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DURHAM, N.H.  – Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.), Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 22-player roster for the New England Team that will compete at USA Field Hockey’s High Performance Training Center National Championship Tournament.
    Bercari, Jacobs and Shute competed at the New England Training Squad tryout with fellow Wildcats Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) and Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.); UNH assistant coach Steve Simpson was an assistant at the High Performance Training Center camp.



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.


DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, 16th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey program, has announced that Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Lyndsey Natale (Warren, N.J.) and Devan Weed (East Hampstead, N.H.) have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the UNH Wildcats beginning in the 2007 season.



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.
    Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.), Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.), Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) and Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) were presented the major awards, and the three-member senior class of Anita Anastasi (Watertown, Mass.), Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) and Holly Schurk (Northford, Conn.) were also given special recognition.



DURHAM, N.H.  – Robin Balducci, 16th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, has announced the hiring of Steve Simpson as assistant coach, effective immediately.
   Simpson, a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, comes to UNH from the University of Massachusetts, where he had served as assistant coach since the 2003 season. He also coached collegiately at the University of Maryland from 1995-2003, the last year of which he was the first assistant.
    His collegiate coaching responsibilities have included coaching all positions, recruiting, scheduling, planning travel and purchasing equipment.



GLEN ALLEN, Va.  – Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.), a senior forward on the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, was named to the 2006 NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Second Team on Monday.
    Colton, who was named to the America East All-Conference First Team earlier this month, led UNH in goals (13), assists (five) and points (31) as well as shots (68) to rank second in the conference in shots per game (3.78) and fourth in both goals per game (0.72) and points per game (1.72). Colton is 22nd in the nation in goals per game.



BOSTON – Senior forward Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) was one of three University of New Hampshire field hockey players honored at Thursday’s America East annual banquet with her selection to the All-Conference First Team. Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) was announced as an All-Conference Second Team honoree and Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) received All-Rookie Team recognition. In addition, Geary was named to the All-Academic Team.
       Colton led the Wildcats in goals (13), assists (five) and points (31) as well as shots (68) to rank second in America East in shots per game (3.78), fourth in goals per game (0.72) and fifth in points per game (1.72). Geary, a junior back, was one of four Wildcats (along with Colton) to start all 18 games in 2006 and she recorded two points, both on assists. Shea, a freshman forward, ranked second on the team in both goals (five) and points (12), and she tied for third in assists with two.



BALTIMORE, Md.Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) scored a career-high four goals and also had an assist in her final game as a collegian to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 9-1 America East victory against University of Maryland-Baltimore County at UMBC Stadium.
    UNH ended the season with consecutive wins to finish at 3-15 overall and 1-4 in America East. UMBC ended the year at 1-14, 0-5.
    Colton, whose nine points also marked a personal best, opened the game scoring at 6:07. She also scored goals at 21:22, 23:11 and 39:43.     Colton led the 2006 Wildcats in goals (13), assists (five) and points (31).  She finished her UNH career with 20 goals and 12 assists for 52 points. Saturday’s game also was the last in a Wildcat uniform for Anita Anastasi (Watertown, Mass.), who led the team three consecutive years in defensive saves, and reserve goalie Holly Schurk (Northfield, Conn.).


AMHERST, Mass. – Freshman forward Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored three goals – senior forward Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) assisted on all three – to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Wednesday afternoon’s 4-1 non-conference victory against the University of Massachusetts at Garber Field.
    UNH improved to 2-15 with the victory while UMass fell to 6-13.
    The three goals and six points were both career highs for Shea, who entered the game with one goal and a total of three points on the season. Colton’s three assists also marked a personal-best output. Junior forward Jen Mooney (Manchester, N.H.) scored her first collegiate goal to account for the Wildcats’ other tally.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) reached double digits in saves for the fifth time this season with 10. UMass counterpart Sarah Williams was also credited with 10 saves.



NEWTON, Mass.  – Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) scored two goals and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded 12 saves, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 5-2 Sunday afternoon by sixth-ranked Boston College at Newton Campus Field.
   UNH is now 1-15 on the season while BC improved to 14-3.
   Shute finished with 12 saves and yielded five goals in 68:18. Holly Schurk (Northford, Conn.) played the final 1:42 and was not credited with a save. BC goalie Julia Berkowitz stopped three shots.
   New Hampshire concludes the 2006 season with road games this week against UMass (Oct. 25; 3:30 p.m.) and UMBC (Oct. 28; 12 p.m.).


DURHAM, N.H. – Dainelle Collins scored three goals, including the game-winning tally 39 seconds into overtime, to lift the University of Vermont field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 4-3 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
    UNH, which needed to win to keep its postseason hopes intact, fell to 1-14 overall and 0-4 in America East. Vermont improved to 10-6, 3-1.
    Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.), Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) and Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) scored the Wildcats' goals and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) finished with eight saves.
    Colton and fellow seniors Anita Anastasi (Watertown, Mass.) and Holly Schurk (Northford, Conn.) were honored prior to the game as part of the Senior Day festivities, as this marked the Wildcats’ last home game of the 2006 season.


DURHAM, N.H.  – Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made a season-high 16 saves and Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 4-1 Sunday afternoon by 14th-ranked Providence College at Memorial Field.
     UNH is now 1-13 overall, including 1-6 at Memorial Field. Providence improved to 8-1 on the road and 13-3 overall.
    The Wildcats scored with 3:54 remaining to pull within 4-1. The Wildcats’ heavy pressure inside the circle led to a shot by Shea on the right wing. Chamberlain made the stop, but the ball caromed back to Shea, who in turn lifted the ball over the PC goalie into the cage at 66:06.
     New Hampshire returns to action at home for Senior Day on Oct. 21 vs. the University of Vermont. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.


