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Seven LEC Field Hockey Standouts Named to NFHCA All-Region Team

2018 national field hockey coaches association all-region team

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Seven student-athletes representing five Little East Conference member institutions have earned All-Region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association of America (NFHCA).

Worcester State senior forward Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) and Keene State sophomore forward Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) earned First-Team All-New England West Region selections, while Castleton senior forward Sarah Wells (Bellows Falls, Vt.) and sophomore midfielder Gabriella Hunt (Granville, N.Y.), Fitchburg State senior midfielder Molly Richard (Leominster, Mass.), Keene State junior back Ally McCall (Watertown, Mass.) and Western Connecticut sophomore goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, Mass.) were second team picks.

Bruno was named the 2018 LEC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in scoring with 32 goals and 74 points while heling lead Keene State to its sixth consecutive league title; both totals are the second-highest in program history. The two-time all-conference selection already ranks in Owls' top-10 in scoring with 55 career goals (sixth) and 127 career points (seventh).

Parent finished in the top-five in the LEC in goals (fourth, 18), assists (second, 13) and total points (fourth, 49) in her final collegiate season. The 2017 LEC Offensive Player of the Year and NFHCA All-America selection finished her career as the Lancers' all-time leading scorer with program-record totals of 50 goals, 37 assists and 137 career points.

Hunt and Wells led Castleton's program to new heights in its first season as a LEC member. The Spartans won a program-record 15 games while capturing the LEC regular season title and advancing to the conference tournament final. Wells finished the year ranked fifth in the LEC in goals (18) and total points (44), while Hunt was eighth in goals (13), third in assists (13) and seventh in points (37).

Manion backstopped WestConn to an 11-8 overall record and program-best 9-3 mark in the Little East. She played all but 45 minutes in the cage in her second campaign, registering a league-leading 1.51 goals-against average and a .797 save percentage. Her 110 saves were sixth-most in the LEC in 2018.

McCall was the 2018 LEC Defensive Player of the Year and the LEC Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player after helping lead Keene State to the 2018 tournament championship. In addition to her standout defensive play, the junior scored three goals with 14 assists for 20 points; the 14 assists are tied for the third on the program's single season record list.

Richard had a strong senior campaign on both ends of the field for Fitchburg State, leading the team in scoring with 13 goals and four assists for 30 points. She ranked eighth in the LEC in goals and 10th in total points.   

The Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region team announcement is the first in a list of postseason awards to come from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) over the next several weeks. Next to be announced are the Longstreth/NFHCA Regional Player of the Year awards (December 3) — they will be followed by the Longstreth/NFHCA All-American teams (December 5) and the Longstreth/NFHCA National Collegiate Player of the Year (December 11).