PHILADELPHIA – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has announced its all-region teams at the NCAA Division I level, and two University of Pennsylvania players have been honored in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Freshman Jasmine Cole was a first-team all-region selection, while junior Emily Corcoran was a second-team selection. They are the Quakers’ first all-region picks since the 2008 season, and Cole is the first first-team selection since Lea Salese in 2005.
Cole finished the year with a team-leading 18 goals and 39 points. She finished the regular season second in the nation in goals per game (1.06) and sixth in points per game (2.29), leading the Ivy League in both categories. Cole also was the co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year as well as the first freshman to receive first-team All-Ivy recognition in program history.
“Jasmine had an undeniably strong rookie season,” said Penn’s head coach, Colleen Fink.“Scoring 18 goals and being among the national leaders is an honor not just for her but for the entire team. Jasmine has an uncanny way of getting around her defenders, using her speed and strength, and she is able to put herself in great scoring positions. The staff is looking forward to working with her in the offseason to continue to grow and diversify her game. Jasmine has far-reaching goals for her career at Penn, and we hope to help her achieve them.”
Corcoran finished the regular season 14th in the nation and first in the Ivies in points per game (2.06). The Bryn Mawr, Pa. native also finished 22nd in the nation and third in the Ivies in assists per game (0.53) and 23rd in the nation and third in the Ivies in goals per game (0.76). Corcoran led the Quakers in assists (9) and was second in goals (13) and points (35).
“Emily has worked tirelessly to have a season like the one she had in 2013,” said Fink. “In the offseason, she committed a lot of time to improving her shot and her offensive tactics. She was able to continue to utilize her strong pressing and tackling skills to convert into scoring opportunities. Her confidence is helping her to continue grow as an outstanding and up and coming performer in our league. I am overjoyed that Emily's hard work, dedication and loyalty to Penn field hockey paid off.”
Penn finished the 2013 season with a 13-4 record, finishing one win shy of the program record set in 1988, and took second place in the Ivy League at 5-2. The Quakers were in the hunt for a share of the Ivy League title right up to the final day, losing in that final game to champion Princeton.