MEDFORD - Junior Issy Del Priore and senior Mary Travers of the Tufts University field hockey team were announced today as Longstreth / National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Americans.
Del Priore is one of 16 players on the NFHCA All-America first team. This is her first All-American honor. Travers, a second team All-American in 2016, is on the third team for the 2017 season. They were both recently named to the Longstreth / NFHCA All-New England West Region first team and both were also selected to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference first team.
The NESCAC Defensive Player of Year, Del Priore was a main reason that Tufts University led the conference and was ranked sixth in the NCAA Division III statistics with a 0.80 goals against average this fall. The Jumbos also led NESCAC and were seventh nationally with a 0.50 shutouts per game mark, recording eight shutouts in their 16 contests. Using great timing to determine whether to make a tackle or drop in to protect the goal, Del Priore is also a great take-away defender who initiates the transition to offense.
Travers led the Jumbos in all three scoring categories with seven goals, six assists and 20 points. The majority of her production game in the 10 NESCAC games with six goals and two assists for 14 points. She scored game-winning goals in the season-opener over Colby and at Amherst on September 30. She recorded three assists in the Jumbos' non-league win against Gordon College on October 11. For her junior and senior seasons, Travers scored 16 goals with 14 assists for 46 points in 38 games (1.21 points per game).
With two All-Americans, head coach Tina Mattera's Jumbos have more than any other team in NESCAC outside of 2017 national champion Middlebury College (3). Del Priore is the Jumbos' first All-American first team honoree since Emily Cannon received that honor in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Tufts finished 2017 with an 11-6 record inlcuding an 8-2 mark in NESCAC for second place.