DURHAM, N.H. – The National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association announced Monday that five players from the University of New Hampshire field hockey team have been named to the 2006 NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.

Junior Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), junior Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine), sophomore Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.), freshman Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) and freshman Kendra Teixeira (East Sandwich, Mass.) all qualified for the team, which requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 through the first semester of the 2006-07 academic year.

Geary, a back, started all 18 games this season and recorded two assists for two points.  She was also a key component on both penalty corner units and on re-starts with long hits into the circle.  Geary was named an All-Conference Second Team honoree by America East at the end of the season.

Shute, a goalkeeper who started all 18 games, ranked fifth in the nation in saves (150) and eighth in saves per game (8.33).  Shute recorded double digits in saves six times, including a season-high 16 against nationally-ranked Providence College.

Jacobs and Cooke, both backs, played integral roles in the Wildcat defense.  Jacobs played in all 18 games, while Cooke started all 16 games she played.

Teixeira, a freshman, did not see any action as a backup goalkeeper playing behind Shute.
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