UNH field hockey quintet receives academic honor

DURHAM, N.H.-- Five student-athletes from the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2003 NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, the organization announced Wednesday. Senior assistant captain Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) was joined on the team by freshmen Samantha Geary (Norwood, Mass.), Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.), Holly Schurk (Northford, Conn.) and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine).

Munson, the fourth Wildcat to become a three-time selection to the All-Academic Squad, played in seven games her senior season and recorded a 1.99 goals-against-average with an .818 save percentage. In her four-year career, Munson compiled a 1-3 record with a 2.92 GAA and .723 save percentage in 21 games.

Gillen, a forward who played in all 21 games with 19 starts, ranked third on the 2003 Wildcat team in goals (six), assists (five) and points (17). Her season highlights included career highs in both goals (two) and points (five) against UMass on Oct. 15. Gillen's 2003 awards included two-time honoree as America East Rookie of the Week.

Geary, Schurk and Shute did not see game action during the season. Geary provided depth to the defensive unit while Schurk and Shute were behind Munson and starting goalie Christine Buckley on the depth chart.

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