Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Already, Wildcats' offensive skills are evident
Coach Sean McDonnell and his staff conducted practice No. 6 of the 15 allowed by the NCAA, in a session that included about an hour's worth of scrimmage time, on Saturday morning in Cowell Stadium.
"I think they threw and caught the ball a little better than they had been doing. The good thing was it was a chance for us to go live and get on our game field and spread out a little bit. It's good to see these guys in a live situation. We've been semi-live a couple of times, but not live all the way."
Giansante caught 31 passes for 306 yards and a couple of touchdowns last year. The hope is he can pick up some of the production lost with the graduation of Justin Mello, who had 73 catches for 1,038 yards and 10 scores last year.R.J. Harris, who had 76 catches for 1,004 yards and five TDs despite missing three games to injury, will also be a senior in the fall.
Senior Rob Bowman has moved from right tackle to left tackle on the offensive line to take the place of Seamus O'Neill of Manchester, who manned the position most of the last four years.
"We have got guys who have not played yet, but are going to get a lot of work this spring," McDonnell said. "Andrew Lauderdale is a terrific athlete. The thing he needs to do is gain weight and get stronger.
Spring football concludes with the annual Blue-White game on May 3.
JOCK MACKENZIE, an early and longtime voice of the Wildcats, died last week in Florida at the age of 88.
MacKenzie was the voice of men's hockey and football at UNH for years.
"He put the entire network together," said Jim Jeannotte, who worked as an analyst with MacKenzie for several years in the mid-1970s and later succeeded him with play-by-play. "He did it all. He got the stations, sold the advertising, ordered the phone lines and did the play-by-play."
"He was a real homer, like Johnny Most," Jeannotte said. "UNH could do no wrong. That was some of my style, too. We all had that style in a way. People loved him. He was very good."
THE women's track team finished first and the men were second in the Wildcat Invitational meet in Durham in Saturday.
Junior Virginia Lavallee of Kingston won the 100 and 200 meter hurdles, sophomore Brianna Boden of Keene won the 10,000 meter run and senior Caroline Bonsaint of Hampton was first in the long jump.
Maine was tops for the men with 152 points, UNH had 123 and Dartmouth 113.
Senior George Jumpp of Manchester won the hammer throw and junior Duncan Cromwell of North Conway was first in the pole vault.
THE lacrosse team evened its overall record at 7-7 and improved to 2-1 in America East with an 18-5 win over Binghamton on Saturday.
The Wildcats are at Stony Brook on Saturday and close out the regular season with a home game against Albany on April 26.