College Notebook: UNH athletes help welcome home military personnel at Pease
April 26. 2014 8:34PM
Members of the University of New Hampshire football and women's lacrosse teams welcomed military servicemen and women back into the United States earlier this week at Pease International Tradeport.
UNH has teamed up with Pease Greeters - a volunteer organization that welcomes servicemen and women back into the country with applause, music, food, gifts, services and more since 2012.
"It brings chills down your spine to see the troops come home and smile," said junior football player Nick Cefalo. "Its a privilege to be here to meet the people that are protecting our country. The troops do so much for us and welcoming them is the least we can do for the troops. Everyone is in good spirits and it is a great experience."
"It is important to come out to support and thank the soldiers for what they have done for us," said Daniel Rowe, sophomore football player. "I'm honored to be out here with the troops; they risk their lives every day to protect us."
"We don't get to thank the troops enough and it was great to hear some of their stories and welcoming them back home," said senior women's lacrosse player Cori Rees of East Hampstead. "There was a great turnout by not only the football and lacrosse teams but the local community as well. The troops were blown away that we would come out to greet them."
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Michigan sophomore power forward Mitch McGary, who prepped at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, decided to declare for the NBA draft Friday after facing a year-long NCAA ban for testing positive for marijuana.
"Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made," McGary said in a statement released by Michigan. "I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA Tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four.
"I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration. Despite all of this they have been understanding and helpful over the last couple of weeks. I take full responsibility for this poor choice and want to apologize to everyone, especially those I have grown close to during my fabulous two years at the University of Michigan."
McGary, who is 6-foot-10, played just eight games (four starts) this season because of a back injury that ended his season in mid-December. He averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. In 2012-13, he averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 39 games, including eight starts.
Yahoo Sports reported that McGary failed a drug test administered by the NCAA after the Wolverines' win over Tennessee in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. McGary suited up for that game but did not intend on playing due to the injury.
McGary told Yahoo Sports that he smoked marijuana one night in mid-March.
NCAA rules for drug testing supersede those of individual schools.
"It's just with the NCAA and their strict rules, they don't show any mercy," McGary said. "They take their things seriously."
After helping the Wolverines reach the NCCA title game against Louisville in 2013, McGary decided to return to school. Because of his back issues, he could be a second-round pick, several NBA scouts told ESPN.com.
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Freshman Candace Andrews of the St. Anselm College women's basketball team was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year and senior Tori Lehr was picked as a Division II All-Star, the conference announced recently.
Andrews, who was also named the Northeast-10's Rookie of the Year following the regular season, averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, while shooting 39.6 percent from the field in 24 contests, including 23 starts. Andrews tied for the league lead in steals, tied for 10th in assists and tied for 17th in scoring, while pacing all of the conference's freshmen in all three categories.
Lehr, who was a Northeast-10 Second Teamer this season, started all 27 games and averaged 14.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 73 percent at the line. Lehr, who produced 14 double-doubles to top the conference, tied for the league lead in rebounding, ranked eighth in scoring and was tied for 11th in shooting.
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The Dartmouth men's hockey program announced that David Lassonde will join the staff.
Lassonde will serve as associate head coach, filling the role of departing Dave Peters who leaves to take over as the new head coach for the Selects Academy at the South Kent School in Connecticut.
"I am very pleased to have David join our staff and am excited to welcome him to the Dartmouth hockey family." Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet said. "David brings a wealth of experience and a passion for the game that I know will be major assets to our program.''
The Rochester native brings with him an impressive résumé in college which includes 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament with five appearances in the Frozen Four, three conference tournament titles and six regular-season championships in addition to working with 10 players who were named Hobey Baker Finalists.
Most recently, Lassonde helped lead Denver to the NCHC Tournament Championship in the league's inaugural season and a berth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
"I would like to thank Coach Gaudet and the entire Dartmouth athletic administration for giving me the opportunity to return to the Granite State and practice my labor of love," Lassonde said. "During my recent visit to Hanover, I was very impressed with the culture Coach Gaudet, Peters and John Rose have created around the hockey program, and I am grateful for the opportunity to become part of, and contribute to, the tradition of Big Green Hockey.''
Prior to his time in Denver (2011-14), Lassonde was on staff at the University of New Hampshire as an assistant (1988-1991/1997-2002) and associate head coach (2002-11). Between his two stints with the Wildcats, Lassonde spent three seasons at both Wisconsin (1991-94) and Miami (Ohio) University (1994-97).
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Sophomore Mike McCahey, senior Dino Mallios and junior Roy Mabrey of the St. Anselm College men's basketball team were all named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II All-Stars recently.
An ECAC First Team All-Star, McCahey, who was selected to the NABC Coaches' East All-District Second Team and the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team last month, led the Hawks in both scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg), while shooting 46.1 percent from the floor, including 38.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 76.8 percent at the line.Mallios found a spot on the Second Team following his best season in a St. Anselm uniform. Mallios, who was chosen as a Northeast-10 Second Teamer after the regular season, started all 30 games and averaged 10.3 points, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from behind the arc and 73 percent from the stripe.
Mabrey joined Mallios on the Second Team after a selection to the Northeast-10 Third Team following the regular season. Mabrey averaged 15.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30 starts, while shooting 42 percent from the field, including 34.7 percent from downtown, and 78 percent at the line.
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