MEDFORD - The 2017 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-New England West Region Teams were announced on Wednesday and three Tufts University field hockey players were selected. Senior defender Issy Del Priore and senior forward Mary Travers were selected to the First Team while senior midfielder Celia Lewis was recognized as a Second Team honoree.
With their two first team honorees and three award recipients overall, Tufts tied for second most in the NFHCA's West Region.
Del Priore was named to the NFHCA All-New England West Region Team for the second consecutive season. She was also recognized as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year earlier this year along with earning an All-Conference first team nod. Del Priore anchored a Tufts defensive unit that had a league-leading 0.80 goals against average, allowing just 13 goals in 16 games on the season with eight shutouts. From Dallas, Pa., Del Priore tallied three defensive saves for the Jumbos which was tied for fourth-best in the conference.
Travers was named to the NFHCA All-New England West Region Team for the second consecutive season as well. Earlier this year she was also selected to the All-NESCAC first team. She led the Jumbos in goals (seven), assists (six) and points (20). Her six assists ranked eighth in the conference and her two game-winning goals ranked 13th. The Princeton, New Jersey native finished her career ranked 13th on the Tufts all-time scoring list with 55 points on 20 goals and 15 assists.
Lewis has been selected to an NFHCA All-New England West Region spot for the first time in her career. Earlier this season she was named to the All-NESCAC second team. She was a pivotal part of both the Jumbos' offense (2.5 goals per game) and their impressive defense. She was fourth on the team in points (12), goals (four) and assists (four). Her three assists in conference play ranked 12th. The Houston, Texas native finished 37th on the Tufts all-time scoring list as a midfielder with 32 points on 11 goals and 10 assists.
The Jumbos finished their 2017 season with an overall record of 11-5 and a NESCAC record of 8-2. They earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, but were knocked off in a quarterfinal matchup with No. 7 seeded Bowdoin, 2-1 on Oct. 28.
Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern