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Adams named Division-II National Player of the YearField Hockey
West Chester University senior back Brynn Adams (2008 Warwick grad) was named the 2011 Longstreth/NFHCA Division II National Player of the Year. The honor was announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Monday afternoon.
A senior defender, Adams was named to the All-PSAC East First-Team, as well as to the 2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team after leading the Golden Rams to the national title. She scored a career-high 10 goals, including four game-winning goals, and added six assists for 26 points during the 2011 season. She also added four defensive saves to her numbers this fall. Adams was also named First-Team All-America as well as the South Region Player of the Year earlier this month.
A two-year team captain, Adams scored the game-winning goal in the 2011 NCAA Division-II championship game and made perhaps the play of the year in the national semifinals with a spectacular defensive save that kept West Chester in the lead momentarily.
Adams becomes the first Golden Rams field hockey player to earn National Player of the Year honors since Brenda Becker won the Broderick Award (Division-I National Player of the Year) in 1980. Adams is the third West Chester player to be honored as National Player of the Year overall, joining Becker and Karen Shelton, who was a three-time winner of the Broderick Award (1976-78).
Adams helped West Chester to its fifth national championship overall in field hockey and first at the Division II level. The Golden Rams also won AIAW national titles in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978. More ADAMS, page B-3