Nov. 15, 2012
EASTON, Pa. – Despite ending its season with a hard-fought 2-0 defeat at the hands of defending national champion Maryland on Nov. 10, Lafayette field hockey continues to garner national recognition, placing three members on the All-Mideast Region Team, the NFHCA announced Thursday.
Senior co-captains Deanna DiCroce and Emily Valeo, along with sophomore Brittany Blass, were selected to be among 32 players from the Mideast Region schools for the All-Region team.
“I’m very proud that these three players have been recognized again,” head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “Each of them have had a tremendous impact on our team’s success. They have each helped make the players around them better, as well as bringing special skills to the game.”
DiCroce was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League and was named League Tournament MVP after lifting her team to a championship on a penalty stroke in overtime against American.
“Deanna’s goal scoring and finishing ability are excellent,” Griffiths said. “Her direction and teaching on the forward line were key for us this season.”
Valeo spent the entire 2012 season among the top 5 nationally in assists per game. The majority of the offensive and defensive sets ran through her, not to mention her impact to the corner contingent.
“Emily’s ability to eliminate offensive threats, throw overhead passes and her commitment to improved fitness and conditioning were a huge part of our success this year,” Griffiths added.
Blass, last season’s Patriot League Rookie of the Year, was outstanding again this season, racking up six Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors, the most ever in a single season in League history.
“Brittany helped to establish a new standard of competitiveness in the training environment,” Griffiths said. “Her tackling skills and leadership in the back line will be important for our defensive unit going forward."
DiCroce and Valeo will show off their skills in the NFHCA Senior Game at Old Dominion University on Saturday at 3 p.m.