ORONO, Maine  -- Nicole Emery scored with 12 seconds remaining in the first half to lead the University of Maine field hockey team to Friday afternoon’s 1-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Alumni Field.
    UNH fell to 1-12 overall and 0-3 in America East with the loss while Maine improved to 6-8, 2-1.
    The ‘Cats, behind the strong play of Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) and Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.), produced pressure – and penalty corners – in the closing minutes but could not score the equalizer. UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) was not required to make a number of saves – three overall – but the few she did make were big stops to keep the score close.
 
 


DURHAM, N.H.  –  Michel Polizois scored two goals and Arlette Westdorp recorded three assists to lead the University at Albany field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 5-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
    UNH fell to 1-11 overall and 0-2 in the conference with the loss while Albany won its third consecutive game – all by shutout – to improve to 10-3, 2-0.
    The Wildcats generated early pressure in the game and produced penalty corners, but no shots on the cage. Albany called time out at 11:57 and subsequently began to control play.
    The Great Danes took a 1-0 lead at 16:38 and held that 1-0 lead and a 9-3 shot advantage at halftime, then pulled away from the ‘Cats early in the second half with three goals in the opening 11 minutes.



DURHAM, N.H.  – Senior forward Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 2-1 by intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
    UNH fell to 1-10 and Dartmouth improved to 3-5 with its second consecutive win. The road team has now won each of the last five meetings in this series.
   New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 8 at home against Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.


DURHAM, N.H. – Sarah Shute recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Boston University field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 3-1 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
    UNH's Gabby Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.) scored her first career goal off a pass from , Michelle Tavener’s (Winchester, Mass.). Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded double digits in saves for the second time this season with 13.
    New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 1 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Haley Funk scored two second-half goals to propel the 14th-ranked Indiana University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire.
    The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead against the Hoosiers when Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal off a rebound at 6:55. It was Colton’s team-leading fifth goal of the season.
    New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 30 for its America East conference opener at home against Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.


WORCESTER, Mass. – Sara O’Coin recorded a goal and an assist to lead the College of the Holy Cross field hockey team to Thursday night’s 2-0 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Hart Center Astroturf Field. UNH is now 1-7 on the season and Holy Cross is 5-3.
    New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 24 at Indiana University. The next Wildcats’ home game is their America East conference opener Sept. 30 vs. Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.



DURHAM, N.H.Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) and Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) both recorded two goals and an assist, but Collen Carney scored at 1:53 of overtime to lift the Sacred Heart University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 6-5 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
    UNH, which won in overtime Friday night at Memorial Field, is now 1-6 overall and 1-2 in games decided by overtime. Sacred Heart improved to 6-2.
    New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 21 (6 p.m.) at the College of the Holy Cross. The next Wildcats’ home game is Sept. 30 vs. Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.



DURHAM, N.H. – Michelle Tavener (Winchester, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal at 5:34 of overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday night’s 2-1 non-conference victory against Harvard University at Memorial Field.
        With the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the Wildcats continued their second-half momentum into the extra session. In the fourth minute of overtime, Tavener swung a pass from the top of the circle to the right side, where Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) gathered the ball and fired a shot across the goalmouth just wide of the left post.
    UNH continued to control play, setting up a penalty corner one minute later. Craigue put the ball in play to Tavener at the top of the circle. She maneuvered through the defense down the middle, drifted to the right and fired a shot inside the left post to end the game at 75:34.



<BURLINGTON, Vt.  – The Miami (Ohio) University field hockey team scored three first-half goals en route to Sunday afternoon’s 3-0 victory in the final game of the Sheraton Catamount Field Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont’s Post Field.
    UNH fell to 0-5 on the season while Miami is now 3-4. UNH junior back Sam Geary  (Norwood, Mass.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team.


BURLINGTON, Vt.  – Kayli Maxwell scored at 9:49 of overtime to lift the Davidson College field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 4-3 victory against the University of New Hampshire in the first day of action at the Sheraton Catamount Field Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont’s Post Field.
    UNH fell to 0-4 with the loss and Davidson improved to 2-2.
    New Hampshire returns to action with the conclusion of the Sheraton Catamount Field Hockey Classic on Sept. 10 (12:30 p.m.) against Miami (Ohio). The next Wildcats home game is Sept. 15 vs. Harvard University. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m.



BERKELEY, Calif. – Jennifer Crane, Valentina Godfrid and Ashley Glosz each scored two goals to propel the University of California field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 6-1 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Maxwell Field. Cal improved to 4-1 with the victory while UNH fell to 0-3.



BERKELEY, Calif. – Junior goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded 15 saves, the second-highest total in her career, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was edged by University of the Pacific, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field.


DURHAM, N.H. - Stephanie Casper scored two goals and three teammates recorded a goal and an assist to propel the 13th-ranked Northeastern University field hockey team to Saturday night's 5-0 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire in the season opener for both teams at Memorial Field.




BOSTON - The University of New Hampshire field hockey team was selected in a tie for third in the 2006 America East Field Hockey Preseason Poll that was released Wednesday afternoon.


DURHAM, N.H. — When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge. In 2006, the University of New Hampshire field hockey team will challenge its America East foes to prove that the Wildcats belong in the 2006 America East Championship tournament.




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