DURHAM, N.H.  – Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.), Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 22-player roster for the New England Team that will compete at USA Field Hockey’s High Performance Training Center National Championship Tournament.

New England is one of six teams that will compete in the round-robin tournament at Virginia Beach from June 17-24. The teams feature National Team athletes as well as top college players who were selected during spring tryouts. Participation in the National Championship Tournament provides players with a direct route to an invitation to train with the U.S. National Team.

Bercari, Jacobs and Shute competed at the New England Training Squad tryout with fellow Wildcats Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) and Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.); UNH assistant coach Steve Simpson was an assistant at the High Performance Training Center camp.

Bercari played in all 18 games and was in the Wildcats’ starting lineup 15 times as a sophomore midfielder in 2006. She recorded her first collegiate goal with a tally against the University of Vermont and finished the season with two points.

Jacobs played in all 18 games and made 13 starts for the ‘Cats as a sophomore back in ’06. She excelled in that role after doing the same as a rookie midfielder in the 2005 season, a year in which she recorded four goals and an assist. Jacobs’ collegiate honors include 2005 America East All-Conference Second Team and two-time selection to the NFHCA Division I National All-Academic Squad.

Shute, who has been named to the NFHCA Division I National All-Academic Squad each year as a UNH Wildcat, was one of three goalkeepers selected from a pool of seven athletes. Shute started all 18 games and played 99.3% of the minutes in the 2006 season as a junior. She ranked No. 5 in the nation in saves (150), recorded double digits in saves six times and a .725 save percentage. Shute played every second in goal in 2005 and finished with a 2.87 goals-against-average.

The New England Team begins tourney play June 17 (7 p.m.) vs. Pennsylvania/New Jersey.
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