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2017 NFHCA ANNUAL CONVENTION

Sponsored by AstroTurf 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

January 4-6, 2017

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club * Naples, Florida

 Join us for 3 days of business meetings, classroom speakers, and an on-field technical clinic, all held in sunny Naples, Florida!

 This year's Annual Convention will feature the following international speakers:

 

 Michel Kinnen (Belgium)

FIH High Performance Coach

FIH Hockey Academy Instructor

European Hockey Federation Mentor

Belgian Hockey Federation High Performance Mentor

 

Tristram Woodhouse (Australia)

International Coach Consultant - Asia

Head Coach - Woodhouse Sports Academy

 Click Here for additional information on Trid's 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention presentations 

 

 GOALKEEPING SPECIALISTS

David Harte (Ireland)

2015 FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year

Captain, Men's National Team - Ireland

2016 Olympian

Rassie Pieterse (South Africa)

Men's National Team Member - South Africa

2-time Olympian

David Williamson (Northern Ireland)

Assistant Coach - Princeton University

Managing Director - Shutout School 

Click Here for additional information on the Goalkeeping Presentations being delivered by David, Rassie and David at the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention.

 

 

Register to attend the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention today by clicking on the link below:

 

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2017 NFHCA Annual Convention - Schedule of Events - College Coaches (updated 11/10/16)

2017 NFHCA Annual Convention - Schedule of Events - High School & Club Coaches (updated 11/10/16)

 

Additional details regarding this year's internationally recognized speakers will be available in the coming days.  Stay tuned!

 

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The National Field Hockey Coaches Association is pleased to announce that it will be offering vendor booth space at the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention.

 

The 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention is scheduled to be held January 4-6, 2017 at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Florida.  We expect 350-400 college, high school, junior high school, and club coaches from across the United States to attend this year’s event.

 

Vendors will be permitted to set up their booths the morning of Wednesday, January 4th.  Vendor booths will remain open through the end of the day’s activities on Thursday, January 5th.

 

If you are interested in attending the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention as a vendor, please complete the agreement posted below and return it to my office by November 15th:

 

2017 NFHCA Annual Convention - Vendor Application

 

Questions regarding vendor space at the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention should be directed to the NFHCA Office.



Longstreth 2016
Thursday, December 1

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional Players of the Year Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - Five student-athletes were selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Regional Players of the Year, it was announced on Thursday.

The Regional Player of the Year honors went to Delaware sophomore midfielder Greta Nauck (Mid-Atlantic), Connecticut junior forward Charlotte Veitner (Mideast), Albany senior midfielder Paula Heuser (Northeast), Virginia junior midfielder Tara Vittese (South) and Iowa senior forward Natalie Cafone (West).

Heuser claimed the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year award for the third season in a row, while Vittese won the honor in the South Region for the second straight year. Veitner’s honor marked the fourth straight season that a Connecticut student-athlete won the Mideast Region Player of the Year award.

More information on each of the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Regional Player of the Year winners is included below.

Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year: Greta Nauck, Delaware (So., M)

Nauck led the Blue Hens to their first national championship as she captured the Player of the Year award in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Nauck placed first nationally in both goals per game (1.32) and points per game (3.04) and set school records with overall totals of 33 goals and 76 points. She scored the game-winning goal in 10 of Delaware’s 23 victories, and came through in the clutch in two huge circumstances with the overtime game-winner in a 3-2 victory at Duke in the second round of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship on Nov. 13 and the national championship-winning goal with under six minutes to play for a 3-2 victory in the title game against North Carolina on Nov. 20.

Mideast Region Player of the Year: Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut (Jr., F)

Veitner is already the all-time points leader for the Huskies, and ranked third in per game average for goals (1.13) and second in points (2.96) this season. She led the Huskies in scoring with 27 goals and 17 assists to reach 71 points on the season. Veitner scored the game-winning goal against Syracuse in double overtime in the second round of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship on Nov. 13 to send the Huskies to the national semifinals. She was named to the All-Mideast Region squad for the third year in a row and repeated as the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.

Northeast Region Player of the Year: Paula Heuser, Albany (Sr., M)

Heuser claims the Northeast Region Player of the Year award for the third straight season as she capped her career at Albany with another outstanding year. She was named America East Midfielder of the Year in 2016 as she led the Great Danes in both goals (17) and assists (13) to total 47 points on the season. Heuser finished in the top 20 nationally in goals, assists and points per game. She earned All-Northeast Region status in each of her four seasons at Albany.

South Region Player of the Year: Tara Vittese, Virginia (Jr., M)

Vittese repeats as the South Region Player of the Year after also being named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Year. She finished the season with 15 goals and 11 assists for 41 points, and ranked fourth in the conference with 1.71 points per game. Vittese makes the first-team All-South Region list for the third year in a row and has career totals of 47 goals and 37 assists through her first three seasons. She helped the Cavaliers advance to the second round of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship and claim their first-ever ACC Championship.

West Region Player of the Year: Natalie Cafone, Iowa (Sr., F)

Cafone led the Big Ten with 20 goals and also added eight assists for a team-high 48 points, which ranked second in the conference. She earned her third first-team All-West Region honor and second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award in 2016. Cafone concludes an outstanding career as she finishes her time at Iowa with 68 goals and 23 assists for 159 points.



Longstreth 2016
Wednesday, November 30

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Regional Players of the Year Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Six student-athletes were selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Regional Players of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Regional Player of the Year honors went to Kenyon junior goalkeeper Sarah Speroff (Great Lakes), Babson sophomore midfielder Ashley Tango (New England East), Trinity (Conn.) junior forward Kelcie Finn (New England West), Rochester senior midfielder Sayaka Abe (North Atlantic), The College of New Jersey senior defender Lexi Smith (South Atlantic) and Muhlenberg senior forward Rachel Strow (South).

Smith repeated as the South Atlantic Region Player of the Year, while Tango and Abe were each the second straight honorees from their institution.

More information on each of the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Regional Player of the Year winners is included below.

Great Lakes Region Player of the Year: Sarah Speroff, Kenyon (Jr., GK)

Speroff has served as the starting goalkeeper throughout her three seasons at Kenyon, compiling a 48-13 record with a school-record tying 25 career shutouts. She posted a 15-7 record with a 1.24 goals against average and .845 save percentage in 2016, with the latter mark leading the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and ranking fifth in the nation. Speroff made 153 saves while playing all but 14 minutes on the season for the Ladies. She was a first-team All-Great Lakes Region pick for the third time in as many seasons, and was also named the NCAC Defensive Player of the Year while leading her squad to the conference tournament title and to the second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.

