DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire field hockey program and 16th-year head coach Robin Balducci paid tribute to the student-athletes on the 2006 Wildcats team at the annual banquet, which was held Feb. 17.
    The Didio Award, which is bestowed upon a player who represents The Extra Mile Theory, which states "Some choose the shortest distance doing only what is required. Others give of themselves more freely and go the extra mile." was presented to Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.). Williams, a redshirt freshman and transfer from the University of Connecticut, played in all 18 games and was in the starting lineup 17 times as a prominent back on UNH’s defense. Offensively, she recorded one point with an assist against nationally-ranked Boston College.
    Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) was named the recipient of the Susan Kilmister Memorial Award, which is presented annually to an underclassman who most represents the essence of the person and athlete that Susan Kilmister was, and is an unsung heroine on the team. Cooke was a freshman back who immediately stepped into the starting lineup, started all 16 games in which she played and rarely came off the field during the game as an integral part of the defensive unit.
    The Joyce V. Hiller Scholarship, which is awarded in recognition of all that Joyce Hiller has given and done for UNH field hockey, went to Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) and Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.). Shute started all 18 games and played all but 8 minutes, 31 seconds of a possible 1277:55 in goal for the ‘Cats. She recorded double digits in saves six times, including a season-high 16 vs. nationally-ranked Providence College. Geary, a junior back, was named to the 2006 America East All-Conference Second Team. She played an integral role on both penalty corner units as well as on re-starts with long hits into the circle. Geary finished the season with two points, both on assists.
    The three-member senior class of Anita Anastasi (Watertown, Mass.), Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) and Holly Schurk (Northford, Conn.) was also given special recognition. Anastasi played in 15 games with nine starts and she recorded all three of UNH’s defensive saves in 2006. Colton had a breakout season in which she led the team in goals (13) and points (31) to rank fifth in the league in both goals and points. She was named to the 2006 NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Second Team and the America East All-Conference First Team. Schurk saw limited playing time in goal after returning to the team in spring 2006.
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