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Plasteras Named Northeast Regional Player of the Year

Paige Norris earned first-team honors for the second time.

Paige Norris earned first-team honors for the second time.

Nov. 19, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College junior Emma Plasteras was named the 2013 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Regional Player of the Year, the office announced on Tuesday morning. Along with Plasteras, four other field hockey players were named to the All-Northeast Regional team.

"I am so thrilled for Emma to receive this award. She joins an incredible list of talented players from the NCAA field hockey programs and it is an honor to receive this accolade among a very talented pool of players and successful teams in the Northeast region," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "Emma certainly is an impact player for us. The exciting part is that she can still reach another level and she is determined to obtain that. The combination of her work rate, fitness, knowledge of the game and skill level is extraordinary. She excels in all of those areas and it produces great results on the field. I applaud her desire and commitment to get herself to this level of play and, hence, the regional recognition. I also admire her unselfish approach and loyalty to her teammates and the BC field hockey program."

Plasteras and seniors Virgynia Muma and Paige Norris earned first-team regional honors while senior Chapin Duke and sophomore Romée Stiekema garnered second-team accolades.

"It was very exciting to see that five of our players received this recognition," Lamb said. "The region is extremely competitive with both talented individual players and very successful teams. To be honored among these great players and schools is certainly and honor and great accomplishment."

Plasteras, a midfielder from North Vancouver, B.C., led the Eagles with 34 points, 11 goals, 12 assists and four game winners. She earned First-Team All-ACC honors while ranking fourth in the conference in assists and assists per game (0.60), eighth in points, points per game (1.70) and tied for fourth for game winners. This season, she tied for ninth on BC's single-season assists list. She recorded three or more points six times on the year. On Saturday, she assisted on the tying goal to send the game to overtime in the Eagles' NCAA Tournament game against No. 4 Connecticut. This is her second nod on the first-team all-regional team, to go also with last year's NFHCA All-American Second Team honors.

Virgynia Muma garnered first-team honors for the first time.

Muma tallied 15 points on the year, notching seven goals and one assist. Last season, she was named to the all-region second team. The forward from Falmouth, Mass., notched two scores in the overtime win at No. 2 UConn on Oct. 6, handing the Huskies their first loss of the season. She also tallied a goal in the 6-3 win over previously unbeaten Syracuse on Sept. 20.

Norris, a midfielder who hails from Victoria, B.C., was second on the team with seven assists. She also scored two goals to tally 11 points on the year. She earned ACC Player of the Week on Sept. 24 for assisting on the game-tying and game-winning goals against the Orange and then scoring three points - a goal and an assist - in the win over Providence in the following game. This is her second stint on the all-region first-team list, earning the honor last year.

Duke finished the season with five goals. The forward from Dedham, Mass., tallied the game winner in the upset against Syracuse in September. She also scored against the Orange in the Eagles' 3-1 loss in the ACC Tournament on Nov. 7 and notched the only goal in BC's overtime loss to Duke on Oct. 26.

Stiekema, a midfielder from Amsterdam, recorded four assists on the season, including on the lone goal scored in BC's 1-0 win over crosstown-rival Boston University on Sept. 13. She also notched an assist in the overtime win at Connecticut and in the loss at North Carolina on Oct. 19.

"Paige, Vinnie and Chapin and exceptional players who will be missed when they graduate from BC. Their presence both on and off the field will be irreplaceable. The futures of both Romée and Emma are bright and I look forward to continuing to watch their development over the next year," said Lamb.

Thirty-five ACC student-athletes were named to all-region teams. The total is the most for any conference in the nation, leading the Big Ten and Big East with 21 apiece. ACC players also claimed three of the five Regional Players of the Year. Along with Plasteras, Maryland senior forward Jill Witmer won the honor for the Mid-Atlantic Region and North Carolina sophomore midfielder Emily Wold was selected as the South Region Player of the Year.

Of the 35 NFHCA All-Region honorees, 20 were first-team selections and 15 were on the second team. Maryland led the league with seven players recognized, followed by six from North Carolina and Syracuse, five from Boston College and Duke and three from Virginia and Wake Forest.

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