Week at a Glance: April 17-23

Southern New Hampshire University Athletics
Week at a Glance (April 17-23, 2017)

Female Athlete of the Week: Sahara Brown - Women's Track & Field - Sr.
Sahara Brown (Center Barnstead, N.H.) won the javelin with a throw of 40.54 meters (133 feet) and also placed fifth in the discus throw with a toss of 33.93 meters (11 feet, 4 inches) as women's track & field finished fifth at the Silfen Invitational on Saturday.

Male Athlete of the Week: Keifer Heckman - Men's Lacrosse - Sr., A
Keifer Heckman (Peabody, Mass.) led the way during a 2-0 week for the Penmen with 11 points on six goals and five assists as he moved to within one goal of 100 for his career. Heckman tallied three goals and three helpers in a 17-6 win at American Int'l and then scored three more times and dished a pair of assists, including the game winner in overtime, in a 15-14 victory against Franklin Pierce on Saturday.

Softball (17-15, 3-9 NE10, 3-5 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
4/10 vs. Post - W, 3-2
4/10 vs. Post - W, 8-0 (6 inn.)
4/11 vs. Saint Michael's - L, 4-5
4/13 at Saint Anselm - L, 2-3
4/13 at Saint Anselm - L, 0-1
4/14 vs. Saint Anselm - W, 4-2
4/15 vs. Stonehill - L, 1-2
4/15 vs. Stonehill - W, 1-0 (8 inn.)
This Week's Games:
4/19 at Franklin Pierce - 3 p.m.
4/19 at Franklin Pierce - 5 p.m.
4/21 vs. Stonehill - 5 p.m.
4/22 at Merrimack - 12 p.m.
4/22 at Merrimack - 2 p.m.
4/23 at Merrimack - 1 p.m.

- Softball split eight games last week, including a sweep of Post on Monday.
- Sophomore Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) went 11-for-25 with two runs scored as she slashed .440/.481/.480/.961. Garczynski was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Monday's 8-0 game two win.
- Junior Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass.) hit .400 as she went 12-for-30 with an RBI and four runs scored. Perigao was 2-for-3 in both ends of Thursday's doubleheader against Saint Anselm.
- Senior Nicole Gubellini (Salem, N.H.) went 1-2 with a 1.48 ERA as she went the distance in all three of her starts. In her four appearances spanning 23-and-two-thirds inning, she struck out 21 and held opponents to a .179 batting average. Gubellini gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out six, in seven innings of a 4-2 victory against Saint Anselm on Friday.
- Freshman Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) was 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA, striking out 15 in 17-and-a-third innings, while limiting opposing batters to a .190 average. Barone blanked Stonehill in game two Saturday, beating the Skyhawks, 2-1, with eight shutout innings, allowing five hits, while striking out five and now walking a batter.

Baseball (25-6, 11-2 NE10, 6-1 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
4/12 at Saint Michael's - W, 15-5
4/13 vs. Bridgeport - W, 3-2
4/15 at Stonehill - W, 13-5
4/15 at Stonehill - W, 11-3
This Week's Games:
4/17 at Stonehill - 3:30 p.m.
4/18 vs. Franklin Pierce - 6 p.m. (NESNplus/NESN National)
4/21 vs. Bentley - 3:30 p.m.
4/22 vs. Bentley - 12 p.m. (NESNplus/NESN National)
4/22 vs. Bentley - 3 p.m. (NESNplus/NESN National)

- No. 6 baseball went 4-0 last week, including a pair of division wins that moved it into first place in the NE10 Northeast.
- Graduate student Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) batted 6-for-14 (.429) with a home run, six RBI and seven runs scored. Goldstein, who posted an OPS of 1.500, walked four times as he was on base at a .571 clip and also stroked three extra-base hits to slug .929. Goldstein hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in a 15-5 victory against Saint Michael's on Saturday and then was a perfect 4-for-4 with two walks and five runs scored in a 13-5 win at Stonehill in game one Saturday.
- Freshman Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) slashed .417/.500/.667/1.167 as he was 5-for-12 with two walks, six RBI and three runs scored in a 4-0 week for the Penmen. Blandini, who won NE10 Rookie of the Week honors earlier Monday, was 2-for-3 with a walk, four RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's game one victory.
- Redshirt-junior Jake Stearns (Plymouth, Mass.) went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his only appearance of the week. Stearns defeated Bridgeport, 3-2, Thursday as he allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking one, in nine innings. The Purple Knights batted .207 against Stearns.