New England East Region Player of the Year: Ashley Tango, Babson (So., M)

Tango scored 19 goals and added 13 assists to lead the Beavers with 51 points, and was named the Offensive Player of the year in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). She led the team with five game-winning goals, tied for 10th in the nation in assists and scored at least one point in 18 of 22 contests for the Beavers. She became just the third player in school history to surpass 50 points for a season. Tango was selected to the NFHCA All-New England East Region squad for the second year in a row and helped her team reach the national semifinals.

New England West Region Player of the Year: Kelcie Finn, Trinity (Jr., F)

The Player of the Year in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Finn totaled 27 goals and a school-record 68 points and led the nation in per game averages in both categories, with her 14 assists standing fifth in the country. Finn also set school records with 138 shots and nine game-winning goals as she helped Trinity to a 13-5 record that included a trip to the second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship. Finn also made the New England West All-Region team for the third time in as many seasons at Trinity.

North Atlantic Region Player of the Year: Sayaka Abe, Rochester (Sr., M)

Abe was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Liberty League and also received first-team All-North Atlantic Region recognition for the second straight year in 2016. She finished the year with 22 points on two goals and a school-record 18 assists and ends her career ranked third in school history in games played (84) and assists (27). Rochester advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.

South Atlantic Region Player of the Year: Lexi Smith, The College of New Jersey (Sr., D)

Smith is named South Atlantic Region Player of the Year for the second season in a row after another outstanding campaign where she finished second on her team with 18 goals and led the squad with 14 assists and 50 points. She also earned the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Defensive Player of the Year honor for the second straight season by helping her team allow only 1.10 goals per game and registering nine defensive saves on the season. TCNJ made it to the second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.

South Region Player of the Year: Rachel Strow, Muhlenberg (Sr., F)

Strow put together a spectacular senior season as she set school records with 21 goals and 49 points for Muhlenberg. She ranked in the top 15 nationally in goals scored and broke a 54-year school record by scoring a goal in 11 consecutive games. Strow was selected as the Player of the Year in the Centennial Conference, and Muhlenberg set a school record with 18 wins on the season.



Longstreth 2016
Tuesday, November 29

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams Announced

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Region squads were announced on Tuesday with 160 student-athletes receiving either first or second-team recognition across the five regions.

The All-Region lists included the Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, Northeast, South and West. The All-Region squads consisted of 66 seniors or graduate students, 46 juniors, 33 sophomores and 15 freshmen.

Fifteen schools had at least four student-athletes make the All-Region squad, led by Connecticut with seven in the Mideast Region. Notching six selections were Maryland (Mid-Atlantic), Penn State (Mideast), Syracuse (Mideast), Boston College (Northeast), North Carolina (South), Duke (South) and Louisville (West). National champion Delaware (Mid-Atlantic) had five honorees along with Princeton (Mid-Atlantic) and Virginia (South), while Monmouth (Mid-Atlantic), Albany (Northeast), Stanford (West) and Northwestern (West) each notched four. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) led all leagues with 38 selections to the All-Region Teams.

The Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional Players of the Year will be announced on Thursday, with the All-America squad coming out on Dec. 7 and the National Player of the Year on Dec. 14. The five All-Region teams are listed in full here.



Longstreth 2016
Monday, November 28

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region Teams Announced

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region Teams

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Region squads were announced on Monday with 197 student-athletes receiving either first or second-team recognition across the six regions.

There were 100 student-athletes on the first team and 97 on the second team across the six regions, which included the Great Lakes, New England East, New England West, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and South. Broken down by class, the All-Region squads consisted of 94 seniors, 56 juniors, 39 sophomores and eight freshmen.

Thirty-five schools placed at least three student-athletes on the All-Region Teams, led by national champion Messiah (South Atlantic), Babson (New England East), The College of New Jersey (South Atlantic) and University of New England (New England East) with five apiece. Schools with four student-athletes on the list included Centre and DePauw from the Great Lakes Region, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from the New England East, Tufts, Hamilton, Bowdoin and Williams from the New England West, William Smith from the North Atlantic, Montclair State from the South Atlantic and Salisbury from the South. Placing three student-athletes on the All-Region Teams were Rhodes, Denison, Kenyon, Hendrix, Wittenberg and Sewanee in the Great Lakes, Wellesley, Maine-Farmington, Mount Holyoke and Endicott in New England East, Middlebury, Amherst and Trinity (Conn.) in New England West, Rochester, Skidmore and Cortland in the North Atlantic, Rowan in the South Atlantic and Muhlenberg, York, Christopher Newport and Ursinus in the South.

The Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Regional Players of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, with the All-America squad coming out on Dec. 6 and the National Player of the Year on Dec. 12.

The six All-Region teams are listed in full here.



Delaware Blue Hens
Wednesday, November 23

Delaware, Shippensburg and Messiah Claim NCAA National Championships

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - The 2016 field hockey season produced three NCAA champions to remember. A pair of programs won the title for the first time in school history, while another claimed the crown to complete an emotional and trying season.

Delaware won the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship for the first time, with the No. 8 Blue Hens completing the run by defeating No. 4 North Carolina 3-2 in the championship contest on Sunday. Delaware defeated three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams on its way to the title, and won all four of its NCAA Tournament games by one goal.

Shippensburg earned the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship for the second time in four years. The team completed an outstanding season with a 2-1 win over LIU Post in Sunday’s title game, and won the title in a year that was dedicated to the memory of former standout player and assistant coach Amanda Strous, who died in June.

Messiah won the NCAA Division III title to complete an amazing run that saw it win each of its 22 contests against DIII opponents after suffering its only loss in the season opener against Shippensburg. After a scoreless contest against Tufts in the national championship on Sunday, the Falcons won 2-1 in penalty strokes for their first national title after coming away as the runner-up on eight previous occasions.

More on the seasons for each of the three national champions is included below.

Delaware: The historic run to their first national title was the culmination of a huge winning streak for the Blue Hens, who were victorious in their final 19 games to finish at 23-2 for the season. Delaware had regular-season wins over nationally-ranked foes Virginia, James Madison, Albany, Michigan and American, and beat JMU again in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title game on Nov. 6 to claim the crown after an unbeaten regular-season in conference action. The Blue Hens went into the NCAA Tournament at No. 8 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll, and pulled out a 1-0 win over No. 9 Louisville in the first round on Nov. 12. The next day, Delaware won perhaps the most dramatic game of the tournament by scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to even the score and then getting the game-winner from Greta Nauck in the 73rd minute for a 3-2 overtime victory at top-seeded Duke to advance to the national semifinals. The Blue Hens scored late to win 3-2 contests in both the semifinals and championship as well, beating Princeton in the former when Esmee Peet tallied in the 69th minute and North Carolina in the latter as Nauck scored in the 65th minute for the win.

