Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Double dose of difficult
The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey and football teams have major challenges ahead this weekend. The good news is they are at-home tests.
Michigan, which jumped to the No. 5 ranking in the country after wins over Boston College and RIT last weekend, plays No. 13 UNH at the Whittemore Center today at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats went to Towson two weeks ago and started fast, but could not hold on and lost 44-28.
“That was a real reality check,” said junior running back Nico Steriti. “It was the No. 2, No. 3 team in the country and we’re going out there and we’re putting up points, we’re playing football. We’re getting stops, we’re getting turnovers. When you see that as a player you see how good your team can be. But when you let things up, it’s kind of a trickle effect. You keep giving up stupid things and before you know it, you’re losing.”
“At times you felt in the (Towson) game you were as good as anybody in the CAA,” said UNH coach Sean McDonnell. “Then there’s the other times when you’re saying we’ve got a long way to go.”
Junior wide receiver R.J. Harris and redshirt freshman defensive back Casey DeAndrade are both doubtful.
While Vailas started the first four games this year, McDonnell has always figured he has two starting quarterbacks and expects Goldrich to continue to play well.
Robertson completed 17 of his 18 passes last week against Towson for 182 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 32 times for 150 yards and three scores.
Goldrich and UNH will try to retain the balance that has the Wildcats splitting their 481.2 yards of offense a game evenly with 243.4 rushing and 237.8 passing.
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THE HOCKEY TEAM saw a lot of speed last Saturday night against Minnesota in the championship game of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
They expect to see at least as much speed this weekend.
Umile said on Thursday afternoon that both should be able to play.
Goumas and Downing teamed with freshman Tyler Kelleher on the top line to start the Clarkson game.
Umile was happy with the goaltending last week and said he will likely stick with the same rotation this weekend, starting Wyer tonight and DeSmith on Saturday.