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June 21. 2014 10:34PM

UNH running back Steriti selected to FCS watch list


UNH #22 Nico Steriti gets away from UMASS' Perry McIntyre.  (Michelle Bronner/Courtesy)

UNIVERSITY of New Hampshire senior running back Nico Steriti has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Running Back Award watch list.

The list comprises 38 candidates, one of whom will be recognized as the back who did the most to increase the overall effectiveness of his Football Championships Subdivision team.

Active in all 15 UNH games last year, Steriti led the team with 1,028 rushing yards, 197 carries and eight rushing touchdowns, the first Wildcat since 2002 to surpass the single-season 1,000-yard mark. Named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 224-pound back was fifth in in the conference in rushing yards, attempts, and TDs.

Steriti is the fourth Wildcat named to a CFPA watch list this summer. Other UNH honorees include linebacker Shane McNeely, defensive back Steven Thames and quarterback Sean Goldrich.

SOUTHERN New Hampshire University's baseball program has 23 players competing in wood-bat summer leagues. Seven players are playing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), while five players are with New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) clubs. Junior-to-be Joe McCarthy of Nashua is with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League, widely regarded as the best collegiate summer league in the country.

Several Penmen have gotten off to strong starts. In the NECBL, closer Benjamin Criscuolo has picked up where he left off this past spring, not allowing an earned run in five appearances for the Keene Swamp Bats and striking out six. In the FCBL, Mike Mastroberti and Tyler Fortanascio were each batting .333 as of midweek for the Seacoast Mavericks, while Lucas Olen of Bedford was 1-0 with a 1.12 ERA in his first four appearances for the Nashua Silver Knights. Tim Viehoff of Derry began the weekend 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA and nine strikeouts in 11 innings for the Silver Knights, while in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), Zach Goldstein was batting .302 for the Geneva Twins.

Southern New Hampshire finished the 2014 season 41-14 overall, posting the second-most victories in program history. The Penmen captured their first-ever Northeast-10 Northeast Division regular-season title, as well as their first NE-10 Championship crown, and qualified for and hosted the NCAA East Regional for the third straight season.

UNH took second place in the 2013-14 America East Academic Cup standings announced Wednesday, posting a grade-point average of 3.20. It is the highest UNH GPA in the 19-year history of the award.

The second-place finish is the fourth over the last five years for UNH, which previously came in second in 2012-13 (3.18 GPA), 2010-11 (3.13) and 2009-10 (3.16). The Wildcats were also the first school to win back-to-back titles in the award's history (1998-99, 1999-00).Lauren McCandless earned the distinction of America East Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's swimming with a 3.67 GPA while studying molecular and cellular biology/biochemistry.

SIGNE LINVILLE is the new head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs.

A 2006 graduate of Colby-Sawyer, Linville returns to her alma mater as one of the most decorated and versatile student-athletes ever to hit the pool at the New London school. She still holds five individual school records and is a member of the record-holding 400-meter medley relay team. Linville was inducted into the Colby-Sawyer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

"I am extremely honored to be back at my alma mater and have the chance to empower these amazing student-athletes," Linville said in a school release. "I will be focused on helping the team develop good habits and reach their full potential as students and athletes."

Linville returns to Colby-Sawyer after nearly a year as the swim coach for all ages and assistant manager at the Executive Health and Sport Center in Manchester. In addition to her coaching duties, she will take on an aquatics coordinator role at the Knight Natatorium in the Hogan Sports Center.

JUNIOR Kyle Brigham of Hudson and Daniel Webster College has added a pair of honors to his outstanding collegiate baseball career.

The third baseman, who was named the New England Collegiate Conference's Player of the Year back in early May for the second straight season, was recently named to the ECAC Division III New England second team at the same position and added a selection to the D3baseball.com Northeast Region second team.

Brigham hit .426 (52-122) in 32 games, with 11 doubles, five triples, one home run, 24 runs batted in, a .623 slugging percentage, and an on-base percentage of .478. He also was a perfect 12 of 12 in stolen base attempts.

A former NECC Rookie of the Year, the junior was also a first team NECC all-conference selection for the second straight year.

SNHU men's soccer head coach Marc Hubbard recently added Ruben Resendes and Simeon Steward to his staff.

Resendes was a four-year starter for Southern New Hampshire from 2009-13. He spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Emmanuel College in Boston, and was promoted to associate head coach following the season. During his time at Emmanuel, he also worked at the New England Revolution Academy, where he focused on curriculum and player development as regional development school coordinator. After his SNHU career, Resendes played professionally with U.M.F. Tindastoll in Iceland.

A veteran of numerous youth camps, including one run by Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, Steward was the director of men's soccer operations for the University of Washington in 2012, and was selected for the inaugural National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) "30 Under 30" Program.The SNHU men's soccer team captured the program's second NCAA Division II national championship in 2013, posting a 22-1-1 record that included a 23-game unbeaten streak and culminated in a 2-1 win over Carson-Newman University in the national championship match. The 2014 season opens on Sept. 4, at home against Bloomfield College.

"College Notebook" is compiled by the staff of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Submissions can be emailed to sports@unionleader.com.


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