CHANDLER, Ariz. – For the first time since 2004, the University of Delaware had four student-athletes recognized as Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region All-Americans.

Senior Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany/Karolinen Gymnasium) and junior sophomore Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) earned First Team honors while freshmen Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartenscollege) and Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltkeplatz) were named Second Team selections.

“As a program, we focus on ‘team,’” remarked Blue Hens head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof.  “Together we prepare, compete for and contribute to Delaware pride.  Thanks to our Team Delaware approach, our program has been able to raise its performance level and accomplishments over time.”

He continued, “At the same time, it is also important to celebrate the accomplishments of individual Blue Hens field hockey student-athletes when highlighting and honoring those academic, athletic and community achievements.  On behalf of our program, I would like to congratulate Michaela Patzner and Esmée Peet for representing us once again and to welcome Lisa Giezeman and Greta Nauck as first time recipients.  These four Blue Hens have done an amazing job in contributing to our team goals and successes and are a great representation of our entire team.  They add value to the positive growth and development of the University of Delaware field hockey program across the board.”

Patzner, who finished her career in a Delaware uniform third all-time with 122 points and 28 assists and fourth overall with 47 goals, has been named to the Mid-Atlantic Region All-America team in each of her four seasons as a Blue Hen.  In 2015, Patzner logged 21 points on 12 goals and eight assists while leading Delaware (16-6) to its third straight Colonial Athletic Association title.  She is also the first player in program history to earn All-Region honors in each of her four years played.

Peet has also earned First Team honors in each of her three seasons at Delaware.  She guided the Blue Hens this season with 15 goals and six assists for 36 points.  The midfielder is currently tied for ninth in program history with 95 points (39g, 17a).  Her 39 goals are also good to tie for eighth all-time.

In her first season with the Hens, Nauck finished third on the team with 27 points on 11 goals and five assists while collecting CAA All-Rookie Team accolades.

Giezeman also earned conference All-Rookie Team honors and was fourth for Delaware with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists.

Delaware grabbed at least four spots on the Regional Teams for the first time since 2004 when Megan Allen, Lauren Carr, Leah Geib, Erica LaBar and Amanda Warrington received the honors.

The 2015 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American Teams will be announced on Monday, December 7.

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