UNH Athletics Top 20 Moments from 2012-13 (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 Wildcat women’s soccer team extended their postseason run to 12 straight America East Tournament appearances, hosting Stony Brook at Lewis Fields on October 23. Under the guidance of new head coach Sam Lopes, the Wildcats will look to make it 13 straight playoff appearances come fall.
At a March 9 Penn State meet, the gymnastics team scored a 49.425 on floor exercise to shatter the school record. Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the way with a career-high 9.925, while teammate Austyn Fobes equaled her personal best with a 9.900. Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) also contributed with career-high scores of their own.
The volleyball team started off America East conference play with a perfect 4–0 mark, including seven straight wins overall, and a road victory over eventual conference champion Binghamton (Sep. 15–Oct. 5). Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led the ’Cats in kills in each of the seven victories and the Wildcats put together back-to-back sweeps of Providence and Dartmouth amid a span of eight-straight set wins.
In front of a senior day crowd at Lundholm Gym on March 3, the men’s basketball team completed a season series sweep of Maine for the first time since the 1994–95 season. Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the charge with a career-high 27 points, including 22 in the second half. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) added 13 points apiece.
On April 17, the women’s lacrosse team defeated Boston University, 13–12, at Cowell Stadium to help propel the Wildcats into the America East Championship tournament. Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) and Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) recorded three goals apiece to lead the Wildcat offense and the ’Cats never trailed in the contest. A late surge by the Terriers was stymied by Amber Casiano’s (South Windsor, Conn.) goal with 20 seconds remaining, sealing the triumph for the Wildcats.
Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) of the men’s alpine ski team each earned All-America First Team honors in slalom while competing at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships in Vermont on March 8. Coffey notched third place in the event while Vest-Burton crossed the line with a time good enough for fifth place.
On March 1, John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) scored a goal with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the Whittemore Center crowd into a frenzy and forcing overtime between the fifth ranked men’s ice hockey team and the UMass Minutemen. The goal marked just the beginning of a memorable weekend for the senior forward; Henrion posted his first career hat trick the following night en route to a 4–0 Wildcat victory.
The men’s cross country team compiled a second-place finish at the America East Championships on October 27. Cory Sinotte (Manchester, N.H.) placed second overall to lead the Wildcats to its best finish since 2009. Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) also helped the effort with a sixth place finish.
The men’s ice hockey team orchestrated a pair of comeback wins over Denver, including a 5–2 triumph in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal at the Verizon Wireless Arena on March 29. Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) knotted the score with a second period power play goal that ignited a stretch of four unanswered tallies, sending the Wildcats to the regional final for the third time in five years.
On December 3, the men’s ice hockey team rode an eight-game winning streak to a first place ranking in two national weekly polls. The Wildcats compiled a 11–1–2 mark through their first 14 games and saw themselves as the nation’s number one team for the first time since 2007. The team’s .857 win percentage matched the best start through 14 games in program history.
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