COOKE, NAGENGAST NAMED TO AMERICA EAST FIELD HOCKEY ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

CALLY COOKE
KATHERINE NAGENGAST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire were selected to the 2009 America East Field Hockey All-Academic Team, the league announced Tuesday.

Cooke, who was also voted to the 2008 All-Academic Team, was a unanimous selection to this year’s squad. The senior back started all 19 games and tallied two goals and an assist for five points. Cooke recorded a goal and an assist in the regular-season finale at Harvard University (Nov. 3) and scored the game-winning tally vs. UC Davis (Sept. 12) when she gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead. She was an instrumental part of the defensive penalty corner unit and also saw significant time on the offensive penalty corner unit. Cooke is a business administration/management major with a 3.69 GPA who has been named to the University’s Dean’s list every semester.

Nagengast, a sophomore goalkeeper, started all 19 games and played every second in goal (1359 minutes, 22 seconds). She compiled a 12-7 record with a 2.32 GAA, .679 save percentage and four shutouts, a total that led the America East conference. Nagengast made her first career start in the season opener, a 5-2 loss to third-ranked Syracuse and recorded her first career victory with a two-save effort at Brown (Sept. 4).

In five America East league games, she went 3-2 with a 2.00 GAA and .706 save percentage. Her season highlights included a career-high 10-save effort at 20th-ranked Providence (Sept. 6; 4-3 loss) and a nine-save performance at 12th-ranked Duke (Sept. 27). Nagengast recorded a 1.71 GAA and .767 save percentage in the four-game winning streak at the end of the regular season, and in the last eight regular-season games she was 7-1 with a 1.43 GAA and .786 save percentage. Nagengast is majoring in pedagogy with a 3.62 GPA who has been named to the Dean’s List every semester.

For the second straight year, America East selected the All-Academic team using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a 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 (e.g., 11 on the field for field hockey) but can be more if there is a tie in voting. 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 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

UNH finished the 2009 season with a 12-7 overall record and advanced to the America East semifinals for the third consecutive year.

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