Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Saturday's a reality check for gridders
The Wildcats open the season at Toledo, an FBS school a step above UNH’s FCS level, on Aug. 30.
As of Saturday’s scrimmage, the opener will be 118 days away.
The Wildcats say last season and their last game, 134 days ago on Saturday, fuels them.
The Wildcats lost at North Dakota State, 52-14, on Dec. 20. The Bison went on to beat Towson, 35-7, for their third straight national championship.
“We started 1-3 and we did what we did and it was special and all that,” said running back Nico Steriti, who will be a senior. “But I think a lot of the guys on the team are not satisfied at all. I really believe that. We got a little taste and we want more.”
UNH’S new senior captains — left tackle Rob Bowman of Cheshire, Conn., and defensive end Cody Muller of Telford, Pa. — will lead the team into Cowell Stadium for Saturday’s spring game.
Head coach Sean McDonnell announced the new captains on Thursday.
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SATURDAY’S Blue-White game offers one last chance for players to impress coaches and for coaches to assess how players react in game-like situations.
Wide receiver Kyon Taylor and tight end Jordan Powell, who will both be sophomores, were two of the players he mentioned on offense. Powell backs up senior Harold Spears.
“I’ve really been pleased with Brian Ciccone,” the coach said. “He’s probably our most improved defensive player in the spring. He’s never really got a spring like this to practice, watch tape, get coached and go practice again. It’s so huge to see yourself and what you’re doing.
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SOPHOMORE hurdler D’mahl McFadden of Penacook, senior thrower George Jumpp of Manchester, senior sprinter Allison Brehm of Pembroke, junior hurdler Virginia Lavallee of Kingston, senior thrower Bacall Liset of Dover and senior distance runner Anne Twombly of Exeter are among the in-state athletes who will be looking for points in the America East track and field championships at Vermont on Saturday and Sunday.
Jumpp competes in a tight field in the hammer where, Boulanger said, there are four throwers within about three feet of each other.
THE lacrosse team is looking for its first win in a tournament game since 2009 when it takes on host and No. 1 seed Stony Brook tonight at 5 in an America East semifinal game.
UNH is 7-9 overall and was 2-3 in league games and is the No. 4 seed.
No. 2 Albany, 13-2 and 4-1, and No. 3 Vermont, 12-5 and 5-2, play in the other semifinal at 7:30 tonight.