CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.), a junior back on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was one of 11 student-athletes named to the 2008 America East Field Hockey All-Academic Team as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.

Cooke, a business administration major who was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team earlier this month, was a leader in UNH’s backfield this season and started all 20 games for the Wildcats. She was an integral part of both penalty corner units, and that included her role as the push on offensive corners. Cooke recorded two points with an assist on the game-winning overtime goal in the Nov. 7 semifinal against the University of Maine and another assist in the 5-2 win against Brown University on Sept. 5.

Cooke, a two-time selection to the NFHCA All-Academic Squad, helped lead New Hampshire to a 9-11 overall record that included a second-place finish in the America East regular-season standings and a runner-up finish in the league tournament.

The All-Academic squads selection process resembles the CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program in which student-athletes are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
    All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (example: field hockey has 11 players on the field).

To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution.

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