Southern New Hampshire University Athletics
Week at a Glance (May 14-20, 2018)
Female Athlete of the Week: Ashley Elder - Track & Field - Jr.
Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) won the shot put at the New England Championships on Saturday, as she turned in a heave of 14.12 meters (46 feet, 4 inches) to top a field of 22 student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III and register her third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance. Elder also took part in the discus, where she finished second in Division II and No. 20 overall after whirling the weight 34.57 meters (113 feet, 5 inches).
Male Athlete of the Week: Caleb Potter - Baseball - Sr., OF
Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) was 7-for-16 (.438) with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored, while slashing .471/.875/1.346, during a 2-2 week in the Northeast-10 Championship for the Penmen. Potter was named to the NE10 All-Championship Team for his performance. Potter began the tournament by going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Bentley in the NE10 first round. His two-run homer with one-out in the ninth forged a 2-2 tie and allowed the Penmen to win it later in the inning. Potter was again 2-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to New Haven on Thursday before going 2-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a home run, two RBI and a run scored in a 8-5 victory over Le Moyne on Friday.
Softball (38-14, 19-8 NE10, 14-7 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
5/10 vs. Pace - W, 3-2 (NCAA East 2 Regional at Saint Anselm)
5/11 at Saint Anselm - L, 1-3 (NCAA East 2 Regional at Saint Anselm)
5/11 vs. Merrimack - L, 3-4 - 8 inn. (NCAA East 2 Regional at Saint Anselm)
This Week's Games:
- Softball went 1-2 last week at the NCAA East 2 Regional to wrap up its season, falling in the semifinal against Merrimack.
- Junior Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H.) was 2-for-19 during the tournament, but hit a pair of home runs, knocked in three runs and scored twice. Lavallee was 1-for-3 with a solo shot in Thursday's 3-2 win against Pace and then went 1-for-4 with a two-run bomb in Friday's 4-3, 8-inning loss to Merrimack.
- Senior Katie Horiuchi (Linvingston, N.J.) was 3-for-9 with a run scored during the week, while sophomore Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) went 2-for-6 with a walk and an RBI with the bat.
- In the circle, Barone was 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA, eight strikeouts and no walks over 10-and-a-third innings, coming on in relief in all three games. She earned the win against Pace with a shutout frame and took the loss versus Merrimack, as she allowed two runs - one earned - while striking out four over six innings.
- Lavallee was 0-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 10-and-two-thirds innings, with her best performance coming in the win against Pace when she gave up two runs - one earned - on five hits, while fanning three and walking a batter, over six frames.
Baseball (35-15, 19-6 NE10, 18-3 NE10 NE)
Last Week's Results:
5/8 vs. Bentley - W, 3-2 (Northeast-10 Championship first round)
5/10 vs. #8 New Haven - L, 3-5 (Northeast-10 Championship Weekend)
5/11 vs. #20 Le Moyne - W, 8-5 (Northeast-10 Championship Weekend)
5/11 vs. Merrimack - L, 2-9 (Northeast-10 Championship Weekend)
This Week's Games:
5/17 vs. Franklin Pierce - 7 p.m. (NCAA East Regional at Pleasantville, N.Y.)
5/18 at New Haven - 3 p.m. (NCAA East Regional at Pleasantville, N.Y.)
5/19 vs. TBD - 3 p.m. (NCAA East Regional at Pleasantville, N.Y.)
- Baseball went 2-2 last week, as it fell in the semifinal round of the NE10 Championship to Merrimack.
- Senior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) was 7-for-16 (.438) with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored, while slashing .471/.875/1.346 during the four games. Potter was named to the NE10 All-Championship Team for his performance. Potter began the tournament by going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Bentley in the NE10 first round. His two-run homer with one-out in the ninth forged a 2-2 tie and allowed the Penmen to win it later in the inning. Potter was again 2-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to New Haven on Thursday before going 2-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a home run, two RBI and a run scored in a 8-5 victory over Le Moyne on Friday.
- Redshirt-sophomore Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) batted .500 (5-10) with a pair of extra-base hits, an RBI and three runs scored to go along with a slash line of .643/.700/1.343. Goldstein was 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI in two runs scored in the win over Le Moyne and then went a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday's 9-2 loss to Merrimack in the semifinal.
- Sophomore Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) slashed .313/.389/.438/.827, going 5-for-16 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Blandini finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI against the Chargers and also went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored versus the Dolphins.
- Senior Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) allowed one run on four hits, while striking out six and walking three, over seven innings in the Bentley win. Redshirt-junior Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) picked up the win in that one with three-and-two-thirds innings of one-run, one-hit relief, fanning five and walking just one.
