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Blue Hens’ Patzner Named NFHCA Third-Team All-American

Dec 2, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (December 2, 2013) – University of Delaware sophomore midfielder Michaela Patzner was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American, the first Blue Hen since 2004, the organization announced on Monday.

Patzner, who earned third-team honors and was one of 40-plus standouts selected, also received first-team honors on the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mid Atlantic Region squad on Nov. 19.

The Germany native enjoyed a successful 2013 season in which she led the CAA in points (41) goals (16) and tied for the lead in assists with nine. Patzner was a clear choice for first-team All-CAA honors, while her points and goal total tied for fourth and seventh, respectively, in program single-season history. The sophomore ranked 21st in Division I in points, registering 1.86 per game and 25th in goals per game (0.73). The last UD field hockey player to be awarded All-America status by the NFHCA was Amanda Warrington — a second-team selection in 2004.

The Blue Hens, ranked No. 14, recently completed one of the most successful seasons in school history after posting a program record 17 victories. Patzner’s contributions in part helped UD capture both CAA regular season and tournament championships en route to an NCAA Tournament berth. The Hens finished 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament following a play-in game victory over Liberty before falling to No. 3 North Carolina in the first round.