FIELD HOCKEY PICKED FIFTH IN AMERICA EAST PRESEASON POLL
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – The University of New Hampshire field hockey team, led by 17th-year head coach Robin Balducci, has been predicted to finish fifth in the 2007 America East standings in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released Wednesday.

UNH garnered 10 points to place ahead of league newcomer Fairfield University (five points). The America East preseason favorite is Boston University (25 points; five first-place votes), followed by University at Albany (21; one), University of Vermont (16) and University of Maine (13).

The Wildcats, with eight New Hampshire natives on the roster, are anchored defensively by senior goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine), who has played almost every minute in goal the past two years, and senior back Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), who garnered All-Conference Second Team honors last season. Junior forward Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.), a 2006 All-Rookie Team selection, look to lead the ‘Cat attack.

New Hampshire opens the 2007 season Aug. 26 at home against St. Louis University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.
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