Shippensburg: A team that sought to “Leave a Legacy” and unite under the mantra of “Live, Laugh, Love” in honor of Strous certainly did so all season. Shippensburg finished the year with a 20-3 record, and avenged each of its losses in the postseason. The No. 1-ranked Raiders fell to No. 3 East Stroudsburg twice during the regular season, but defeated ESU 2-1 on the road in the NCAA quarterfinals on Nov. 12 to advance to the Final Four. There Shippensburg faced No. 2 Millersville in the semifinals after the teams split a pair of regular-season contests, with Emily Barnard scoring the lone goal of the matchup in the 65th minute. Shippensburg won its second national title, and first since 2013, with a 2-1 win over No. 4 LIU Post in the championship on Sunday. It was the same matchup and score as the 2013 championship victory for the Raiders.

Messiah: The Falcons stood out as the top team in Division III all season, going a perfect 22-0 against opponents at their level and holding the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll for the final seven weeks of the season. The unblemished record against DIII foes came against a daunting regular-season schedule that included top-10 victories over Ursinus, Salisbury, Franklin & Marshall and The College of New Jersey and additional top-20 wins against Alvernia and William Smith. The Falcons moved on to the Final Four by winning a pair of home games in the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament, beating Keene State 5-0 on Nov. 12 and then taking out No. 4 Middlebury, the defending national champion, by a 4-2 final the next day. Messiah continued to roll by defeating No. 7 Babson 5-2 in the semifinals on Saturday. In Sunday’s championship game, the Falcons played to a scoreless draw through two overtimes in adverse winter weather conditions against No. 3 Tufts. The contest moved to strokes where Carissa Gehman and Shayna Landis scored the Falcons on the way to a 2-1 decision. Messiah won its first national title in its ninth trip to the championship game and 15th appearance in the Final Four.



Victory Sports Tours
Friday, November 18

Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Games to be Played Saturday

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The 2016 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I, II and III Senior Games will take place on Saturday as part of Final Four weekend at each NCAA Championship site.

The Division I Senior Game starts at 2:30 p.m. at Old Dominion University’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Virginia. The Division II contest begins at 3 p.m. and will be played at Stonehill College’s W.B. Mason Stadium Complex in Easton, Massachusetts. The Division III Senior Game will get started at 4 p.m. at William Smith College’s McCooey Field in Geneva, New York.

Both the Division II and Division III Senior Games will be streamed by the host school. The Division II contest is available at stonehillskyhawks.tv, while the Division III matchup can be seen on HWS All-Access.

Rosters for all three of the Senior Game contests on Saturday are included below.

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UNC
Thursday, November 17

Final Four Weekend Ahead in all Three NCAA Championships

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The NCAA Final Four weekend is finally here in Division I, II and III, with all three champions set to be crowned on Sunday afternoon.

In Division I, the Final Four matchups include No. 4 North Carolina taking on No. 6 Connecticut on Friday at 2 p.m. (Eastern) and No. 8 Delaware facing No. 14 Princeton at 4:45 p.m. The winners will meet in the national championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. The weekend action will all take place at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Virginia.

In the Division II national semifinals on Friday, top-ranked Shippensburg will face No. 2 Millersville at 2 p.m. (Eastern) before No. 5 Saint Anselm faces No. 4 LIU Post at 5 p.m. The winners meet for the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Final Four will be held at Stonehill’s W.B. Mason Stadium in Easton, Massachusetts this weekend.

The top three and four of the top seven teams in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll will play in the Final Four in Division III. In this weekend’s action at William Smith College’s McCooey Field in Geneva, New York, No. 1 Messiah will take on No. 7 Babson in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. on Saturday followed by No. 2 Salisbury versus No. 3 Tufts at 2 p.m. The winners meet for the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship on Sunday at 1 p.m.

More on each of the Final Four teams is included below. Live video and statistics from all of the semifinal and championship contests will be available on ncaa.com.

Division I

North Carolina: The Tar Heels are in the Final Four for the eighth consecutive season and 21st overall after winning a pair of 3-0 shutouts in the first and second rounds last weekend, including a victory over host and No. 2 Maryland on Sunday. UNC has won the national title six times, with the most recent coming in 2009. North Carolina beat Connecticut in the semifinals in 2011 before falling in the matchup in 2013. The Tar Heels have made it to the national title game in five of the last seven years, including last season.

Connecticut: The national champion in both 2013 and 2014, the Huskies return to the Final Four for the fourth consecutive season and 14th time overall. They did so by winning 3-2 in double overtime at last year’s national champion, No. 3 Syracuse, on Sunday. The Huskies defeated North Carolina in the semifinals on their way to the national title in 2013.

Delaware: The Blue Hens are in the Final Four for the first time since 1982 and are seeking their first trip to the national title game. They won a pair of tightly-contested games to get there last weekend, beating No. 9 Louisville 1-0 in the first round on Saturday before taking out top-ranked and host Duke with a late rally for a 3-2 overtime win on Sunday.

Princeton: The Tigers advance to the Final Four for the fourth time overall and first since 2012, when they won the national championship over North Carolina. The Tigers defeated No. 5 Penn State 2-1 on the road in Saturday’s first round before scoring as time expired in regulation for a 3-2 victory over No. 7 Virginia on Sunday to advance to the semifinals.

Division II

Shippensburg: Shippensburg is in the national semifinals for the first time since winning the championship in 2013, and the Raiders also beat Millersville in that appearance before knocking off LIU Post in the title game. Shippensburg and Millersville split this year’s season series, with the Raiders winning the regular-season matchup. Shippensburg advanced to the Final Four with a 2-1 win over East Stroudsburg in last weekend’s quarterfinals.

Millersville: The Marauders earned the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Region and a trip directly to the Final Four after winning the tournament title in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), which included a 2-1 win over Shippensburg in the championship game. Millersville last advanced to the semifinals in 2014 on its way to the national title, and defeated Shippensburg in a quarterfinal contest that season. Millersville went on to knock off LIU Post in that season’s championship game.