Women's Lacrosse (7-6, 4-5 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
4/12 vs. Assumption - W, 18-14
4/15 vs. Bentley - L, 7-13
This Week's Games:
4/18 vs. #17 Stonehill - 7 p.m.
4/22 at American Int'l - 7 p.m.

- Women's lacrosse split a pair of contests last week and is now in a four-way tie for the seventh spot in the NE10 standings.
- Sophomore Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) registered eight points on five goals and three assists, while also collecting six groundballs. Bedell scored three goals and dished two assists and also grabbed three groundballs in an 18-14 win against Assumption on Wednesday. Bedell then added two tallies, a helper and three groundballs in Saturday's 13-7 loss to Bentley.
- Freshman Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) scored six times and tallied five groundballs and four draw controls. Harrington scored three goals, collected a pair of groundballs, won three draw controls and caused a turnover against Assumption before potting three goals, scooping up three ground balls and corralling a draw control versus Bentley.
- Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kennedy (Windham, Maine) stopped 26 of the 53 shots she faced in 120 minutes to finish with a 13.50 GAA and .491 save percentage. Kennedy turned away 12 Assumption shots and then racked up 14 saves in the loss to Bentley.

Men's Lacrosse (8-3, 6-3 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
4/11 at American Int'l - W, 17-6
4/15 vs. Franklin Pierce - W, 15-14 (OT)
This Week's Games:
4/19 at Saint Anselm - 7 p.m.
4/22 at Post - 4 p.m. 

- No. 16 men's lacrosse shook off its first loss in five games to go 2-0 last week and sits alone in fifth place in the NE10 standings.
- Senior Keifer Heckman (Peabody, Mass.) led the way with 11 points on six goals and five assists as he moved to within one goal of 100 for his career. Heckman tallied three goals and three helpers in a 17-6 win at American Int'l and then scored three more times and dished a pair of assists, including the game winner in overtime, in a 15-14 victory against Franklin Pierce on Saturday.
- Junior Corey Cairo (Wading River, N.Y.) scored five goals and handed out four helpers for nine points. Cairo registered four goals and two assists at AIC and then added a goal and two assists versus Franklin Pierce.
- Senior Daniel Trainor (Billerica, Mass.) scored five times and dished an assist as he recorded three goals and an assist against the Yellow Jackets and then scored twice, including the overtime game winner against Franklin Pierce as he found the back of the net by going behind the back.
- Senior goalkeeper Tyler Walsh (Northampton, Mass.) made eight saves in 82:09 of action during the week as he stopped six of 10 shots in 47:27 at AIC and then made two saves in 34:44 against Franklin Pierce. Junior Michael Brawley (Tewksbury, Mass.) did not make a save over the final 12:33 at AIC and stopped one shot in 29:16 against Franklin Pierce.

Women's Track & Field
Last Week's Results:
4/15 at Silfen Invitational - 5th/17
This Week's Meets:
4/22 at Sean Collier Invitational - 10 a.m.

- Women's track & field finished fifth at the Silfen Invitational on Saturday as the Penmen won a pair of events.
- Senior Sahara Brown (Center Barnstead, N.H.) won the javelin with a throw of 40.54 meters (133 feet) and also placed fifth in the discus throw with a toss of 33.93 meters (11 feet, 4 inches).
- Sophomore Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) captured the discus event with a heave of 39.76 meters (130 feet, 5 inches). After turning in an official distance of 41.12 meters (134 feet, 11 inches) in the hammer throw, which was fourth overall and second in Division II, Elder led the way for SNHU in the shot put. Elder's heave of 11.89 meters (39 feet, 0.25 inches) slotted her fifth overall and the third-highest in Division II.
- Freshman Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.) continued to shine in the 100-meter hurdles, as she was the top freshman finisher and slotted in second overall, clearing the hurdles in 14.86 seconds. Murphy also submitted a fourth-place finish (3,871) in the heptathlon.

