Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Wildcats fly south seeking wins
The Wildcats play Cornell on Saturday night at 7:30 in the second round of the Florida College Classic in Estero. Maine and Princeton meet at 4:05 in the first game of the tournament.
“We like our team,” said UNH coach Dick Umile on Thursday afternoon. “We played .500 the first half of the year. Last year we had a great first half and were .500 in the second half. We’ve got to turn it around in the second half and hopefully we can get it started down there.”
Sophomore defenseman Brett Pesce is planning to meet the team in Florida and be in the lineup, too.
“It’s disappointing he didn’t make it,” Umile said. “But he’ll move on and we’ll move on and it’s good to have him in the lineup.”
This is UNH’s second appearance in the College Classic. They first played in it in the 2006-07 season, when the Wildcats lost their first game to Cornell, 5-2, and then beat Western Michigan, 5-2, for third place.Casey DeSmith, the junior goalie out of Rochester, leads the Wildcats into Florida. He has a .922 save percentage and 2.13 goals against average to go with his 7-7-0 record overall and 2-2-1 mark in Hockey East.
Junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is right behind them with four goals and 15 assists for 19 points.
The Big Red have played only once since Nov. 30 and UNH has played twice since then. Both teams last played on Dec. 7.
UNH won a pair of games at Colorado College, 6-2 and 3-0, and then lost at Boston College, 6-2, on Dec. 6 and fell to the Eagles at home, 2-1, the next night.
The men’s basketball team looks to snap a nine-game losing streak when it plays at Towson on Monday night at 7:30.
The Wildcats are 2-9. They won their first two games, at home against Division III Suffolk and at Duquesne, but have not won since.
UNH is home against Sacred Heart on Jan. 4.
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The UNH women’s basketball team is 4-7 and plays next at Brown on Jan. 3.