All-American women make field hockey history

Paul Martucci

Capping off an unprecedented 15-5 season with a No. 15 ranking, the Dartfish/NFHCA All American teams brought one more piece of good news to the field hockey Wildcats.

Junior Megan Foster, who led the ‘Cats in scoring, and senior co-captain Rory Rogers, second in scoring, each garnered spots on the Dartfish/NFHCA Division I All American Third Team.

Additionally, Foster and Rogers earned All-Mid Atlantic Region First Team honors while junior Lauren Campanelli, third on the team in scoring, was named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region Second Team.

These awards complement the awards already earned by the Villanova field hockey team. The Big East recognized Rogers as the Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Campanelli as the Defensive Player of the Year. All three women were recognized by making the All-Big East First Team, while senior Sarah Francis and junior Sara Schmidt made the All-Big East Second Team.

In the season, Foster ranked fourth in the nation in goals with 46 and fifth in points with 111. She finished second in both in the Big East. Rogers was 14th in the nation in goals with 17 and 15th in points with 42. This marks only the second time in Villanova field hockey history that the team has earned individual national recognition.

In 1991, Missy Poalantonio placed on the All American Third Team.

Senior co-captain Natalie Balthrop, a key part of the defense of the field hockey team, was proud of the national recognition her teammates earned.

“When that many people get that many awards, it is a reflection of the whole team,” she said.

After a successful 2004 season, the ‘Cats will look to return a strong core group of players and contend for the Big East championship and national accolades for a second consecutive season.