Women's Tennis (15-7, 10-2 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
4/14 at Brandeis - L, 0-9
4/15 at Babson - W, 6-3
This Week's Matches:

- Women's tennis wrapped up its regular season by splitting a pair of matches and will now await its fate for a potential NCAA Tournament berth.
- Sophomore Sofia Morais (Porto, Portugal) won both of her matches in Saturday's 6-3 win at Babson, including a marathon at No. 2 singles. Morais combined with sophomore Kaitlyn Poje (E. Stroudsburg, Pa.) to squeak out a 9-7 No. 1 singles win against Dina Weick and Kylie Kam, and then rallied for a 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 (13-11) victory at No. 2 versus Chloe Brandt. 

Men's Tennis (14-6, 9-0 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
4/12 at Merrimack - W, 5-2
4/14 vs. Bentley - W, 5-4
This Week's Matches:
4/20 vs. TBA - 2 p.m. (NE Championship semifinal)

- Men's tennis went 2-0 last week as it completed its second straight undefeated NE10 slate and captured its second NE10 Regular-Season Championship.
- Junior Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) went 4-0 during the week. Fernandes made quick work of Frank Vega, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles and notched a 9-7 No. 1 doubles win against Mikhail Belov and Nick Majewski with junior Ricardo Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) in the 5-2 win at Merrimack on Wednesday. Fernandes then breezed past Bentley's Brendan McCarthy, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles and also captured an 8-1 No. 1 doubles win against McCarthy and George Samander in the 5-4 victory over the Falcons on Friday.

Women's Golf
Last Week's Results:
This Week's Events:
4/21 at Saint Rose Women's Spring Invitational
4/21 at Saint Rose Women's Spring Invitational

- Women's golf was idle last week and returns to the links April 21-22 at the Saint Rose Women's Spring Invitational at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland, N.Y.

Men's Golf
4/10 at The Trojan - 11th/12
4/11 at The Trojan - 11th/12
This Week's Events:

- Men's golf finished 11th at the Trojan at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C. on Monday and Tuesday.
- Sophomore Matt Paradis (Hooksett, N.H.) submitted a three-round total of 231, as he went 75-79-77.
- Senior John Clancy (Sandwich, Mass.) matched Paradis' top score of the tournament with a second-round 75 and finished with a 238.


Women's Soccer (10-8-1, 7-6-1 NE10)

- Women's soccer earned its second straight Northeast-10 Championship berth, garnering the No. 8 seed on the final day of the season with a 3-1 win against sixth-ranked Adelphi. In a re-match with the then-12th-seeded Panthers just three days later, the Penmen dropped a 2-1 double-overtime decision in the quarterfinal round.
- The team went 2-1-1 against nationally-ranked opponents and was also 2-1-1 in overtime matches. In addition, SNHU was 4-2-1 in games decided in the 90th minute or later.
- Five Penmen earned NE-10 All-Conference honors. Senior Olivia Parsons (Plymouth, Mass.) was selected to the First Team, while juniors Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) and Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.), as well as sophomore Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) and freshman Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.), were all named to the Third Team. Roys also received an All-Rookie Team nod.
- Parsons was also a CCA All-East Region Second Team selection. 

Men's Soccer (12-5-2, 8-3-2 NE10)

- Men's soccer earned the fifth seed for the Northeast-10 Championship, but dropped a 1-0 double-overtime decision at fourth-seeded Franklin Pierce in the quarterfinal round, which ended the Penmen run of four straight conference titles and marked the first time they would not make the final since 2010.
- The team garnered an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, earning its 22nd overall appearance and ninth straight to extend the longest active streak in Division II. 
- Sixth-seeded SNHU posted a 3-1 victory over third-seeded Le Moyne in the first round and then fell to second-seeded and host Adelphi, 1-0, in the second round.
- Nine Penmen garnered NE-10 All-Conference honors. Graduate students Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France), Yannis Becker (Sittensen, Germany) and Tobias Esche (Bremen, Germany) were tabbed for the First Team, while senior Gilbert Manier (Kigali, Rwanda) and sophomore Claude Diesse (Brossard, Quebec) received Second Team recognition. Grad goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.), senior Enzo Giuliani (Toulouse, France) and freshmen Romain Daniellou (Brieuc, France) and Louka Masset (Paris, France) were named to the Third Team, with Daniellou and Masset also receiving All-Rookie Team accolades. 
- Boukemia, Becker and Esche would go on to earn CCA All-East Region Second Team honors. 

