DURHAM, N.H. -- Seven student-athletes on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National All-Academic Squad, the organization announced Friday. This marks the highest number of Wildcats to earn this distinction, which recognizes players with a grade point average of 3.30 or higher in the fall semester.
The seven 'Cats are Heidi Anderson (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Lauren Bruce (Amherst, N.Y.), Samantha Geary (Norwood, Mass.), Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.), Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.), Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) and Stefanie Simeone (Stratham, N.H.). Geary, Gillen and Shute are all repeat honorees from 2003 and Anderson was also feted in 2001.
Anderson, a senior forward and co-captain, started all 20 games for the 'Cats and recorded three points with one goal and one assist. Bruce, a back, is another senior who started all 20 games in the 2004 season. Geary, another back, started 11 of the 19 games in which she played as a redshirt freshman.
Gillen led UNH in assists (four) and tied for the team lead in points (14) as a sophomore forward. Sellenger recorded two points on a goal as she played in 14 games, including one start, as a freshman forward. Shute, a redshirt freshman, made six relief appearances in goal and compiled a 1-0 record with a 2.23 GAA and .733 save percentage. Simeone did not see any game action last season.