CHANDLER, Ariz. – Four Blue Hens earned Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional accolades Monday, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Delaware, which finished the year with its fifth straight Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title and an overall record of 15-5, had three players on the First Team with one picked for the Second Team.
Senior Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and junior Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) garnered First Team honors for the second straight season while freshman Lotte de Koning (Vreeland, The Netherlands/RSG Broklede) also earned First Team accolades. Junior Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens/Boerhaave) was a Second Team selection for the third consecutive year.
“I would like to congratulate Lotte, Taylor, Greta and Lisa for being recognized by the NFHCA,” exclaimed Blue Hens head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “Their hard work resulted in quality performances which helped our team improve throughout the season while winning our third CAA regular season title in five years, our fifth straight CAA Tournament championship and another year representing the University of Delaware proudly in the NCAA Tournament.”
The CAA Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons, Nauck finished the year with 56 points on 25 goals and six assists while ranking second nationally with 1.25 goals per game and third with 2.8 points per contest.
Lister, a four-time All-CAA honoree, led Delaware with 20 assists and ranked second nationally with 1.0 per game to go along with nine goals for a total of 38 points.
De Koning completed her first season in a Blue Hens uniform by registering 26 points on nine goals and eight assists while Giezeman posted 20 points with seven goals and six assists.
“We are going to miss Taylor being a Blue Hens, but are excited for her to continue her field hockey career as a member of the US Field Hockey Development Squad,” Van de Kerkhof remarked. “We will be cheering her on as she pursues her goal and dream to join the US National Team and represent UD and USA in the Olympics one day. We are also very excited to welcome Lotte, Greta and Lisa back for the 2018 season. Their winning mentality and experience will be important as we begin the 2018 journey.”
The Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional Players of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, with the All-America squad coming on out December 5 and the National Player of the Year on December 14.
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