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Becca Halter
Thursday, March 23

Skidmore’s Becca Halter Named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Scholar Athlete

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Skidmore senior Becca Halter has been named as the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Scholar Athlete, it was announced Thursday.

Halter claims the award given to the first, second or third-team All-American in Division III who maintains the highest cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Halter earned Longstreth/NFHCA Third-Team All-America status as a senior in 2016, starting all 22 games with four goals and five assists and helping her squad to the Liberty League Tournament title and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. She was also selected to play in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game.

Halter was also recognized for her success in the classroom during her time at Skidmore. She was named to the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in each of her four seasons.

Halter becomes the second recipient of the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division III National Scholar Athlete Award, with University of Mary Washington’s Haley Kane claiming the honor in each the last two seasons.



Serena Barr
Wednesday, March 22

Liberty’s Serena Barr Named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Scholar Athlete

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Liberty senior Serena Barr has been honored as the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Scholar Athlete, it was announced Wednesday.

Barr claims the award given to the first, second or third-team All-American in Division I who maintains the highest cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Barr completed an outstanding senior season for the Flames in 2016, leading her squad with 27 points by recording eight goals and 11 assists. She earned Longstreth/NFHCA Second-Team All-America status after previously being named an All-South Region pick and the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year. She competed in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division I Senior Game and finished her career as Liberty’s all-time leader in assists (38) while placing third in points (96) and fourth in goals (29).

Barr was also recognized for her success in the classroom during her time at Liberty. She was named to the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in each of her four seasons.

Barr becomes the third winner of the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division I National Scholar Athlete Award, following Duke’s Lauren Blazing (2015) and Old Dominion’s Kelsey Smither (2014).



Margaret Thorwart
Tuesday, March 21

Millersville’s Thorwart Named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Scholar Athlete

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Millersville senior Margaret Thorwart has been honored as the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Scholar Athlete, it was announced on Tuesday.

Thorwart claims the award given to the first or second-team All-American in Division II who maintains the highest cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

A senior from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Thorwart concluded an outstanding career as a Longstreth/NFHCA First-Team All-American in 2016. She tallied a team-high 20 points with seven goals and six assists while starting all 22 contests for the Marauders, who won the tournament title in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championship.

Thorwart made both the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in each of her four seasons at Millersville.

Thorwart becomes the third winner of the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division II National Scholar Athlete Award, following LIU Post’s Dani Crouse (2014) and Adelphi’s Rachel Colvin (2015).



Zag Sports
Thursday, March 16

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Academic Squad was announced on Thursday with 1,625 student-athletes making the list and 150 schools with representation.

Also on Thursday, a total of 211 student-athletes representing 103 different schools were recognized as Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Scholars of Distinction.

The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

National champion Messiah College, fellow Final Four participant Salisbury University and Mount Holyoke College all shared top honors with 20 student-athletes making the National Academic Squad. An additional 28 schools placed at least 15 student-athletes on the list.

There were 187 seniors noted for making the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad in each of their four seasons.

The University of Maine at Farmington and Simmons College led all schools with six student-athletes receiving the Scholars of Distinction honor, while Cedar Crest College and Misericordia University each had five selections and five other schools notched four honorees.  

View the full list of honorees on the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction.



Zag Sports
Wednesday, March 15

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Squad was announced on Wednesday with 929 student-athletes making the list and 79 schools with representation.

In addition, a total of 115 student-athletes representing 55 different schools were recognized as Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction.  

The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.  The Scholars ofDistinction list includes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Brown University led all schools with 19 selections to the National Academic Squad, while Bucknell, Hofstra and Kent State each totaled 18. An additional 12 schools had at least 15 student-athletes make the National Academic Squad.

There were 139 seniors noted for making the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad in each of their four seasons.

Brown also led all schools with seven student-athletes receiving the Scholar of Distinction nod, followed by Saint Francis University with five. An additional 14 schools had at least three student-athletes on the Scholars of Distinction list.

View the full releases for the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction.


Zag Sports
Tuesday, March 14

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Squad was announced on Tuesday with 427 student-athletes making the list and 31 schools with representation.

In addition, a total of 79 student-athletes representing 24 different schools were recognized as Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II Scholars of Distinction.  

