NH College Notebook: UNH and Dartmouth set to renew football rivalry
The University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College will renew their football rivalry next season on Sept. 27 in Durham.
The game against Dartmouth is one of six games UNH will play at Cowell Stadium in 2014, the school announced Friday with the release of next season's schedule.
The Wildcats will open the season at FBS opponent Toledo on Aug. 30.
The schedule also features six home games and a game in Elon, N.C., against Elon University, which joins UNH in the Colonial Athletic Association next season.
UNH and Dartmouth most recently played in 2009 with the Wildcats winning 44-14 in Durham. Dartmouth asked to take a break in the series, which has been dominated by UNH.
"We're excited to have Dartmouth back on the schedule," said UNH deputy director of athletics Steve Metcalf. "We've long considered it as a game the two schools should be playing against each other. We think it's a game that's good for both of us."
The teams are not scheduled to play in 2015, but are due to play in Hanover in 2016 and Metcalf plans to discuss continuing the series beyond that.
A home game against Lehigh is the other nonconference matchup, along with Dartmouth and Toledo.
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Tom Wilkins has been named associate director of athletics at Southern New Hampshire University, SNHU Director of Athletics and Recreation Anthony Fallacaro announced Wednesday.Wilkins, who is currently the associate athletic director for communications at the University of New Hampshire, will begin his duties later this month. "I want to thank Anthony Fallacaro, the search committee and the entire athletic staff at Southern New Hampshire University for this opportunity," said Wilkins. "I felt extremely welcomed by everyone and I'm excited to hit the ground running. I look forward to the opportunity to work together with the student-athletes, coaches, fans, supporters, alumni and the greater Penmen community."
Wilkins has spent the last six years at UNH, earning a pair of promotions as he was elevated to associate AD for communications in the summer of 2012 after spending the previous three years as assistant AD. A native of Pelham, Wilkins graduated from Assumption College in 2003 cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and History and went on to earn his Master's in Interactive Communications at Quinnipiac. He currently resides in Pelham with wife Julie and daughter Emily.
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Mark Miller and Mary Proulx of Keene State College joined Moses Jean-Pierre and Kim (Jeffs) Popieniek of Plymouth State University as recent inductees into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame.
Miller is the only male runner from KSC to win multiple national championships. Between 1999 and 2003, Miller was a four-time national champion and a 10-time All-American.
An Ashland native, Proulx is the all-time NCAA leader in the 10,000-meter run, posting the fastest time (33 minutes, 21.80 seconds) by a Division III runner at the 2003 Penn Relays. Between 1999 and 2003, Proulx was the first Owl female track All-American and national champion.
She captured five national championships and earned 15 All-America awards.
A basketball guard, Jean-Pierre is Plymouth State's all-time scoring leader and is 16th overall in Division III history with 2,483 points.
He set nearly a dozen Panther school records from 1990 to 1994, including career assists (669), steals (497), and consecutive games with a successful three-pointer (32).
One of the top pitchers in Division III collegiate softball history, Popieniek represented Plymouth State on All-America teams in 2002 and 2003. In 115 games, she posted a career record of 66-36 with an earned run average of 0.86 and 38 shutouts.
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Senior Jenni Roberts and junior Nicole Zahka of the University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team claimed America East Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards.Roberts notched a trio of first-place individual wins, fueling the Wildcats to a 167-128 victory over Northeastern last Saturday.Zahka recorded personal bests in both the 1-meter (247.20 points for third place) and 3-meter (250.40 for second) events.
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Freshman goalkeeper Mimi Borkan of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was named a member of the 2013 America East Women's Soccer All-Rookie squad.
Junior Hannah Blondin and senior Colleen Murray (Bedford) were tabbed to the All-Academic Team.
Borkan started 13 of the 15 games she played in and finished with a record of 3-5-5 with five shutouts. Her shutout mark was the most since 2006 when Lynn Gugliuzza recorded seven. Borkan recorded a shutout streak of 293:14 that spanned nearly three games. Blondin, an anthropology major, earned her first nod to the All-Academic Team after recording a grade point average of 3.89. Murray also earned her first All-Academic Team accolade as a biology major with a 3.75 GPA.