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Eight Field Hockey Student-Athletes Earn NFHCA Division I All-Region Honors

Release: 11/29/2016
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Eight A-10 Student-Athletes have been named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All Regional teams. Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Francis, Saint Joseph's and VCU were among the schools honored.  

The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I AllRegion 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. 

University of Massachusetts field hockey senior Izzie Delario and juniors Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch were amongst those honored. 

Delario finished the year tied for second on the team in points (29), goals (12) and assists (7). Four of her goals went as game-winners, including Davidson, Saint Louis, VCU and the NCAA Play-In Game victory at Monmouth. Delario, who was chosen for the 2016 NFHCA Senior Game, was previously lauded this season with Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and A-10 All-Championship Team. She also won NFHCA All-Northeast Region First Team in 2015.

Hawkshaw led the program in goals with 16 and also provided the most points (36), including 11 in only four postseason games. Her goals and points totals ranked Hawkshaw third in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Dublin, Ireland, native was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and A-10 All-Championship Team choice. She won NFHCA All-Northeast Region Second Team in 2015 as a sophomore.

Kreusch, the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, guided the defense to the tune of 1.95 goals allowed per game as opponents only shot 18.1 percent against Massachusetts through the end of the 18-game regular season. Kreusch helped her own cause on the offensive end as one of the primary penalty corner hitters with six goals and one assist for 13 points. She was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team pick in 2016 and won NFHCA All-Northeast Region Second Team as a sophomore in 2015.

Richmond's junior Megan Miller who earned a spot on the South's Second Team, started all 19 games and a was a mainstay in the Spiders' front line as she finished the season with two goals and four assists. Along with her most recent All-Region honor, she was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team.

Saint Francis junior Shannon Pereira earned a spot on the Mid-Atlantic Second Team. The midfielder started all 20 games and was the team leader in points with 26 (8 goals, 10 assists). 

Saint Joseph's sophmore forward Anna Willocks was tabbed to the Mid-Atlantic first team and freshman midfielder Pepa Serrano pulled in Second team honors. 

A native of Palmerston North, New Zealand, Willocks won her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year award after the leading the league in goals and points for a second time.  Willocks was selected to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team for the second time as well after earning at least a share of six A-10 Player of the Week honors over the course of the 10-week regular season, and also claimed a spot on the A-10 All-Championship Team with five postseason points.  She ranked second in all of Division I in goals per game (1.19) and third nationally in total goals (25), total points (62), and points per game (2.95).

Serrano was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and joined Willocks on the All-Conference First Team and the All-Championship Team.  She tallied five goals and a conference-best 13 assists – tied for second-most in a season in program history – to finish second on the squad with 23 points.  Her 0.68 assists per game led the conference as well and ranked her sixth in Division I.

VCU's Emily McNamara was named to the All-South Region Second Team. McNamara adds to her postseason accolades after being named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team. The sophomore forward had a record year for the Rams as she broke VCU's single-season record for points with 45. McNamara scored 18 goals on the season which rank second in school history while her nine assists are tied for ninth. McNamara led the A-10 in shots per game at 5.94 and finished second in the conference in points, 19 ahead of third place. She also ranked second in the A-10 in goals scored and tied for seventh in assists.

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.


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