The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.  The Scholars ofDistinction list includes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

East Stroudsburg University led all schools with 21 student-athletes making the National Academic Squad, while Limestone College and Newberry College each had 20 honorees. An additional 11 schools placed at least 15 student-athletes on the National Academic Squad.

Fifty-five seniors were noted for making the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad in each of their four seasons.

Nine schools placed at least four student-athletes on the Scholars of Distinction list. Kutztown University, Limestone College and Lindenwood University led all schools with seven student-athletes making the list.

View the full list of honorees for the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II Scholars of Distinction.



Zag Sports
Thursday, March 9

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Awards Announced

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Awards

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Academic Team Awards were announced on Thursday with 126 squads earning recognition.

The National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieved a minimum team grade-point average of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Swarthmore achieved the top team GPA in the nation with a mark of 3.72 in the first semester. Mount Holyoke and Springfield each posted a GPA of 3.68, while Earlham came in at 3.65 and Misericordia and Simmons were each at 3.63 to complete the top five in team GPA in Division III.

View the full listing of Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Award recipients here.



Zag Sports
Wednesday, March 8

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Awards Announced

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Awards

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Team Awards were announced on Wednesday with 76 squads earning recognition.

The National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieved a minimum team grade-point average of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Brown posted the top team GPA in the first semester with a mark of 3.78. Hofstra (3.67), Virginia Commonwealth (3.58) and Bryant (3.57) followed in the team GPA rankings while American, Ball State and Temple each shared fifth place with a mark of 3.56.

View the full listing of Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award recipients here.



Zag Sports
Tuesday, March 7

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Team Awards Announced

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Team Awards

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Team Awards were announced on Tuesday with 29 squads earning recognition.

The National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieved a minimum team grade-point average of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Southern New Hampshire was recognized as posting the top team GPA in the first semester with a mark of 3.68. Also ranking in the top five in team GPA were Lindenwood (3.65), Slippery Rock (3.60), East Stroudsburg (3.59) and Limestone (3.53).

View the full listing of Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Team Award recipients.



OPA
Wednesday, February 1

Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – More than 2,500 student-athletes from 328 schools were named to the Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School National Academic Squad announced on Wednesday.

The National Academic Squad program recognizes those high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year. There were a total of 2,550 honorees on this year’s squad coming from the 328 schools.

Seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year have been recognized as Scholars of Distinction. A total of 734 students received the Scholars of Distinction designation.

The honorees on the Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad are arranged alphabetically by school. Student-athletes who achieved the Scholar of Distinction honor are marked with an asterisk.

View the Full Release with the listing of all student-athletes on the Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad.


Thursday, January 5
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Front Rush/NFHCA Collegiate National Coaches of the Year Announced

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NAPLES, Fla. – The three national championship winners were honored when the Front Rush/NFHCA Collegiate National Coaches of the Year were announced on Thursday as part of the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention Awards Dinner at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

Delaware’s Rolf van de Kerkhof won the honor in Division I, while Shippensburg’s Bertie Landes was selected in Division II and Messiah’s Brooke Good claimed the award in Division III.

Van de Kerkhof led Delaware to its first-ever national championship as the Blue Hens defeated North Carolina 3-2 in the title game on Nov. 20. Delaware finished with a 23-2 record and won its final 19 games capped by the national championship run. Van de Kerkhof was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Hens to regular-season and tournament titles.

Landes led the Raiders to their second national championship in the past four years as Shippensburg finished with a 20-3 overall record. The Raiders won their three games in the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship by a goal apiece, topping fellow Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) members East Stroudbsurg and Millersville before defeating LIU Post by a 2-1 final in the title game on Nov. 20. Shippensburg also finished the regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll.

Messiah won its first-ever national championship in dramatic fashion, beating Tufts in a shootout in the title game on Nov. 20 after the teams had played to a scoreless draw. The national championship was the culmination of an outstanding season for the Falcons, who finished 22-1 and won all of their contests against Division III competition with the only loss coming in the season opener against Division II national champion Shippensburg. Messiah won the regular-season and tournament title in the Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC) Commonwealth and defeated Keene State, Middlebury and Babson in their NCAA Tournament run before the title-game victory over Tufts. Good was named the MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year for the second straight season and Messiah was ranked No. 1 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll for the final seven weeks of the regular season.



