Four Named To Field Hockey All-Region Team
Nov. 19, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Four UMass field hockey players have been named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams, as announced by the NFHCA on Thursday. Junior defender Makaela Potts and sophomore goalkeeper Alesha Widdall were both named to the Northeast Region First Team for the second straight year, while Katie Kelly and Cher King were both named to the Northeast Region Second Team. The honor is King's third straight.
The 2009 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans will selected from the five All-Region teams announced on Wednesday.
Potts (Sydney, Australia) was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, as well as being named to the All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row. She totaled 31 points on 10 goals and 11 assists while strating all 21 games for the Minutewomen at either defender or center midfielder. Potts led UMass in both assists and points. Besides being a 2008 All-Region First Team selection, she was named Third Team All-American by the NFHCA that season.
Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.) had another impressive season in goal for the Minutewomen, leading the A-10 in goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts for the second year in a row, leading to another All-Conference First Team honor. She posted a 11-8 record with a 1.48 GAA, .770 save percentage, and six shutouts. Widdall was named NFHCA Second Team All-American in 2008.
Kelly (Dedham, Mass.) had her best season yet, leading the Minutewomen in goal scoring on the way to being named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team for the first time in her career. She finished the season with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points. Her three game-winning goals also led the team, while her point total was second to Potts.
King (Christ Church, Barbados) was plagued by injuries for much of 2009, yet still managed to have a productive season, scoring eight goals to go along with four assists for 20 points. The highly-skilled midfield/forward came on strong late in the season, posting UMass' first four-goal game since 1997 in a win vs. La Salle, and finishing with seven goals in the final four games. King has been named All-Conference and All-Region Second Team for three years in a row.
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