SCOTTSDALE, AZ -Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team have been named second team All-New England West Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Allan led the Corsairs in scoring with 10 goals and 13 assists for 33 points. Cardiel had eight goals and six assists for 22 points while earning Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors.
"I believe this is our first time in program history to have two players recognized on a regional level," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay "If you look at our region, we are teamed up with top 10 and top 20 programs along with the strength of the NESCAC, so to be recognized within New England West is an absolute honor."
Castonguay said that Allan and Cardiel deserved their awards. "As I've said in the past, Taryn and Erica both contributed as leaders throughout this season," said Castonguay. "Taryn was our speaking captain and our sweeper, so her job was really to help control the entire field with her strong communication and her defensive vision. She has a very high field hockey IQ and she has been a strong and steady impact player here for all four of her years. I am excited that Taryn will be applying for a graduate assistantship--I selfishly want to keep her on the east coast with me as long as possible. Erica took on the role of playmaker. Because of her fearlessness in the circle, we ended up ranked twelfth in the nation for penalty corners caused. I would honestly say that if there were individual player stats on penalty corners caused, Erica would be in the top three nationally. She is strong on the ball and plays with such will. It's inspiring to her teammates and I'm certain that many of them step up their level of game by witnessing her gusto on the field."
The Corsairs finished 17-6, won the Little East championship and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY