UNH Athletics Top 20 Moments from 2011-12 (Part 2)

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.

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The women’s ice hockey team knocked off fourth-ranked Boston College on October 20. With the ’Cats trailing 3–1 midway through the second period, Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) found Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) darting toward the net to cut the Eagle lead to just one. The Wildcats would strike twice more in the third period, including the game-winner from Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia).

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On November 3, Matt Evans surpassed Steve Doig as the football team’s all-time tackle leader as the Wildcats defeated William & Mary, 28–25, at Cowell Stadium. After being named the national defensive player of the year in 2011, Evans was named the team’s most valuable player in 2012. He capped his career with 460 stops and became the fifth Wildcat to have his jersey number, No. 52, retired.

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Head men’s ice hockey coach Dick Umile became the 12th coach in Division I history to win 500 games when the Wildcats collected an October 12 season-opening win against St. Cloud State. Just the eighth coach to win 500 games at a single program, Coach Umile will be back at the helm when he begins his 24th year with the Wildcats this fall.

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Head football coach Sean McDonnell reached a milestone of his own when the ’Cats defeated Georgia State, 44–21, at the Georgia Dome on October 6. Coach McDonnell became the second Wildcat head coach to reach 100 career wins, doing so in his 14th season with New Hampshire. McDonnell ended the 2012 season with a career record of 104–66 and a ninth- straight Wildcat FCS playoff berth, the longest active streak in the nation.

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For the third consecutive year, the field hockey team earned the right to host the America East Tournament, squaring off with Fairfield in the semifinal matchup on November 2. The two teams played to a deadlocked score at the end of regulation, but it was the Wildcats who earned the right to play in the America East Championship when redshirt freshman Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) delivered the game-winner in overtime.

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The men’s soccer team advanced to the America East Finals for the second time in the past three seasons. The ’Cats knocked off top-seeded Vermont in the semifinals with a 1–0 victory on November 7. Goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) tallied his seventh shutout of the season with a six-save effort, and Paul Bianchi (Essex, Vt.) sent New Hampshire to the title game with his first goal of the season.

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Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) of the women’s cross country team cruised to a first-place finish at the America East Championship at College Woods on October 27. Maguire completed the 5K course in 16:33, just two seconds shy of the course record, and became the second Wildcat in school history to capture the top individual honor. The senior’s effort helped the ’Cats place second overall.

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On March 8, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) extended the women’s basketball season, knocking off fourth-seeded Stony Brook in the America East quarterfinals, 49–46. Hogan finished with a team-high 13 points including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc to help the Wildcats make their first appearance in the semifinals since 2005.

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On February 17, the women’s swimming and diving team set an all-time league championship record of 858 points en route to winning its second straight America East Championship. This marked the Wildcats’ fifth conference title under head coach Josh Willman and the second time that the team won back- to-back championships, following earlier victories in 2005–2006.

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In April, men’s track and field senior Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.). donated bone marrow to an anonymous recipient, consequently ending his career as a Wildcat, but saving the life of a stranger in need. The odds of matching a non-family member were one in five million, and it was an easy decision for the Plaistow native. Lyle was awarded the first-ever America East Award of Valor for his courageous action on June 4.

Photos courtesy of Athletic Media Relations. For video highlights and more information on UNH Athletics, visit www.unhwildcats.com.