The University of New Haven spring varsity sports teams enjoyed a very successful season in 2012, highlighted by five postseason trips. In addition to the Chargers’ great successes in the field of play, the Department of athletics completed one of its most successful academic season to date, boasting a department total grade point average of 3.13 during the 2012 spring semester. The out- standing seasons brought the overall grade point average for the department to 3.09.
Ranked no. 8 in the final NCAA Division II national poll, the Charger women’s lacrosse team finished the very successful 2012 season with a 13-5 overall record and an 8-4 record in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Chargers qualified for their fourth- straight postseason and three student-athletes earned IWLCA All-American honors; Ashley Ferrandiz, Alexis Gabbe and Aubrey Duncan.
The Charger baseball team opened a new era under first-year head coach Chris Celano in 2012. The team, featuring eight seniors, posted a 25-19-1 overall record and a 15-13-1 conference mark. New Haven earned the fourth seed in the NE-10 Southwest Division playoffs and upset the no. 1 seed in the opening round to earn a spot in the NE-10 Championship tournament. UNH made their seventh-straight postseason appearance.
The New Haven softball program also continued a successful postseason by earning its sixth-straight postseason appearance. The Chargers recorded a 29-21 overall record and a 17-13 NE-10 record on the way to earning the seventh seed in the conference tournament. After upsetting the second seed, Adelphi, New Haven concluded the season one win away from the conference championship game. The Chargers were led by All-East Region Honoree Shannon Angehr.
The UNH men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams finished eighth and fifth, respectively, at the 2012 NE-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Freshman Briana Conyers won the NE-10 Championship in the triple jump and was named the NE-10 rookie of the year, while Calista Hutchinson was the NE-10 Championship in the high jump. On the men’s team, Matt Jeune led the Chargers in the high jump, while Kevin Downing paced the UNH sprinters. Freshman Tiara Mitchell and Jeune both qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Colorado and marked the fourth-straight year the Chargers sent student-athletes to the championships.