Philadelphia - University of Pennsylvania freshman Melissa Black was named to Womensfieldhockey.com All-Rookie squad after a standout freshman season for the 2004 Ivy League Champion field hockey team.
Black was one of 16 freshmen in Division I field hockey to received the distinction. Black had a big impact on the Quakers’ success in 2004. As a part of the nationally-ranked defense, Black led the Red and Blue to eight shutouts, including a school record six in-a-row. The rookie was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season and is the first Quaker to earn Rookie of the Year honors since Nicky Hitchens received the award in 1985.
The Quakers share the Ivy League title with Harvard. It’s the first time in 11 years Penn has won the Ancient Eight title. The Red and Blue were ranked 20th by womensfieldhockey.com and received votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll for the seventh week in a roll. Penn finished the 2004 season with a 13-4 record after winning eight straight games. The 13 wins by the Quakers this season is the second most in school history and the most since 1988, while Penn’s eight-straight victories ties the school record for wins in-a-row.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications