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UNH’s Josh Bauer, shown in action during the Wildcats' season opener against Boston University, was named the America East Defensive Player of the Week.

Spearheading a University of New Hampshire men's soccer defensive unit that has been particularly dominant of late, Bedford's Josh Bauer received America East Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Wildcats' 4-0 win over the University of Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday. 

With Bauer's help, the Wildcats posted their fourth straight shutout, and eighth of the season, while the junior midfielder also had a pair of goals -- his second and third of the year -- as No. 15 UNH improved to 10-0-2 (4-0-0 AE).

UNH is off to its best start in program history.

Dartmouth climbs rankings

The Dartmouth College football team leaped up national polls on Monday, moving from No. 21 to No. 17 in the STATS Top 25, and from No. 21 to No. 16 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25. 

Fifth-year senior Jack Traynor has been a key member of the Big Green defense this year and on Monday was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Traynor intercepted two passes in Dartmouth's 49-7 win over Marist on Saturday and brought the first of the pair back for a 55-yard touchdown. 

He also collected two tackles and has 27, including 16 solo, on the season.

UNH was not ranked this week.

Kingston's Smith earns NE-10 honor

Sophie Smith was named Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Week for her crucial role in Saint Anselm College's 1-0 win over Pace University Saturday.

Playing from her back position, the Kingston resident helped limit the Setters to eight shot attempts in the match. She also ended up being the hero thanks to her game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in the first half.

Smith was the first Saint Anselm women's soccer player to win the award since Meredith Martin '15 earned it on Sept. 29, 2014. 

De Almeida recognized by LEC

Nashua's Nicole De Almeida was selected as the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week following Keene State College's 2-0 week.

The senior has been a key player on the women's soccer team's defense, which has limited opponents to 1.62 goals per game this season.

That number ranks third in the LEC and is aided by the Owls allowing two total goals over their last four games. A stretch including three shutouts.

PSU's Flanagan honored by LEC

Alisha Flanagan recorded a career-high 34 digs in Plymouth State University's win over Western Connecticut on Saturday, adding four aces on her way to winning the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week award.

The Milton resident averaged 4.77 digs per in a week where the Panthers finished 3-0 with wins over WestConn, Keene State and Mount St. Vincent. 

Flanagan ranks second in the conference with 417 digs this season and her 4.17 digs per set average is the fourth-best in the conference.

She enters this week 25 digs shy of 1,000 for her career.