Punyko Named All-American

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 28, 2005) -- Senior midfielder Jamie Punyko received a slew of post-season honors including today's distinction of joining the All-American ranks.

Punyko, a co-captain from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., was named third-team Division III All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and Dartfish. For the season, she was also named second team All-American by womensfieldhockey.com, first-team All-South Region by the NFHCA and first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference.

In 2005, Punyko started all 18 games, scoring six goals and delivering six assists from her defensive midfield position. She helped lead CUA to the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament for the second time in team history and participated in the NFHCA North/South Senior All-Star game on Nov. 19.

Over her career, Punyko has received many accolades including: team rookie of the year in 2002 and womensfieldhockey.com third team All-American, NFHCA first team All-South Region, first team All-CAC, CUA Student Athlete Leader award and co-captain in 2004 as well as making the NFHCA National Academic Squad each year. She started in 70 of 70 games tallying 25 goals, 22 assists and three defensive saves primarily from the midfield.

Punyko is the third CUA field hockey player to earn All-American honors since the program's inception in 1969. She follows graduates Andrea Snyder (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Country Day School of the Scared Heart) and Stephanie Roselle (Tinton Falls, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), who both received third team All-American honors in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

The Cardinals finished the 2005 season with an 11-7 overall record and 3-2 finish in the CAC, which was good for second place. This was the first time the team reached the conference finals, losing 3-1 to eventual national champions, Salisbury University. The Cardinals then earned a berth to ECAC Division III Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey tournament where they advanced to the semifinals.