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CAMBRIDGE, MASS— Student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire continue to excel in the classroom and as a result the Wildcats finished second in the running for the 2007-08 America East Academic Cup with an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.12.  UNH has won the Academic Cup twice, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
    The University of Vermont narrowly edged out UNH to take home the hardware with a 3.14 GPA.
    The University of Maine (3.10), Stony Brook University (3.06) and Binghamton University (3.04) were the other institutions in America East to compile grade point averages of 3.00 or better in 2007-08.


STANDINGS

WESTLAKE, Ohio
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, 17th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, has announced that seven student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UNH in Fall 2008 and join the Wildcats’ program.
     “Since I have been here, this is the deepest, most talented group as a whole and I am very pleased,” Balducci said. “We addressed filling our positional needs, particularly in goal, by signing two national-caliber goalies. There is great scoring power in this class as well as talented backfield players. This is the most balanced and high quality class that I can remember bringing in.”



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of 89 University of New Hampshire student-athletes were named to the 2007 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll for recording a grade point average of 3.0 or above in that fall semester, the league announced Thursday. Forty-one of those Wildcats were also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and received that distinction with a gpa of at least 3.5.
     The UNH women’s cross country team boasted 21 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll, which tied for the highest total in that sport (Stony Brook also had 21 runners feted). Twelve of those Wildcats were on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. New Hampshire also had the highest total in volleyball with 10 players making the grade; SBU, Binghamton and Maine tied that total.
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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire is currently leading the America East 2007-08 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup standings by a mere five points after completion of the fall athletic season. The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference's 22 sports.
    Following the six fall championships, New Hampshire has 144 points and holds a slight edge over current Cup holder, Boston University, which has 139 points. Stony Brook University is third with 111 points followed by Binghamton University (106), University at Albany (83), University of Vermont (81), University of Maine (67), UMBC (65) and University of Hartford (61).



DURHAM, N.H.Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.), a junior midfielder on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named to the 2007 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region First Team on Wednesday as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. As an All-Region Team honoree, Bercari is eligible for the Division I All-America teams that will be announced Nov. 19.
     Bercari, an America East All-Conference First Team selection earlier this month, started all 21 games for the Wildcats. Her statistics included four goals, including two game-winning tallies, and three assists for 11 points. Bercari ranked first on the team in shots (55) as well as tied for third in goals, assists and points.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) and Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were selected to the All-Championship Team following the conclusion of the 2007 America East Field Hockey Championship on Sunday afternoon.
     Geary, a senior back, recorded two goals and a defensive save in UNH’s 5-2 loss in the Nov. 2 semifinal matchup against 13th-ranked Boston University at MIT’s Jack Barry Field. Williams, a sophomore back, was cited for her defensive effort against the Terriers. It is the second award of the week for Williams, who was named to the America East All-Conference Team on Nov. 1.



BOSTONSam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) scored two goals and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made 13 saves, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was ousted from the 2007 America East Championship tournament with Friday afternoon's 5-2 semifinal loss to 13th-ranked and top-seeded Boston University at MIT's Jack Barry Field.
     UNH, which earned the fourth seed with a 2-3 conference record, finishes the season at 9-12.
     Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded two assists and Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) tallied one helper for the 'Cats. Shute reocrded 10 first-half saves and Geary also had a defensive save in the opening half.



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.


COMPLETE NOTES
DURHAM, N.H. —
The University of New Hampshire field hockey team enters the 2007 America East Field Hockey Championship with a 9-11 overall record and the Wildcats earned the fourth seed in the tournament with a 2-3 league record. UNH begins postseason play Nov. 2 with a semifinal against 13th-ranked and top-seeded Boston University (15-5, 5-0) at MIT’s Jack Barry Field on Nov. 2 (12 p.m.).
     UNH has a 14-16-3 lifetime record, including this year’s 4-1 road loss and a 2-3 mark in postseason play, against Boston University. BU has won five consecutive games in the series and that includes a 3-0 home win in the 2004 America East semifinals. The Wildcats’ most recent win vs. the Terriers was in 2003 – 3-2 on the road. In the last 10 meetings, BU holds a 6-4 edge.



