MAC Honored with 11 Field Hockey Regional All-Americans

Updated 11/15/1999
Reston, Va. -- (Nov. 15) The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) named 11 Mid-American Conference field hockey players to the 1999 AstroTurf/NFHCA Division I West Region All-America team Monday. The first-team consisted of five of these players, while the second team had six MAC players named.

Ball State's Sally Northcroft, the nation's leading scorer, and her teammate Kerri Schoultz, who finished the season with the most assists in the country, were both named to the first-team. Northcroft broke the NCAA single-season goals record this year set in 1991 with 52 goals. Kent State University, the MAC co-champions with Ball State, also had two players on the first team. Inge Corten and Maggie Downey, who finished second and third in the conference in scoring respectively behind Northcroft, represented Kent on the first team.

Ohio's sophomore Ali Johnstone, a two-time MAC first-team selection, represented the Bobcats. Ohio University had the biggest improvement in the conference with three more wins this year than last season, and seven conference wins in one season is the team's best MAC record since 1981. Johnstone is the first player in Ohio field hockey history to be named first team Regional All-American.

MAC players named to the second-team include: Jocelyn Teall of Ball State, Cheryl Eglin of Central Michigan, Meagan Class and Helen Jerden of Kent and Jenn Watt and Michelle Hinman from Ohio.

The All-American team will be chosen after this weekend's Final Four in Boston hosted by Northeastern University. The selections will be taken from the regional All-America teams from the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-East, Northeast, South and West regions.