Women's Track & Field
Last Week's Results:
5/12 at New England Championships - 20th/37
This Week's Meets:
- Women's track & field finished 20th at the 37-team New England Championships on Saturday.
- Junior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) won the shot put, as she turned in a heave of 14.12 meters (46 feet, 4 inches) to top a field of 22 student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III and register her third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship provisional qualifying performance. Elder also took part in the discus, where she finished second in Division II and No. 20 overall after whirling the weight 34.57 meters (113 feet, 5 inches).
- Sophomore Madison Brand (Valhalla, N.Y.) represented the Penmen in the 3000-meter steeplechase, where she turned in a new personal best of 11:38.25, which is also a new program record and good enough to finish in the Division II top-five.
Last Week's Results:
5/7 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional - T-11th/20
5/8 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional - 11th/20
5/9 at NCAA Atlantic/East Regional - 7th/20
This Week's Matches:
- Men's golf saw its season come to a close with a seven-place finish at the 20-team NCAA Atlantic/East Regional on Monday-Wednesday at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va. The Penmen began the final round 12 shots out of a spot in the NCAA National Championship before turning in the second best score of the round to finish just three shots away from their second trip to nationals.
- Junior Matt Paradis (Hooksett, N.H.) fired a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish tied for sixth, overall, with a 2-over 218. Paradis' 68 matched the eventual individual medalist for the lowest score of the day.
Women's Soccer (15-3-5, 9-1-4 NE10)
- Women's soccer, which was ranked as high as No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll during the season, put together a historic season, winning the sixth most number of matches in program history.
- The Penmen earned the highest Northeast-10finish ever with the No. 2 seed and went on to capture their second NE10 crown and first since 2012.
- The team garnered the program's fourth berth into NCAA Tournament, where it notched the first NCAA postseason win in program history in the first round.
- Senior Rianna Fasanello (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) was named to the D2CCA East All-Region First Team, with classmate Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) earning a spot on the Second Team. Fasanello anchored a back line that led the league in GAA (0.62) and goals allowed (15), while scoring her first career goal in a 1-0 win against Assumption on Oct. 17. Luis led the team in both goals (11) and points (27), checking in third in the league in both categories.
-Fasanello was also an NE10 major award winner, being selected as the Defensive Player of the Year, with fourth-year head coach receiving Coach of the Year honors. Fasanello was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Luis, while Senior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine), junior Ariana Silvia (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.) were all Second Team selections. Senior goalkeeper Paige Salmon(W. Hempstead, N.Y.), senior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) and junior Samantha Sparda (Scarborough, Maine) also were tabbed for the Third Team, while freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) received an All-Rookie Team nod.
Men's Soccer (11-3-3, 8-3-2 NE10)
- Men's soccer, which was ranked as high as No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll during the season, finished fourth in the Northeast-10standings and played to a 0-0 draw against fifth-seeded Le Moyne in the quarterfinal round of the NE10 Championship, before falling on penalty kicks.
- The team missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, bringing the nation's longest active streak to an end at nine appearances.
- Junior Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain) was selected to the NE10 All-Conference First Team after a 15-goal, four-assist, 34-point campaign that saw him rank second in the league in goal goals and points, as well as fourth in game-winnign tallies (4). He found the back of the net in 13 of 17 matches, including a season-high five straight from Oct. 7-21. Sophomore Louka Masset (Paris France) was also a First Team selection with six goals for 12 points, in addition to helping anchor a back line that was fourth in the league in GAA (0.95) and goals allowed (17). Masset also had a flair for the dramatic, with five of his six goals coming as either game winners or equalizers in the 70th minute or later.
- Sophomore Romain Daniellou (Brest, France) and freshman Daniel Jones (W. Hartford, Conn.) were tabbed for the Second Team, while freshman Kiko Hernandez (Madrid, Spain) earned a spot on the Third Team. Jones and Hernandez also received All-Rookie nods.
Women's Volleyball (11-12, 7-7 NE10)
- Volleyball narrowly missed the Northeast-10 postseason, but turned its season around down the stretch, winning seven of its final 10 matches to get to .500 in the league.
- The team posted a 3-1 victory against NE10 runner-up Southern Connecticut on Oct. 28 as part of that span, while narrowly falling at eventual NE10 Champion New Haven, 3-2, on Nov. 4.
