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Richmond rallies past UNH 35-21

Aaron Dykes outruns Pop Bush for Richmond’s go-ahead score
Kobie Turner (98) sends UNH quarterback Bret Edwards flying

(Durham NH) Richmond hadn’t won at UNH in twenty-one years.

Richmond was winless in the Colonial Athletic Association and had lost five straight.

Richmond had six turnovers in a loss to Stony Brook last week.

Right on cue, the Spiders fumbled the opening kickoff this afternoon setting up the Wildcats in wonderful field position.

But Richmond (3-5) was able to forget all the bad history and the rocky start and defeat UNH, 35-21, on a nonstop, rainy afternoon at Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats (3-5) have now lost five straight.

UNH had the lead, 21-17, after three periods but watched the visitors put up eighteen unanswered points in the final period.

Isaac Seide (42) had his first UNH touchdown

Richmond quarterback Joe Mancuso was the key to the Spiders victory.  The redshirt senior had three passing TDs as well as a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.

Junior Aaron Dykes was on the payoff end of two of Joe’s passes in the last quarter.  His first TD catch gave the Spiders the lead for good, 28-21, with 9:54 left.

Joe Mancuso now has ten passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in 2021.

Aaron Dykes now has four receiving scores.

The UNH pass defense struggled all afternoon surrendering 291 yards and three touchdowns.

Joe Mancuso (9) adds a two-point conversion

But the Wildcats still weren’t out of this one until Aaron Dykes second touchdown gave Richmond a, 35-21, lead with only 3:44 left.

Before that game-sealing score, UNH found ways to put points on the board and you waited for Richmond’s previous futility at UNH to resurface. 

The Spiders fumbled the first time they had the ball in the first half and escaped unscathed.  They did the same thing in the second half, losing the ball at their own 27, and weren’t so lucky.

UNH quarterback Brody McAndew capped a five-play drive with a seven-yard score and UNH had their first lead of the game, 21-17, at 10:17 of the third quarter.

Seemed like a perfect time for the Spiders to revert to previous form, after all they had lost five straight to UNH.  But they didn’t.

The Richmond offense cashed points on three of their first four possessions in the last quarter.  The Wildcats, meanwhile, had trouble moving the ball during that same stretch.

Richmond fumble

Three of the Spiders most notable defenders stepped up to limit the Wildcats.  Tyler Dressler (7 solo tackles/8 assists), Tristan Wheeler (5 solo tackles/6 assists), and Kobie Turner (3 solo tackles/5 assists) often ruined UNH’s attempts to consistently move the ball.

Tristan Wheeler is tied for first in the CAA with 9.7 tackles per game.

Freshman Isaac Seide led the UNH rushers with seventy-five yards on nine carries.  He also scored his first UNH touchdown on a three-yard sweep to the right corner.

The Wildcats turned a high snap on a punt attempt into points with seconds left in the first half.  Aidan Murray recovered the high snap on the Richmond 24.  UNH quarterback Bred Edwards then connected with Brian Espanet with three seconds left and the Spiders halftime lead was reduced to, 17-14.

Brian Espanet (80) scored late in the first half

I have to credit the UNH band.  They were on the field before the game, and it was raining.  They were on the field at halftime, and it was raining.  When they weren’t on the field, they were in their section until the very end, and it never stopped raining.  Dedication?

The tents on the far end of the field were a life saver for me and my equipment.  Hardly anyone in that normally busy area today so I was able to stay dry. 

There was an announced crowd of 6,000+.  My eyes, however, told me that probably 90% of those folks watched from the more pleasurable confines of home!  Good choice.

Thanks to UNH Media Relations director Mike Murphy for arranging my visit.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.) 

Spiders start to celebrate
Steady rain never deterred the UNH band
Tristan Wheeler (30) and Tyler Dressler (41)
Randall Harris (4) deflects a pass and gets called for pass interference
Brody McAndrew (12) scores from seven yards in the third quarter
Brody McAndrew (12) finds a hole to the end zone
Brian Esplanet (80) takes in a sidelines pass
Tristan Wheeler
Carlos Washington tackled by Aidan Murray (99)
Joe Eichman (0) has a fumble recovery for UNH

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UNH downs UMBC 56-51 with solid second half

Ashley Storey (18 points) puts the finishing touch on UNH’s win over UMBC

UNH senior Caroline Soucy (12 points) looks to pass

(Durham NH) The UNH Wildcats missed a ton of easy shots in the first half and visiting UMBC was able to hang around for a half trailing only by two.

The second half was a different story.

UNH made shots and defended well enough for the Wildcats to get a 56-51 win over the Retrievers on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH is now 5-7 in the America East while UMBC drops to 4-8.

Despite the losing conference records both teams will make the playoffs. How? Hartford is currently winless in the conference and there are only four games left in the regular season. The rest of the season will be about positioning (getting a home game) come playoff time.

The first half today was about missed layups for the Wildcats and turnovers for the Retrievers. The negatives offset each other and there were eleven lead changes along the way.

