DURHAM, N.H. – Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) of the football team and Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) of both the women’s cross country and track and field teams were named the 2012-13 recipients of the Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year award by the University of New Hampshire athletic department. The presentation was made during Tuesday night’s Senior Awards Banquet at Huddleston Hall.
The Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year award, which was established in 1999, is named in memory of longtime UNH coach and administrator Jim Urquhart, who coached the men’s lacrosse team for 17 seasons and mentored the wrestling program for 11 seasons. He served as the University’s associate athletic director of event management from 1997 until he passed away after suffering a heart attack Jan. 14, 1998. The Urquhart award is bestowed upon senior student-athletes who excel in both athletic competition and in the classroom, as well as possessing great character, sportsmanship and a passion for sports.
Evans, who graduated in December with a degree in Business Administration: Management, led the CAA with 126 total tackles, which ranked 19th in the country, and tacked on a nation-best 87 solo tackles in his final season as a Wildcat. The co-captain, who became the University's all-time tackle leader Nov. 3 in a home win against William & Mary, capped his illustrious career with 460 stops, including 266 solo tackles; both totals ranked first among all FCS players that were active in 2012. The team MVP was also recognized as a College Sporting News 2012 Fabulous Fifty All-America and a Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America for the third time, becoming just the fourth player –and third from UNH (Ricky Santos, David Ball)- to thrice garner that honor. College Sports Madness recognized the middle linebacker as its CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Evans, the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year, had his uniform No. 52 retired by the program in March, making Evans the fifth Wildcat to ever earn that distinction.
Maguire, who will graduate this month with a degree in political science, owns three school track records: indoor 3,000 meter (2013); outdoor 3,000 meter (2012) and outdoor 5,000 meter (2013). She took the top spot in the 3,000m indoor run versus Holy Cross, breaking the tape in a time of 9 minutes, 29.49 seconds to shatter a mark (9:32.22) that had stood since 1982. In the 2012 America East Cross Country Championships, Maguire became the conference champion on UNH’s College Woods course, helping the Wildcats to a runner-up finish. The Georgetown, Mass., native went on to run in the NCAA Division I Northeast Region Cross Country Championships. There, she finished 16th out of over 250 runners in the 6k to earn NCAA All-Region Team honors for the second consecutive year and qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Maguire became only the second Wildcat track athlete (Rita Ciambra ‘11) to ever qualify for the NCAA Championships three times. She is a two-time member of the All-America East Cross Country team (2011, ’12) and a two-time New England champion (2011- 10,000m, 2012 -1,500m).
In addition to Evans, the other men’s nominees for the Urquhart award were Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) of the skiing team and Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.) of the soccer team.
In addition to Maguire, the other women’s nominees for the Urquhart award were Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) of the ice hockey team, Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) of the field hockey team, Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) of the gymnastics team, Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) of the skiing team and Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) of the volleyball team.
The Tina True Memorial Award, handed out annually since 2007 to two Wildcat student-athletes for their commitment to strength and conditioning, was presented to Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.) of the women’s ice hockey team and Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) of the football team. The Tina True Memorial Award is named in memory of the co-captain and coxswain of the UNH women’s rowing team from 2000-02 whose life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident.
Brock, who will graduate with a degree in Spanish, served as a two-year ice hockey assistant captain (2011-12, 2012-13). The Marblehead, Mass., native received the 2013 Dean Williamson Award as the outstanding and well-rounded senior in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University. In 2010, she was named the Hockey East Top-Scholar Athlete after maintaining a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Brock is a three-time member of the Hockey East All-Academic Team (2010-12), spent seven semesters on the Dean’s List and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.
Zarkoskie, who graduated in December with a degree in Psychology, was a three-year starter on the offensive line who got the nod at left guard all 12 games this past season. The West Caldwell, N.J., native is a two-time member of the Capital One Academic NCAA District I First Team, a three-time member of the CAA Academic All-Conference Team and a three-time recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award. He spent eight semesters on the Dean’s List and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.
The Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Excellence, presented annually since 2010 to the student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages, went to a pair of Nordic skiers: Guiney and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden).
