Four New Hampshire field hockey players honored by America East

BOSTON - Four student-athletes from the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to all-conference teams, the America East conference announced Thursday. Junior forward Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) was named to the All-Conference First Team and senior back Cameron Schmitz (Cos Cob, Conn.) was selected to the All-Conference Second Team while All-Rookie Team honors went to Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) and Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.).

Boyer, whose 2000 post-season honors included NFHCA All-Academic squad, Northeast Region All-America First Team and America East All-Conference Second Team, led the Wildcats in both points (17) and goals (eight). Her season highlights included a two-goal game against UMass and a game-winning goal against Yale in overtime. She has three-year career totals of 19-11-49.

Schmitz, who also garnered All-Conference Second Team honors in 1999 and 1998, was the leader of the 2001 Wildcat squad. She started all 19 games and was a vital part of both the offensive and defensive penalty corner units. Schmitz recorded six points on two goals and two assists this season.

Buckley, a Rookie of the Week recipient on Sept. 10, started 15 of the 16 games in which she played and compiled a 6-9 record with a 2.12 goals-against-average and a .797 save percentage. In seven conference games, she had a 3-4 record with a 1.83 GAA and a .797 save percentage. She registered her first career win in her second start (and third appearance) of the season against UMass on Aug. 31. Buckley, who started each of the last eight games, had a career-high 17 saves in 52 minutes, 41 seconds of action against No. 4 Old Dominion.

Schneider immediately stepped into a starting role in the New Hampshire backfield upon her arrival in Durham. She went on to start all 19 games and played every minute of every game. As the hitter on the offensive penalty corner unit, Schneider recorded three points, all on assists. She recorded her first career point in UNH's 5-0 win against Rhode Island on Sept. 17. In the team's next game, Schneider had an assist to help propel the 'Cats to a 6-2 victory against Towson.

Northeastern University, which went through the America East slate unbeaten in nine games to earn the No. 1 seed, swept the top four post-season awards - Sarah Broderick, Offensive Player of the Year; Kelly Williams, Defensive Player of the Year; Liane Dixon, Rookie of the Year; Cheryl Murtagh, Coach of the Year.

New Hampshire finished the 2001 season with a 7-12 overall record that included a 3-6 mark in America East.

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