PHILADELPHIA - After a season that saw her record a school-record 27 goals and 63 points, University of Pennsylvania sophomore Alexa Hoover has been named a second-team All-America by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The NFHCA announced its three All-America teams on Monday morning.
Hoover is Penn's first All-America under six-year head coach Colleen Fink; in fact, she is the first All-America in field hockey since 2003, when Liz Lorelli accomplished the feat. Overall, Hoover is only the ninth different player from Penn to earn NFHCA All-America recognition -- Nicky Hitchens and Ellen Vagelos were both two-time honorees -- and just the third since 1989.
"Our offensive unit was hugely successful this season, thanks in large part to Alexa," said Fink. "She does an exceptional job of creating scoring opportunities for herself and for others. She was capable of playing quality defense in the front field to put pressure on opponents' defense, making them extremely uncomfortable, creating steals and scoring goals. She also plays great offensive lines, has impeccable timing, and fantastic hands.
"Alexa is a dynamic player who is confident and passionate about the game. She contributes in ways, on and off the field, that can be overlooked from the outside. She will be a leader for us moving forward, not based solely on her ability but because of her commitment and love of the game."
Last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Hoover also earned first-team NFHCA All-Region (Mid-Atlantic) and first-team All-Ivy honors this season after she finished the campaign second nationally in goals (1.69) and points (3.94) per game.
The sophomore from Collegeville, Pa. also set the school record for goals in a game on September 11, when she scored five times against Saint Joseph's. Overall, she had a staggering five games with at least three goals this season, and was named Ivy League Player of the Week four times which was a program record.
As a team, Penn finished the season with a 13-3 record, sandwiching a 13-1 record between losses to nationally ranked teams to start and end the campaign. The Quakers went 5-2 in Ivy League play; they faced off against Princeton in the final game of the season with a chance to share the Ivy title with the Tigers, but fell in overtime, 2-1.