CHANDLER, Ariz. – The honors continue to roll in for the University of Delaware field hockey team as two Blue Hens have been named NFHCA All-Americans for the first time since the 2004 season.

Junior Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) earned First Team honors, becoming the first Delaware player to do so since Michelle Rosenbaum was named a First Team honoree in 1988.

Senior Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany/Karolinen Gymnasium) joined Peet as a Third Team selection.

“As a program, we are very proud of and would like to congratulate Esmee and Ela for representing Delaware field hockey as members of the 2015 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American teams,” exclaimed Blue Hens head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof.  “Both have been great team players throughout the season and their careers while competing for Delaware pride.”

Peet is a two-time honoree after being named a NFHCA Second Team selection last year.  She has also earned All-Region 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.

“Esmee has improved her performance over her three seasons as a Blue Hen,” Van de Kerkhof.  “ It is great to see that her performance and contributions to our program in 2015 have been witnessed and appreciated by the Division I coaches community.  She is one of the hardest working and team-first focused student-athletes that I have had the privilege to coach so far.  She is a great self-motivator and competitor, something that propels her very well as a true student-athlete.  I am very happy for Esmee on her selection and even more excited to welcome her back for another season with the Blue Hens in 2016.”

Patzner is also a two-time All-American after collecting Third Team accolades in 2013 while earning All-Region honors in each of her four seasons as a Blue Hen.  She finished her career in a Delaware uniform third all-time with 122 points and 28 assists and fourth overall with 47 goals.  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.

“Ela has given so much to this program as a senior and all throughout her career in Newark,” stated Van de Kerkhof.  “This is a great honor for her to be recognized for the second time in her amazing career.  Ela came to a program that had a vision and together, with her teammates and coaches, went after it.  She has been instrumental in propelling Delaware field hockey to go from a No. 47 ranking prior to her freshman season to a No. 12 ranking at the conclusion of her senior year.  Ela has grown immensely as a person and along the way has further elevated her academic and athletic contributions towards her own development and growth of our program.  I will miss having Ela around in 2016, but am excited for what her future may hold as she has done an excellent job preparing for what is next after college.”

The duo is the first pair since Leah Geib and Amanda Warrington were both Second Team picks during the 2004 campaign.

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