FIELD HOCKEY QUINTET HONORED BY AMERICA EAST
Margaux Shute
BOSTON -- A total of five University of New Hampshire field hockey players, led by the selection of Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) to the All-Conference First Team, were honored by America East at the conference's annual banquet that was held Thursday night on the campus of Boston University.

In addition to Bercari, Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.), Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) and Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) were selected to the All-Conference Second Team and Johanna Stemmler (Leimen, Germany) was an All-Rookie Team honoree. Shute received the additional accolade of All-Academic Team, which recognizes those student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom.

Bercari, who started all 20 regular-season games, is tied for second on the team in goals (four) and is third in both assists (three) and points (11). All three statistics are single-season highs for the junior midfielder, who entered the season with career numbers of one goal and one assist. Beyond the statistics, which include a team-high 54 shots, Bercari is vital to UNH's transition game with her stickhandling and passing skills in the midfield.

Shute has saved her best for last as the senior goalkeeper has compiled a 9-11 record with a 1.89 GAA, .737 save percentage and five shutouts in starting all 20 games. Her season highlights include shutting out three consecutive opponents as part of an overall shutout streak of 292 minutes , 45 seconds. She has played 1479:34 this season, which ranks third on UNH' list of single-season superlatives; she will ascend to No. 2 if she plays 63+ minutes in the postseason.

Shea, a forward who garnered America East All-Rookie Team honors in 2006, started all 20 games and is one of the Wildcats' top offensive threats. She ranks fourth on the team in points (eight) and tied for fourth in goals (three) as well as second in shots (44) and first in shots on goal (31).

Williams is a sophomore back who helps anchor UNH's defensive unit and, in particular, the defensive penalty corner unit. She has one defensive save to her credit and recorded an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime against Maine. Williams missed one game this season but has started all 19 games in which she has played.

Stemmler may not appear frequently on the stat sheet -- she did not tally a point and recorded just nine shots -- other than in the starting lineup, where she was 19 times this season as a freshman midfielder. Her skills played an integral role in UNH's transition game as well as the offensive penalty corner unit.

New Hampshire (9-11 overall, 2-3 America East) is the fourth seed of the 2007 America East Field Hockey Championship and opens tournament play Nov. 2 at top-seeded and 13th-ranked Boston University. Game time at Jack Barry Field (MIT) is 12 p.m.
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