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NFHCA All-Region Teams Announced, 18 Ivies Honored

NFHCA All-Region Teams Announced, 18 Ivies Honored

NFHCA All-Region Teams

Columbia Release | Cornell Release | Dartmouth Release | Princeton Release | Yale Release

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Five Ivy League teams and 18 Ivies were recognized on the 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Region Teams, which were announced Thursday.

The League saw eight of its players earn first team status; they are eligible for NFHCA All-American honors, to be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Princeton led the way with 10 total honorees in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including six on the first team. The Tigers had the most total and most first-team All-Region recipients of any school in any of the five regions. In fact, Princeton by itself tallied more All-Region honors than four conferences (Mid-American, Northeast, NorPac and Patriot League) and matched the total of the Atlantic 10.

The three League postseason award winners, Princeton seniors Kathleen Sharkey (Offensive Player of the Year) and Katie Reinprecht (Defensive Player of the Year) and freshman Teresa Benvenuti (Rookie of the Year) were joined on the Mid-Atlantic first team by Tigers’ juniors Michelle Cesan, Christina Maida and Julia Reinprecht. For K. Reinprecht and Sharkey, it marked the fourth time of their career they earned first-team All-Region honors.

The Tigers also placed four players on the second team, including junior Amanda Bird and sophomore Sydney Kirby, who each took home their second-straight such awards. They were joined on the second team by senior Amy Donovan and sophomore Allison Evans.

Five Ivies were recognized in the Mideast Region. Columbia senior Gabby Kozlowski was named to the first team for the first time in her career after earning second team honors each of the past two seasons. Lions’ senior Katie DeSandis, Cornell juniors Hannah Balleza and Carolyn Horner and Yale senior Mary Beth Barham were each named to the second team for the first NFHCA accolades of their careers.

Dartmouth put three players on the Northeast Region teams. Sophomore Ali Savage was named to the first team, while junior Olivia Quaglia and senior Lisa Masini each earned second team honors. For Masini, it was the second-straight season she received the award.

2012 Longstreth / NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams

Mid-Atlantic Region
First Team
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton

Michelle Cesan, Princeton
Christina Maida, Princeton
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton
Katie Reinprecht, Princeton
Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton

Second Team
Amanda Bird, Princeton

Amy Donovan, Princeton

Allison Evans, Princeton

Sydney Kirby, Princeton

Mideast Region
First Team
Gabby Kozlowski, Columbia
Second Team
Hannah Balleza, Cornell
Mary Beth Barham, Yale

Katie DeSandis, Columbia

Carolyn Horner, Cornell

Northeast Region
First Team
Ali Savage, Dartmouth

Second Team
Lisa Masini, Dartmouth
Olivia Quaglia, Dartmouth