Courtesy of Catholic, Scranton, and Susquehanna Athletic Communications
GILBERT, Ariz. —Four Landmark field hockey players were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region Team, announced by the organziation Wednesday morning.
Catholic University junior Nicole Tsiaras was named to the 2018 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Region First Team.
As the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an All-Landmark First Team selection, Tsiaras was a key component to the Cardinals success this season. She started all 17 games for Catholic and helped the defense to five shutouts. Tsiaras tallied 11 defensive saves, which tied her for sixth in the nation amoung NCAA Division III players. Throughout her career, Tsiaras has recorded 18 defensive saves and has taken 24 total shots, 11 of which were on goal as a back for the Cardinals.
University of Scranton junior forward Gracie McClatchy was named to the 2018 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-South Atlantic Region First Team, while teammate and sophomore midfielder Megan Gallagher was named to the All-South Atlantic Region Second Team. This marks the second straight season that members of the Royals field hockey team nabbed NFHCA All-Region honors, and the fourth time in the last five years it has occurred, as well.
For McClatchy, the All-South Atlantic Region First Team selection adds to the list of awards she has won in 2018 after putting together a stellar season for Scranton in leading the Royals to a 13-6 overall record and a spot in the Landmark Conference championship game for just the second time in program history. The Landmark Conference Player of the Year and an All-Landmark Conference First Team pick, McClatchy amassed a conference-best 37 points by scoring 16 goals, including five game-winners, and dishing out five assists. She tied for the seventh-most goals in a season in Scranton history and recorded the ninth-most points in a year for the Royals.
Gallagher, meanwhile, adds another award to her list of accomplishments with the selection. An All-Landmark Conference First Team pick in 2018, Gallagher recorded 16 points by scoring five goals and dishing out six assists, the second most in the Landmark Conference. She scored three game-winning goals on the year including the only tally in Scranton's 1-0 win over top-seeded Catholic in the Landmark Conference semifinals.
Junior forward Hunter Pitman of the Susquehanna University Field Hockey team was named to the 2018 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-South Atlantic Region First Team.
Pitman established herself as one of the top goal scorers in the country and has been a consistent force for the River Hawks, leading the team with 14 goals, with five of her goals being game-winners. Pitman was also second on the team in assists as she totaled 31 points on the season. Having been named First Team All-Landmark for the second time in her career, she was also the MVP of the Landmark Conference Championship game as she netted both goals for the team in a 2-0 win over Scranton to give the team an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The junior has also broken the school record of 51 career goals this season, her two goals in the Landmark Championship Conference game against Scranton put her over the top. She now holds the record with 53 career goals.
The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Region selections were announced on Wednesday. The first team selections consisted of 81 student-athletes across six regions.