BOSTON - The Boston University field hockey team was well represented on the 2006 National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Northeast All-Region squads, as the Terriers had five student-athletes honored for the third time in as many years.
Juniors Sarah Shute (Lincolnville, Maine) and Pam Spuehler (Sudbury, Mass.) were first-team selections for the second consecutive year and were joined on the top squad by freshman Suus Dekker (Rotterdam, Holland). Senior Erin Prediger (Telford, Pa.) was named to the second team for the third straight season, while junior Hayley Hamada (Escondido, Calif.) also earned a spot on the second team to garner the first all-region recognition of her career.
Shute, Spuehler and Dekker will move on to the national All-America ballot due to their first-team status.
Shute had another standout year on the offensive end, leading the Terriers in points with 34 on the strength of a team-high 14 goals, including six game winners. Her point total was the highest by a BU player in seven years. The junior was named to the America East All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive season and will enter her senior campaign ranked fifth on BU's career goals list with 30.
Spuehler joins Lori Heywood '92 as the only Terriers to earn all-region honors as a freshman, sophomore and a junior, as the midfielder began her career with second-team recognition in 2004. This fall, Spuehler was a dominant player on both ends of the field, contributing five goals and six assists to go along with a pair of defensive saves. The Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 America East Championships, Spuehler was a repeat selection to the All-Conference First Team.
The 2006 America East Rookie of the Year, Dekker is the first player in BU history to be named to the All-Region First Team as a freshman. Dekker recorded six goals on the year, including conversions on both of her penalty stroke attempts, and made an immediate impact on both sides of the ball.
Prediger concluded her career with 52 victories in goal, tying the school record set by Noreen Flanagan '00. She ranked 14th in the country this season in goals against average at 1.41 and posted seven shutouts. Prediger allowed just four goals during conference play this fall and made a season-high seven saves in the Terriers' 2-1 victory against then-No.7 Virginia.
The Terriers' most productive offensive player during the last month of the season, Hamada finished the year ranked second on the team with 22 points, including a team-high eight assists. Over half of her points came during the final six games, including a career day against Dartmouth, during which she tallied her first career hat trick and added an assist.