LIU Post: The Pioneers have won seven straight games entering the Final Four, and earned the top seed in the East Region and spot in the semifinals after knocking off Saint Anselm in the title game of the Northeast-10 Conference on Nov. 6. LIU Post also won the regular-season meeting between the teams on Oct. 1, taking both games by 2-1 finals in overtime. LIU Post is in the semifinals for the third time in four years, and made it to the national title game in both 2013 and 2014.

Saint Anselm: The Hawks made the most of their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament by posting a 3-1 win over Stonehill in a quarterfinal contest last weekend. In the semifinals for the first time, Saint Anselm now faces an LIU Post squad that beat it 2-1 in overtime in a pair of matchups this season.

Division III

Messiah: The Falcons are onto the Final Four for the first time since 2010 and 15th in school history as the top-ranked squad comes in with a 20-game winning streak and victories in all of its contests against Division III opponents this season. Messiah is making its 30th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and still seeking an elusive national title as it has finished as runner-up on eight occasions, including the most recent Final Four trip in 2010.

Babson: The Beavers are in the NCAA Final Four for the first time after a pair of shutout wins in the second and third rounds last weekend, including a 1-0 triumph over No. 8 Franklin & Marshall on Sunday. Babson has posted shutouts in five straight contests and eight times during its nine-game winning streak.

Salisbury: The Sea Gulls have won 14 straight games after a pair of shutouts in last week’s NCAA Tournament action, including a 1-0 win over No. 6 Ursinus in the quarterfinals on Sunday. A five-time national champion, Salisbury is making its 14th NCAA semifinal trip and third in the last four years. The Sea Gulls, who are making their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance, have won five national titles with the most recent coming in 2009.

Tufts: The Jumbos also posted a pair of shutout wins on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, with a 1-0 triumph over No. 11 Skidmore in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Tufts makes its fourth appearance in the Final Four, and first since winning the national title in 2012.



Shrub Oak
Wednesday, November 16

Vincent Collins Selected as NFHCA Junior Hockey Award Recipient

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced on Wednesday that Vincent Collins has been honored as this year’s Junior Hockey Award winner for his dedication and service to Shrub Oak (New York) Field Hockey.

The purpose of the Junior Hockey Award program is to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the maintenance and/or development of a junior hockey program. A junior hockey program is defined as one that involves athletes under the age of 13. As this year’s recipient, Collins will receive a $250 donation from the NFHCA towards the Shrub Oak Field Hockey program.

Collins has been a fixture in the Shrub Oak program ever since his daughters began playing the game, with both Courtney (Colgate University) and Caitlin (University of Louisville) going on to play collegiately. He became involved in wanting to give back to the program after all of the opportunities his daughters received through playing the game. Collins runs all aspects of the Shrub Oak program including registration, scheduling, securing coaches, games and tournaments, and does so without pay.

Collins is present for the majority of Shrub Oak’s practices and games as well as tournaments throughout the tri-state area in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He also helps assist with the Hudson Valley Summer Field Hockey League and Shrub Oak’s camp which has run yearly since 1990 and brings in over 100 participants for one week each summer.

One of the hallmarks of the Shrub Oak program is active and inclusive participation. Players from any community are invited to join with approximately 80 participating overall, and many girls begin their field hockey experience with the program in elementary school and continue through to high school. Shrub Oak provides a starting point for the love of field hockey, and Collins continues to support and follow the girls from the program into their high school careers. In addition to his work with Shrub Oak, Collins serves his community while teaching full time and coaching football, girls varsity gymnastics and varsity track at a neighboring high school.

“On behalf of the Shrub Oak Athletic Club and Shrub Oak Field Hockey program, I would like to thank for the NFHCA for this recognition,” said Collins. “It is the countless hours our athletes and coaches put into the great game of field hockey as well as the community support, particularly the mentoring by Coach Sharon Sarsen and the Lakeland High School field hockey program, that make it all worthwhile. Again, I thank you for this award.”



Tufts
Monday, November 14

Final Four Set for All Three NCAA Field Hockey Championships

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The NCAA Final Four fields are set in Division I, II and III with the semifinals and championship in all three tournaments set to take place this weekend.

None of the four seeds made it to the semifinals in the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship as No. 4 North Carolina, No. 6 Connecticut, No. 8 Delaware and No. 14 Princeton advanced from the quarterfinals on Sunday. North Carolina will take on Connecticut in the first semifinal on Friday at 2 p.m. (Eastern), with Delaware and Princeton following at 4:45 p.m. The winners will meet in the national championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. The weekend action will all take place at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Virginia.

In Division II, No. 1 Shippensburg defeated No. 3 East Stroudsburg and No. 5 Saint Anselm knocked off No. 6 Stonehill in quarterfinal action over the weekend. In the national semifinals on Friday, Shippensburg will face No. 2 Millersville at 2 p.m. (Eastern) before Saint Anselm faces No. 4 LIU Post at 5 p.m. The winners meet for the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. The semifinals and championship will be held at Stonehill's W.B. Mason Stadium in Easton, Massachusetts.

The hosts all moved on in Division III over the weekend as the top three and four of the top seven teams in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll will play in the Final Four. In this weekend’s action at William Smith College’s McCooey Field in Geneva, New York, No. 1 Messiah will take on No. 7 Babson in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. on Saturday followed by No. 2 Salisbury versus No. 3 Tufts at 2 p.m. The winners meet for the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Division I

An unpredictable and wild weekend created a group of four semifinal teams that all come from different conferences and does not feature any of the seeded squads that hosted the second and third rounds.

Delaware (CAA), Princeton (Ivy League), North Carolina (ACC) and Connecticut (Big East) comprise the four finalists, with the Blue Hens taking on the Tigers at 4:45 p.m. and the Tar Heels facing the Huskies at 2 p.m. in Friday’s semifinals. The national championship will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. The weekend action will all take place at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Virginia.

No. 8 Delaware defeated a pair of ACC opponents to make it to the semifinals, beating No. 9 Louisville on Saturday before knocking off top-ranked and host Duke in Sunday’s quarterfinal action. The Blue Hens staged an incredible rally to win 3-2 in overtime over the Blue Devils, scoring twice in the final nine minutes of regulation to tie the score and winning it on Greta Nauck’s goal in the 73rd minute. The Blue Hens advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1982.

Princeton will face Delaware in the semifinals after its own remarkable run as the lowest-ranked at-large qualifier into the postseason. The No. 14 Tigers beat No. 5 Penn State, the No. 4 seed and host, by a 2-1 final in Saturday’s first round before knocking off No. 7 Virginia by a 3-2 score on Sunday to advance to the semifinals. The Tigers won the back-and-forth game with the Cavaliers when Sophia Tornetta scored as time expired in regulation for the victory. Princeton is on to the semifinals for the fourth time and first since 2012, when it won the national title.

