For the second consecutive season in her two years at Merrimack, sophomore Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) of the Merrimack College field hockey team has been named 2016 Longstreth / National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II All-American, as announced on Monday afternoon.
“We are thrilled to have Mary recognized by the NFHCA as a First Team All-American for all of her hard work and dedication to the program,” said head coach Anne Rounce. “This past offseason she was more focused on the areas of her game that needed to improve, and it showed on the field. She is an extremely talented player that helps our team improve on a daily basis. We are looking forward to how she continues to evolve as a player and leader on the field next fall.”
While she has earned All-American status in both of her two seasons with the Warriors, this marks the first time she has garnered First Team honors after being named a Second Team selection as a rookie. The 2015 Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year becomes just the seventh Warrior in the past six seasons to be named a First Team All-American.
After bursting on to the scene with a huge rookie season in 2015, McNeil was able to avoid the sophomore slump with an impressive second season. She led the Warriors in assists in 2016 with seven on the year and ranked third on the team with seven goals and 21 points. Her assist total was also tied for second in the NE10 this season. She finished the 2015 regular season in impressive fashion, posting back-to-back three-point games on a goal and assist to help Merrimack close the season with wins over the fifth and third-ranked teams in the nation.
With 60 career points in just two seasons, McNeil already ranks within the top-10 players in the history of the program in career points, while her 98 shots on goal in her two seasons also rank in the top-10 of the program.