11th player in program history to record 300 career assists with her assist vs. Boston U. She will climb into the top 10 with 10 more assists; Melissa Pfefferle (1984-88) finished with 310 career assists. Hogan finished the game with 14 points.
- One game earlier, Hogan tallied a team-high 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals against Cleveland State.
- Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds against BU. She made 8 of 14 field goals and 3 of 4 free throws. Coia leads the team in scoring (12.1 ppg) and is third in rebounding (5.8 rpg).
- Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one block vs. CSU. Kilpatrick leads the team in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and is averaging 9.6 ppg, which is third.
- In the game vs. Cleveland State, UNH led 16-13 midway through the first half and fell behind 21-16 before Hogan recorded a three-point play and hit a 3-pointer to give the ‘Cats a 22-21 lead. The Vikings closed the half on a 13-6 run to take a 34-28 lead into halftime and UNH never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
- In the game against BU, the Wildcats pulled within three points, 48-45, with 11:30 remaining in the second half and trailed by five, 57-52, with 4:30 to play. The visitors went 3-for-6 from the foul line to increase the advantage to nine, 65-56, with one minute on the clock.
- New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Jan. 3 (7 p.m.) at Brown University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Tuesday, Jan. 7 (7 p.m.) vs. Yale University. America East conference action begins Jan. 11 at home against Stony Brook.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-9 overall, 0-1 America East)
- The UNH men’s basketball team was defeated 62-48 at home by intrastate rival Dartmouth College (Dec. 18) and then lost 62-45 on the road to Rhode Island (Dec. 22).
- In the game against Dartmouth, the ‘Cats clawed within 27-25 at halftime after trailing by as many as nine points in the first half. UNH took an early 28-27 lead but the Big Green responded with 12 consecutive points to take a lead it would not relinquish.
- Sophomore forward Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texax) scored a team-high 13 points in 27 minutes off the bench against Dartmouth. He netted nine points on 3 of 4 shooting – all from 3-point range – in the first half.
- Senior forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) finished with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal vs. DC. Konan scored a team-high nine points at URI; he also pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.
- New Hampshire returns to action Monday, Dec. 30 (7:30 p.m.) at Towson University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Saturday, Jan. 4 (1 p.m.) against Sacred Heart University.
FOOTBALL (10-5 overall, 6-2 CAA)
- The No. 15 UNH football team’s 2013 season came to an end with a 52-14 loss to top-seeded and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State University in an FCS semifinal game at Fargodome on Dec. 20.
- New Hampshire has reached double digits in victories five times during its 10-year playoff streak. The 2005 Wildcats finished with a school-record 11 victories. The 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013 teams all had 10 wins.
- Junior defensive back Steven Thames (Fort Washington, Md.) gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead at 13:37 of the first quarter with a 38-yard interception return down the left sideline. It marked the third consecutive game with an interception – and fourth of the season – for Thames, who also had a pick-six Oct. 12 against the University of Rhode Island.
- Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) led the ‘Cats in receptions (five) and receiving yards (33). He became the second UNH player with multiple seasons of 1,000 receiving; Harris finished the season at 1,004.
- Sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) completed 13 of 26 passes for 117 yards and had a team-high 21 carries for 20 yards. He eclipsed 2,000 passing yards for the season and finished with 2,076.
- UNH’s defense forced a turnover on the first two NDSU possessions. Following Thames’ interception, Rashid Armand (Brooklyn, N.Y.) stripped Bison running back Sam Ojuri of the ball and Casey DeAndrade (East Bridgewater, Mass.) recovered the fumble.
- Senior safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) recorded a team-high 11 tackles to finish with 101 for the season.
- Sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson (Morristown, N.J.) was credited with 10 tackles.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (7-10-2 overall, 2-3-2 Hockey East)
- The UNH women’s ice hockey team ended the 2013 calendar year with a 2-1 victory at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Sunday, Dec. 8.
- Senior forward and captain Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) leads the Wildcats in goals (six), power-play goals (three) and points (13); she is also tied atop the assist leaderboard with seven and ranks second in shots (63).
- Gifford has been UNH’s go-to player in the faceoff circle. She has taken 421 draws and has a .513 winning percentage; the next highest total is 196 by Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta).
- Junior forward and assistant captain Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) has scored all five of her goals the past nine games. She is tied for second on the team in goals and is second in points (10).
- Junior forward Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.) has already established personal single-season highs in both assists (seven) and points (nine). She is tied atop UNH’s leaderboard in both assists and plus/minus (+4).
- Junior defenseman Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) leads the team and is second in Hockey East in blocked shots with 35. Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.) and Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) also rank in the top 10 in the league with 25 (No. 8) and 24 (No. 10), respectively.
- UNH is ranked third in Hockey East in scoring defense by allowing 2.53 goals per game.
- New Hampshire returns to action January 10, 2014 at home against Providence College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (9-9-1 overall, 5-3-0 Hockey East)
- The UNH men’s ice hockey team was idle last week. Since recording six consecutive wins in November, the Wildcats are 2-4-0 the past six games.
- Junior Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) leads Hockey East defensemen in scoring (19 points; 4g, 15a) and is fourth in the nation in defensemen scoring (1.00 ppg).
