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NH College Notebook: Field hockey standout Nerbonne transfers to UNH

February 08. 2014 12:13AM

Bow High School graduate Lindsey Nerbonne, the 2012 New Hampshire Union Leader All-State Field Hockey Player of the Year, has transferred from Syracuse to the University of New Hampshire. She will be eligible to play for the Wildcats this fall.

"We are thrilled Lindsey will be returning to New Hampshire to represent the University," UNH coach Robin Balducci said in a release last week. "Lindsey was an outstanding high school athlete at Bow, and she had a terrific freshman season at Syracuse. We look forward to Lindsey having an immediate impact within our program moving forward."

Nerbonne was a three-time state coaches association all-Division II first-team selection, as well as a three-time Bow MVP. She scored 20 goals as a senior and finished her four-year career with 53 tallies.

As a freshman at Syracuse, Nerbonne played in 19 games, starting six. The 5-foot, 7-inch midfielder recorded four points, including an assist in the Oct. 13 game against UNH. She helped lead Syracuse to a 16-4 overall record and No. 2 national ranking entering the NCAA tournament.

Nerbonne's field hockey experience also includes being team MVP of the Seacoast United Sports Club under the direction of UNH assistant coach Meg Shea. She also had a highly decorated basketball career at Bow, where she was a two-time all-division selection, state Division III player of the year, and 1,000-point scorer for her career.

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SOUTHERN New Hampshire University sophomore forward Joe Collins is one of 18 players who have been named semi-finalists for the 14th Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the Division II-III level. Collins is one of two Division II players to be selected as semifinalists.

Collins has had a breakout second season for the Penmen, leading the team with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points. He also sits atop of the Northeast-10 Conference in scoring, goals, assists, and power play scoring, while averaging a league-best 1.52 points per game. A two-time NE-10 Player of the Week, Collins has recorded nine goals and eight assists on the power play, and has notched two gamewinners this season for SNHU.

A Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team selection last season, Collins has compiled 22 goals and 31 assists for 53 points in 42 career games.

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COLLEGE Sports Madness unveiled its Preseason All-Ivy League baseball selections today, and Dartmouth tied with Columbia for the most players on the two teams with five apiece. But no team had more on the first team than the Big Green's four, one of whom - senior outfielder Jeff Keller - was named the preseason Player of the Year.

Joining Keller on the first team were catcher Matt MacDowell, and infielders Matt Parisi and Joe Purritano. Earning a slot on the second team was another infielder in Nick Lombardi.

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THE DANIEL Webster College department of athletics has announced Nate Goulet has been named head coach of the Eagles baseball program. The announcement was made by DWC Director of Athletics Chris Gilmore.

"We are all excited that Nate has accepted the opportunity to work to continue the unprecedented success the College has enjoyed with the baseball program," noted Gilmore. "Nate was an extraordinarily well-qualified associate coach and he is an extraordinarily well-qualified head coach. We expect his leadership to keep the program in annual contention for the conference title and NCAA tournament."

Goulet, who becomes the ninth coach of the program since joining the NCAA, served this past season as associate head coach coordinating the Eagles offense, as well as work with infielders. The Nashua native brings more than a dozen years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level.

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UNIVERSITY of New Hampshire women's basketball team senior guard Kelsey Hogan of Nashua will attend the 12th annual WBCA "So You Want to be a Coach" program.

Each of the 50 members of the 2014 class will participate in a three-day workshop that will be held in conjunction with the annual WBCA National Convention, which takes place April 4-6, at the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four in Nashville, Tenn.

The objectives of the "So You Want To Be A Coach" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball. Furthermore, the workshop aims to increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.



Hogan is a three-time co-captain for the Wildcats. An America East Preseason All-Conference selection this season, Hogan ranks tied for 10th in the conference and leads UNH with 11.7 points per game. In addition, her .333 3-point percentage (31 of 93) places her fifth overall in America East. The guard became the 17th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points in a career as part of a 60-45 win over Vermont on Jan. 20. She also ranks in the top five in career assists (346) and 3-pointers (144).



Hogan and the Wildcats (14-8, 8-1 in America East) put their four-game win streak on the line today when they visit conference foe Stony Brook University Seawolves for a 2 p.m. tip-off.

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GOFFSTOWN'S Jana Hieber, a senior pentathlete on the Tufts women's indoor track and field team, broke her own school record and earned the highest Division III score in the nation to date with 3,622 points in her home facility during the Tufts Stampede on Jan. 31.

Competing in a field of nine, Hieber won four of the five events to cruise past her old school record of 3,401 points, which she'd set in 2012.

This season highest national score in the pentathlon before Hieber's Jan. 31 performance had been 3,453 points, scored by MIT's Jaclyn Konopka.

Hieber started by winning the 60-meter hurdles in 9.18 seconds for 873 points. That's the second-best time in Tufts history for the event. In the high jump, Hieber cleared 5 feet 3 inches to win and score 736 points. She placed first in the shot put, heaving the ball 32 feet 11.75 inches for a 533 score. Her final first was in the long jump, with a leap of 17 feet 9 inches for 674 points. That's the best distance by a Jumbo since 1992.

Though she did not win the 800-meter run, Hieber recorded her second-best point total, 806, with a time of 2 minutes, 21.26 seconds.

Southern Maine's Peyton Dostie, who won the 800 in 2:19.06, was second overall with 3,197 points.

"College Notebook" is compiled by the New Hampshire Union Leader staff and published weekly in the New England Sunday News. Email submissions to and include "College Notebook" in the subject field.

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