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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Simpler, faster defense for Wildcat football team
“We spent the offseason looking at everything we did and trying to evaluate that and we were looking at some things we saw when we looked at other people,” said defensive coordinator John Lyons. “We’re trying to really simplify what we’re doing. We changed some schemes and did some of that last year and want to do it even more so.”
“The feeling is to get it so the kids are thinking less and hopefully they’re playing faster and we don’t make mental mistakes,” Lyons said.
There are 15 practice sessions total and UNH usually goes early on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.
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The site promotes a fundraising campaign for the proposed $25 million all-sports facility that will be the new home to the football team and features artists’ renditions of what’s to come.
Athletics department officials plan to play games on the field while work is going on around it during the 2015 season and hope to open the new facility during that season.
Game times have not yet been announced, but there is expected to be a mix of noon, late afternoon and evening games.
FRESHMAN Meghan Pflieger turned in a personal best score of 9.875 in the vault to pace the gymnastics team to a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Regionals at Penn State on Saturday.
Florida scored 197.050 to win and Penn State came in at 196.725.
Oregon State was third at 196.525, Kentucky followed at 195.925, UNH was at 195.025 and Maryland at 194.525.
THE women’s track and field team finished first and the men were second to Maine in the first of back-to-back meets at UNH’s Reggie Atkins Track & Field Facility on Saturday.
The Wildcats host another meet on Saturday at 11 a.m. with teams from Dartmouth, Maine, Bowdoin, Fitchburg State and Babson expected to compete.Chelsey Serrano, a junior out of Raymond and Trinity of Manchester, junior Anne Twombly of Exeter and sophomore Lauren Perrodin led UNH to the win ahead of Northeastern, Maine and Holy Cross.
Perrodin won the 100 and 200 meter dashes and junior Morgan Costa won the 400.
On the men’s side, George Jumpp, a senior out of Manchester Memorial, won the hammer. Freshman Chris Poggi of Dover and Drew Piazza went one-two in the 800 and sophomore D’mahl McFadden of Penacook was first in the 110 meter hurdles.
THE lacrosse team evened up the America East portion of its record with an 8-2 win at UMBC on Saturday.
The Wildcats are 6-7 overall and have three games remaining on the next three Saturdays. They are home against Binghamton next Saturday, at Stony Brook on April 19 and home against Albany on April 26.