CHANDLER, Ariz.– Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.), Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2008 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad, the NFHCA announced Monday.
It marked the third consecutive year that Cooke, a junior back, received this academic distinction and the third overall for Jacobs, a senior midfielder who was also feted in 2005 and 2006. Nagengast was a rookie goalkeeper for the Wildcats in ’08.
Both Cooke and Nagengast were named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in February (minimum 3.5 GPA), and Jacobs was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
Cooke, whose other 2008 accolades included America East All-Academic Team and America East All-Conference Second Team, was a leader in UNH’s backfield and started all 20 games for the Wildcats. She was an integral part of both penalty corner units, and that included her role as the push on offensive corners. Cooke recorded two points with an assist on the game-winning overtime goal in the Nov. 7 semifinal against the University of Maine and another assist in the 5-2 win against Brown University on Sept. 5.
Jacobs was in the starting lineup for all 20 games in the ’08 season and was also an integral player on both penalty corner units. She ranked third on the team in points (14) with five goals and four assists and was also third in shooting percentage (.227). Jacobs was the second-highest scoring ‘Cat in America East play with seven points (two goals, three assists) in five league games. Her season highlights included the game-winning goal against Fairfield University and a two-assist effort vs. Boston University.
Nagengast saw action in five games with one start in the 2008 season. In a total of 113 minutes, 31 seconds, she had a 5.53 GAA and a .550 save percentage; she did not factor into a decision (0-0 record). Nagengast made her collegiate debut vs. Radford and played 27:12 of shutout action with one save.
This Wildcat trio helped lead the New Hampshire field hockey team to a 9-11 overall record that included a second-place finish in the America East regular-season standings and a runner-up finish in the league tournament.