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Five Named to 2007 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region Team

All-Region Teams

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – November 12, 2007 – The Springfield College field hockey team landed five student-athletes on the 2007 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region Team for the New England East region which was announced on Monday afternoon.

Junior Jane Kelleher, the NEWMAC Player of the Year and joined teammates Brittany Veazie and Emma Kaplan on the All-Region First Team. Eileen Jenkins and Jill Urtz were both selected to the All-Region Second Team.

Kelleher, who hails from Chatham, Mass., picks up first-team honors for the second year in a row. Kelleher led the team in points for the second straight year, as she recorded 55 points off 23 goals and nine assists. An NCAA Division III Second Team All- American selection in 2006, Kelleher recorded seven game-winning goals this season and was also selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team.

A native of Dexter Maine, Veazie was tabbed an All-Region First Team selection for the second-straight year after a standout senior campaign. Veazie was second on the team with 54 points off 23 goals and eight assists, and netted a team-best eight game-winning goals. In her four-year career, Veazie was the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, an all-conference second-team pick in 2005, and was a first-team pick for the past two seasons, and was the NEWMAC Player of the Year last season.

In her final season in the cage for the Pride, Kaplan was also chosen to the All-Region First Team as well. Kaplan appeared in all 25 games for the Pride and led the conference in save percentage at .858. A native of Ridgefield, Conn., Kaplan allowed just 19 goals all season and registered 115 saves.

Jenkins, who hails from Gorham, Maine, was chosen a second-team pick. Jenkins ranked third on the high-powered Springfield offense in points with 11 goals and seven assists. The consistent forward tallied a pair of game-winning goals this season.

A native of Verona, N.Y., Urtz was the fifth member of the Pride to be honored for her outstanding defensive efforts. Urtz was instrumental in the Pride’s impressive defensive season and was also tabbed as an all-conference second tea pick this season..

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