CHANDLER, Ariz. – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team were selected to the 2008 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Northeast Region First Team, the NFHCA announced Wednesday. UNH’s Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vermont) was a Second Team selection.
UNH is the only America East conference member with multiple First Team honorees. Earlier this month, Craigue was named America East Offensive Player of the Year and she was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Shea. Frates was an All-Conference Second Team selection.
Craigue spearheaded America East’s most potent offense with team highs in goals (11), game-winning goals (three), assists (eight) and points (30). She ranked third in America East in goals per game and fourth in both assists per game and points per game. In five league games, she tallied three goals and two assists for eight points. Craigue recorded a point in 12 of 20 games and her season highlights included a three-goal effort at Maine and her 50th career point at Fairfield.
Shea also tallied 11 goals to tie Craigue for the team lead, and she had two assists for 24 points to rank second in points. In America East, she tied for fourth in goals per game and eighth in points per game. Shea recorded a point in 11 of 20 games and her season highlights included scoring the game-winning overtime goal in the league semifinal against Maine, as well as a mid-season stretch in which she scored a goal in five of six games.
Frates is second on the team in assists (seven), and shooting percentage (.267); she is third in points (23) and tied for third in goals (eight). In the conference, she tied for sixth in assists per game and was seventh in points per game. Frates recorded a point in 13 of 20 games and that included a seven-game point-scoring streak – the longest by a Wildcat since 2003 – in which she tallied 15 points (six goals, three assists). Her season highlights also included a two-goal game against Northeastern University.
UNH (9-11 overall, 3-2 America East) finished second in the regular-season standings and as runner-up in the conference tournament.