- Senior forwards Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) are tied for the team lead in points (20), which ranks tied for fifth in Hockey East. van Riemsdyk is tied for eighth at 19.
- Sorkin is fourth in the league in goals (11) while junior forward Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) is tied for sixth (nine).
- van Riemsdyk is tied for second in assists (15) and Goumas is fifth (13).
- Senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) leads the team and Hockey East in blocked shots with 57 and van Riemsdyk is No. 6 (41).
- Sophomore forward Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) is third in the league in faceoff percentage (.588) by winning 120 of 204 faceoffs.
- New Hampshire returns to action at the Florida College Classic (Estero, Fla.) against Cornell University on Dec. 28. The Wildcats play either Princeton University or the University of Maine on Dec. 29.
- The Wildcats’ next home game is a two-game series Jan. 3-4 against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
SWIMMING & DIVING (6-0 overall, 1-0 America East)
- The UNH swimming & diving team broke 10 pool records and received six America East weekly awards in the first half of the 2013-14 season, which concluded Nov. 22-24 at the Terrier Invitational.
- Junior Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) was named America East Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 26. She bested a field of 24 participants in the 500-yard freestyle at the Terrier Invitational with a time of 4 minutes, 53.70 seconds. She also swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay quartet and recorded a time of 56.06 seconds in the 100 butterfly, which is the best mark by a conference swimmer this season.
- Senior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) received the America East Swimmer of the Week award Oct. 29 as she recorded three first-place finishes to propel UNH to victory against Northeastern University on Oct. 26. She broke the Swasey Pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.53. Roberts also touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 400 medley relay team.
- Senior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) was feted as America East Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 22. She established a Swasey Pool record of 2:02.03 in the 200 butterfly in the Oct. 19 meet against Vermont. She also took top honors in the 500 freestyle and was a part of two winning relay teams.
- Junior Nicole Zahka (Medway, Mass.) was honored as the conference Diver of the Week on Oct. 15 & 29. In the Oct. 26 meet vs. Northeastern, Zahka recorded personal bests in both the one- and three-meter dives with 247.20 and 250.40 points, respectively.
- Senior Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) was Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 15. Bull was the fastest swimmer in both the 50 free and 100 free in the Oct. 12 season opener at Boston College. She also placed second in the 200 individual medley.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 17, 2014 at Dartmouth College.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH women’s indoor track & field team did not compete last week.
- At the Jay Carisella Carnival (Dec. 14), freshman Hannah Kimball (Atkinson, N.H.) ran to first place in the 1-mile run with a time of 5 minutes, 4.02 seconds.
- Senior captain Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) placed in a pair of sprints. She recorded the fourth-fastest time in the 60-meter dash (7.88 seconds) and placed fifth in the 200m (26.03).
- New Hampshire returns to action January 18, 2014 at home against Holy Cross. The meet begins at 12 p.m.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
- The UNH men’s indoor track & field team did not compete last week.
- At the Jay Carisella Carnival (Dec. 14), junior John Prizzi (Wycliff, N.J.) was victorious in the 3,000-meter with a time of 8 minutes, 27.3 seconds. Classmate Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) gave the Wildcats a 1-2 finish in the event with a runner-up time of 8:28.38.
- New Hampshire returns to action January 18, 2014 at home against Holy Cross. The meet begins at 12 p.m.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team concluded its highly successful 2013 season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). Thirty-seven teams competed at the event.
- Senior co-captain Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) was the top ‘Cat in 37th place in the field of 254 runners.
- The Wildcats won the 2013 America East Championship title (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University); the only other time New Hampshire won the team title was 2003. Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) led the ‘Cats in sixth place and Twombly was next across the finish line. The ‘Cats then finished 10th through 12th, starting with junior Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) followed by senior captain Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and sophomore Laura Rose Donegan (Melbourne, Australia).
- UNH won the 2013 New England Championship that was held Oct. 12 at Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.). Purrier once again led the squad in third place overall. She was followed by Donegan (fifth place), Twombly (11th), Serrano (15th) and Beattie (16th).
- Senior captains Beattie and Twombly were named to the America East All-Academic Team. It marked the second time both received this honor – Beattie was previously feted in 2011 while for Twombly it marked the second consecutive year she was honored.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country finished the season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional that was held Nov. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.). A total of 37 teams competed.
- Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) won the America East Championship individual title with a first-place finish (Nov. 2 at Binghamton University). He became the first Wildcat runner to win the men’s title since 2004 (Anthony Truax).
- UNH placed fourth at the America East Championship – the top four teams were separated by 14 points. The ‘Cats, with 72 points, were edged by UMBC (58 points), Binghamton (65) and Stony Brook (70); in comparison, fifth-place Maine tallied 110 points.
- Junior Jeffrey Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) also recorded a Top-10 effort in eighth place while senior Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was just outside the Top 10 in 11th place.
- Prizzi, who was also the top ‘Cat at the Northeast Regional meet in 12th place overall, was selected to the America East All-Academic Team.
