Seven Wildcats named to Hockey East All-Academic Team
Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.), Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Diana Saly (Edina, Minn.) are repeat honorees from the 2005 All- Academic Team, and Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) was on the 2004 All-Academic Team. Leah Craig (Seaforth, Ontario) and Maggie Joyce (Norfolk, Mass.) are first-time selections in 2006.
McLaughlin, a graduate student pursuing a degree in public health, received further distinction on the Academic All-Star Team, which identifies the top GPA by position, with her perfect 4.0 in the 2005-06 academic year. McLaughlin completed her senior season with four goals and 16 assists for 20 points to rank 19th nationally in defensemen scoring.
Busa, a junior goaltender who is studying psychology, compiled a 5-0-0 record with a 0.80 goals-against-average, .929 save percentage and three shutouts - all in conference play.
Hekle, a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist as the most outstanding women's collegiate hockey player, recorded 33 points on 12 goals and 21 assists. The junior forward and captain is a business administration major.
Saly, who entered the year with an undeclared major in the College of Liberal Arts, played in 36 of 37 games this season and recorded four points, all on assists, as a sophomore defenseman.
Garland, a sophomore defenseman who is pursuing a degree in psychology, was an RBK Hockey All-America First Team selection who led all defensemen - and ranked 25th overall - in points at 1.09 per game. She also ranked third in the nation in assists (0.94 apg). Garland finished with 37 points on five goals and 32 assists.
Craig ranked No. 18 in the nation in both goals (0.59 gpg) and power- play goals (seven) by finishing the season with 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points. The sophomore forward began the academic year with an undeclared major in the College of Health and Human Services.
Joyce, a freshman defenseman with an undeclared major in the College of Liberal Arts, registered six points on two goals and four assists.
To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete attained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each semester of competition during the 2005-06 season.
UNH compiled a school-record 33 victories (33-3-1 record) in winning both the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles and making the program's first appearance in the Women?s Frozen Four.