FAIRFIELD, Conn.  – The Sacred Heart University field hockey team scored a pair of first-half goals en route to a three-goal lead and a 3-1 non-conference victory Sunday afternoon against the University of New Hampshire at Campus Field.
     UNH ends the regular season at 9-11 overall. The Wildcats begin postseason play with a Nov. 2 semifinal game in the 2007 America East Field Hockey Championship. The fourth-seeded Wildcats, who finished league play at 2-3, will play top-seeded Boston University (15-5, 5-0) at MIT’s Jack Barry Field; game time will be 12 p.m.
     Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored the Wildcats' goal and Devan Weed (East Hampstead, N.H.) recorded her first career point with an assist. UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made three of her four saves in the first half.



ALBANY, N.Y. – Michelle Simpson scored two goals to lead the 16th-ranked University at Albany field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire in heavy rain conditions at Alumni Turf Field.
     UNH is now 9-10 overall and finishes at 2-3 in the America East standings, which puts the Wildcats as the fourth seed in the upcoming America East tournament (Nov. 2-4) that will be hosted by top-seeded and semifinal opponent Boston University at MIT’s Jack Barry Field. Albany is now 14-4, 4-1 and will be the second seed in the tourney.
    UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) finished with four saves, all in the first half. Albany’s Ashley Rose stopped two shots, both in the second half and both from the stick of Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.).




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.), a senior forward on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named Player of the Week by America East on Monday.
     Sellenger scored a goal in all three of UNH’s games last week and also tallied an assist to finish with a total of seven points. Her first-half goal against Fairfield University on Oct. 20 gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead and the ‘Cats won by that score to secure a berth in the upcoming America East tournament.


DURHAM, N.H. – Senior forwards Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) and Jen Mooney (Manchester, N.H.) scored first-half goals to pull the University of New Hampshire field hockey team into a 2-2 halftime tie with 12th-ranked Boston College, but the visiting Eagles scored the only three second-half goals to record a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon in UNH’s Senior Day at Memorial Field.
      This marked the last home game for UNH's six-member senior class of Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), Nicole Lee (Trinidad and Tobago), Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine), Stefanie Simeone (Stratham, N.H.), Mooney and Sellenger. Shute recorded seven of her eight saves in the first half.



DURHAM, N.H.Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) recorded a goal and an assist and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made five saves for her second consecutive shutout in the University of New Hampshire field hockey team’s 2-0 America East victory Saturday afternoon against Fairfield University at Memorial Field.
     UNH improved to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in America East, and with the victory, the Wildcats secured a berth in the upcoming America East postseason tournament. Fairfield, a newcomer to the conference this season, is 3-15 overall and 0-4 in league play.
     Bercari and Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) scored goals 4:44 apart — at 17:45 and 22:29, respectively — to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.



HANOVER, N.H. – In a battle of Wildcats, Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded a goal and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Tuesday afternoon’s 3-0 non-conference victory against Davidson College in a neutral-site game at Dartmouth College’s Scully-Fahey Field.
     UNH, which recorded a 15-3 shot advantage as well as a 12-3 edge in penalty corners, leveled its record at 8-8 with the victory while Davidson fell to 8-7.
     UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) was credited with one save to record her fourth shutout of the season. Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) and Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) scored the other goals.




BURLINGTON, Vt. – Danielle Collins scored two first-half goals and Kristen Heavens recorded her fourth shutout of the season to propel the University of Vermont field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 America East conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Moulton Winder Field.
      UNH is now 7-8 overall and 1-2 in America East play while UVM, which recorded a 16-5 shot advantage as well as a 6-2 edge in penalty corners, improved to 10-5, 2-1.
     UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) finished with four saves.



