Nicky Hitchens put together a thrilling collegiate career with both the Penn women's lacrosse and field hockey teams while wearing the Red and Blue.  Her numerous accolades were impressive as an undergraduate, and she still holds several Quaker field hockey records today.

 

Hitchens' tenure at Penn started with a bang, as she earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in field hockey in 1985 and lacrosse in 1986.  Hitchens helped the Quakers' field hockey program to an Ivy League Championship in her first campaign, with two goals against Dartmouth on November 2, 1985.  Penn finished the season with a 4-0-2 Ivy record and Hitchens earned Penn's Most Valuable Freshman award. Hitchens also earned second-team All-Ivy League honors in lacrosse as Penn finished in a third-place tie in the Ivy League with Brown at 3-3.

 

As a sophomore, Hitchens picked up right where she left off, earning her first field hockey All-America honor en route to leading the Penn team to an Ivy League Championship, a 10th place national ranking and a meeting with Rutgers in the first round of the 1986 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.  Hitchens scored a pair of goals against Rutgers, but Penn fell, 3-2, on strokes.  She was named Penn field hockey MVP after leading the Quakers in scoring with 13 points on 10 goals and three assists.  Hitchens' most impressive performance of the season came in Penn's 3-2 win over field hockey power Penn State when she scored two goals and added an assist.  In lacrosse that season, Penn finished 17th in the nation and Hitchens earned second-team All-Ivy League honors.

 

After her junior season at Franklin Field, Hitchens was named Penn field hockey MVP for the second-straight time and first-team All-Ivy League for her leadership in Penn's offensive unit.  She scored eight goals and had two assists on the year.  As a junior on the lacrosse field, Hitchens was named honorable mention All-Ivy League as a defender in 1988.

Hitchens saved her best performances for last as she helped the Penn field hockey team to a No. 4 national ranking and a NCAA Final Four berth in 1988.  Hitchens finished her senior year with a Penn-record 35 points, which included a team-record 15 goals.  The Quakers won their third Ivy League Championship with Hitchens on the roster, recording a 5-1 mark in league play and a 13-1-1 record heading into postseason competition.  Penn won a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Penn State in the first round, a game that took three overtime periods to complete.  The Quakers then lost to Old Dominion, 4-0, in the semifinals of the NCAA Field Hockey Championships, which were held at Franklin Field.  Hitchens earned Ivy League Player of the Year, All-America, first-team All-Ivy League and Penn MVP honors for the third consecutive year to close out her field hockey career at Penn.

 

After her outstanding career on Franklin Field for both field hockey and lacrosse, Hitchens represented Penn field hockey on the Ivy League Silver Anniversary honor roll in 1998.

 

"The feeling I got the first time I walked out on Franklin Field (was my fondest memory of Penn).  I knew then that I wanted to come to Penn.  I told (Coach Anne) Sage and got a big hug.  That is a moment I will never forget.  Looking back I am most grateful to have been a part of those Ivy Championship hockey teams and the excitement surrounding our team each time we won a title." - Nicky Hitchens