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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: : Out of the frying pan, into the fire
The University of New Hampshire football team dropped to 1-2 for the season with Saturday’s 34-27 loss at still-undefeated Lehigh and next up they must go on the road and face another unbeaten, and much higher-ranked, team.
“We have to have a real short memory now,” said UNH coach Sean McDonnell. “We’re going in to play probably the best team we’ll play all season.”
Towson was ranked No. 2 in one national poll and No. 3 in the other last week. UNH was No. 10 and No. 7 last week and Lehigh checked in at Nos. 21 and 17.
Last year, Towson led 30-28 at the half and broke things open with 27 straight points on the way to a demoralizing 64-35 UNH loss.
“They were the best team in the league at the end of last season,” McDonnell said. “They’re physical on both sides of the ball. They have a great player in Terrance West. They’ve found a good quarterback in Peter Athens. The other thing that really jumps out is their defense.
The Tigers are giving up a CAA-best of just 271 yards of offense a game and a second-best 14 points.
West carried the ball 19 times for 236 yards and a couple of touchdowns against UNH last season.
West is still only a junior and is 5-foot-11 and 223 pounds.
Both teams will be fired up for this one.
UNH, looking to get back on track for a 10th straight FCS tournament appearance, needs a quick turnaround and wants to avenge last year’s defeat.
The next day they heard otherwise on the NCAA Selection Show. They were 7-4 and staying home. UNH, at 8-3, was picked as an at-large team.
They responded with wins in five of their last six regular season games and got into the tournament with a 7-4 record.
THE men’s hockey team hits the Whittemore Center ice for an exhibition game against Acadia University on Saturday night at 7.
The Wildcats open the regular season the next week in the Ice Breaker at Minnesota. They play Clarkson on Oct. 11 and the next night play either Minnesota or Mercyhurst the next night.
THE women’s hockey team split a pair of games at St. Lawrence over the weekend and plays its home opener on Friday night against RIT.
THE volleyball team, 7-10 overall and 1-0 in America East, plays at Stony Brook on Friday.
THE cross country teams both collected seventh-place finishes in tough fields at the Boston College Invitational on Friday.
Oregon won the 13-team men’s race in front of Syracuse, Providence, Wisconsin, Northeastern, Cornell and UNH.
THE men’s basketball team will play a Blue-White scrimmage in Lundholm Gymnasium on Oct. 12, following the Homecoming football game against Rhode Island. The Wildcats open the season at home against Div. III Suffolk on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and play at Duquesne on Nov. 13.
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