Friday, December 23

Delaware's Greta Nauck Named CWSA Honda Sport Award Winner

From University of Delaware Athletic Communications 

 NEWARK, Del. – Delaware sophomore Greta Nauck was named on Dec. 23 as the Honda Sport Award winner for Field Hockey, as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).

The Honda Sport Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” With this honor, Nauck becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup, which will be presented on a live telecast on the CBS Sports Network on June 26, 2017 from downtown Los Angeles.

Nauck was chosen for the award based on voting by administrators from more than 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

Nauck led the Blue Hens to the first National Championship in program history while Delaware finished the year with a 19-game winning streak and an overall mark of 23-2. The NFHCA All-Mid Atlantic Region Player of the Year and CAA Player of the Year finished the season first nationally with 3.04 points per game and 1.32 goals per game on a school record 76 points and 33 goals. In just two seasons for Delaware, the midfielder is seventh in program history with 103 career points on 44 goals and 15 assists.

Nauck tallied the game-winning goal in 10 of UD’s 23 victories and came through in the clutch in two huge NCAA Tournament wins.  First, she posted the overtime game-winner in a 3-2 victory at No. 1 Duke in the second round of the tournament before registering the National Championship’s game-winning goal with under six minutes to play for the 3-2 win over North Carolina in the title game.

Other nominees for this year’s honor included Paula Heuser (Albany), Welma Luus (Maryland) and Charlotte Veitner (Connecticut). The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.  Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.



NCAA
Monday, December 19

Howell of East Stroudsburg University Named DII Honda Athlete of the Year Nominee for Field Hockey

From THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards 

Emily Howell, a senior from East Stroudsburg University, was named the 2017 DII Athlete of the Year nominee for field hockey as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.

She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DII Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the CWSA program, now in its 41st year.

 Howell, a native of Bangor, Pa., is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)DII All-America first team selection and was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year. She helped ESU to a share of its second straight PSAC regular season title and second straight NCAA DII Tournament appearance. As a junior in 2015, she helped ESU to its first-ever PSAC and NCAA DII championships. She was also the 2015 PSAC Tournament MVP. The Warriors posted a 34-8 record in her final two seasons, going 19-3 in 2015 and 15-5 in 2016.

She is ESU’s second field hockey player to be honored, following Ashley Kocis in 2006.

“I am both humbled and honored to receive the Division II nomination for the Honda award for field hockey,” Howell said. “I have had great role models in my life and am extremely grateful for my teammates, high school and college coaches, ESU administration, friends, family and my biggest supporter, my mom, who have all helped shape me into the person I am today.”

“Emily Howell is one of the most dedicated, intense, hard-working and talented athletes that I have had the pleasure of coaching in 33 years at ESU,” said ESU head coach Sandy Miller. “She has excelled on the field, in the classroom and in the extracurricular arena. I am very proud of her well-deserved selection as the Honda award nominee for Division II field hockey.”

All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DII and DIII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.   Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.



Monday, December 19
Messiah College’s Bower Named DIII Honda Athlete of the Year Nominee for Field Hockey
 
From THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards
 
Lindsay Bower, a senior midfielder from Messiah College, was named the 2017 DIII Athlete of the Year nominee for field hockey as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
 
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the CWSA program, now in its 41st year.
 
Hailing from Carlisle, Pa., Bower led Messiah to its first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship finishing the season a perfect 22-0 against Division III competition. She was named a NFHCA second-team All-American and is a two-time NFHCA first-team All-South Atlantic Region honoree.
 
A two-time first-team All-MAC Commonwealth performer, she started in all 23 games this season at center midfield and scored two goals adding one assist. She was selected to the NFHCA Division III Senior Game.
 
“As a student-athlete, this nomination is something very special,“ stated Bower. “To be recognized for not only my athletic ability, but for also my leadership and academic abilities is something that I very much appreciate as a Division III athlete. This is very exciting and very humbling, and I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to represent Messiah and Division III field hockey on such a large stage.”
 
"This is an incredible honor for Lindsay and the Messiah College field hockey program,” said head coach Brooke Good. “Lindsay joins a prestigious group of female athletes that represent the best of the best in their respective sports. To be associated with the Honda Award program and the many amazing women who have received this honor previously is a real treat.”
 
All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
 
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.   Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.


