FIELD HOCKEY GARNERS AMERICA EAST HONORS

BOSTON – Senior forward Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) was one of three University of New Hampshire field hockey players honored at Thursday’s America East annual banquet with her selection to the All-Conference First Team. Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) was announced as an All-Conference Second Team honoree and Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) received All-Rookie Team recognition. In addition, Geary was named to the All-Academic Team.
       Colton led the Wildcats in goals (13), assists (five) and points (31) as well as shots (68) to rank second in America East in shots per game (3.78), fourth in goals per game (0.72) and fifth in points per game (1.72).
        In the last four games of her career, Colton amassed a total of seven goals, four assists and 18 points, including a four-goal, nine-point performance against University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the last game of the year. The four goals and nine points are both tied for the fourth-best single-game effort in the nation this season, and her three-assist performance at the University of Massachusetts is tied for third.
     During the season, she collected at least two points in nine games and scored in seven of UNH’s contests. Colton’s other collegiate accolades also include a 2005 selection to the America East Academic Honor Roll.
       Geary, a junior back, was one of four Wildcats (along with Colton) to start all 18 games in 2006 and she played an integral role on both penalty corner units, as well as on re-starts with long hits into the circle. She recorded two points, both on assists. Geary recorded an assist on the game-winning goal at UMass and also had an assist vs. the University of Vermont.
      
Geary’s other collegiate accolades include three-time selection to the NFHCA National All-Academic Squad.
      Shea, a freshman forward, ranked second on the team in both goals (five) and points (12), and she tied for third in assists with two. She scored the game-winning goal and also recorded an assist in the season finale at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. One game earlier, Shea recorded her first career multiple-goal game at UMass and finished with three goals for a career-high six points. Her role expanded as the season progressed, as evidenced by tallying a point in four of the last five games of the season.
    
The America East All-Academic Team has been selected based on the student-athlete’s academic and athletic accomplishments. Academic achievement for consideration requires student-athletes to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 entering the season. Athletically, student-athletes are required to be a nomination on the post-season awards ballot, which is determined by the league’s head coaches. Team size for team sports is based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 11 for field hockey).
       
UNH finished the 2006 season with consecutive victories to finish at 3-15 overall and 1-4 in America East.

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