Connecticut returns to the Final Four for the fourth straight season, did so in dramatic fashion as the national champions from 2013 and 2014 defeated defending national champion and No. 3 Syracuse 3-2 on the road in double overtime in Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup. The Huskies twice saw Syracuse tie the score in regulation, but rebounded each time and got the game-winner when Charlotte Veitner scored in the 91st minute. No. 6 Connecticut will head to the 14th Final Four in program history after an impressive weekend that also included a 5-0 win over No. 11 Boston College in the first round on Saturday.

North Carolina had a pair of impressive victories in its eighth-consecutive trip to the Final Four and 21st in school history as the No. 4-ranked Tar Heels dispatched of No. 12 Stanford by a 3-0 score in the first round on Saturday before defeating host and No. 2-ranked Maryland by the same margin in the quarterfinals on Sunday. UNC allowed only three shots and two penalty corners against the Cardinal and limited the Terrapins to four shots on goal.

Division II

Shippensburg and Saint Anselm each dethroned a conference rival in Saturday’s quarterfinal action to earn their spots in this weekend’s Final Four.

No. 1 Shippensburg proved the third time could be a charm as the Raiders went on the road and defeated No. 3 East Stroudsburg by a 2-1 final on Saturday after falling to the Warriors twice during the regular season. Shippensburg took a 2-0 lead early in the second half and held on behind seven saves from goalkeeper Ally Mooney. The win marked the 300th victory for Head Coach Bertie Landes. Shippensburg will play another rival from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, No. 2 Millersville, in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championship on Friday.

A banner season continues for Saint Anselm as the No. 5-ranked Hawks posted a 3-1 victory at home against No. 6 Stonehill in its first appearance in the NCAA Championship. Saint Anselm rallied with three second-half goals after trailing at intermission. The Final Four will be held at Stonehill’s W.B. Mason Stadium in Easton, Massachusetts this weekend. Friday’s semifinals feature No. 1-ranked Shippensburg against No. 2 Millersville at 2 p.m. and No. 4 LIU Post taking on No. 5 Saint Anselm at 5 p.m. The winners meet for the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship on Sunday at 1p.m.

Division III

Home field proved to be an advantage in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship second round and quarterfinals over the weekend as all four hosts advanced to this weekend’s Final Four.

In this weekend’s action at William Smith College’s in Geneva, New York, No. 1 Messiah will take on No. 7 Babson in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. on Saturday followed by No. 2 Salisbury versus No. 3 Tufts at 2 p.m. The winners meet for the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Messiah remained perfect against Division III competition this season, running its record to 20-1 overall with wins in every game since its opener by defeating Keene State and No. 4 Middlebury over the weekend. After dispatching Keene State by a 5-0 final in the second round on Saturday, the Falcons pulled out a 4-2 win over defending national champion Middlebury in Sunday’s quarterfinals. With the score tied 2-2 and under 10 minutes to play, Messiah came through down the stretch as Taylor Holt and Carissa Gehman scored for the 4-2 win. Messiah is onto the Final Four for the first time since 2010 and 15th in school history.

Babson will take on Messiah in the semifinals after advancing by knocking off St. John Fisher 3-0 in the second round on Saturday and defeating No. 8 Franklin & Marshall 1-0 in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Ashley Tango scored the lone goal for the Beavers in the 64th minute as Babson has now posted shutouts in five straight contests and eight times during its nine-game winning streak. The Beavers become the school’s first women’s sport team to reach the semifinals.

Salisbury also made the national semifinals with a pair of shutouts wins, and has now won 14 consecutive contests after defeating Kenyon 3-0 in the second round on Saturday and No. 6 Ursinus by a 1-0 score in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Salisbury’s Arielle Johnson scored in the 45th minute against Ursinus and it held up as the game-winner as the Sea Gulls allowed only two shots in the contest. A five-time national champion, Salisbury is making its 14th NCAA semifinal trip and third in the last four years.

Tufts joined both Babson and Salisbury in posting a pair of shutout wins over the weekend, beating No. 19 University of New England by a 2-0 score on Saturday before a 1-0 win over No. 11 Skidmore in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Gigi Tutoni scored the lone goal for the Jumbos in the 4th minute in the quarterfinal victory, and Tufts had an amazing weekend defensively by allowing a total of seven shots and two penalty corners in the pair of victories. Tufts makes its fourth appearance in the Final Four, and first since winning the national title in 2012.



Longstreth 2016
Tuesday, November 8

Longstreth/NFHCA Weekly Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The final Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) weekly award winners of the 2016 season were selected on Tuesday with a total of six student-athletes honored in Division I, II and III for their play in competition from Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

Delaware sophomore midfielder Greta Nauck and American sophomore goalkeeper Maura Jacobs won the awards in Division I, Millersville senior midfielder Margaret Thorwart and LIU Post junior goalkeeper Ericka Parks were selected in Division II and Geneseo junior midfielder Giovanna Fasanello and St. John Fisher sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Maynard were chosen as the recipients in Division III.

About Longstreth Sporting Goods
For over 30 years, Longstreth Sporting Goods has “defined the women’s game” by providing an endless selection in Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Softball equipment. Barbara Longstreth initiated the passion for women’s sports, and the importance of personal attention to female athletes of all ages that gave way to Longstreth Sporting Goods. We are committed to continuing this passion and attention today.

For more on the Longstreth/NFHCA weekly award winners from each division as well as the honorable mention selections, read the Full Release.


Penn Monto
Tuesday, November 8

Messiah Finishes at No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll - Nov. 8

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Messiah finds itself in a familiar position in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll of the 2016 season as the Falcons took the top spot in the ranking for the seventh week in a row.

Messiah enters the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship this weekend with an 18-1 record, and has won all of its contests against Division III opponents. The Falcons capped their impressive regular season with a victory over Alvernia in the Middle Atlantic Conferences Commonwealth title game on Saturday. Messiah captured 31 first-place votes and 710 points to take the top spot in the poll.

No. 2 Salisbury and No. 3 Tufts held their spots from last week as both teams won their conference tournaments over the weekend, with Salisbury in the Capital Athletic Conference and Tufts in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Like Messiah, both teams have byes through the first round of the NCAA Championship and will be hosts for the second round and quarterfinals this weekend.

