UNH football back in NCAA tournament at home against Fordham

DURHAM – That’s why they came back.

They came back for moments like the thrilling, nerve-wracking 42-41 overtime win over Maine at Alfond Stadium on Saturday, which earned the University of New Hampshire football team some serious hardware, braggart rights and a chance to practice a few more days and to play at least one more game.

For moments like the aftermath of Saturday’s instant classic, when they got to celebrate with the Brice Cowell musket on the field and later not only with the trusty firearm, but also with the Colonial Athletic Association championship trophy in the lobby of the Alfond hockey rink Soccer matchdays serve as a de facto dressing room for visiting teams.

First-year head coach Rick Santos loudly and proudly praised the team’s turnaround from a frustrating 3-8 season in 2021, which ended with eight straight losses to an 8-3 mark in 2022 before earning CAA – Inspector Joey D’Antonio introduced.

The league boss presented Santos and first-year athletics director Allison Rich with the league trophy — the first time since 2014 that the Wildcats had won a share of the league crown.