Monday, December 19

Nominees Announced for Class of 2017 Honda Sport Award for Field Hockey 

From The Collegiate Women Sports Awards 

Paula Heuser from the University at Albany, University of Maryland's Welma Luus, Greta Nauck at University of Delaware and Charlotte Veitner from the University of Connecticut are the four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Field Hockey as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Thursday.

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.  The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26, 2017, in downtown Los, Angeles.

The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The Honda Sport award winner for field hockey will be announced after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

Heuser, a senior from Monchengladbach, Germany, was the 2014 Honda Sport Award winner for field hockey. She is a three-time NFHCA first-team All-American and the program’s first-ever four-time All-American. She is the active NCAA leader in career points (240) and led UAlbany with 47 points this season en route to her fourth America East Midfielder of the Year honor.

Luus, a team co-captain, was named the 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year and a 2016 NFHCA first-team All-American. A graduate student from Pretoria South Africa, she is also a first-team All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region first-team member. She led the Terps with 15 goals and added eight assists.

A sophomore hailing from Krefeld, Germany, Nauck scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lead Delaware to its first-ever field hockey National Championship. She is a NFHCA first-team All-American and the 2016 CAA Player of the Year. She led the nation in goals (33), points (76), goals per game (1.32) and points per game (3.04). She ranks seventh all-time at UD with 103 career goals in two seasons.

Veitner, a junior from Dusseldorf, Germany, is a two-time NFHCA first-team All-American and the two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year. Also the 2016 All-Mideast Region Player of the Year, she was second in the nation in goals (27), points (71) and points per game (2.96) while setting UConn program records in all-time points and all-time assists. She scored a single-game program record six goals versus Virginia (9/18).

Honda Sport award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup award presented in June.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.  Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions. 



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Thursday, December 15

Harrow/NFHCA High School All-America Teams Announced

Harrow/NFHCA High School All-America Teams

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Harrow/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School All-America Teams were announced on Thursday with 48 student-athletes receiving recognition.

The honorees were divided into first, second and third-team lists with 16 student-athletes on each squad. A total of 35 schools were represented on the All-America squad. Eastern (Voorhees, N.J.) led all schools with four honorees, while Donegal (Mount Joy, Pa.), West Essex (North Caldwell, N.J.) and Frank W. Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) each had three. Four other schools had a pair of All-Americans, while 27 were represented with one honoree.

The full first, second and third-team Harrow/NFHCA All-America lists are included here.



Wednesday, December 14

Virginia’s Vittese Named Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Virginia junior midfielder Tara Vittese was named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Player of the Year on Wednesday as she captured the award for the second straight season.

Vittese repeated as the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year after previously claiming the South Region Player of the Year honor for the second year in a row. She was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Year in 2016.

Vittese finished the season with 15 goals and 11 assists for 41 points, and ranked fourth in the ACC with 1.71 points per game. She made the Longstreth/NFHCA 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.

Vittese helped the Cavaliers advance to the second round of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship and claim their first-ever ACC Championship.

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year: Tara Vittese, Virginia (Jr., M)



Rachal Toppi
Tuesday, December 13

West Chester’s Toppi Named Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Player of the Year

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - West Chester junior forward Rachal Toppi was selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Player of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.

Toppi was previously named the Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year and a Longstreth/NFHCA First-Team All-American. She earned All-America status for the third time in as many seasons at West Chester. She also took home the Offensive Player of the Year award from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Toppi led all of Division II with 24 goals and 53 points. She has registered at least 22 goals in each of her first three seasons.

Toppi is the first Player of the Year from a PSAC school since Millersville senior Rachel Dickinson claimed the honor in 2014, and the first junior to win the award since Shippensburg’s Brianna White captured the first of two consecutive honors in 2012. Toppi is also the second recipient from West Chester in the past five years after Brynn Adams won the award in 2011.



Kelcie Finn
Monday, December 12

Trinity’s Finn Named Longstreth/NFHCA Division III National Player of the Year

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Trinity College junior forward Kelcie Finn has been selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Player of the Year, it was announced on Monday.

Finn was previously named the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III New England West Region Player of the Year, and also earned the same honor in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). She 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 made the New England West All-Region team for the third time in as many seasons at Trinity. Finn becomes the second straight Division III National Player of the Year from a NESCAC school, following Bowdoin’s Rachel Kennedy from 2015. Finn is also the first junior to receive the National Player of the Year award since Messiah’s Julie Barton won the first of two consecutive honors in 2009.

