2012 CAA Field Hockey Final Report
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.
Northeastern senior forward Crystal Poland was selected as the 2012 NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year in a vote by the region's head coaches. Poland, the 2012 CAA Player of the Year and a First Team All-CAA selection, led Northeastern to a 14-7 overall record (5-2 CAA) and a 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance. The Crofton, British Columbia native recorded 63 points on 28 goals and 13 assists and was selected as a member of the 2012 CAA All-Tournament Team.
Nineteen CAA field hockey players were named to the 2012 Longstreth / NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams, including seven named to first teams.
Old Dominion concluded its season on Nov. 11 as it fell to top-seeded North Carolina 3-1 in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship second round. ODU finishes the season with a 15-6 record including a perfect 7-0 record in conference play.
Senior forward Maartje van Rijswijk tied an NCAA record for most goals in an NCAA tournament game, scoring five, to lead the No. 8 Old Dominion University field hockey team to a 6-1 victory over Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 10th.
Drexel University's field hockey program's historic season came to an end with a 5-0 loss to No. 2 Princeton in the opening round of its first ever automatic bid to the NCAA Championships hosted at the University of Virginia. The Dragons held the Tigers to one goal after the first 35 minutes of play, but Princeton went on a four-goal spurt in the second half securing the lead until the game clock expired. Drexel, the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Champions, finished the season 15-7 overall (5-2 CAA).
Northeastern field hockey, charged with visiting the third seed in the 2012 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament, more than lived up to the challenge provided, but in the end, it was the Huskies donning the navy and white of University of Connecticut who came away with the 2-1 double overtime victory. NU (14-7, 5-2) was without CAA Player of the Year, Crystal Poland, who was sidelined with an injury,
Top-seeded Drexel won its first ever CAA Field Hockey Championship on November 4th after scoring the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime and securing a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Northeastern. The Dragons earned the CAA's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, also the first in school history.
The CAA was represented by three teams in the final NFHCA Top 25 poll released on November 6th. Old Dominion topped the list, ranking eighth. Also in the rankings was Northeastern at No. 12 and Drexel at No. 15. All three schools were ranked in the poll the entire 2012 season with ODU peaking at No. 5th on Sept. 4, Drexel at No. 15 on three occasions, and NU at No. 7 on Sept. 11th. William & Mary also spent four weeks in the rankings, peaking at No. 19 on Oct. 2nd.