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November 18. 2012 9:58PM

Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Wildcats set to face another top rushing attack

DURHAM -- NEW HAMPSHIRE had lots of problems trying to slow Towson's offense down in a 64-35 loss on Saturday in Cowell Stadium.

Next, the Wildcats will go up against one of the best rushing offenses in the country at Wofford in two weeks in the second round of the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision tournament.

"They're a very good football team," said UNH coach Sean McDonnell. "They run the ball extremely well. They run the option offense, very similar to what Georgia Southern has run, what Rhode Island used to run, and we haven't seen it in a couple of years. We're going to have to go back and figure out how we're going to defend it."

Wofford averages 348.2 rushing yards a game, the second-highest total in the country.

The Terriers average 52 yards passing a game.

Senior Eric Breitenstein, a 5-foot-11 and 230-pund fullback, is third in the country at 150 yards a game rushing, has 1,653 total yards and has scored 16 touchdowns.

"They have a great player in the Breitenstein kid, who's probably one of the best backs in the country," McDonnell said. "We've got a lot of work to do in the next week to get ready for a huge game down at Wofford."

Wofford, located in Spartanburg, S.C., won its first five games of the year and has lost two of its last three. The Terriers lost at the University of South Carolina, 24-7, on Saturday.

Their first loss was at Georgia Southern, 17-9, and they rebounded from that with a 38-28 win at Appalachian State. Both Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are in the 20-team FCS tournament.

Wofford is 5-0 at home this season and is in the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six years.

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THE University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, with a pair of road wins already, goes for another on Tuesday night at Boston College.

"It'll be a tough game," said third-year coach Maureen Magarity. "It's BC. The ACC. But we've been telling the girls we're kind of on a roll. We're playing well on the road. Defensively, we have to play better."

The Wildcats beat Yale, 57-51, in their opener on Wednesday and followed up with a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Cari Reed hit a three-pointer for the win in the closing seconds at Holy Cross.

Reed has averaged 13 points and 11.5 rebounds in the first two games.

Morgan Frame, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, is averaging 15 points and Kelsey Hogan, a junior guard out of Nashua North, is at 14 points. Sophomore Kaylee Kirkpatrick, a 6-foot-4 inch sophomore, has 8.5 points and 4 rebounds a contest.

"Kaylee is playing real well," Magarity said. "With her size, playing her and Morgan together makes it tough for opponents to match up."

Boston College is 2-1. The Eagles lost their first game, to Boston University, 52-46, then beat Holy Cross, 71-56, and BYU, 62-56.

Tiffany Ruffin, a junior guard out of Seabrook and Winnacunnet High, has played in the three games for BC. She is averaging 8.3 minutes and has not scored but has six rebounds.

UNH plays it first home game on Sunday at 2 against Cornell.

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THE MEN'S basketball team fell to 2-1 with its first loss of the season at Bryant, 76-64, on Saturday.

The Wildcats are at New Jersey Institute of Technology on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and play at Holy Cross on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Senior forward Ferg Myrick leads UNH with 15 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. Junior Chris Pelcher is at 11.7 and 7.3, junior forward Patrick Konan at 13 points and six rebounds and senior forward Chandler Rhoads at 11 points a game.

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AFTER running its record to 8-1-1 overall and 6-1-1 in Hockey East with a 3-1 win over Boston University on Sunday, the men's hockey team is off to Colorado on Thanksgiving morning.

The Wildcats play at Colorado College on Friday night and at the University of Denver on Saturday.

UNH was ranked No. 5 in the country last week.

Denver was No. 2 and swept No. 14 CC in a pair of games, 6-5 and 6-2, over the weekend.

alessels@unionleader.com


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