Seven UNH women's skaters named to inaugural Women's Hockey East All-Academic Team

WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Led by 2003-03 Top Scholar-Athlete Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.), seven University of New Hampshire women's hockey players were named to the inaugural Women's Hockey East All-Academic Team, the league announced Friday. To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum grade-point-average of 3.0 in both semesters of the 2002-03 academic year.

Edgar, whose major is exercise science: pre-med, recorded a 3.93 GPA while patrolling the blue line for the Wildcats in her junior season. The defenseman was also honored as a Women's Hockey East All-Star Second Team selection this year and was the recipient of UNH's Award for Academic Excellence for the third time in as many years.

Edgar was joined on the All-Academic Team by teammates Hillary Ensor (Grapevine, Texas), Randi Hickox (Mississauga, Ont.), All-America First Team selection Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), Alexis Silvestri (Smithfield, R.I.), Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) and Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.).

Hickox, Stefanilo and VanMassenhove were three of the other 20-plus Women's Hockey East student-athletes who attained higher than a 3.50 GPA for the 2002-03 season.

Four of the UNH skaters - Ensor, Hickox, Huggon and Stefanilo - graduated in May 2003 while both Silvestri and VanMassenhove completed their junior year.

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