UNH Athletics Top 20 Moments from 2011-12 (Part 1)
As the University enjoys a little down time between sports seasons and our student-athletes busy themselves coaching at UNH sports campus and other summer occupations, we offer a two-part series looking back at the top 20 moments in Wildcat athletics during the past year.
Let the countdown begin.
The women's soccer team powered past Albany in the conference opener on September 29. First-year student Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) tallied two goals and an assist in the 5-3 win. The game also included an exciting goal by Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.), who picked up a rebound to score off a Jordyn Krall (Duxbury, Mass.) corner kick.
The men's basketball team completed its longest win streak since 2006 when the Wildcats won four straight, concluding with a BracketBuster victory over Towson on February 18. Senior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) averaged more than 13 points per game during the streak and played an instrumental role in turning the season around for the 'Cats down the stretch.
The men's soccer team placed first in the Nike Fall Classic for the third consecutive year. Freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) took home tournament MVP honors by serving up back-to-back shutouts against Air Force and Hartwick. Worra was joined on the All-Tournament team by juniors Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.) and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and sophomore Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).
Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) of the women's ski program skied to victory in the giant slalom on February 13 at Burke Mountain in Vermont. Lepine posted a combined time of one minute, 59.53 seconds to take the top spot, marking the team's only individual win of the year.
On October 9 at Memorial Field, the field hockey team knocked off seventh-ranked Stanford, 6-3. Senior Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) scored the first two goals of the game giving the Wildcats an early 2-0 advantage. Frates would also help set up the first goal of the second half and would bury the team's sixth goal of the game by redirecting a centering feed from teammate Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.).
The women's basketball team knocked off Hartford on January 5 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win marked the 'Cats' first conference win of the season and snapped an 18-game losing streak against the reigning conference champions. Pacing the Wildcats was senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), who poured in a game-high 23 points. Junior Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) posted 15 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) provided 13 points of her own.
On January 28 at the Whittemore Center, Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) of the women's ice hockey team recorded her first career hat trick, powering the Wildcats to a 4-2 win over Vermont. The junior forward finished the season as the team leader in points (33) and goals (18) while notching 10 multiple-point efforts.
Distance runners Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia), Sydney Fitzpatrick (Billerica, Mass.), and Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) combined to set seven individual school records throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Fitzpatrick concluded the indoor season with four top-five finishes while Letourneau and Maguire both qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary to round out their 2012 outdoor season.
In front of 24,022 spectators at Gillette Stadium on October 22, the football team defeated longtime rival Massachusetts in the second edition of the Colonial Clash, 27-21. Junior running back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) was named the game's most outstanding player, rushing for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
After sitting out for several games to meet NCAA transfer regulations, Morgan Frame of the women's basketball team worked her way into the starting lineup after racking up 35 points off the bench against Wagner on December 21. The Waterville, Maine native was an essential part in the Wildcats' first winning season since 2006—racking up seven double-doubles during the 2011-12 campaign.
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