Healey and Dudzik Earn NFHCA All-Region Honors

AMHERST, MA – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its 2009 All-Region Teams yesterday, with Amherst senior Tierney Healey (Moreland Hills, OH) and sophomore Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) earning New England West Region First and Second Team honors, respectively. The NFHCA regional honors come just one week after both Healey and Dudzik garnered All-NESCAC First Team honors for their play.

Tierney Healey '10

Amherst wrapped up the 2009 season on Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to Skidmore College in the Second Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Healey, Dudzik and the Lord Jeffs finished the season with a 12-5 overall record.

In the wake of the season’s end, Amherst head coach Carol Knerr had high praise for both the senior leader and the rising star.  “Tierney has been an impact player in our program for four years.  She is a great defender with incredible timing and a low block tackle.  She will put her body in front of the ball and has been a team and NESCAC leader in defensive saves every season.  She has been a consistent player who has helped our team improve every year she has played.”

Knerr adds that “Tierney is well deserving of all of the honors she receives, and I look forward to watching her play in the Senior All-Star game.  She has made a big impact in our program and will be missed.”

Dudzik came to Amherst last year, and immediately made an impact on the Lord Jeff lineup. Following in the footsteps of her All-American sister Alyssa Dudzik ’09, Carly made the move this year to playing in the middle of the pitch for Amherst.

Carly Dudzik '12

Knerr explains that “Carly scored our team's first goal of the season this year in our Bowdoin win and never looked back.  This was Carly's first season playing center-midfield, and she handled this big role with composure.  She became a more dynamic player and balanced the use of her distribution skills and individual elimination skills based on what was best in each game.  She is really maturing as a player and I look forward to the impact she will make next year. “

With the end of the 2009 season, Amherst will have to waive goodbye to one of its best defenders in Healey, but can rest assured that they have a returning standout in Dudzik.