The next three teams also held their spots from last week with Middlebury at No. 4, The College of New Jersey at No. 5 and Ursinus at No. 6. Babson moved up two places to No. 7 after winning the tournament title in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), and the Beavers will also serve as a host for the NCAA second round and quarterfinals this weekend. The rest of the top 10 featured No. 8 Franklin & Marshall, No. 9 Trinity (Conn.) and No. 10 Montclair State.

The bottom half of the poll included No. 11 Skidmore, No. 12 Bowdoin, No. 13 Hamilton, No. 14 Amherst, No. 15 University of Rochester, No. 16 Muhlenberg, No. 17 Williams, No. 18 Alvernia, No. 19 University of New England and No. 20 Kean. For the full ranking and the next five teams receiving votes, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll.

The NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship begins with first-round action on Wednesday, with the second round and quarterfinals taking place this weekend. The semifinals and championship will be held at William Smith College in Geneva, New York on Nov. 19 and 20.



Penn Monto
Tuesday, November 8

Shippensburg at No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll - Nov. 8

CHANDLER, Ariz. – If the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll is any indication, the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship is sure to be a wide-open affair beginning this weekend.

Shippensburg held the No. 1 ranking in Tuesday’s poll, narrowly beating out fellow Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) members Millersville and East Stroudsburg. Shippensburg picked up 176 points and six first-place votes while Millersville totaled 172 points and seven first-place votes and East Stroudsburg registered 165 points and six first-place votes.

While it was Shippensburg earning the No. 1 ranking, Millersville took the prime spot among the trio in the NCAA Championship bracket as the Marauders received a bye to the semifinals of the six-team tournament by taking the top seed in the Atlantic Region. Millersville beat both East Stroudsburg and Shippensburg over the weekend to claim the PSAC Championship. East Stroudsburg took the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Region and will host No. 3 seed Shippensburg in an NCAA quarterfinal on Saturday.

LIU Post came in at No. 4 in this week’s poll after winning the Northeast-10 Conference Championship over the weekend with a 2-1 victory at Saint Anselm in the title game on Sunday. Saint Anselm earned the No. 5 ranking while Stonehill came in at No. 6. The trio of Northeast-10 squads comprise the East Region participants in the NCAA Championship. Stonehill will visit Saint Anselm in a quarterfinal on Saturday, with the winner taking on LIU Post in a semifinal contest on Nov. 18.

The rest of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll featured No. 7 West Chester, No. 8 Adelphi, No. 9 Bloomsburg and both Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Merrimack at No. 10. View the full ranking of the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll for the 2016 season.

The NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship begins with the quarterfinal matchups on Saturday. The semifinals and championship will be held on Nov. 18 & 20 at Stonehill.



Penn Monto
Tuesday, November 8

Duke Ranked No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll - Nov. 8

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Duke heads into the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship as the top seed this weekend, and the Blue Devils will also go in with the top ranking as they were once again at No. 1 in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll of the season announced on Tuesday. Duke enters the postseason with a 15-3 record after winning the regular-season title in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Blue Devils were a solid pick for the top spot with 25 first-place votes and 680 points to garner the No. 1 ranking. Maryland moved up one spot to No. 2 while Syracuse slid a position to No. 3, matching the NCAA Tournament seeds for both squads. No. 4 North Carolina and No. 5 Penn State were each up one spot, with the Nittany Lions earning the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Tournament over the weekend.

Connecticut came in at No. 6, with No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Delaware, No. 9 Louisville and No. 10 Michigan rounding out the top 10. The bottom half of the poll featured No. 11 Boston College, No. 12 Stanford, No. 13 Northwestern, No. 14 Princeton, No. 15 Harvard, No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 17 Boston University, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 American and No. 20 Albany.

For the full ranking, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll for Nov. 8.

The NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship begins with Play-In contests on Wednesday, and continues with first and second-round action this weekend. The semifinals and championship will be played on Nov. 18 & 20 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.



Victory Sports Tours
Wednesday, November 2

Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game Roster Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The 2016 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Senior Game roster was announced on Wednesday with 72 student-athletes selected as either participants or alternates for the contest held on Saturday, November 19th at 4 p.m. (Eastern) at William Smith College.

The 60 participants for the contest are listed in the link below, followed by the 12 alternates. Alternates would take the spot of student-athletes who have been selected as participants but are unable to compete in the Senior Game. All student-athletes are listed in alphabetical order.

Read the full list and more information on all of the student-athletes selected to the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game.


Victory Sports Tours
Wednesday, November 2

Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division II Senior Game Roster Announced 

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The 2016 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Senior Game roster was announced on Wednesday with 50 student-athletes selected as either participants or alternates for the contest held on Saturday, November 19th at 3 p.m. (Eastern) at Stonehill College.

The 38 participants for the contest are listed in the link below, followed by the 12 alternates. Alternates would take the spot of student-athletes who have been selected as participants but are unable to compete in the Senior Game. All student-athletes are listed in alphabetical order.

Read more on all of the participants and alternates selected for the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division II Senior Game.


Victory Sports Tours
Monday, October 31

Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division I Senior Game Roster Announced

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The 2016 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Senior Game roster was announced on Monday with 50 student-athletes selected as either participants or alternates for the contest held on Saturday, November 19th at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) at Old Dominion University.

The 38 participants for the contest are listed in the link below, followed by the 12 alternates. Alternates would take the spot of student-athletes who have been selected as participants but are unable to compete in the Senior Game. All student-athletes are listed in alphabetical order.

View the full release and all student-athlete selections for the 2016 Victory Sports/NFHCA Division I Senior Game.



Monday, October 17
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Anderson Gets Hands-On Experience in Summer Internship

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Hamilton senior Emma Anderson has always had an interest in biology, and over the past two summers has put that into action through internship opportunities that have allowed her to take part in key medical research.

She spent the past summer taking part in the internship program at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, working with mice in studies for determining effects of high-fat diets on development of diabetes and also for mutations responsible for tachycardia.

The opportunity became available in part because of Anderson’s previous work with internship programs at Hamilton.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to study when I came to Hamilton,” Anderson said. “I had an interest in biology in high school, and then I took it as a freshman and continued as a sophomore and decided to declare as a major. I’ve just always been interested in it and had conducted research at Hamilton the previous two summers. It was an awesome opportunity and it was a major reason that I was able to get such a prestigious research internship this summer because of my unique prior experience.”

Even with her similar internship experience at Hamilton, Anderson was thrilled and somewhat surprised when she found out she had received the internship with Jackson Laboratory this summer.

