PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seven BIG EAST field hockey student-athletes earned Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America honors following the conclusion of the 2009 season. Syracuse led conference teams with three honorees while Connecticut boasted a BIG EAST-best two First Team members. Providence and Louisville each had one student-athlete recognized.
Connecticut senior forward Loren Sherer finished her unprecedented year by being named a First Team All-American. Sherer concluded 2009 as the nation's top scorer, averaging 3.68 points per game and 1.45 goals per game. The BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year broke Connecticut single-season records for goals (33) and points (84). She led the BIG EAST in goals, goals per game, game-winning goals, points and points per game for eight consecutive weeks.
Junior midfielder Melissa Gonzalez also earned first team recognition. Gonzalez anchored a Connecticut defense which was tops in the BIG EAST in shutouts (seven), goals against average (1.02), defensive saves (six) and scoring margin (2.96). In BIG EAST play, Connecticut's defense allowed a league-low seven goals and earned a BIG EAST-high two shutouts. In addition to being a constant defensive threat, Gonzalez tallied six goals and two assists for 14 points over 22 games this season. Gonzalez was named a third team All-American in 2008.
Syracuse junior forward Lindsey Conrad rounded out the list of first team members. Conrad was the Orange's top scorer, notching 43 points off 17 goals and nine assists. In overall games she ranked second in total points and in goals among BIG EAST contenders. In league play she ranked second in points (17) and goals (six) and was fourth in assists (five). Conrad was named a Second Team All-American in 2008.
Freshman midfielder/forward Amy Kee and sophomore midfielder Martina Loncarica each earned second team honors. Kee was Syracuse's second-leading scorer, tallying 34 points off 12 goals and 10 assists in overall games and 16 points off six goals and four assists in BIG EAST contests. Loncarica tallied a Syracuse-best 17 assists, including a team-high five in conference play. She ranked third in the BIG EAST in assists in overall games and fourth in conference-only games. Loncarica also finished the regular season tied for first in game-winning goals with two. The sophomore also earned second team honors in 2008.
Providence senior forward Nellie Poulin also was named to the second team. The Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year led the Friars with 14 goals and two assists over 20 games. This marks the second consecutive year Poulin earns All-America recognition as she earned third team honors in 2008.
Louisville senior goalkeeper Heather Bustanoby earned third team honors. Over 20 games, the senior held opponents to 30 goals on 116 shots. She boasted a 1.56 goals against average overall and a 1.97 average in BIG EAST play. Bustanoby has made 86 saves and helped to keep five opponents scoreless. The BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year made a league-high 19 saves in a double-overtime performance against then-No. 5 Connecticut on Sept. 26.