Five CAA Field Hockey Players Tabbed as NFHCA All-Americans
RICHMOND, Va. (November 20, 2012) - Five CAA field hockey players were selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America team, with Northeastern's Crystal Poland highlighting the list as a first-team All-American. Drexel's Amanda Fleischut and ODU's Christy Longacre picked up second-team All-America honors, while ODU's Sarah Breen and Northeastern's Deirdre Duke were named to the third team.
Poland adds to her already impressive list of accomplishments from this season with her third career All-America award, and her second first-team honor. The senior forward finished the season ranked third in the nation in goals per game (1.40) and fourth in points per game (3.15), while leading the CAA with 28 goals and 63 points. Poland was named the 2012 CAA Player of the Year as well as the NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
Fleischut earns her first All-America award after leading Drexel to its first ever CAA Championship and the program's second appearance in the NCAA tournament. The senior midfielder led the Dragons' offense with 11 goals and eight assists for a team-high of 30 points. Fleischut was also named the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Performer in addition to All-CAA first team honors and NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region first team honors.
Longacre earns her first All-America honor after being named the 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, and picking up All-CAA first team honors and NFHCA South Region first team honors. The junior defender was a key component in a Lady Monarchs' defense that allowed just seven goals in seven CAA contests and recorded two shutouts. Longacre also made her presence felt on the ODU offense, ranking third on the team with 10 goals and adding four assists.
Breen also earns her first All-America award after sensational rookie campaign at ODU. The freshman forward/midfielder ranked second on the team with 12 goals, while also adding eight assists. In addition to the All-America award, Breen has also been honored this season as a member of the All-CAA first team and the NFHCA South Region first team.
Duke, the 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year, picks up her first All-America honor after ranking second in the CAA with 14 goals and 34 points. The Dublin, Ireland native was also honored on the All-CAA First Team as well as the NFHCA Northeast Region First Team.
In addition to the NFCHA All-America awards, Breen, Duke, Fleischut, Longacre and Poland were also tabbed as All-Americans by WomensFieldHockey.com.
CAA Players on the 2012 Longstreth / NFHCA Division I All-American Teams
Crystal Poland - Northeastern
Amanda Fleischut - Drexel
Christy Longacre - Old Dominion
Sarah Breen - Old Dominion
Deirdre Duke - Northeastern