Courtesy of Catholic and Elizabethtown Sports Information
CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Region squads were announced on Monday with 196 student-athletes receiving either first or second-team recognition across the six regions.
Catholic's Kelly Cousoulis and Analisa Scott, along with Elizabethtown's Halley Donlin earned All-South Atlantic First Team honors while E-town's Nicole Leaf was named to the Second Team.
There were 99 student-athletes on the first team and 97 on the second team across the six regions, which included the Great Lakes, New England East, New England West, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and South. Broken down by class, the All-Region squads consisted of 93 seniors, 56 juniors, 39 sophomores and eight freshmen.
Cousoulis was selected as the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of Year and was an all-conference first team selection for the first time in her career. She started every game for the Cardinals this fall, helping the team allow just two goals in conference play this year for a conference-leading 0.29 goals against average. Cousoulis earned Landmark Defensive Athlete of the Week twice in 2016 and finished the season with three goals, two assists, and three defensive saves.
Scott earns her second-straight all-region selection and also earned a third-straight appointment to the All-Landmark First Team. Tabbed as the only active member of the Landmark All-Decade team, she will go down as one of the best goalkeepers in conference history. She won seven games this year with three shutouts, stopping 63 shots. Scott was also tabbed to play in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game.
Donlin enjoyed more freedom offensively as a senior and managed a career-best two goals. Her durability over her four-year career allowed the Jays' defense to excel with its mainstay in the center there. Donlin started all but two games over her four years and helped E-town shut out Susquehanna's top-ranked offense in the title game.
Leaf exploited opposing defenses with her passing, but the senior midfielder also came through in the clutch for her team on several occasions. Leaf helped Elizabethtown complete a comeback victory in overtime at Rowan after the Blue Jays had trailed 3-1 at half in the game. A week and three days later, she played the role of hero again, lifting the Blue Jays to their first Landmark crown and a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.
The Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Regional Players of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, with the All-America squad coming out on Dec. 6 and the National Player of the Year on Dec. 12.