CHANDLER, Ariz. — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its 2017 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region teams on Wednesday, and Washington and Lee had two players receive recognition.
Junior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) was named to the All-South Region First Team, and senior midfielder Maggie Sands (Glen Arm, Md./Notre Dame Prep) garnered a spot on the second team. This marks the first all-region accolade for either player.
Tucker was third in the ODAC this year in goals (20) and points (45). The 20 goals set a new W&L single-season record. The previous mark of 19 had stood since 2003. Tucker's 45 points also tied the school's single-season record. Maggie Waxter '17 also had 45 points in 2016.
Tucker led the Blue and White this campaign with five assists. She also had a team-high three hat tricks to go with four game-winning goals. On the W&L career lists, Tucker moved to fourth in career goals (38) and fourth in career points (89).
Earlier this season, Tucker became the third General in program history to be named the ODAC Player of the Year, and she also made the All-ODAC First Team. Tucker is just the third player in program history to be named First Team All-Region. Waxter earned the distinction last year and Kendall Korte '08 made the first team in 2006 and 2007.
Sands had her best season for the Blue and White this year. She had a career-best six goals, along with three assists for 15 points. Her previous high in goals was three and in points was six. She also registered two game-winning tallies. She started all 20 games this year. Sands ends her career with 11 goals, five assists and 27 points in 75 contests.
The Generals finished the year 15-5 overall and claimed the second ODAC title in program history. W&L advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, before falling to the eventual National Runner-Up, Messiah, 3-2. The 15 wins by the Blue and White also tied the program record for wins in a season.
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