Taryn Cardiel to Play in NFHCA Senior All-Star Game

CHANDLER, AZ-For the second time in three years, a member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team has received a prestigious honor.

Senior defender Taryn Cardiel (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) has been selected to play in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior Game. The game, which includes top seniors from throughout the nation, is scheduled for Saturday, November 17 at William Smith College in Hobart, NY. Cardiel is one of 60 players and one of two student-athletes from the Little East Conference chosen to play in the game.

A four-year starter at the sweeper position for UMass Dartmouth, Cardiel has 20 goals and 23 assists for 63 points in 85 games during her career as a Corsair. She's the second UMD player to be chosen to play in the NFHCA Senior Game. Senior midfielder Becca Festinger (Greenfield, MA/Greenfield HS) was chosen to play two years at Christopher Newport College in Newport News, VA.

"Taryn has been an amazingly successful addition to our program since the 2009 season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "As the starting sweeper, she has been in the center of our defensive effort, and she is one of our senior leaders. I'm so glad that Taryn can represent our program in a game that showcases all of Division III. It shows that we're on the map, and that players like Taryn are helping to put us on the map."

UMass Dartmouth is 17-5 and will visit Skidmore Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships.

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