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.
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
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.