The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its 2016 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America teams on Tuesday afternoon, with Centre senior defender Nicole DeHerde (Hope, N.J.) garnering First Team honors.


DeHerde becomes the third first team All-American in program history, joining Erin Mays in 2015 and Chelsea Klein in 2013 as recipients of the honor.


The Hope, N.J. native was the lone representative from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) to be named to the first team, as Rhodes’ Christina DeFelice earned third team accolades.


DeHerde was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-SAA selection as a senior in 2016.


In addition, she was named to the 2016 Victory Sports/NFHCA Division III Senior Game held at William Smith College in November.


DeHerde tallied three goals and a pair of assists for the Colonels, anchoring one of the stingiest defenses in the conference.


DeHerde and the Centre defensive unit posted eight shutouts on the season.


The Colonels allowed more than two goals just three times on the season, as Centre closed the 2016 campaign with a 14-4 overall ledger.


DeHerde caps an outstanding career with the Colonels with 13 career goals and seven assists in 79 career games, helping Centre to three conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.



Longstreth/NFHCA Division III First-Team All-America

Name                          School                                     Class               Position

Sayaka Abe                 Rochester                                Sr.                    M

Lauren Berestecky      Middlebury                              Sr.                    M

Sara Culhane               Amherst                                   Sr.                    F

Kim Davis                   FDU-Florham                         Sr.                    F

Nicole DeHerde         Centre                                    Sr.                   D

Jaclyn Douglas            TCNJ                                     Sr.                    M/F

Lauren Drakeley         Babson                                    So.                   D

Bridget Falcone           Franklin & Marshall                Sr.                    D

Kelcie Finn                  Trinity (Conn.)                        Jr.                    F

Lexi Smith                   TCNJ                                      Sr.                    D

Sami Smith                  Keene State                             Sr.                    F

Sarah Speroff              Kenyon                                   Jr.                    GK

Rachel Strow               Muhlenberg                             Sr.                    F/M

Ashley Tango              Babson                                    So.                   M

Aliki Torrence             Ursinus                                    Sr.                    D

Hannah Wood             William Smith             Jr.                    F


Longstreth/NFHCA Divison III Second-Team All-America

Name                          School                                     Class               Position

Annie Artz                  Tufts                                        Sr.                    F

Lindsay Bower            Messiah                                   Sr.                    M

Carissa Gehman          Messiah                                   Jr.                    F

Krista Lamoreaux        Skidmore                                 Sr.                    M

Christine Loehr           Mary Washington                    Sr.                    F

Camille Maimone        Montclair State                        Sr.                    M/D

Emily Markarian         St. John Fisher                         Jr.                    F

Nicole Matarozzo        University of New England    Sr.                    F

Hannah Miller             Salisbury                                 Sr.                    M

Lucy Pearsall               Denison                                   So.                   M

Eva Rosencrans           Hamilton                                 Sr.                    F

Holly Smith                 University of New England    Sr.                    GK

Amber Steigerwalt      Ursinus                                    Sr.                   F

Ellexa Thomas            Tufts                                        Jr.                    D

Mary Travers               Tufts                                        Jr.                    F

Margaret Wentzel        Alvernia                                  Sr.                    M


Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Third-Team All-America

Name                          School                                     Class               Position

Julia Booth                  Hamilton                                 So.                   GK

Christina DiFelice       Rhodes                                    Sr.                    F

Juliana Fiore                Bowdoin                                Jr.                    M

Callie Fisher                Rochester                                Sr.                    F

Kimmy Ganong          Bowdoin                                 Sr.                    F

Becca Halter                Skidmore                                 Sr.                    D

Grace Jennings            Middlebury                              So.                   M

Kimberly Monteferante    Dickinson                                Jr.                   D

Ruvimbo Mushavi       Mount Holyoke                       Sr.                    D

Emily Penn                  MIT                                         Jr.                    F

Becca Rinaca              Salisbury                                 Sr.                    F

Jacqui Rosati               Rowan                                     So.                   M

Melissa Russo Gwynedd Mercy                     Jr.                    F

Vonde Saunders          University of New England    Jr.                    F

Gabby Stein                Cortland                                  Sr.                    F

Maggie Waxter            Washington & Lee                  Sr.                    F

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by Liam P. Halferty


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