College Field Hockey
Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region Honoree
LAWRENCEVILLE--Senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain) of the Rider University field hockey team was named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team it was announced Tuesday.
"We are so proud that Sandra has been recognized for her outstanding play," said head coach Lori Hussong. "Being named All-Region is a tremendous honor and achievement."
A 5-6 forward, Penas was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team and was named the conference Co-Player of the Year as Rider (13-7, 5-1 MAAC) won the inaugural conference regular season title, despite having nine freshmen on the roster.
As the top seed in the MAAC tournament, Rider lost in the semifinals to Robert Morris, 1-0, with Penas earning All-Championship honors.
Rider’s all-time leading scorer with 164 points (63g, 38a), Penas led the league in assists per game with 0.65, finishing the season with 13 assists, the highest in the MAAC and her assists per game mark is currently seventh best in the nation.
This is the third season in a row that Penas has earned All-Region honors. After earning Second Team All-Region recognition as a sophomore, Penas earned First Team honors as a junior from the NFHCA and was one of 64 names nationally (16 in each region), to appear on the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America ballot where she was voted a Third Team All-America honoree.
Penas will wrap up her career, playing in the Front Rush/NFHCA Division I Senior Game on Saturday, November 23 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Virginia at 2:15 p.m., one of 38 players nationally to be selected.
The Broncs return 18 letterwinners in 2014 for coach Hussong who has a 197-84 record in 14 seasons at Rider.