Internationals Make Up 56% of 2015 Division I All-Americans

 

 

56% of the NCAA Division I All-Americans for the 2015 season are international players.  21 of the total 48 players are american, and 27 are international.  Over half of the top players in the american college game of field hockey hail from other countries. 

If you look at the All-American state and country breakdown, the top 5 areas that players come from are:

1) Germany (8 players)
2) Pennsylvania (7 players)
3) Ireland (5 players)
4) New Jersey (4 players)
5) England (3 players)

 

So what does this mean?  There are many different sides to consider:

The Pros & Cons of Internationals playing U.S. college field hockey
THE PROS THE CONS
  • Their play raises the level of the college game tremendously: from a technical, tactical, and competitive standpoint
  • They challenge american players to become better
  • They bring some international flair to the college game
  • American players have the opportunity to be influenced by their international backgrounds and experiences (inside and outside of field hockey)
  • College coaches who have strong international players are able to be compete at the top NCAA level, potentially helping them keep their coaching jobs in a high-pressure, must-win college athletics atmosphere
  • Take away playing opportunities from american players
  • Take away potential scholarships from american players
  • College coaches who do NOT have strong international players have a hard time competing at the top level, potentially putting their jobs at risk in a high-pressure, must-win college athletics atmosphere





 

While the USA Women's National Team can compete at the highest level on the international stage with countries like Germany, Ireland, and England, the pool of top players in the U.S. is much smaller than it is in these other countries. If you look at the image below, this is how we envision field hockey in the USA vs how it is in the top field hockey countries across the world.  Our highest level in the U.S. may be the same (the peak of the triangle), but there are fewer number of players at the highest level.  Note: this image is in no way built to scale- it is just included to illustrate our point.

Ultimately, the sport of field hockey needs to grow in the U.S. so that our "triangle grows."  If the pool of top american players grows, the college coaches won't "need" to go abroad to get high level international players.  We need to get kids playing field hockey at a younger age.  We need to increase the number of quality coaches and the level of coaching across the country.  And we need to get these young players on sufficient playing surfaces.

 

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2015 DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN BREAKDOWN

TOTAL ALL-AMERICANS: 48
*3 teams of 16 players (43 field players, 5 GKs)


BY CLASS

Seniors 31 65%
Juniors 9 19%
Sophomores 6 13%
Freshmen 2 4%

BY CONFERENCE

ACC 16 33%
Big10 10 21%
Big East 5 10%
CAA 5 10%
America East 3 6%
Ivy League 3 6%
Atlantic-10 2 4%
Patriot League 2 4%
MAC 1 2%
Not-Affiliated 1 2%
MAAC 0 0%

US/INTERNATIONAL

U.S. Players 21 44%
International Players 27 56%

US/INTL BY AA-TEAM U.S. INTL

First Team 6 10
Second Team 10 6
Third Team 5 11

US PLAYERS BY HOMETOWN STATE (TOTAL: 21)

Pennsylvania 7 33%
New Jersey 4 19%
Delaware 2 10%
Maryland 2 10%
Maine 1 5%
Missouri 1 5%
North Carolina 1 5%
Ohio 1 5%
Rhode Island 1 5%
Virginia 1 5%

INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS BY COUNTRY (TOTAL: 27)

Germany 8 30%
Ireland 5 19%
England  3 11%
Canada 2 7%
New Zealand 2 7%
Argentina 1 4%
Australia 1 4%
Belgium 1 4%
Netherlands 1 4%
Northern Ireland 1 4%
South Africa 1 4%
Spain 1 4%

 



2015 LONGSTRETH/NFHCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICANS
FIRST TEAM YEAR POSITION COLLEGE HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Lauren Blazing Senior GK Duke University Durham, NC Durham Academy
Anna Dessoye  Senior Midfield University of Maryland Mountain Top, PA Crestwood High School
Paula Heuser Junior Midfield University at Albany Germany International
Laura Hurff  Sophomore Mid/For Syracuse University Newark, DE Ursuline Academy
Lucy Hyams  Junior Midfield University of Virginia England International
Sofi Laurito Senior Mid/For Boston University Argentina International
Alyssa Manley  Senior Midfield Syracuse University Lititz, PA Warwick High School
Nina Notman  Senior Midfield University of North Carolina Germany International
Esmée Peet  Junior Midfield University of Delaware Netherlands International
Emma Russell  Senior Forward Syracuse University Ireland International
Sarah Sprink  Senior Defense University of Maryland Germany International
Lauren Thomas Senior Defense University of Michigan England International
Roisin Upton Senior Midfield University of Connecticut Ireland International
Charlotte Veitner Sophomore Forward University of Connecticut Germany International
Tara Vittese Sophomore Midfield University of Virginia Cherry Hill, NJ Camden Catholic High School
Emily Wold Senior Midfield University of North Carolina Freehold, NJ Freehold Borough
 
SECOND TEAM YEAR POSITION COLLEGE HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Sarah Breen  Senior Midfield Old Dominion University Australia International
Linnea Gonzales  Freshman Midfield University of Maryland Bel Air, MD Patterson Mill High School
Alexa Hoover  Sophomore Forward University of Pennsylvania Collegeville, PA Methacton High School
Aileen Johnson  Senior Midfield Duke University Oceanport, NJ Shore Regional High School
Welma Luus Senior Forward University of Maryland South Africa International
Lisa McCarthy Senior Defense Northwestern University Ireland International
Emily McCoy Junior Midfield Boston College Lancaster, PA Penn Manor High School
Jessica Newak  Senior Forward Wake Forest University Mountain Top, PA Crestwood High School
Stephanie Norlander  Sophomore For/Mid University of Iowa Canada International
Maddie Secco Senior Midfield Stanford University Canada International
Leah Settipane  Senior GK Boston College East Greenwich, RI Hotchkiss School (CT)
Nicole Sevey  Senior Def/Mid University of Maine Skowhegan, ME Skowhegan Area High School
Marisa Siergiej  Senor Defense Cornell University Harrison City, PA Penn-Trafford High School
Sam Swenson Sophomore GK University of Michigan England International
Taylor West  Senior Mid/Def James Madison University Princess Anne, MD Pocomoke High School
Julia Young  Junior Defense University of North Carolina Yorktown, VA Grafton High School
 
THIRD TEAM YEAR POSITION COLLEGE HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Kate Barber Junior Def/Mid Indiana University St. Louis, MO Lafayette High School
Natalie Barr  Senior For/Mid Liberty University Northern Ireland International
Rachel Coll  Senior Defense Boston University New Zealand International
Amy Cooke Senior Defense University of Richmond Ireland International
Madison Copeland Senior Forward Princeton University Cranbury, NJ Peddie School
Valerie Dahmen  Senior GK Wake Forest University Germany International
Bea Dechant  Senior Midfield Miami University Germany International
Izzie Delario Junior For/Mid University of Massachusetts Rehoboth Beach, DE Cape Henlopen High School
Alyssa Delp  Senior For/Mid Temple University Fleetwood, PA Fleetwood High School
Peanut Johnson  Senior Forward Ohio State University Dayton, OH Oakwood High School
Claudia Marin Samper  Junior For/Mid Hofstra University Spain International
Ayeisha McFerran  Freshman GK University of Louisville Ireland International
Anna Middendorf  Junior Midfield University of Connecticut Germany International
Michaela Patzner  Senior Midfield University of Delaware Germany International
Loes Stijntjes Senior Def/Mid James Madison University Belgium International
Victoria Stratton Senior Defense University of Louisville New Zealand International