DURHAM, N.H. -- Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2005 NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad on Monday.
The National Academic Squad program recognizes those collegiate student-athletes who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 through the first semester of the 2005-06 academic year. Geary and Shute were named to the National Academic squad in both 2004 and 2003, when both players redshirted the season.
Geary, a sophomore back, started all 16 games in which she played in 2005 and recorded two points, both on assists. Her skills grew tremendously through the 2005 season to become one of the team's top defenders.
Jacobs, kinesiology major, was UNH's top rookie scorer this season with nine points on four goals and an assist, and the nine points is the highest total by a Wildcat freshman since the 2002 season. Her four goals, including one on a penalty stroke, ranked third on the team and she was one of four 'Cats to record a defensive save. Jacobs, despite her status as a rookie, developed into one of UNH's top defensive players and often marked the opposition's top scorer.
Shute, a sophomore goalkeeper and kinesiology: sport studies major, started all 19 games and played all of the 1341:22 in net. She compiled a 7-12 record with a 2.87 GAA, .707 save percentage and three shutouts. She made a career-high 19 saves in the season opener vs. Indiana University and also finished with double digits in saves against Northeastern University (14 saves), Connecticut (11) and Boston College (10). Shute recorded her first career shutout with a three-save effort at St. Louis.