- Senior Marisa Coronis(Hudson, N.H.) earned the third NE10 All-Conference selection of her career with a Second Team honor. Coronis set a new single-season program record with 346 kills, while leading the league in kills per set (3.89) and ranking 15th in service aces per set (0.34). She wrapped up er career second all-time in kills (1,166) and matches played (104), as well as seventh in both hitting percentage (.241) and blocks (202).
Field Hockey (8-9, 4-8 NE10)
- Field hockey began the season 5-1, including 2-0 in the Northeast-10, before hitting an eight-game slide and then wrapping up the year with three straight wins.
- Five of the losses during the eight-game skid came by just a single goal.
- Freshman Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) was crowned the Northeast-10Rookie of the Year - the first member of the program ever to earn a major award from the league - after posting 19 points on eight goals and three assists.
- Sophomore Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) was named to the NE10 All-Conference Second Team after turning in a 10-goal, four-assist, 24-point campaign.
- The women's cross country team twice finished runner-up at meets this season, in addition to placing seventh at the Northeast-10Championship and ninth out of 25 teams at the NCAA East Regional Championship.
- Sophomore Jill Couto (Newton Junction, N.H.) paced the team all year, capturing first place at both the Vermont Tech Invitational and the Bruce Kirsch Cup. Couto also finished 13th at the NE10 Championship to earn All-Conference Second Team honors, as well as 17th at the NCAA East Regional to claim United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region accolades.
- On the men's side, the team won the Bruce Kirsch Cup, was runner-up at the Vermont Tech Invite, finished third at the NE10 Championship and was fifth of 23 teams at the NCAA East Regional.
- Senior Tyler McLaren (Pepperell, Mass.) turned in a magnificent season, winning both the Vermont Tech Invitational and the Bruce Kirsch Cup, while finishing runner-up at the New England Championship, NE10 Championship and NCAA East Regional. McLaren, who garnered NE10 All-Conference First Team and USTFCCCA All-Region honors, became the second runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, where he turned in the highest finish at the meet for a Penmen, placing 43rd out of 249 runners in a time of 32:02.8. McLaren topped the previous SNHU best by 32 spots, while finishing just three spots shy of attaining All-America status.
Women's Basketball (17-12, 12-9 NE10)
Last Week's Results:
- Women's basketball posted its highest overall win total (17) and conference win total (12) since the 2011-12 season and earned its first NE10 Championship berth with the Northeast Division's No. 4 seed since that same campaign.
- The team, which won 11 of 13 from Nov. 15-Jan. 6, hosted its first postseason game ever Feb. 23 and won that NE10 first round contest against Saint Rose, 75-62, for its first NE10 Championship win since 2011. The Penmen then fell just short of its first-ever semifinal berth with a 75-64 loss at Southern Connecticut two days later.
- The Penmen posted a 73-68 win at third-ranked Bentley on Dec. 6 and then captured lightning in a bottle a second time, recording a 66-55 home win against the Falcons on Feb. 7 when they were ranked seventh, to earn the first regular-season sweep of Bentley in program history.
- Junior Kylie Lorenzen(Holliston, Mass.), who scored her 1,000th career point Jan. 3 versus Pace, was named a Northeast-10All-Conference First Team selection after starting all 29 games and averaging 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 47.5 percent (182-383) from the field and 82.5 percent (132-160) from the stripe.
Men's Basketball (15-12, 11-10 NE10)
- Men's basketball began the season 9-0, falling just one game shy of matching the program's best start since the 1989-90 campaign.
- The team would win three of its last five, including the last two games of the season, to earn a NE10 Championship berth as the Northeast Division's No. 5 seed. The Penmen suffered a heartbreaking, 76-74 loss at the buzzer against Southern Connecticut to exit in the first round for the first time since 2008.
- Legendary head coach Stan Spirou announced his retirement after the season, bringing to an end a 33-year career that saw him post 640 wins, eight conference championships, five Elite Eight berths and a pair of Final Four appearances.
- Senior Chris Walters(Stamford, Conn.) was an NE10 All-Conference First Team pick for the second straight season. He started all 27 games and averaged 23.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks per game, while shooting 49.3 percent (198-402) from the field, 44.1 percent (52-118) from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent (191-223) from the stripe. His 191 free throws made are the most in single season in program history, while his 639 total points rank fourth and his scoring average places fifth.
- Junior Daquaise Andrews(Queens, N.Y.), who netted his 1,000th career point at Stonehill on Feb. 3, was a Third Team honoree after starting all 27 contests and recording 17.9 points per game on 47.6 percent (182-82) shooting, in addition to tallying 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.
