Seven Phila-Area Players Win NCAA DI, III & III National Titles
Nov 30, 2017adminCOLLEGE NEWSComments Off on Seven Phila-Area Players Win NCAA DI, III & III National Titles
by Kathleen Harte Simone Philafieldhockey Founder & Owner
Seven Phila-area players will be proudly wearing NCAA National Championship gear over winter break; the athletes were key players in their three teams’ national championship crowns won earlier this month.
University of Connecticut won its third Division I national title in five years, defeating University of Maryland 2-1. The Huskies went 23-0 — the first unblemished record in program history. Amelia Iacobucci (junior/Villa Maria) and Casey Umstead (senior/Upper Perkiomen) played critical roles in UConn’s success, both as starters — Iacobucci a forward/midfielder and Umstead a defender. Earlier this week, Iacobucci (2nd Team) and Umstead (1st Team) were tabbed to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Region squad. Umstead was also named to the All-Tournament Team and is a two-time national champion. Click here for UConn’s national championship story.
In Division II, Shippensburg University repeated as national champs, beating LIU Post 4-1. It was the third national title in five years for the Raiders. Goalkeeper Ali Mooney (junior/Owen J. Roberts) recorded 6 save in the game and was named to the All-Tournament Team; she is a two-time national champion. Mooney has been a starter between the pipes since freshman year. Phila-area freshmen Maddie Parr (defense/Owen J. Roberts) and Sarah Womer (midfield/Council Rock South) were key contributors for the Raiders all season, who posted an overall record of 17-4. Click here for Shippensburg’s write-up on the championship game.
Two players from Middlebury, the Division III national championship team, round out the seven Phila-area players on 2017 national championship teams. Julia Richards (soph./forward/Westtown) notched a goal in the Panthers’ 4-0 romp over top-ranked Messiah College in the final. Lauren Schweppe (senior/defense/Owen J. Roberts) was a starter in the backfield all season and earned First-Team All-Region honors. The pair were also named to the All-Academic NESCAC Team. Middlebury’s title is the second in three years and third in program history. Click here for Middlebury’s full story.