SUNY New Paltz Field Hockey’s Ascencao, Croteau and Plunkett Named to NFHCA/Longstretch All-Region Team

By Rich Bodenschatz, Athletic Communications Assistant

GILBERT, AZ — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its 2019 Division III All-Region selections with three State University of New York at New Paltz field hockey players named to the Longstretch/NFHCA Division III All-North Atlantic Region team.

For the second season in a row, Hawks sophomore midfielder Jessica Ascencao (Mohegan Lake, NY/Lakeland HS) was selected to the NFHCA Division III North Atlantic All-Region First-Team. Ascencao started all 18 games of the 2019 season, scoring 10 goals with six assists and two game-winning goals. She led SUNY New Paltz in two offensive categories in 2019, shots taken (79) and shots on goal (48) and was second in four other categories. ​​​​​​

Ascencao was also named to the 2019 All-SUNYC First-Team as well as the 2019 SUNYAC Tournament All-Tournament Team. In 2018, in addition to being First Team All-Region, she was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and to the SUNYAC Tournament All-Tournament Team. 

Junior forward Carly Croteau (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point HS) was named to the NFHCA All-North Atlantic Region Second-Team for 2019. Starting all 18 games in 2019, Croteau scored eight goals with five assists and led the team in game-winning goals with three. She was also named to the 2019 All-SUNYAC First-Team and was an All-SUNYAC Second-Team selection in 2018.

Freshman forward Natasia Plunkett (Stittsville, NY/Holland Patent HS) was also named to the NFHCA All-North Atlantic Region Second-Team for 2019. Plunkett started 16 of 18 games in 2019 and scored eight goals with one game-winner, tying her with Carly Croteau for third in goals scored for. Plunkett further capped off a stellar first year, being named All-SUNYAC First-Team and to the 2019 SUNYAC Tournament All-Tournament Team.

SUNY New Paltz field hockey, winner of five of the last eight SUNYAC Championships, finished 2019 with an overall record of 10-8 and a SUNYAC record of 4-2, qualifying again for the SUNYAC Tournament.

To view the full 2019 NFHCA All-Region press release, click here.

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Rich Bodenschatz

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