PROVIDENCE, R.I. – BIG EAST field hockey teams landed seven players on the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American Teams following the conclusion of the 2010 season. Connecticut, Louisville and Syracuse each had players recognized.
Connecticut’s Melissa Gonzalez wrapped up her senior year with a spot on the All-America First Team. She was also named the Mideast Region Player of the Year, after winning the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honor for the second consecutive season. In the 2010 campaign, Gonzalez helped UConn to a 16-6 overall record and a 4-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The senior was a three-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection and a second team pick as a freshman, leading the Huskies to the NCAA tournament each of her four years, including a trip to the quarterfinals this year.
Syracuse junior Martina Loncarica was named to the All-America First Team, becoming SU’s second three-time All-American in history. She was a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team pick and a BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection. She led the 2010 BIG EAST Champion Orange with 29 points, scoring 11 goals and dishing out seven assists. The junior recorded a conference-high seven game-winning goals, averaging 0.33 game-winners per contest. Loncarica is also Syracuse’s all-time assists leader with 55 and her 117 career points rank second in school history.
Louisville senior Nicole Youman took home Second Team All-America nods. UConn junior Rayell Heistad and SU freshman Laura Hahnefeldt joined the 2010 BIG EAST Offensive Player on the Year on the Second Team.
Rounding out the BIG EAST contingent, Connecticut freshman Sarah Mansfield, 2010 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, and Syracuse junior Heather Susek were chosen as All-American Third Teamers.
For a complete list of the 2010 All-Region Teams, please visit the NFHCA 2010 honors and awards web page.