UNH Homecoming Weekend 2011

Elizabeth Field

Once again, the Chargers did not disappoint! In front of more than 4,000 fans decked out in blue shirts and painted bodies, the Chargers pulled out a 45-38 Homecoming win

A Samantha Mathewson Photo

over Bentley Saturday at DellaCamera Stadium.

UNH’s 2011 Homecoming events began Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at North Campus with an Alumni Tailgating event. The entire North Campus parking lot was littered with cars, tents, grills, coolers, and students of past and present all wearing blue in support of the annual Blue-Out event. This pre-game event also featured Homecoming floats designed by various UNH clubs and organizations, entertainment provided by UNH’s award-winning radio station WNHU 88.7FM, a Wells Fargo Stage Coach, and inflatable activities enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Alumni members were treated to delicious barbeques organized by their respective UNH colleges. These barbeques featured refreshments, baked goods, and UNH giveaways. Recent alumnus Andrew Myruski remarked, “I’m so glad to be back at UNH for homecoming. I’ve been looking forward to this since I graduated! I even memorized the new Fight Song!”

The peak of the afternoon, however, was the amazing win by the Chargers, allowing us to remain undefeated in the NE-10 conference. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the newly dedicated stadium was filled to capacity, forcing some members of the UNH community to stretch the Blue-Out to the visitor’s section. The Chargers came away with an early lead. However, a true nail-biter, the game was tied at 31 with a mere 12 minutes remaining when Charger quarterback Ryan Osiecki scored a nine-yard touchdown, giving the rest of the team the momentum they needed to pull out a victory.

The game’s half-time show boasted energetic performances from the UNH Cheerleading squad, the UNH Dance Team, and the UNH Marching Band. Cheerleader Rachel Pirolli spoke of their support for the team. “We’ve been putting a lot of effort into our routine for the last few weeks! We want to show the players, alumni, and current students that we support them and want to root everyone on to victory!”

The always successful UNH Homecoming reunited friends and classmates from across the country in united support of the growth and success of the university community.