MEDFORD - The 2018 Longstrength / National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-New England West Region Teams were released Wednesday and three Jumbo field hockey players received selections. Senior defender Issy Del Priore and senior forward Gigi Tutoni earned first team, while senior midfielder Fallon Shaughnessy was recognized as second team.
Del Priore was named All-Region first team for the second consecutive season, while this is the third straight season she has been recognized on the NFHCA All-New England West Region Team. She also received All-Conference first team honors during her senior year campaign this fall. Del Priore helped lead a Jumbo defense that only allowed a total of 13 goals in 22 games. On a defensive unit that ranked second in the conference and fifth in the nation with a goals against average of 0.58, Del Priore recorded a team-high six defensive saves, stopping multiple scoring chances from opponents while controlling the pace of play from the back line.
One of two co-captains, Tutoni earned NFHCA All-New England West Region honors for the first time in her career. A second team All-Conference selection earlier this year, Tutoni was a pivotal part of the Jumbos' offense, proving herself in pressure situations. With her six game-winning goals she was second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, while her 13 goals on the season was a team high. Scoring a goal and also collecting an assist against Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament "Final Four", Tutoni helped the Jumbos advance to their fourth NCAA Championship Game in program history. Her leadership up front helped organize an offense that was third in the NESCAC with 52 goals, while she was hard to mark on defense due to her energy and quick up-and-downfield movement.
Also a co-captain, Shaughnessy received NFHCA All-New England West Region recognition for the first time in her career. Second team All-NESCAC in '18, Shaughnessy played a key role in a Jumbos midfield that made it difficult for offenses to get into their defensive zone. Part of a defense that allowed under five shots per game from opposing teams, Shaughnessy played lock-down defense, getting Tufts out of jams with her shiftiness and stick skill. In the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal game at Salisbury that went into extra time, she had two penalty-stroke goals that helped advance Tufts to their fifth NCAA "Final Four" appearance. Her leadership qualities helped shape a young midfield that typically started two sophomores and two freshmen.
This is the second straight season that head coach Tina Mattera's Jumbos have had three honorees selected All-Region.
The Jumbos finished the season with an overall record of 19-3 and were 9-1 in the conference.
Written by Athletic Communications intern Ryan Servant