HANOVER, N.H.  – Sophie Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) scored with 8:51 remaining in regulation to force overtime and the University of New Hampshire field hockey team recorded a 9-5 shot advantage in the extra sessions, but it was Dartmouth College that prevailed 3-2 Wednesday night at Scully Fahey Field by outscoring UNH 2-1 in the overtime shootout.
     UNH, which has played three consecutive games into the second overtime session, is now 7-7 overall. Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) scored the other Wildcats' goal and recorded two defensive saves. Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded eight saves.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), a senior back on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was selected as Player of the Week by America East on Tuesday.
      Geary lifted UNH to a 2-1 victory in double overtime against America East rival University of Maine on Oct. 6 by scoring the game-winning goal on an untimed penalty corner at the end of the second overtime session. Geary also anchored a Wildcats’ defensive unit that allowed just seven shots on goal in 100 minutes.



DURHAM, N.H.Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) scored a goal at 100:00 to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday night’s 2-1 America East victory against interstate rival University of Maine at Memorial Field.
     UNH improved to 5-1 at home this season, as well as 2-1 in games decided beyond regulation, and is now 7-6 overall with a 1-1 mark in America East.
    With the score tied 1-1, UNH was awarded a penalty corner in the closing seconds of the second 15-minute overtime session. On the untimed corner, Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) executed the push to the top-right wing, where Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) stopped the ball and made a crossing pass to Geary, who swept a low shot inside the right post to end the game.



BOSTON – Ashley Weber scored two goals, including the game-winning overtime tally, to lift the Northeastern University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Sweeney Field.
      UNH, which recorded a 15-12 shot advantage and an 11-6 edge in penalty corners, is 6-6 on the season. NU improved to 4-6.
     Leah Boody (Amesbury, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal in the first half for the Wildcats and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) finished the game with five saves.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Pam Spuehler scored two goals to propel the 14th-ranked Boston University field hockey team to Friday afternoon’s 4-1 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Jack Barry Field.
      UNH fell to 6-5 overall with its second consecutive loss, both to a nationally-ranked team. BU improved to 9-2 with its sixth straight victory. This game marked the America East conference opener for both teams.
     Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) scored for the Wildcats and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded eight saves.



EAST LANSING, Mich.  – Senior goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded a season-high 14 saves, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was upended 6-0 by sixth-ranked Michigan State University at Ralph Young Field Hockey Complex on Sunday afternoon.
      UNH, which entered the game on a four-game winning streak, is now 6-4. Michigan State improved to 9-1.
      Shute carried a shutout streak of 281 minutes, 19 seconds into Sunday’s action vs. the Spartans and the host team ended that streak at 292:45 with Jantine Steinmetz’s unassisted goal at 11:26.



MT. PLEASANT, Mich.  – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) both recorded a goal and an assist to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday’s 3-1 non-conference victory against Central Michigan University at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.
      UNH improved to 6-3 with its fourth consecutive win and lost its bid for a fourth consecutive shutout when CMU scored an untimed penalty corner at the end of the game. The Chippewas are now 0-5.
     UNH starting goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made two saves vs. the Chippewas to extend her shutout streak to 281 mintues, 19 seconds with 66:22 of scoreless action on Saturday.



DURHAM, N.H.  – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) recorded a goal and an assist and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) notched her third consecutive shutout to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 2-0 non-conference victory against College of the Holy Cross at Memorial Field.
     Shute recorded two saves in both halves for her second shutout in as many days – her five-save effort blanked University of the Pacific on Saturday – and sixth career shutout. Her shutout streak now stands at 214 minutes, 57 seconds. The Wildcats scored both goals on first-half penalty corners. Craigue started and completed the scoring sequence on the first goal to give UNH a 1-0 lead at 24:24 and Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) blasted a low drive into the cage with eight seconds to play in the first half.


