June 28, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette field hockey team and captain Deanna DiCroce ’13 received the Patriot League Women’s Team of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, the League announced Friday.
In the team category, the Leopards were matched up against Colgate volleyball, Navy women’s basketball, Bucknell track and field and Navy women’s lacrosse. From June 4-27, fans were given the opportunity to vote for the top team using specific hashtags on Twitter, with Lafayette’s being #PARDSFH.
In 2012, Lafayette took home its second consecutive Patriot League title and, despite a loss to Princeton in the NCAA Play-In game, earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, a first from a Patriot League institution. The Leopards finished with a 17-3 overall record and went 5-0 in conference play. Additionally, the Maroon and White were 10-0 in games played at Rappolt Field.
DiCroce’s opponents in the Female Athlete of the Year category were Kelsey Minato of Army women’s basketball, Laura Gorinski of Navy swimming, Stephanie Okpoebo of Holy Cross track and field and Jasmine DePompeo of Navy women’s lacrosse. The voting for this award occurred from June 19-27 using the hashtag #DiCroceMVP.
A two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, DiCroce led the league in points (51) and goals (18), while also notching 15 assists and five gamewinning tallies this past season. She was a First Team All-Patriot League selection all four years on College Hill and was named the Patriot League Tournament MVP as she lifted a penalty stroke into the back of the net in overtime of the championship game against American.
The Leopards will open the 2013 test with a formidable opponent, matching up with Big Ten foe Iowa on Sept. 1 at Rappolt Field.