IN HINDSIGHT, the decision to transfer from Saint Anselm College to Southern New Hampshire University following his first semester of college seems to have benefited Chris Moquin. It certainly benefited the SNHU hockey program.
Moquin, a right wing who lives in Hooksett, was named to the 2017-18 Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference First Team after he collected 28 points, including a team-high 20 goals, in 24 games last season. He entered the weekend tied for the team lead with five goals in 14 games this season.
Maybe SNHU was the right place for Moquin all along.
“I can’t say no to that because of how much I’ve liked it here,” Moquin said. “There were athletic reasons (for the transfer) and there were academic reasons. Some of it was my fault, so I can’t really point the finger at anybody. It all worked out for a reason.”
Moquin graduated from Trinity High School and played hockey for the Pioneers during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Trinity beat Hanover for the Division I championship during his sophomore year. The following season he was one of the younger players on a New Hampshire Junior Monarchs team that won the USA Junior Hockey national championship.
“I was hot,” Moquin said. “Those were my golden years.”
Other than being close to home, SNHU was an attractive option when Moquin was looking to transfer because two of his former Trinity teammates, Kyle Valliere and Ryan Slatky, were already on the SNHU roster.
Moquin, who’s a graduate student, had to sit out a year after he transferred. He collected seven points (three goals) in 11 games during the second semester of the 2015-16 season, and had 21 points in (six goals) in 27 games during his sophomore season.
He had a breakout season in 2017-18, and has shown this year that he still has his scoring touch. SNHU owned a 7-5-2 record entering back-to-back games against Franklin Pierce this weekend.
“(Scoring goals) has always been a stronger part of my game, but this is the most talented team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” he said. “We’re getting production from all four lines, so that’s helped take some of the load off my shoulders.
“We have all the tools to win the NE-10 this year. Everybody knows we’ll be a threat come crunch-time.”
Senior Warren Bartlett (Loudon) and freshman Marcus Roper (Cornish), both of whom are members of the Plymouth State University track and field team, were each honored by the Little East Conference (LEC) last week for their performances at the Middlebury Winter Classic. Bartlett was named the LEC men’s indoor track and field track athlete of the week, while Roper was chosen as the LEC men’s indoor track and field rookie field athlete of the week.
Bartlett was a double winner for the Panthers, capturing the individual title in both the 800-meter run and the mile run. He topped his own school record in the 800 meters, finishing with a time of 1:58.95 — the 23rd fastest time in the country to date. His winning mile time of 4:22.80 is currently the ninth fastest in the nation. Roper had an impressive debut in the shot put to place second, shattering a 48-year old school record in the process. His throw of 13.85 meters beat the previous record by 0.09 meters and was good enough to reach New England regional qualifying standards.
Windham’s Connor Hopkins, a member of the Saint Michael’s College swimming and diving team, was named to the Northeast-10 weekly honor roll after he won five events and finished second in two others during a 1-1 week for the Purple Knights. He won the 50-yard backstroke (25.40), the 50-yard freestyle (22.17), anchored the winning 200 free-relay team (1:32.78), and took second in the 100 free (50.49) during a 203-90 loss to Bentley University on Jan. 10. He won the 100 free (49.57), led off to help his team win the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.39), and placed second in the 200 free (1:53.89) during a 123.5-113.5 victory against the State University of New York at Potsdam on Jan. 11. His opening 50 back (25.33) in the 200 medley was the seventh-fastest in the NE-10 this winter.
Hopkins also won four events to help Saint Michael’s defeat Norwich 184-109 Thursday. He won the 50-yard (25.29) and 100-yard (55.05) backstroke races, led off for the victorious 200-yard medley relay (1:42.89), and anchored the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:31.75). Keene’s Payton Stewart, a junior at Saint Michael’s, won three events against Norwich. He anchored the 200-yard medley relay and prevailed in the 50 free (23.00) and 50-yard butterfly (24.87).
Manchester’s Griffin Connor, a sophomore forward on the SNHU men’s hockey team, was named to the Northeast-10 honor roll for recording the first two-goal game of his college career to help SNHU defeat Becker College, 4-1, on Jan. 12. Connor scored the game-winning goal at 11:41 of the second period and also collected the Penmen’s final goal of the game at 17:12 of the third.
New Boston’s Meghan Cramb was averaging 8.6 points per game for the Assumption women’s basketball team through 16 games this season. Cramb, a sophomore guard, helped Bishop Guertin win back-to-back Division I championships. She appeared in 25 games for Assumption as a freshman, when she averaged 4.6 points in 15.3 minutes per game.