Guiney, who will graduate with a major in genetics and a minor in anthropology, recently received the National College Men's and Women's Skiing Elite 89 award, which recognized her for reaching the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in Division I skiing while also achieving the highest academic standard among her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at each of the NCAA's 89 championships. Guiney, a three-time NCAA Championship competitor, was feted for compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.988. The two-time member of the Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team (2010-11, 2011-12), who has notched a perfect 4.0 GPA in six semesters (so far), earned a spot on the National Ski Coaches All-Academic Team for the fourth straight season. The 2012 Nordic team MVP was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society last year and joined the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society last month.
Lindgren will graduate with a degree in physics and a minor in applied math. The two-time men’s Nordic team co-captain, who has earned academic high honors in every semester at UNH, is a four-time selection to the National Ski Coaches All-Academic Team. Lindgren tallied a perfect 4.0 GPA five semesters (so far) and has registered a cumulative GPA of 3.97. The two-time NCAA Championship competitor and 2012 team MVP is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.
The Community Involvement Award, which debuted in 2011, was bestowed upon Zarkoskie, who was the recipient of CAA football’s inaugural Chuck Boone Leadership Award for embodying the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in his academic and athletic achievements. The football co-captain is a two-time nominee for Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team (2011-12). He volunteers his time to welcome members of the U.S. Armed Forces back from service overseas and to bid them well upon deployment as a member of the “Pease Greeters” at Portsmouth International Airport.
Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the
1999- Jerry Azumah (football), Jason Krog (men's ice hockey), Melanie Morin (women's cross country, track)
2000- Orsi Farkas (women's basketball), Kyle Schneck (men's cross country, track), Mike Souza (men's hockey)
2001- Colleen Christopher (women's lacrosse), Ty Conklin (men's hockey), Ryan DiNunzio (men's soccer), Andrea Encarnacao (women's soccer)
2002- Amy DeCamp (women's cross country, track), Darren Haydar (men's hockey)
2003- Greg Blaisdell (men's skiing), Marcie Boyer (field hockey)
2004- Lesley Read (women's track/cross country), Steve Saviano (men's hockey)
2005- Chiara Best (women's soccer), Ben Sturgill (men's basketball)
2006- Amanda Hall (gymnastics), Derek Stank (football)
2007- David Ball (football), Danielle Clark (women’s basketball)
2008- Cathy Parker (women’s cross country/track), Kevin Regan (men’s ice hockey), Ricky Santos (football)
2009- Kacey Bellamy (women’s ice hockey), Sean McNamara (men’s skiing)
2010- Veronique Archambault-Leger (women's skiing), Bobby Butler (men's ice hockey)
2011- Rita Ciambra (women’s track & field), Colin O’Donnell (men’s soccer)
2012 – Denise Beliveau (women’s basketball), Brian McNally (football)
2013 – Matt Evans (football), Keely Maguire (women’s track & field, cross country)
Tina True Memorial
2007- Aaron Brown (football), Erin Moore (women’s track & field)
2008- Emmy Blouin (volleyball), Jeff Pammer (football)
2009- Kacey Bellamy (women’s ice hockey), Tom Bishop (football)
2010- Willie Ford (men's skiing), Ashlee Lathrop (women's track & field)
2011- Paul DeTurk (men’s track & field), Sara Heldman (volleyball)
2012 - Kate Early (women’s track & field, basketball), Brice Paey (men’s track & field)
2013 – Katie Brock (women’s ice hockey), Chris Zarkoskie (football)
Athletic Director's Award for Academic Excellence
2010- Ben Jenkins (men's cross country, track), Ally Yost (women's soccer), Jenny Luoma (women's skiing)
2011- Joe Corsello (men’s soccer), Kaitlyn Dugan (women’s track & field)
2012 – Paul Atkinson (men’s skiing), Jacky Mendes (women’s track & field)
2013 – Liz Guiney (women’s skiing), Erik Lindgren (men’s skiing)
2011 – Joe Corsello (men’s soccer), Kaitlyn Dugan (women’s track & field)
2012 – Paul Atkinson (men’s skiing), Jessy Dick (volleyball)
2013 – Chris Zarkoskie (football)