Thursday, February 29, 2024

W&M Field Hockey Trio Earns NFHCA All-South Region Honors

(Tribe Athletics)

WILLIAMSBURG — Junior Pyper Friedman was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-South Region First Team, and senior Jayden Moon and graduate student Lauren Curran earned spots on the second team, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The CAA Champion Tribe placed three on the NFHCA All-South Region team for the 17th time in school history and first since 2019. It marks the fourth time under head coach Tess Ellis that the Tribe had three players earn all-region in a season. The trio led W&M to its second CAA Championship and 12 wins in 2023. It marked the second-straight year that Curran was named to the all-region second team, while the all-region honors were the first for Friedman and Moon.

Friedman earned first team all-region honors after being named to the All-CAA First Team during the season. She was a two-time CAA Player of the Week after scoring two goals against both Wake Forest and Towson. Friedman led the Tribe and ranked 64th nationally in assists with eight on the year. She ranked sixth in the CAA in points (24) and ninth in goals (8) along with coming in second in assists.

Friedman came up big during the post season. She scored both Tribe goals in the CAA Semifinal win over Drexel and then assisted on the game-winning goal in the title match. The midfielder also tallied a goal and an assist in the NCAA win over Sacred Heart before assisting on the program’s lone goal against eventual national champion North Carolina in the first round.

Moon, like Friedman, was an All-CAA First Team selection this season. She finished the season with 10 points on two goals and six assists. One of the engines in the Tribe midfield, Moon was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team in helping the program to the league title. She assisted on the game-winning goal in the Tribe’s NCAA Opening Round victory over Sacred Heart.

The Spotsylvania, Va., native finished the year ranked ninth in the CAA and 131st nationally in assists. She tallied a goal and an assist during the regular season against James Madison and scored the game-winning goal in W&M’s 3-1 win over Delaware.

Curran, who was an All-CAA Second Team pick, earned a spot on the all-region second team after turning in one of the best goal-scoring seasons in W&M history. The forward finished the year ranked 23rd nationally in goals per game (0.71) and 27th in points per game (1.57). She was second in the CAA in nearly every offensive category, posting 33 points, 15 goals and four game-winning goals.

The Media, Pa., native was named the Most Outstanding Player in the CAA Championship after netting a hat trick in the title game win over Monmouth. A week earlier, Curran was named the national player of the week after scoring a hat trick in the Tribe’s win over Queens.

Curran’s 15 goals were the 10th most in Tribe history and the most since Ann Ekberg tallied 23 in 2002. Her 33 points were the 11th most in program history. For her career, Curran ranked among the program’s career leaders in shots on goal (3rd at 108), game-winning goals (6th at 9), goals per game (7th at 0.59), points per game (9th at 1.25), points (10th at 74), and goals (10th at 35).

Upcoming, the NFHCA will announce region players of the year on Dec. 7, All-Americans on Dec. 12 and national player of the year on Dec. 15.

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