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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: It’s spring football crunch time for Wildcat gridders
The Wildcats are down to their last week of spring football, which wraps up with the annual Blue & White game on Saturday at noon in Cowell Stadium.
Senior Jimmy Giansante has drawn praise from McDonnell in camp, too.
Harris and fellow senior Steven Thames, a defensive back, are serving what McDonnell called, “indefinite suspensions from the team for breaking team and university rules.”
Harris is a huge piece of the UNH offense.
He had 76 catches for 1,004 yards and five touchdowns last year and for his career has 210 catches for 2,777 yards and 21 scores. He is second on the school’s career list for receptions to David Ball’s 304 and fifth in career yardage. Ball leads the yardage list at 4,655.David Gamble is second at 3,072, Curtis Olds third at 3,028 and John Perry is next at 2,873.
“Both of them have been kicking the ball extremely well,” McDonnell said.
The track and field teams head to the University of Vermont for the America East championships on Saturday and Sunday, looking to improve on their results in the league indoor meets that capped the winter season.
Senior George Jumpp, a fifth-year senior out of Manchester Memorial, is ranked third in the hammer throw in America East.
Junior John Prizzi in the steeplechase, freshman Chris Poggi of Pinkerton Academy in Derry in the 800, senior Jesse Swink in the javelin, D’mahl McFadden of Merrimack Valley in Penacook in the hurdles and junior Isaiah Penn in the 400 are among the other contenders.
The lacrosse team, 7-9 overall and 2-3 in America East, is the No. 4 seed in the league tournament and takes on No. 1 seed and host Stony Brook, 14-3 and 4-1, in a semifinal on Friday at 5 p.m. No. 2 Albany, 13-2 and 4-1, plays No. 3 Vermont, 12-5 and 5-2, at 7:30.
The Wildcats lost a 15-5 regular season game at Stony Brook on April 15.
The Wildcats dropped their regular season finale, 19-5, to Albany at home on Saturday.
Defender Cori Rees, a senior out of Hampstead and Pinkerton Academy, is second on the team in groundballs with 26 and senior midfielder Molly Gaffey of No. Hampton and Winnacunnet has 12 goals and six assists for 18 points.
Forward Matt Willows, who will be a senior forward, will be the 111th captain of the men’s hockey team next season. The announcement was made at the team’s awards banquet on Saturday night.
Fellow senior forwards Grayson Downing and Casey Thrush will be alternate captains.
Senior Eric Knodel and junior Trevor van Riemsdyk, who passed on his final year of eligibility to turn pro, shared the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award; senior Justin Agosta won the A. Barr “Whoop” Snively Award for citizenship and service; senior goalie Jeff Wyer won the Charles Holt Coaches Award; senior forward Nick Sorkin won the Bob Kullen Unsung Hero Award; sophomore Kyle Smith was voted Most Improved; and senior forward Jeff Silengo took home the Nate Hardy Ironman Award and the Warren Brown Award for best defensive forward.