“We came together in the locker room at halftime,” explained UNH senior Caroline Soucy post-game, “and said that this wasn’t the way it was going to go in the second half. We were going to make shots and we’d stay together. Obviously, we did it.”

UNH coach Maureen Magarity

UNH coach Maureen Magarity switched her team away from the man-to-man very quickly. “They were getting into the paint way too easily,” she said.

That move was important because on this afternoon UMBC strugged against it.

“Them changing defenses definitely affected us,” said UMBC coach Johnetta Hayes afterwards. “We didn’t adjust to it quick enough. It took us two-or-three possessions to figure it out.”

One player definitely impacted was UMBC high scorer Te’yJah Oliver. Te’yjah was limited to six points including a three off the backboard from straight away.

Te’yJah Oliver was held to six points.

“She averages eighteen and she only had six,” said Coach Hayes. “That changes the game a little bit. She wasn’t aggressive enough.”

The UNH zone had two players near Te’yjah almost every time she touched the ball. “Helen (Delaruelle) and Amanda (Torres) did a nice job against her on the perimeter,” added Coach Magarity.

Te’yjah ended up with a season low (eight) in shot attempts.

Senior Ashley Storey (18 points/7 rebounds) paced the Wildcats in both categories.

Junior Amanda Torres (15 points) and senior Caroline Soucy (12 points) also scored in double figures for UNH.

Amanda Torres (15 points) eyes the basket

“We had three players in double figures,” said Coach Magarity. “We have been stressing that we have to get better scoring balance. The magic number seems to be getting three in double figures.”

“Almost everyone contributed today,” said Ashley Storey. “We have struggled scoring. We only got fourteen in the first half on Wednesday in the loss to Vermont. We’ve been working on our offense lately rather than our defense.”

The balanced scoring was missing from UMBC. Junior Janee’a Summers (16 points) was the only Retriever to reach double figures.

“We won’t win if we don’t get at least three kids in double figures,” said Coach Hayes. “We had only one today. Our turnovers (21) held down our shot attempts.”

UMBC coach Johnetta Hayes

UNH broke away from a 27-27 tie with 1:32 left in the first half. They would score eight straight points stretching into the second half.

Freshman Helena Delaruelle had a hand in the six points that started the second half. She hit a shot in the paint and assisted on layups by Amanda Torres and sophomore Maggie Ahearn.

Helena had eight assists in the game.

An old-fashioned 3-point play helped UMBC narrow their deficit to three (35-32) with 4:37 to go in the 3rd period.

A Caroline Soucy three and an Ashley Storey layin (assist Maggie Ahearn) enabled the Wildcats to get their biggest lead (48-36) two minutes into the final quarter.

Janee’a Summers (16 points) led the UMBC scorers

UMBC did not go away. Three minutes later they had cut the UNH lead to five after jumpers by Jen Gast and Janee’a Summers and that straightaway three off the backboard by Te’yJah Oliver.

UNH had been in a lot of close games and had lost quite a few of them. Would this be another one? Not this afternoon.

“We know what it’s like to be in close games and lose them,” said Amanda Torres post-game. “We just needed to finish, and we did.”

There weren’t a lot of fouls called in the second half and that hurt the Retrievers late in the game. UMBC wanted to foul, take their chances on UNH free throws, and then make plays down the other end.

“I made some poor coaching decisions near the end,” admitted Coach Hayes. “We needed to start fouling them earlier. Too much time went off the clock. Now I’m taking three timeouts home with me.”

Jen Gast (12 rebounds)

Coach Hayes: “I thought our post players showed up today. (Jen Gast had a game-leading twelve rebounds). It was good to have Janee’a Summers back in the lineup. We just didn’t get the ball to her enough.”

Coach Magarity: “Except for Stony Brook the league is close. We’re pushing to host a playoff game. Hartford is next and they nearly beat us last time.”

Te’yJah Oliver reached 1000 points for UMBC in late December. She had twenty-six points and six rebounds in their last game against UMass Lowell.

The loss ends a two-game UMBC win streak. The win ends a 3-game slide for UNH.

Four weeks ago, UNH rallied to defeat the Retrievers, 72-63. “We were up by four going into the last quarter and lost by nine,” recalled Coach Hayes. “They crushed us on the boards.”

I was impressed with the music and enthusiasm of the UNH pep band.

Thanks to Mike, Brandon, and Dan for taking care of me at UNH. For someone usually desperate for stats before and after a game, UNH overwhelmed me (in a good way) with all the information provided.

Box from the game

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

UNH celebrates a win

Paula Rubio

Lucrezia Costa (2 blocks)

Loose ball

Helena Delaruelle breaks in with 4th quarter layup

Helena Delaruelle (8 assists)

Everybody wants it

Eryn Fisher (10) and Ashley Storey (11)

Caroline Soucy puts up a three

Caroline Soucy in close

Ashley Storey shoots a three

Ashley Storey rebounds

Maggie Ahearn blocks Janee’a Summers’ shot

Amanda Torres (3 assists, 4 steals)







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