Members of the University of New Hampshire men's club team celebrate after winning the American College Hockey Association Division 2 championship March 26 in Marlborough, Mass. UNH defeated Florida Gulf Coast University, 5-3, in the final. (COURTESY)
College Notebook: UNH men's hockey club team wins national crown
Better yet, the Wildcats beat UMBC in the semifinals and then, led by a couple of forwards and a goalie from the Granite State, knocked off Florida Gulf Coast, 5-3, in the title game on Tuesday afternoon in Marlborough, Mass., to collect their first ACHA national club championship.
Now they're No. 1.
Leahy and freshman Austin Sprague of Manchester, high school standouts at Oyster River and Manchester Central respectively, each scored a pair of goals in the title game.
"Austin is the total package," McIsaac said. "He does everything. He's gritty, he's tough and he's got a great shot. He plays every scenario, and he's very good on face-offs."
"We have two starting goalies," McIsaac said. "My biggest problem all year was deciding who to put in net. Dylan is a real solid goalie, and nothing fazes him. You can't get him rattled, and Neil is the same way."
"But we have a lot of talent coming back and coming in," McIsaac said.
Now the goal has changed a bit: It will be to qualify for the national tournament again, advance to the final four again and defend a national title.
"There's a good core of kids coming back, and they'll have the experience of winning the title," Leahy said. "It's only going to get better."
"For me, that takes some of the stigma away," he said. "People hear about us and think glorified intramurals, and it's far from that. ...
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CONCORD'S Tewksbury siblings, Griff and Jenna, have had strong starts to their spring seasons at Bates College and Wheaton College, respectively.
Yes, their dad is former major-league pitcher Bob Tewksbury.
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UNH men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson last week named two new assistant coaches, Logan Hoffman and Richie Weinrebe.
Weinrebe returns to his alma mater after spending two seasons at Southern New Hampshire University, where he helped the Penmen, win the 2013 NCAA Division II national championship.
THREE Plymouth State University wrestlers have been recognized with postseason honors from the New England Wrestling Association.
Sophomores Chris Perreault and Ray Welch received honorable mention on the 2013-14 All-NEWA Team, Perreault at 184 pounds and Welch at 157. In addition, PSU freshman Clay Callahan was the NEWA All-Rookie Team selection at 165 pounds.
Welch enjoyed an outstanding season in his first year with the Panthers, compiling a 17-6 record at 157 pounds.
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A TOTAL of four Southern New Hampshire University winter season athletes were named to their respective Northeast-10 All-Conference teams.
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