Athletics

McMahon, Philie Named NFHCA All-Americans; Tannenbaum, Zsitvay All-Region

Contact: Matthew Hart

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AMHERST, Mass. – Katie McMahon ’13 and Alex Philie ’14 earned All-America honors Wednesday when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced the recipients of the Longstreth/NFHCA first, second and third team awards. Joining the pair on the All-Region list were Rachel Tannenbaum '15 and Krista Zsitvay '14.

After earning third team honors in 2010 and 2011, McMahon moved up to the first team after an outstanding senior fall. The program’s all-time leader in points (150), goals (56) and assists (38), McMahon also notched her second consecutive first-team All-NESCAC selection in addition to a second-team award as a sophomore. McMahon was Amherst’s top scorer for the third consecutive year, ranking fifth in the NESCAC with 30 points. Additionally, the Jeff co-captain earned an invitation to play in this year’s prestigious NFHCA Senior Game.

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Philie, meanwhile, earned third-team All-America honors after emerging as one of the NESCAC’s top midfielders in 2012. After earning second-team All-Region last year, she nabbed her second consecutive spot on the All-Conference second team earlier this fall. The junior tallied six goals in 2012 while trailing only McMahon with five assists. A consistent contributor for three years, her 17 total points this year is a career best after notching 16 in both 2010 and 2011. Philie’s best offensive performance of the year came on Oct. 13 when she notched two goals and an assist in the Jeffs’ win over Colby.

Eight other NESCAC players earned spots on the All-America teams, with Middlebury (4) and Bowdoin (2) the only other programs with multiple honorees. Joining McMahon on the first team were Middlebury’s Lauren Greer, Bowdoin’s Brooke Phinney and Emily Cannon of Tufts. Cathleen Smith of Bowdoin earned a spot on the second team along with Middlebury’s Catherine Fowler and Charlotte Gardiner, while Trinity’s Hadley Duncan and Margaret Souther of Middlebury joined Philie on the third team.

Meanwhile, Tannenbaum and Zsitvay were honored with spots on the All-New England West Region squads. Joining McMahon and Philie on the regional first team, Tannenbaum enjoyed another solid year in goal for the Jeffs. An All-America pick and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2011, Tannenbaum was once again recognized as the NESCAC’s top goalkeeper as the only netminder on the all-conference first team for the second year in a row. Division III’s leader in save percentage a year ago, Tannenbaum placed in the top 10 nationally once more with an .826 mark in 2012. Despite posting four shutouts, the sophomore’s top game of the year came in a hard-fought loss, as Tannenbaum posted a season-high 17 saves in a 1-0 overtime setback to No. 3 Bowdoin on Oct. 14.

Zsitvay earned her first All-Region honors, landing on the second team after ranking eighth in the conference with 28 points and earning second-team All-NESCAC recognition. Her 12 goals tied for the team lead, while the junior also recorded four assists. In the postseason, Zsitvay showed a flair for the dramatic, scoring a pair of goals in Amherst’s 3-2 NESCAC quarterfinal win over Trinity, including the game-winner in the second overtime.  In the semifinals, her late strike in regulation pushed the Jeffs into overtime against No. 1 Middlebury before Amherst eventually fell, 3-2.

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