Wildcat Recap No. 15: Week of 2/14


Cameron Beall, Sports Editor

UNH men’s hockey: ‘Cats are running out of lives as season draws to a close

Over the last five months, the University of Vermont (UVM) Catamounts have had the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats’ number.

Last November, after an improbable postseason run, the sixth seeded Wildcats women’s soccer team found itself in Burlington in the America East Championship. In the game’s 79th minute, the Catamounts notched the first and only goal to walk away with a trophy and leave the Wildcats reeling.

Seven days later, during the men’s soccer finals, the Catamounts toppled the Wildcats men’s soccer team to shatter the hopes of an undefeated season and a fourth-straight America East Championship.

This streak of losses on the pitch has translated to the parquet courts. Both the Catamounts men’s and women’s basketball teams have beaten the Wildcats and combined to outscore UNH’s programs 105-142.

While the venue and sport shifted to the rink inside Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse, the results remained the same Friday night. UNH men’s hockey (13-14-1, 7-11-1) dropped their third straight and was shut out for the first time since Nov. 19 in a 3-0 loss to open the weekend and seal a season series loss, proving once more the Catamounts (6-18-2, 4-10-2) reign supreme in the battle of free-range felines.

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UNH women’s lacrosse: Wildcats show fight in opening day loss to Siena

On an unseasonably warm afternoon at Wildcat Stadium, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats (0-1, 0-0) faced off against the Siena Saints (1-0, 0-0). This will be one to forget for the Wildcats as they were dominated from start to finish and lost 18-6. But with young talent, things seem destined to improve.

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UNH women’s basketball: Wildcats win consecutive games for the first time since November

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats (6-17, 3-9) successfully snapped their five-game losing streak with two wins in three days. It is the first time that the team has won consecutive games since the 23rd of November.

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UNH swimming and diving: Wildcats three-peat and boast league-best 10 America East Championships

Did someone say Deja Vu? For the third year in a row, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats’ swimming and diving team has won the America East Championship.

Not only are the ‘Cats the third team ever to three-peat in the America East, but this one increases their league record of 10 total America East Championships.

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UNH men’s basketball: Wildcats ‘thoroughly outplayed’ by top-seeded Vermont; Catamounts lock up home court advantage

It didn’t take long for the University of Vermont (UVM) Catamounts (21-5, 13-1) to remind the league what kind of team they are after their first loss since the turn of the year. In their third straight game without star senior Ryan Davis, the Catamounts easily discarded University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats (12-11, 7-7) and made it clear that the America East still runs through Burlington.

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America East men’s basketball power rankings and predictions

It didn’t take long for Vermont to take back their throne atop the America East. The Catamounts clinched the No.1 seed for the sixth straight season with their win over New Hampshire on Feb. 16. With Stony Brook’s ineligibility for the playoffs, the UMBC Retrievers pose the biggest threat to the Catamounts when the calendar turns to March. Led by seniors Keondre Kennedy, L.J. Owens and Darnell Rogers, the Retrievers’ high-flying offense has proven itself among the class of the America East.

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