Pfautz among five Messiah players to earn All-Region honors

By on November 30, 2016

On Monday, five Messiah College field hockey players were recognized by Longstreth and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) as All-Region Players. Ephrata High School graduate Moriah Pfautz, along with teammates Carissa Gehman and Lindsay Bower were selected to the First Team, while Shelby Landes and Kristin Donohue garnered Second Team honors.

The Falcons won their first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship this season, defeating Tufts 1-0 (2-1 PS) in a shootout on Nov. 20. Messiah finished the season with a record of 22-1, including a perfect 22-0 against Division III competition. The lone loss came in the first game of the year to Division II National Champion Shippensburg.

Gehman earns a spot on the South Atlantic All-Region First Team for the third-straight season, all three of her years with the Falcons. Once again, the forward led the team with 28 goals, five assists, and 61 points, along with seven game-winners. Gehman’s 28 goals placed her second in the country in terms of goals-scored, and she was also named MVP of the NCAA Final Four.

Pfautz teamed up with Gehman to form quite the dynamic duo up front, tallying 18 goals, nine assists, and 45 points. After missing the Third Round win over Middlebury due to injury, the senior came up huge in the semifinal win over Babson, scoring the Falcons’ first two goals en route to the 5-2 victory.

Bower anchored a solid midfield that consistently kept the ball on Messiah’s attacking end. A fantastic two-way player, Bower’s stats (two goals, one assist) did not do justice to the value and impact that she had on the Falcons’ championship season. The honor is the senior’s second-straight All Region recognition.

Donohue played a wonderful midfield as well, registering seven goals and 11 assists for a total of 33 points. Donohue really stepped up her game this season, as the honor is the first of the junior’s career.

In goal, Landes protected the cage to the tune of 51 saves, a .76 goals against average, a .750 save percentage, and nine shutouts. The biggest shutout of them all came on the biggest stage, the National Championship game, in which Landes notched four saves and knocked away four of Tuft’s five attempts in the shootout to preserve the victory.

The honors came three weeks after the five were named All-MAC Commonwealth, with Gehman, Pfautz, Bower, and Donohue also earning First Team honors and Landes receiving Second Team.

The 2016 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Regional Players of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 30. All-American teams will follow on Monday, Dec. 5, and Longstreth/NFHCA will wrap up the awards with the National Player of the Year on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

About digital editor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *