CHANDLER, Ariz. – A University of Delaware sophomore became the first field hockey player at the university to be named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American since the 2004 season, announced by the organization Monday.
Michaela Patzner earned third team honors after being named to the 2013 Longsreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team last month for the No. 14 Blue Hens.
The Rosenheim, Germany native finished the 2013 campaign by leading the Colonial Athletic Association with 41 points on a league-best 16 goals and nine assists. Her 41 points ties for fourth in Delaware single-season history while the 16 goals is good for seventh in a single season. Patzner was also named to the All-CAA first team.
Patzner is the first Blue Hen to be picked by the NFHCA since Amanda Warrington was a second team selection in 2004.
In total, Delaware has had six players honored by the NFHCA and 18 all-time All-Americans selected by difference organizations. Most recently, Casey Howard was named a WomensFieldHockey.com second team All-American in 2009.
The Blue Hens just completed on of the most successful seasons in Delaware history after posting a program record 17 victories during a 17-5 campaign. UD earned both CAA regular season and tournament championships en route to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009. The Hens finished 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament following a play-in game win over Liberty before falling to No. 3 North Carolina.
Of the 48 players honors by the NFHCA on the three All-American teams, Patzner was the lone student-athlete from the Colonial Athletic Association honored.
1st Team All-Americans: Marie Elena Bolles, University of Connecticut; Megan Bozek, University of New Hampshire; Elly Buckley, University of Virginia; Michelle Cesan, Princeton University; Leonie Geyer, Syracuse University; Kelsey Harbin, Stanford University; Paula Heimbach, Duke University; Christy Longacre, Old Dominion University; Rachael Mack, University of Michigan; Sarah Mansfield, University of Connecticut; Ali McEvoy, University of Maryland; Emma Plasteras, Boston College; Julia Reinprecht, Princeton University; Jill Witmer, University of Maryland; Emily Wold, University of North Carolina; Anna Zarkoski, University of Richmond
2nd Team All-Americans: Lauren Allymohamed, University of Massachusetts; Natalie Cafone, University of Iowa; Charlotte Craddock, University of North Carolina; Laura Gebhart, Penn State University; Brittany Grzywacz, Penn State University; Paula Heuser, University at Albany; Natalie Hunter, University of Maryland; Anne Jeute, University of Connecticut; Anna Koznuik, Wake Forest University; Emmie Le Marchand, Duke University; Shelly Montgomery, American University; Nikki Parsley, Northwestern University; Alexa Sikalis, University of Massachusetts; Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion University; Roisin Upton, University of Connecticut; Amber Youtz, Temple University.
3rd Team All-Americans: Abby Barker, Michigan State University; Rebecca Barry, University of Richmond; Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton University; Lauren Blazing, Duke University; Maxine Fluharty, University of Maryland; Laura Hahnefeldt, Syracuse University; Annabelle Hamilton, University of Maine; Audra Heilman, Indiana University; Dani Hemeon, University of Iowa; Chloe Hunnable, University of Connecticut; Alyssa Manley, Syracuse University; Corrine McConville, University at Albany; Michaela Patzner, University of Delaware; Tara Puffenberger, Northwestern University; Ysi Schieb, Boston University; Sarah Sprink, University of Maryland.