Women's Volleyball (7-21, 4-10 NE10)

- Volleyball finished in an 11th-place tie in the Northeast-10 standings.
- The team posted a signature win as it swept first-place and NE-10-unbeaten Bentley, 3-0, at home Oct. 18. It was SNHU's second straight win after pulling out a five-set victory against Merrimack just three days earlier.
- The second Penmen two-game winning streak came Nov. 6 when they notched a pair of five-set victories against Southern Connecticut and Wilmington (Del.).
- Freshman Joanne Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.) set a new program record for assists by a freshman, dishing 890 to top the 682 handed out by interim head coach Catherine Cotton in 2012. 

Field Hockey (9-9, 5-7 NE10)

- Field hockey submitted its best season ever in 2016, setting program records for wins (9), conference victories (5) and winning percentage (.500). 
- Freshmen Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) and Maaike Gerkema (Driebergen, The Netherlands), as well as sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.), were all recognized with Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team selections.
- The team's biggest win of the year came when freshman Alison Hildreth (Hampton, N.H.) notched her first career goal with no time on the clock to record a 2-1 victory over top-ranked and eventual Northeast-10 Champion LIU Post on Oct. 7.

Cross Country

- The men finished fifth overall at both the Northeast-10 Championship on Oct. 22 and the NCAA East Regional Championship on Nov. 5, in addition to capturing its only title of the season at the Bruce Kirsh Cup on Sept. 17.
- Senior Nacho Hernando-Angulo (Logrono, Spain) earned his second straight berth to the NCAA National Championship, while re-writing more of the program's record book along the way. Hernando-Angulo set a new school record in an 8,000-meter event (24:40), posted the highest finish at the Northeast-10 Championship (No. 2) and NCAA East Regional (No. 2), and also become the first two-time United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honoree and two-time Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection.
-The women submitted an 11th-place showing at the Northeast-10 Championship and were then 14th at the NCAA East Regional.
- Senior Laura O'Hanlon (Dedham, Mass.) became the only four-time All-Region honoree and three-time All-Northeast-10 Conference performer in program history.

Women's Basketball (11-17, 6-15 NE10)

- Women's basketball fell short of the NE10 postseason as it finished seventh in the Northeast Division.
- A three-game winning streak from Dec. 14-30 was able to get the Penmen over .500 at 7-6 when the calendar flipped to 2017.
- Sophomore Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) was a bright spot for the team as she earned NE10 All-Conference Third Team honors.

Men's Basketball (21-9, 15-6 NE10)

- Men's basketball captured its second NE10 Northeast Division Regular-Season Championship in the last three years, earning the No. 1 seed and home court through the NE10 Championship. The Penmen earned a spot in the finals for the third time in five seasons, but fell to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm.
- The Penmen earned their 20th NCAA Tournament berth in program history, including their third straight and fourth in the last five seasons, claiming the No. 2 seed in the East Regional. SNHU suffered a 109-98 loss to Southern Connecticut in the opening round.
- The program notched its 24th 20-win season, including the third straight.
- Senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) garnered Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Third Team honors, D2CCA East Region and Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and First Team spots on the NABC East All-District, D2CCA East All-Region and NE10 All-Conference Teams, as well as a spot in the 2017 Reese's/NABC Division II College All-Star Game.
- Junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) received NABC East All-District and D2CCA East All-Region Second Team accolades, as well as an NE10 All-Conference First Team nod.

Men's Ice Hockey (13-14, 4-7 NE10)

- Men's ice hockey narrowly missed the NE10 postseason, despite beginning the season 11-3, including 4-1 in league play.
- The team twice put together winning streaks of four games, including a five-game streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 11 to send them into the holiday break with 11 wins for the first time in program history.
- Graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) was named the NE10 Player of the Year for the second time in his career, while freshman Jared Goudreau (Manchester, N.H.) was selected to the All-Rookie Team.