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III National Player of the Year: Kelcie Finn, Trinity (Jr., F)



Harrow
Monday, December 12

Harrow/NFHCA High School All-Region Teams Announced

Harrow/NFHCA High School All-Region Teams

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Harrow/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High All-Region Teams were announced on Monday with 142 student-athletes honored from 10 different regions.

The lists were divided into regions that included: Massachusetts, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New Jersey, New York, Northern New England, Pennsylvania, South, Southern New England and West. There were 27 schools with multiple student-athletes on the All-Region Teams.

The Harrow/NFHCHA High School All-America Team will be announced later in the week. View the full Harrow/NFHCA High School All-Region Teams.



Front Rush
Thursday, December 8

Front Rush/NFHCA Collegiate Regional Coaches of the Year Announced

Front Rush/NFHCA Collegiate Regional Coaches of the Year

CHANDLER, Ariz. – After leading their teams to outstanding seasons in 2016, thirteen coaches were selected as the Front Rush/NFHCA Collegiate Regional Coach of the Year honorees, it was announced on Thursday.

The Front Rush/NFHCA Division I Regional Coach of the Year honors went to Delaware’s Rolf van de Kerkhof (Mid-Atlantic), Penn State’s Char Morett-Curtiss (Mideast), Harvard’s Tjerk van Herwaarden (Northeast), Duke’s Pam Bustin (South) and Louisville’s Justine Sowry (West).

In Division II, the Front Rush/NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year awards went to Shippensburg’s Bertie Landes (Atlantic) and Saint Anselm’s Carolyn King-Robitaille (East).

The Front Rush/NFHCA Division III Regional Coach of the Year winners were Kenyon’s Jacque DeMarco (Great Lakes), Babson’s Julie Ryan (New England East), Tufts’ Tina Mattera (New England West), St. John Fisher’s Victoria Bothner (North Atlantic), Messiah’s Brooke Good (South Atlantic) and Salisbury’s Dawn Chamberlin (South).

More information on each of the Front Rush/NFHCA Collegiate Regional Coaches of the Year is included here.



Longstreth
Thursday, December 8

Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Regional Players of the Year Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – West Chester junior forward Rachal Toppi and Stonehill sophomore forward Kacie Smith have been selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Regional Players of the Year, it was announced on Thursday.

Toppi claimed the honor in the Atlantic Region, while Smith was selected from the East Region.

Toppi continues to receive recognition from her outstanding 2016 campaign. Earlier this week, she was selected as a Longstreth/NFHCA First-Team All-American as she earned All-America status for the third time in as many seasons at West Chester. She also previously took home the Offensive Player of the Year award from both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Toppi led all of Division II with 24 goals and 53 points. She has registered at least 22 goals in each of her first three seasons.

Smith had a memorable sophomore campaign as she was selected as the Player of the Year in the Northeast-10 Conference as well as a Longstreth/NFHCA First-Team All-American. She led the conference with 22 goals and 49 points, ranking second nationally in each category. Smith scored a team-high seven game-winning goals as she helped the Skyhawks earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.

The Longstreth/NFHCA Division II National Player of the Year award will be announced on Dec. 13.



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Wednesday, December 7

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Team Announced

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America Team

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-America Team was announced on Wednesday with 48 student-athletes earning first, second or third-team recognition.

The list included 13 student-athletes who made the All-America Team for at least the second time. Albany senior Paula Heuser capped her career with a fourth-consecutive All-America selection, and third straight on the first team. Virginia junior Tara Vittese was selected to the first team for the third year in a row, while seniors Esmee Peet (Delaware), Anna Middendorf (Connecticut) and Natalie Cafone (Iowa) also earned a third All-America nod. Virginia senior Lucy Hyams and Connecticut junior Charlotte Veitner each made the first-team All-America list for the second year in a row, while others who earned a second straight All-America honor were graduate student Welma Luus (Maryland), seniors Kate Barber (Indiana) and Julia Young (North Carolina), juniors Laura Hurff (Syracuse) and Alexa Hoover (Penn) and sophomore Ayeisha McFerran (Louisville).

