Eight BIG EAST Field Hockey Athletes Earn All-America Honors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Eight BIG EAST field hockey athletes were selected to 2011 Longstreth/NFHCAA Division I All-American Teams, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association.  Connecticut led all schools with four honorees, followed by Syracuse with three and Louisville with one.
 
Three athletes were named First Team All-Americans, including BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, senior Jestine Angelini of Connecticut.  The Huskies' sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield and Syracuse senior Liz McInerney also earned first team honors.
 
BIG EAST Co-Offensive Players of the Year, seniors Heather Susek of Syracuse and Hayley Turner of Louisville, were among four athletes named to the All-America Second Team.  Joining them are senior Rayell Heistand and sophomore Anne Jeute of Connecticut. 
 
Rounding out the All-America selections for the league is Syracuse junior Kelsey Millman, who was selected as a Third Team All-American.
 
The BIG EAST also saw 17 athletes named to All-Region teams.  In addition to the seven All-Americans, Connecticut's sophomore Marie Elena Bolles, and Syracuse's sophomore Laura Hahnefeldt were named First Team All-Region members.  UConn senior Ali Blankmeyer and freshman Chloe Hunnable, SU sophomore Leonie Geyer, junior Amy Kee, senior Martina Loncarica and senior Nicole Nelson and UofL senior Catlin Collins all received Second Team All-Region honors.
 
The BIG EAST field hockey teams close a successful season which saw two teams advance to the NCAA quarterfinals, and Connecticut play in a national semifinal game.  The Huskies earned the 2011 BIG EAST regular season Championship and Syracuse won the BIG EAST tournament Championship crown.
 
2011 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American Teams
First Team
Jestine Angelini, Sr., Connecticut
Sarah Mansfield, So., Connecticut
Liz McInerney, Sr., Syracuse
Second Team
Rayell Heistand, Sr., Connecticut
Anne Jeute, So., Connecticut
Heather Susek, Sr., Syracuse
Hayley Turner, Sr., Louisville
Third Team
Kelsey Millman, Jr., Syracuse
 
2011 Longstreth/NFHCA Divion I All-Region Teams
First Teams
Jestine Angelini, Sr., Connecticut - Mideast Region
Marie Elena Bolles, So., Connecticut - Mideast Region
Laura Hahnefeldt, So., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Rayell Heistand, Sr., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Anne Jeute, So., Connecticut - Mideast Region
Sarah Mansfield, So., Connecticut - Mideast Region
Liz McInerney, Sr., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Kelsey Millman, Jr., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Heather Susek, Sr., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Hayley Turner, Sr., Louisville - West Region
Second Teams
Ali Blankmeyer, Sr., Connecticut - Mideast Region
Caitlin Collins, Sr., Louisville - West Region
Leonie Geyer, So., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Chloe Hunnable, Fr., Connecticut - Mideast Region
Amy Kee, Jr., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Martina Loncarica, Sr., Syracuse - Mideast Region
Nicole Nelson, Sr., Syracuse - Mideast Region