Team of the Year
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 9, 2013 15:05
Any team that wins a Patriot League Championship is automatically considered for Team of the Year consideration. With field hockey successfully defending their 2011 title, it was hard to beat them for the ALSA.
Led by Female Athlete of the Year Deanna DiCroce ‘13 and Coach of the Year Andrew Griffiths, the field hockey team went 17-3 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League. They reached a national ranking as high as No. 11 en route to their Patriot League Championship. They weren’t without dramatics either, beating American 3-2 in the championship off an overtime penalty shot from DiCroce.
With this second championship in as many years, the field hockey team is threatening to become a Patriot League dynasty, with several notable players returning next year.
The field hockey team had stiff competition in this category, which split votes very evenly. The men’s soccer team (9-8-4 overall, 3-1-3 Patriot League) won its seventh Patriot League Championship, also over American (2-0).
The men’s basketball was the only nominee not to win their respective championship, but electrified campus with a seven-game winning streak to earn the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League.
Despite the tough competition, the field hockey team’s accomplishments could not be ignored. Not only continuing their successes but also setting the stage for a bright future, the field hockey team certainly deserves The Lafayette’s first ALSA for Team of the Year.