|Record-Setting DeChent Named NFHCA First Team All-American|
Record-setting junior Amanda DeChent (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) of the Manhattanville field hockey team was named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America First Team, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Tuesday morning.
DeChent is the first Valiant field hockey player to ever receive All-America honors from either the NFHCA or WomensFieldHockey.com, which named her a third-team All-American on Monday. The junior is the 28th overall All-American and just the 10th first-team selection in Manhattanville history, and also continues the department's streak of having at least one All-America pick in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
The NFHCA All-American selections are conducted by a Committee of Division III Coaches throughout the country. The WomensFieldHockey.com selections are done by the Synapse Sports Committee.
DeChent picks up the honors after already being named an NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team member last week, as well as being named the Freedom Conference Player of the Year in addition to her Freedom Conference First Team All-Conference selection.
Individually this season, she broke numerous Manhattanville records in terms of single-season as well as career marks in just her second season with the Valiants. She finished the 2012 campaign with 30 goals and 13 assists for 73 points, breaking school single-season records for both goals and points. At the end of the regular season, she was tied for second in Division III in points, third in goals and goals per game, fourth in points per game, and 16th in assists.
She also set Freedom Conference records for goals in a season as well as points in a season, previously set by Debbie Wychock of King's (Pa.) during the 2008 season with 28 goals and 61 points.
In just two seasons, DeChent already has broken the school's career goals and points records as well with 43 goals and 23 assists for 109 points in only 35 games. She also has a program-record 12 game-winning goals with one more season still to go.
The 2012 Valiants finished the season with an 11-8 overall record and a 3-4 record in conference play heading into the 2013 season.