FIELD HOCKEY (15-7 overall, 5-0 America East)
- The 16th-ranked UNH field hockey team, which advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament as the America East automatic qualifier by winning the conference tourney, was defeated by fifth-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke University, 6-1, in a Nov. 16 first round game at Jack Katz Stadium.
- The Wildcats won the America East regular-season title for the fourth consecutive year – the second straight year and third time in four years with a perfect record – and won the conference tournament for the second time in three years.
- The 15 wins marks the fifth-highest single-season total in the program’s 39-year history. UNH ended the regular season with six consecutive wins and extended the win streak to eight games with a 4-0 win vs. Fairfield University in the America East semifinals and 3-2 victory against University at Albany in the title game. Each of the first five wins during that streak was by shutout to mark the longest streak since September 1984 (six games).
- Senior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team. She was voted to the Third Team a year ago. This marks the fifth consecutive year UNH has had at least one All-America Team honoree.
- Bozek, senior midfielder Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) were voted to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team. The trio is on the ballot for the national All-America East that will be announced Dec. 2.
- Sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were named to the Northeast Region Second Team.
- Flatley finished the 2013 season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. On UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, that is tied for No. 9 in points and tied for 11th in goals.
- UNH won three of the six major America East awards with Bozek feted as Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Tarbell as Goalkeeper of the Year and, for the fourth time in as many years, the Coaching Staff of the Year.
- Bozek and Tarbell were joined on the All-Conference First Team by Flatley and Pohlmeyer, who was also voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Joyce, Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were all Second Team selections.
- Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-8-6 overall, 2-3-3 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Lopes, saw its 2013 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss at UMBC in the Oct. 27 regular-season finale.
- Senior Colleen Murray (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Hannah Blondin (East Hampton, Conn.) were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
- Freshman goalie Mimi Borkan (Medfield, Mass.) was voted to the America East All-Rookie Team. Borkan finished as UNH’s top goalie. In 15 games (13 starts), she had a 3-5-5 record with a 0.87 GAA, .849 save percentage and five shutouts.
- Borkan led America East in save percentage and ranked second in GAA. In conference-only statistics, she was No. 2 in save percentage (.818) and No. 3 in GAA (0.90).
- Sophomore midfielder Kirsten O’Neil (Hampton, N.H.) led the Wildcats in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14) as well as shots (48).
- O’Neil ranked seventh in America East in points/game, sixth in goals/game and fifth in shots/game (2.67). In conference-only games, she was No. 4 in goals/game (0.50), points/game (1.25) and shots/game (3.75).
MEN’S SOCCER (12-5-1 overall, 5-2-0 America East)
- The second-seeded UNH men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie in the America East semifinal against third-seeded University of Hartford at Bremner Field on Nov. 13. The Hawks then advanced to the title game by virtue of a 4-3 decision in PKs.
- UNH entered the game with a conference-record six consecutive tournament shutouts that spanned the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
- The Wildcats rank No. 5 in the nation in team GAA with a conference-leading mark of 0.58. The team also ranks fifth with a conference-best .867.
- The 12 wins ties the third-highest total in program history.
- Prior to the start of the conference tourney, junior Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. He was joined on the All-Conference First Team by seniors Uguchukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) as well as sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany).
- The Second Team included sophomores A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) while Jesus Tedula (Zaragoza, Spain) and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned All-Rookie Team honors.
- Senior co-captains David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were voted to the All-Academic Team.
- Worra led America East in both GAA (0.55) and save percentage (.883) as he recorded six shutouts in 12 games. In the national stats, Worra is No. 4 in save percentage and No. 7 in GAA.
- Uche ranked sixth in the conference in goals/game and seventh in points/game. He led the ‘Cats in goals (six) and points (13).
VOLLEYBALL (20-13 overall, 12-2 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team was defeated 3-0 by sixth-ranked University of Southern California in a Dec. 5 NCAA first-round game at the Galen Center. The set scores were 25-9, 25-10, 25-12.
- The Wildcats’ season-high nine-match win streak was snapped by the Women of Troy, who improved to 27-5.
- UNH followed up its America East regular-season title by winning the 2013 America East Championship tournament, which was held Nov. 22-23 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats extended their win streak to nine matches by defeating Stony Brook University (3-0) in the semifinals and UMBC (3-2) in the final.
- This is the seventh time head coach Jill Hirschinger has led the ‘Cats to a 20-win season (first since 2003).
- This was the Wildcats’ fourth NCAA tourney appearance, all under Hirschinger; they previously advanced to the NCAAs in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
- New Hampshire claimed a total of 10 America East awards at the conference banquet. Senior captain Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) was honored as Player of the Year and the Wildcats, led by Hirschinger, were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
- UNH tied the highest total on both the All-Conference First and Second Team with two on each. Thatcher was joined on the First Team by sophomore Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) while junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) and senior captain Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) were Second Team selections.
- Demi Muses (Orangeville, Calif.) was voted to the All-Rookie Team.
- The ‘Cats also placed the highest number of representatives on the All-Academic Team with Forrest, sophomore Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) and junior Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) all making the grade.
- Dunklau, a junior setter, was named Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship. Thatcher and Tolliver joined Dunklau on the All-Championship Team.