Connecticut, Syracuse, Maryland and North Carolina led all schools with three selections apiece, with both the Huskies and the Orange placing a pair on the first team. Both of Virginia’s honorees were first-team selections, while others with a pair of All-Americans included national champion Delaware, Duke, Boston College, Albany, Louisville, Penn State, Harvard and Stanford. An additional 18 schools had one All-America selection as a total of 31 teams were represented.

The All-America Team included 23 seniors or graduate students, 14 juniors, eight sophomores and three freshmen among the 48 honorees.

View the full first, second and third-team honorees on the Longstreth/NFHCA DI All-America Team.

 



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Tuesday, December 6

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America Team Announced

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America Team

CHANDLER, Ariz. – A total of 48 student-athletes representing 34 different schools were selected to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-America Team announced on Tuesday. The squad consisted of 30 seniors, 12 juniors and six sophomores.

Twelve schools had multiple student-athletes on the All-America Team, led by Tufts and the University of New England with three honorees apiece. The College of New Jersey and Babson each placed a pair of players on the first-team All-America list, while others with two All-Americans included national champion Messiah, Rochester, Middlebury, Ursinus, Skidmore, Hamilton, Salisbury and Bowdoin.

Ursinus senior Aliki Torrence and Messiah junior Carissa Gehman each made the All-America Team for the third time. Torrence earned a second straight selection to the first team, while Gehman was on the second team for the second year in a row and has made the All-America squad in each of her first three seasons for the Falcons.

The College of New Jersey seniors Jaclyn Douglas and Lexi Smith joined Torrence in making the first-team All-America list for the second year in a row, while Trinity (Conn.) junior forward Kelcie Finn also made a second appearance on the first team after previously earning a spot in 2014. Senior student-athletes who made the All-America Team for a second straight season also included Middlebury’s Lauren Berestecky, FDU-Florham’s Kim Davis, Keene State’s Sami Smith, Hamilton’s Eva Rosencrans, Ursinus’ Amber Steigerwalt, Alvernia’s Margaret Wentzel, Bowdoin’s Kimmy Ganong and Mount Holyoke’s Ruvimbo Mushavi. Kenyon’s Sarah Speroff and William Smith’s Hannah Wood each made the list for a second straight season as juniors.

View the full first, second and third-team Longstreth/NFHCA DIII All-America Team.



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Monday, December 5

Longstreth/NFHCA Division II All-America Team Announced

Longstreth/NFHCA Division II All-America Team

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Thirty-two student-athletes were selected to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II All-America Team announced on Monday, including 15 who made the squad for at least the second time.

The first-team All-America squad included 10 players who participated in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship. Millersville had three representatives on the list in seniors Taylor Parker and Margaret Thorwart as well as sophomore Aliza Mizak. National champion Shippensburg had a pair of first-team honorees in senior Taylor Fisher and sophomore Ally Mooney, while East Stroudsburg had seniors Emily Howell and Desiraye Mack on the first team. LIU Post sophomore Emily Miller, Saint Anselm senior Elizabeth Alie and Stonehill sophomore Kacie Smith also made the squad after their team reached the NCAA Tournament. The rest of the first team included West Chester senior Dayle Paustian and junior Rachal Toppi, Merrimack sophomore Mary McNeil, Bloomsburg senior Samantha Peters, Adelphi senior Lena Pollich and Lindenwood senior Tara Robben.

The second-team All-America list included Bloomsburg seniors Lindsay Cassel and Eleanor Kirby, Saint Anselm senior Katherine Sears and junior Erin Collins, Stonehill seniors Sarah Morse and Shea Healy, East Stroudsburg seniors Morgan Firestine and Robin Stevenson, Adelphi senior Rachel Colvin, Assumption senior Andrea Koslowski, West Chester senior Marnie Kusakavitch, Slippery Rock senior Megan McKay, LIU Post senior Stephanie Mocerino, Shippensburg junior Brooke Sheibley, Limestone senior Kathleen Sigwart and Kutztown senior Courtney Ueberroth.

Toppi became a three-time All-American, making the first team for the second time. Her fellow West Chester senior, Kusakavitch, also made the All-America list for the third year in a row. Howell, Mack and Paustian repeated as first-team selections, while Alie, Colvin, McNeil, Mizak, Parker, Pollich, Morse, Cassel, McKay and Mooney each made the All-America squad for the second time.

View all of the student-athletes on the Longstreth/NFHCA Division II All-America Team.

 



Longstreth
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.



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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.



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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