“I had known about it forever because my grandparents live in Maine and we visit Acadia National Park, and Jackson Harbor is right on the edge of it,” she said. “I applied two years ago and didn’t get in, but got in this time. I applied to a handful of summer internships because Jackson Laboratory was the one I never thought I would get. But it turned out it was the only one I got. It was the one I wanted and when I heard back I was pleasantly shocked.”

The Summer Student Program at Jackson Laboratory is designed to help its participants understand the nature of research science, with an emphasis on methods of discovery. Each student has a mentor, and presents findings at the end of the program. Anderson worked on two different research projects under the advisement of Dr. Karen Svenson: The Effects of High-Fat Diets with Varied Carbohydrate Content on the Development of Diabetes in Obese Mouse Models, and Determination of the Mutation Responsible for the Tachycardiac Phenotype of ENU Mutant Strain HLB468.

“The project with the diabetic mice was a long-term diet study looking into the effects of carbohydrates in diet and leading to diabetes,” Anderson said. “There were four strains, two of which were genetically lean and the other two were genetically obese. It allowed us to compare the environmental effects of diet on being obese. The particular project involved measuring a lot of different parameters of the diabetic condition. Basically my role was to take all that data and put it into a comprehensive excel spreadsheet and put it into different ratios to get at what the data was telling us. It was a really cool experience to see what goes into those nice graphs. You have to look at them in a lot of different tables.”

She continued, “The other project I did was on genetic mutation of causing an elevated heart rate in a mouse chain. The mouse chain had this mutation that was causing an elevated heart rate and I was trying to figure out what gene it was. We think we figured it out but need further research to determine if it was the cause.”

Anderson learned a great deal from her research and hands-on experience.

“There is a lot of failing that goes into research but you only hear about the success. It can be frustrating at times and it’s really rewarding when you do find something and that really makes it worth it. I find that the environment was very collaborative and everyone was willing to help each other. People were really interested in everyone’s work and passionate about their jobs and working towards a common goal. Everyone wants to make a positive discovery to promote health and well-being.”

Anderson stated that the data was so large in the study of high-fat diets that the research team had some preliminary findings that carbohydrates could have a role in obesity, but need to do more work to establish a final report. In the tachycardia study, based on the findings the mutation that identified may be the cause of elevated heart rate but again more research is needed to come to a definitive conclusion since the mutation could act alone or in conjunction with something else.

“It was definitely great that we figured out this mutation because it was previously unknown,” Anderson said of the tachycardia study. “With the diet study they know what the next steps to take are and based on what we found they might alter the diets a little differently. The hands-on experience really was the best way to learn.”

Anderson believes the opportunity to intern at Jackson Laboratory would not have come about if not for her chance to do hands-on work at Hamilton College. Anderson’s experience at the school and with the field hockey program has been everything she had hoped for and more.

“I looked at a lot of different schools, but I kind of knew what I wanted which was a smaller school that was not too far away from home,” said Anderson, a native of Greene, New York. I knew that I wanted to play field hockey and have the opportunity to study abroad during college (which she did in Edinburgh, Scotland). I enjoyed the balance of athletics and academics, and our coach (Gillian McDonald) is so supportive with always making sure that academics come first. It’s a time commitment but there is also a great support system.”

She continued, “I love my teammates. They make every practice and everything so much fun. They are just great people to be around. The people at Hamilton are just amazing. The professors are so helpful in providing advice, and not just for school but life advice. I’ve had the opportunity to take a wide range of classes and have learned so much being here and outside my comfort zone.

Anderson’s career at Hamilton is winding down this fall, and she has been a starter all season for an outstanding squad that has four wins over nationally-ranked opponents, including three in a row over the last 10 days. When her time is up on the field and in the classroom next spring, Anderson looks to continue what carry what she learned in internships into her professional life.

“I’m thinking about a career in the field of public health”, Anderson said. “It would possibly be working in nutritional genomics to have the potential to impact a wide range of people. I would still work in research, but more involved in looking at data and patterns and correlation to find information and be able to educate on nutritional ways to improve overall health.”

View the PDF link to the above story.



Monday, October 10
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Thibault Inspired to Help with Project Safety

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Worcester State junior Jolane Thibault is the walking embodiment of the idea that a terrible event can sometimes end up leading people to do great things.

Thibault, from Douglas, Massachusetts, created Project Safety to promote good health and hygiene to underprivileged children across the world. She began to feel the pull to help others in the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

“I wanted to try to think of something positive that could help people after the Boston Marathon bombings, something that would help with little things. Some of my professors guided me and helped me begin. I took a class that helped in getting support and donating, and figured where I would start from there.”

With the idea in place, Thibault put Project Safety into action. She collected bandages, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, advil, ibuprofen, rubbing alcohol, saline solution and more to create first-aid kits to send to Malawi, Africa for children who needed help with such basic necessities that are taken for granted by most people in the Unites States.

It was all made possible by the great support Thibault received for the project from family, friends and the entire Worcester State community.

“I reached out to my coaches and they were so willing to help donate and think of ways that the team could help create packages,” Thibault said. “Other professors donated, people from other sports donated. More professors that I never even had were willing to help, and one created 15 kits by himself.”

Thibault ended up creating 100 first-aid kits, and shipped them to Malawi for delivery in August. Thibault’s mother, Diane, is a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and works with Chimwemwe Moya Clarke, a Malawi native who went to deliver and distribute the first-aid kits to orphanages.

“She (Clarke) said it was incredible, people were practically fighting over them. We put them in tupperware containers because that’s what they wanted, and she had to explain to them what everything was used for. It was an incredible reaction and something small means so much to them.”

Thibault’s venture is truly a family affair, as she gets help from her parents, boyfriend and sister Suzanne, a sophomore field hockey student-athlete at Mount Ida College. Jolane now hopes to expand the project and continue to bring assistance to those in need.

“I want to send supplies to all different areas that are poverty stricken,” she said. “The next destination would be to go to Haiti. I know someone who owns a hospital over there and she would donate them to villages and areas in the poverty line.”

Thibault is majoring in Public Health and Pre-Nursing, and wants to use that experience towards a career in the medical field.

“I want to be a nurse practitioner in the pediatric oncology field,” Thibault said. “After I graduate I would have to get a master’s degree in nursing specializing in pediatric oncology. I always wanted to help kids with cancer in any way I could.”

Until then, Thibault will focus on field hockey, a sport that she “fell in love with” when her father first encouraged her to play in middle school. She’ll continue to work towards her degree at Worcester State, a place where she has “loved every second” of her experience so far. And she will also hope to bring more support to children in poverty through Project Safety.

