Field Hockey's Plasteras Named First-Team All-America
Dec. 2, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College junior field hockey player Emma Plasteras earned 2013 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-American First-Team, the organization announced on Monday. It marks the second year in a row the midfielder garnered the accolades and the first time she was named to the first team.
"This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Emma - to be recognized as one of the top players in all of NCAA field hockey is a flattering accolade but certainly a well-deserved one," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "Emma not only impacts the success of the BC team, she also contributes to the level of play in the entire country. NCAA field hockey is quickly becoming a ground for the best players in the world and Emma certainly demonstrates that trend. Her play on the field is elite. Her commitment to the team is admirable. She enjoys playing the game and prides herself on contributing consistently to the program at BC in every way she can. She is a wonderful ambassador for Boston College."
The North Vancouver, B.C., native led the Eagles with 34 points, 11 goals, 12 assists and four game winners. She earned NFHCA All-Northeast Region Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-regional and first-team All-ACC honors. She finished the season ranked fourth in the conference in assists per game (0.60), fifth in assists, ninth points per game (1.70), 10th in points 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.
In the Eagles' NCAA Tournament game against eventual NCAA Champion Connecticut, Plasteras assisted on the tying goal to send the game to overtime.
"With her success on the field, Emma clearly competes with the best players and top teams in the country. It was evident with the tactical plans that we faced that she was a key to every team's game plan. Even with their adjustments, she still found a way to dominate and make a difference in each and every game," Lamb went on. "I am very proud of Emma's accomplishments. She has worked extremely hard to receive this award. She makes sacrifices on and off the field for the entire team to be better and although this award recognizes her play as an individual player, I know she is equally as proud of the teammates she feels fortunate to have here at BC."
Plasteras was the 16th Eagle to earn NFHCA All-America honors, tallying the honor for the 25th time in program history. Under Lamb, nine players have earned 13 All-America honors.
All seven ACC teams were represented on the All-America list and the 16 student-athletes on the list were the most from one conference in the nation. Seven ACC players earned first-team honors, which is more than double from any other league.
The Eagles finished the 2013 with a 12-8 record and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.