Four other Wildcat field hockey players honored
BOSTON -- Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.), a senior midfielder on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team, the league announced Thursday at its annual banquet.
In addition to White's honor, junior midfielder MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) and freshman back Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) were named to the Second Team, and Jacobs was joined on the All-Rookie Team by Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) and Michelle Tavener (Winchester, Mass.).
White, who was a First Team honoree in 2003 and Rookie of the Year in 2002, led the 2005 Wildcats in both goals (13) and points (29). With those statistics, White ranks first in America East in goals, goals per game, points and points per game. In addition, White ranks No. 10 in the nation in points per game. Her 2005 season highlights include a four-goal, one-assist effort against UMBC. Both the four goals and nine points matched personal single-season highs for White. White ended her UNH Wildcat career ranked No. 3 on the program's goal (45) and points (95) lists.
Stuart, a 2003 All-Rookie team selection, recorded a team-high 11 assists and ranked second in points with 15. She was No. 2 in America East in assists and third in assists per game. Stuart was the lynchpin of the Wildcat midfield as she was the conduit between the backs and forwards. She also played an instrumental role setting UNH's attack from the top of the circle on penalty corners.
Jacobs was UNH's top rookie scorer this season with nine points on four goals and an assist, and the nine points is the most by a Wildcat freshman since White's 10 points in 2002. Her four goals, including one on a penalty stroke, ranked third on the squad and she was one of four 'Cats to record a defensive save. Jacobs, despite her status as a rookie, developed into one of UNH's top defensive players and often marked the opposition's top scorer.
Napolitano, a freshman midfielder, played in all 19 Wildcat games. She recorded two points, both on assists. Tavener, named America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 6, is another freshman midfielder. She also played in all 19 games and recorded three goals and an assist for a total of seven points.
UNH ended the year with a 7-12 record following a 7-0 victory against UMBC in the regular-season finale Oct. 29.