DURHAM, N.H.  – Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) scored on a penalty corner with 40 seconds remaining in the first half and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded her second consecutive shutout with five saves to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 non-conference victory against University of the Pacific at Memorial Field.
   Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) initiated the goal-scoring sequence with the push from the left side to Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.), who stopped the ball at the top of the circle, hesitated and rolled the ball to the left wing. Sophie Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) then fired a shot into the middle of the circle that was tipped by Napolitano inside the right post.
      This is the first back-to-back shutouts for Shute as a Wildcat. UNH had not recorded consecutive shutouts since 2002, when the ‘Cats held Providence College and the University of Vermont scoreless.



BURLINGTON, Vt.  – Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) scored the game’s only goal at 4:55 of overtime to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 1-0 victory against the University of Massachusetts in second-day action of the Sheraton Field Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont’s Moulton Winder Field.
    Sellenger’s second goal of the season, an unassisted tally off a 3-on-1 breakaway with Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) and Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), ended the game at 74:55. Bercari’s initial shot was stopped by UMass goakeeper Sarah Williams, but Sellenger scored off the rebound.
      UNH goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded her first shutout of the season and fourth of her career with a seven-save performance. She turned aside two shots in the extra session as well as five in the first half.



BURLINGTON, Vt.  – The University of New Hampshire field hockey team’s strong effort fell short against 14th-ranked University of Virginia, which recorded a 2-0 victory against the Wildcats in Saturday’s opening-day action of the Sheraton Field Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont’s Moulton Winder Field.
     UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded four saves and Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) was credited with a defensive save for the Wildcats.
      The shots were even, 9-9 in the second half and the ‘Cats generated a 4-2 edge in penalty corners in the last 35 minutes of the game. Overall, the shots on goal were even, 7-7.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) extended her point-scoring streak to four games with her second goal of the season, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team fell 3-2 to Harvard University on Wednesday night at Jordan Field.
     Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.), with the assistance of Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), scored her first collegiate goal and tied the game 1-1 in the second half. Craigue trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with 2:53 to play. UNH goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded four saves and Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) was credited with a defensive save for the 'Cats.



DURHAM, N.H. – Tricia Crotty, Caitlin Mebs and Michaela Franey each factored in two goals to lead the Rider University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
     UNH, which recorded a 24-12 shot advantage and a 12-5 edge in penalty corners, fell to 2-1 on the season while Rider improved to 1-2. Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.), with the assistance of Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.), scored the Wildcats' goal. Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made seven saves in goal.



DURHAM, N.H.Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) set up a pair of second-half penalty-corner goals to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday night’s 3-2 non-conference victory against Colgate University at Memorial Field.
      UNH improved to 2-0 while Colgate fell to 0-2. The win marked the 150th career victory for New Hampshire’s 17th-year head coach Robin Balducci, who is the winningest coach in the program’s history. The Wildcats' goals were scored by Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) and Sophie Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.), and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made four saves.



DURHAM, N.H.Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded a goal and an assist and Sophie Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) tallied two assists to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 non-conference victory against St. Louis University at Memorial Field.
     Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) and Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) accounted for the other two Wildcats' goals and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made eight saves defending the cage.



DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire Wildcats look forward to the 2007 field hockey season as they bring some new experiences to the team. Goalkeeper Margaux Shute and midfielder Brooke Bercari were selected to compete for the New England High Performance Team at the National Championship in Virginia Beach (Va.) this past summer. Shute was able to back up the world’s No. 1 goalkeeper, Amy Tran. In addition, Cally Cooke and Kara Napolitano made the New England Squad and were able to practice with the team through the spring and early summer.
   The youth of the past two seasons has matured into a veteran group that boasts 18 returning letterwinners and nine returning starters from a year ago.


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.
    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.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) and Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were selected to participate at the Junior National Camp, which was held July 5-8 at Babson College.
   Their selection to this prestigious event was based on performance at the National Championships, the crowning event of the Futures Program that was held June 17-24. Both Bercari and Jacobs competed on the New England team at the National Championships and were two of 107 athletes selected from that pool of players to participate at the Junior National Camp.





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