“It has just been a great experience for me and I’m happy that people are willing to jump on board. I really appreciate everything that has been done for me so far.”

More information on Project Safety can be found at facebook.com/ProjectSafetyHygene.

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NFHCA Feature Story: Amanda Strous Left a Legacy at Shippensburg

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – While Shippensburg field hockey moves on with a strong season on the field in 2016, hearts are heavy within the Raiders’ program after the tragic loss of former player and coach Amanda Strous this summer.

Strous passed away on June 18 at the age of 27, but not before leaving a legacy of love and kindness on all who she came into contact with. “Amanda touched everyone she met and she was concerned and cared about people right away,” said Shippensburg Head Coach Bertie Landes. “She was able to reach each every one of the players in their own niche and she knew what to say and how to say it. She loved the kids and really cared for them and it really showed in what she did.”

What she did for the Shippensburg field hockey program was immeasurable, both as a player and a coach. Strous played for the Raiders from 2007-10, and graduated in the spring of 2011 with a bachelor of science in Psychology and a minor in Art. She played 79 games in her career at Shippensburg, totaling 24 goals and 13 assists for 61 points. Strous scored 11 goals and had five assists as a senior in 2010 while helping her team to the national championship game as a captain.

Strous returned to Shippensburg as an assistant coach in 2012 while also working towards her master’s degree. In 2013, she was the primary assistant on a Shippensburg squad which won its first-ever Division II National Championship.

Landes recalls the key role Strous played on the championship run by instilling her optimistic spirit into the squad.

“In our championship season we lost our PSAC championship in a close game,” Landes said. “She took the kids in the locker room and just motivated them positively and it really led to our championship. Her attitude of being positive just really turned their defeat into a victory.”

Landes continued, “Amanda just had a love for the game, she just blossomed on the field. As a coach she had a coach’s mind and really encouraged the kids in a positive way. She knew the game and knew how to coach it well. She gave her heart to our program. She gave everything she could in every way to each player.”

Landes saw Strous develop both on and off the field during her years at Shippensburg.

“She came in as a typical high school kid, but she bought into the team philosophy,” Landes said. “She didn’t really start for me until her junior year. Not only did her own skill improve, but she helped those around her become better. It was never about her, it’s always about what I can do for other people.”

Strous earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Shippensburg in 2015, and later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she worked as a collegiate counselor at Central Piedmont Community College. She was engaged to her longtime boyfriend Cory McCleaf with a wedding planned for July 30.

“She was within our counseling program and eventually wanted to combine the coaching aspect with it,” Landes said. “That was her forte, and she just wanted to mold them into the traits that would be successful in the classroom. She wanted to take that a step further and to be successful on the field too.”

Even though she passed at a young age, Strous was able to impact the lives of those around her with her caring nature.

“It was just amazing how many lives she touched,” Lands said. “In her short 27 years it was her personal heart for people that just touched everyone in so many ways. She was just alive, her motto was “Live. Laugh. Love.” It was how can I help you and how are you doing, and she wanted to know all about the team and what I was going through. She sincerely wanted to be there for you and know how you were. She was just a special young person.”

Strous is present in the thoughts and minds of Shippensburg field hockey coaches and student-athletes this season, and the program has dedicated its campaign to her memory. The players wear a heart on their stick that says “22 fly high” in honor of Strous’ jersey number, with that uniform number also with the team on the bench each game. The team also has purple stick grips to represent Strous’ favorite color, and their huddle always ends with a cheer for “22”.

The program has already hosted a handful of days to honor Strous. The Alumni Game on Aug. 20 was the first formal event for the Raiders after Strous’ passing, and her former teammates and coaches remembered her throughout the game. Former players Emily Fulton and Katie Shoop both spoke to the crowd along with Landes. McCleaf applied a No. 22 sticker to the 2013 national championship banner, and a scrapbook of memories was provided to Strous’ family. Shippensburg also held a “Purple Out” for the Sept. 24 home game against Seton Hill, where a pre-game ceremony included Strous’ parents providing a check toward the creation of a scholarship in her name. Through it all the team has experienced great success on the field, holding a 10-1 record and ranking among the top spots in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll all season.

"Amanda left us a legacy that our team has grasped onto and they want to leave that same type of legacy in honor of her,” Landes said. “I think they have bonded very quickly. Coming into preseason they really dedicated themselves to that legacy of caring for each other and keeping that feeling of a team to move us forward and to help shine her light to others. They just want to do their best and honor her.”

While the Shippensburg student-athletes and coaches have been there to comfort each other as well as Strous’ family and friends, they have also received support from other field hockey programs around the country.

“I just want to thank the field hockey community,” Landes said. “I had so many emails from coaches and programs. It’s just so gratifying to know that they also want to carry on her traditions.”

 



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Tuesday, September 20
NFHCA Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

CHANDLER, Ariz. - New Hampshire Head Coach Robin Balducci, former Kent State Head Coach and administrator Judy Devine and Episcopal Academy Head Coach and Director of Athletics Gina Buggy have been selected as the members of the class of 2016 for induction into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame, it was announced on Monday.

The three distinguished individuals will be formally inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame on January 5, 2017. The induction ceremony will be held during the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention from January 4-6 at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Florida. 

Balducci is currently in her 26th season as head field hockey coach at New Hampshire and is the school's all-time wins leader. She is a 1985 UNH graduate who was previously inducted into the school's Women's Athletics Hall of Honor.

Devine was the head field hockey coach at Kent State from 1970-80 and continued her career at the school as an administrator until retiring following 31 years of service in 2000. She is considered the matriarch of Kent State athletics and has been inducted to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as well as becoming the first female administrator in the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 2014.

Buggy had a standout career at Ursinus College before playing on the United States Field Hockey National Team, where she was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She has spent the past 30 years as the head field hockey coach at The Episcopal Academy, and has served as the school's Director of Athletics since 1993.

For more on each of the class of 2016 Hall of Fame honorees, read the profiles below. 

Robin Balducci

Judy Devine

Gina Buggy

 

 



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2016-17 Umpire Membership

2016-17 Lifetime Membership (Must be 55+ years of age and be retired from coaching to qualify)

 

Are you a High School Coach looking to learn more about the NFHCA?  Click on the link below to view a copy of the 2016-17 NFHCA New Member Drive Brochure.

2016-17 NFHCA New Member Drive Brochure

 

 



WHAT IS THE NFHCA?

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.



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