8 NorPac Players Named to 2012 All-Region Teams
NOVEMBER 15, 2012 – Eight NorPac student-athletes were named to the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region teams, announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Stanford’s Becky Dru and Kelsey Harbin, along with California’s Lara Kruggel and Longwood’s Stacey de Grandhomme were selected to the first-team in their respective regions. Cardinal junior Hope Burke, Davidson senior Sarah Fisher, Liberty freshman Natalie Barr and Bear junior Shannon Elmitt garnered second-team honors.
South (First Team)
Stacey de Grandhomme (Midfielder/Longwood)
This is the first All-Region First Team honor for Longwood since the institution transitioned to Division I prior to the 2007 season. The midfielder led the Lancers in 2012 with 17 goals and 38 total points. She was selected for the NorPac All-Tournament Team, as well as being named the NorPac East Division Player of the Year.
West (First Team)
Becky Dru (Defender, Stanford)
This is Dru’s third recognition. A 2011 NFHCA First Team All-American, Dru will likely receive strong consideration for the nation’s highest award again this year. Dru was honored as the 2011 NorPac Player of the Year, earning the distinction for the second straight season and collecting her fifth conference award overall. A native of Buckinghamshire, England, Dru led the Cardinal in goals (12), assists (12), points (36), shots (65) and game-winning goals (3) in 2012. Arguably one of the most decorated players in school history, Dru totaled 54 goals, 36 assists, 144 points, 311 shots and 15 game-winning goals in 87 career games.
Kelsey Harbin (Defender/Stanford)
Harbin continued to emerge as one of the nation’s elite young players, tabbed an All-NorPac selection while earning the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award. A native of Escondido, Calif., Harbin totaled 15 points (five goals, five assists) this year while attempting 34 shots and sharing the team lead with Dru in game-winning goals (3). In addition to racking up two defensive saves, Harbin scored Stanford’s first goal in NCAA Tournament play since 2010 during a 4-1 loss to North Carolina last weekend. Harbin started all but three games this year, missing time in mid-September while representing the U.S. team at the Junior Pan American Championships.
Lara Kruggel (Forward/California)
Kruggel was the most consistent offensive weapon on the Golden Bears this year and her abilities did not go unnoticed by opposing teams. She finished the season 11th in the nation in points per game at 2.20. She was tied for eighth in goals per game at .90. She led the NorPac conference in both categories. Kruggel had an historic season as a Golden Bear. Her 18 goals and 44 points are both fifth on Cal’s all time single season records list. For her career, Kruggel is now tied for eighth on the all-time list with 26 goals. She is tenth on the all-time points list with 67.
South (Second Team)
Natalie Barr (Midfielder/Liberty)
The East’s Offensive Player of the Year, Barr finished the season with a team-best 16 goals, eight assists, 40 points, 100 shots and four defensive saves. She ended up second in the conference in points per game (2.0) and third in goals per game (0.8). Barr ranks tied for 18th in the nation in both points per game and goals per game. The midfielder also sits in 13th place in the country in defensive saves. Barr’s 16 goals and 40 points are the most among Division I freshmen this season.
Sarah Fisher (Goalkeeper/Davidson)
Previously named the NorPac East Defensive Player of the Year, the senior finished the season with a pair of shutouts after helping hold four opposing teams scoreless. Fisher ended the season with a 2.43 goals against average and a save percentage of .749, ranking 16th in the NCAA in that category. Her 164 saves in 2012 pushed her into third place on Davidson’s all-time saves list. She departs as the program’s all-time leader in minutes, having played 4,678 in her four years.
West (Second Team)
Hope Burke (Forward/Stanford)
Burke proved to be a reliable offensive weapon for the Cardinal, ranking second to Dru in goals (9), assists (9) and points (27). An All-NorPac selection for the first time in her career, Burke also attempted 35 shots while recording a pair of hat tricks during the year. A native of Selinsgrove, Ohio, native, started all 23 games for the Cardinal and will return as the team’s leading scorer in 2013.
Shannon Elmitt (Midfielder/California)
Elmitt paced the Bears in assists this season. She tallied nine helpers on the season and recorded .50 assists per game, a mark good for a tie for 35th in the nation. Her 27 career assists rank her sevent on Cal’s all-time list. She also scored two goals on the season.