Men's Ice Hockey (12-9-3, 6-7-2 NE10)
- Men's ice hockey won 12 games and captured the No. 4 seed to earn its first NE10 Championship berth in two seasons. The Penmen traveled across town to top-seeded Saint Anselm and dropped a 3-1 decision in the semifinals to the eventual champions.
- The team went 7-1-1 over a nine-game stretch from Nov. 17-Jan. 16 and then won four-in-a-row from Feb. 2-10.
- Senior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) garnered Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team recognition, registering career highs in both goals (20) and points (28).
- Fellow senior Matt McLelland (Reading, Mass.) was a Second Team choice, anchoring the defensive unit and collecting a career-best 14 points on a goal and 13 helpers. Freshmen Zack Ciampa (Revere, Mass.; 1-7-8), Kyle Galloway (Sugar Hill, Ga.; 4-6-10) and Max Kent (Sandwich, Mass.; 1-11-12) were tabbed to the All-Rookie Team.
Women's Lacrosse (4-13, 3-10 NE10)
- Women's lacrosse won two of its last four contests, but had dug themselves too large a hole to climb out of.
- The team played a tough schedule, with 11 of its 17 games coming against nationally-ranked opponents.
- Senior Alexa Bedell (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) were both named to the NE10 All-Conference Third Team. Bedell scored 43 goals and dished 26 assists for 69 points, while also racking up 88 draw controls and 24 ground balls. She ranks eighth in the single-season record book in points and ninth in assists. Wilder found the back of the net 56 times, while handing out a career-high 12 assists, for 68 points. The 56 goals are the fourth most in a single season in program history, with the 68 points checking in as the 10th most.
Men's Lacrosse (5-9, 3-8 NE10)
- Men's lacrosse won its first two games and was ranked as high as No. 19 in the country, before hitting a five-game skid it did not recover from.
- Freshmen Nolan Isabella (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) and Cole Jacobsen (Dartmouth, Mass.) were selected to the NE10 All-Rookie Team. Isabella helped anchor one of the youngest defensive corps in the league, as he registered a team-high 15 caused turnovers, ranked third on the team with 26 groundballs and was one of three student-athletes to start all 14 contests. Jacobsen registered the fifth-highest point total on the team, tallying 15 goals and handing out four assists for 19 points.
Women's Tennis (11-6, 9-3 NE10)
- Women's tennis reached the semifinal round of the NE10 Championship for the 11th straight season, but extended its finals drought to five seasons.
- Six individuals were honored with NE10 All-Conference accolades, including junior Anna Sala (Matadepera, Spain) and freshman Casey Burns (Westbrook, Conn.), who earned Second Team honors and No. 1 and No 4 singles, respectively. Junior Rachel Wagner (Framingham, Mass.) and senior Lindsay Baum (N. Salem, N.Y.) were Third Team selections at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
- At doubles, Sala and classmate Sofia Morais (Porto, Portugal) were First Team selections at No. 1, with Burns and Kaitlyn Poje (E. Stroudsburg, Pa.) making the Third Team at No. 2.
Men's Tennis (16-7, 9-0 NE10)
- Men's tennis rolled to its third straight undeafeated NE10 schedule to also earn its third consecutive NE10 Regular-Season Championship and No. 1 seed. The three-peats did not stop there, as the Penmen captured their third straight NE10 crown and fourth, overall, after it made the final for the sixth time in eight years.
- The team, which has now won 35 straight, including the postseason, against NE10 foes, earned its seventh NCAA Tournament berth and edged, Merrimack, 5-4, for its first NCAA postseaason victory.
- Senior Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) was selected as the NE10 Player of the Year for the second straight season, while also garnering his second straight NE10 Most Outstanding Player of the NE10 Championship honors. Fernandes set a new single-season record for singles wins with 24.
- Fernandes was joined on the NE10 All-Conference First Team at singles by fellow seniors Ricardo Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) and Miguel Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal), graduate student Xavier Aubron (Herouville, France) and sophomore Bas van Biezen (Sassenheim, Netherlands). Aubron and van Biezen, as well as Fernandes and senior Jeremy Reichentahl (Cheshire, Conn.), earned Second Team doubles accolades.
- van Biezen finished the season at 22-2 to finish second all-time for single-season victories behind Fernandes.
- Women's golf turned in its best finish of the season at the Penmen Labor Day Classic on Sept. 3-4 when it finished third. The team was also fifth at the Northeast-10 Championship on Sept. 24-25.
- Freshman Makyla Lewellen (Zainesville, Ohio) averaged a team-best 86.5 strokes per round, with junior Kaitlyn Lutinski (Derry, N.H.) a close second at 89.6.