For Immediate Release
November 16, 2011
South Easton, Mass. – The Northeast-10 Conference saw 13 student-athletes named to the 2011 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Assocation (NFHCA) Division II All-American Teams this week. The NFHCA Office also announced on Wednesday senior defender Kayla Littig of the University of Massachusetts Lowell has been selected as the North Region Player of the Year.
Littig totaled a career-best 26 points on 12 goals and two assists for a River Hawks team that advanced to the national championship game for the second straight season and sixth time in seven years.
Littig, a Carver, Mass. native, was also named to the NFHCA First Team. The UMass Lowell senior has received numerous honors for her play this season, including Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player at the 2011 Northeast-10 Championship. The All-Conference First Team pick also garnered a spot on the 2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team.
The Division II National Player of the Year will be announced on Monday, November 21.
Littig was one of seven Northeast-10 players named to the NFHCA First Team. UMass Lowell teammate Sarah Wilcox also garnered selection, as did Bentley University's Stephanie Sideris and Kathryn Nelson of Stonehill College.
Merrimack College, which advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Championship, had three players selected to the First Team in Kerri Berquist, April Daugherty and Jen Otis.
Six more Northeast-10 athletes were named to the NFHCA All-American Second Team, including Lindsey Fernandes (American International College), Annie Hanesbury (UMass Lowell), Kimberly Jaksina (Franklin Pierce University), Rachel McCarthy (UMass Lowell), Kim Steiner (American Int'l), and Katie Zubkus (Merrimack).
To view the full NFHCA Division II All-American First and Second Teams, see the full release above.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.