University of Delaware Sophomore Michaela Patzner Named NFHCA All-America Third Team Honoree
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Sophomore Michaela Patzner became the first University of Delaware field hockey player to be named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American since the 2004 season, as announced by the organization Monday.
Patzner earned third team honors after being named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team last month for the No. 14 Blue Hens.
The Rosenheim, Germany native finished the 2013 campaign by leading the Colonial Athletic Association with 41 points on a league-best 16 goals and nine assists. Her 41 points ties for fourth in Delaware single-season history while the 16 goals is good for seventh in a single season. Patzner was also named to the All-CAA first team.
Patzner is the first Blue Hen to be picked by the NFHCA since Amanda Warrington was a second team selection in 2004.
In total, Delaware has had six players honored by the NFHCA and 18 all-time All-Americans selected by different organizations. Most recently, Casey Howard was named a WomensFieldHockey.com second team All-American in 2009.
The Blue Hens just completed one of the most successful seasons in Delaware history after posting a program record 17 victories during a 17-5 campaign. UD earned both CAA regular season and tournament championships en route to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009. The Hens finished 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament following a play-in game win over Liberty before falling to No. 3 North Carolina.
Of the 48 players honored by the NFHCA on the three All-American teams, Patzner was the lone student-athlete from the Colonial Athletic Association honored.