NORTON, MA- A trio of Wheaton College field hockey players was tabbed to National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) all-region teams, including senior co-captain Cassie Abel's (Windham, NH/Salem) selection to the New England East Region first team for the initial time in her career.
Senior co-captain Alex Block (Saratoga, CA/Saratoga) picked up all-region accolades for the second time in as many seasons, being named to the second team after earning first-team honors as a junior, while junior Jessica Strock (Centerville, MA/Barnstable), who also drew second-team laurels, garnered her initial award.
Having at least three players named to an all-region team for the fourth straight year, Wheaton was one of six schools to place at least three players on the teams, joining New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foes Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Wellesley College and non-league members Nichols College and Saint Joseph's College of Maine.
Abel, who completed her career tied for second in program history in games played (80), started in 17 games and anchored a defense that held opponents to one goal or less seven times. She served as the trailer on defensive penalty corners for a team that allowed nine goals on 144 attempts. Offensively, she notched assists in two non-league wins before tallying a goal and a helper during a one-goal loss to Babson.
Joining Abel with 80 career games played, Block stands fifth in school annals in goals (23) and points (55) after notching three tallies, two assists and a pair of defensive saves during 18 starts from her midfield spot this fall. As the inserter on offensive corners and strong trail on defensive corners, Block combined to score twice and assist a goal in three non-league wins before providing a tally and a helper at Babson. Her defensive saves came against league tournament champion MIT and then-nationally-ranked William Smith College.
A starting forward in 18 games after missing all but one contest as a sophomore, Strock finished second on the team with 17 points and was tied for second in both goals (7) and assists (3). She recorded multiple points in six games, including tallying the game-winning goal at Lasell College. In the six games that Strock scored, Wheaton went 6-0.
As a team, the Lyons won three of their first four games and five of their initial eight before finishing the fall with a 6-12 record, including a 2-6 mark in the conference. Wheaton advanced to its ninth consecutive NEWMAC Tournament.