MEDFORD – Senior Issy Del Priore and senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni of the Tufts University Field Hockey team both earned Longstreth / National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-American Team honors announced today.
This is the second straight season that Del Priore earned All-American first team honors, as the defender was recognized for her junior season as well. Tutoni received an All-American third team accolade, which is her first All-American selection. They were both a part of the Longstreth / NFHCA All-New England West Region first team, and they each received New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors earlier this year.
Del Priore collected a number of accolades throughout her career at Tufts with her stellar play on the backline. With her smothering defense and great timing tackles, she made it difficult for opposing teams to generate shots on goal. Del Priore was part of a backline that only surrendered 13 goals in 22 games this fall, totaling to a goals against average of just 0.58 which was fifth-best in the country. This helped lead to a program-record 13 shutouts for the Jumbos during the 2018 season. Gathering a team-high six defensive saves, which was second in the NESCAC, Del Priore provided key stops in front of the goal when her team needed them.
On the other side of things, Tutoni played an important role on the Jumbos' offense. Collecting six game-winning goals throughout her senior-year campaign, Tutoni was second in the NESCAC. Her quick movement and shiftiness up front helped generate her 13 goals, which was a team high. The aggressiveness she displayed at forward put pressure on opposing defenses, which opened up the field for her teammates and created more scoring opportunities overall. In the NCAA "Final Four" against Johns Hopkins, she collected a goal and assist in the 3-1 Tufts win. This advanced the Jumbos to their fourth NCAA Championship appearance in program history. Her leadership on an overall young team was crucial, as a good portion of the players had never experienced a NCAA Tournament before.
This is back-to-back years that head coach Tina Mattera's Jumbos have had two All-American selections. Del Priore is the first player to earn consecutive First Team honors since Emily Cannon accomplished this in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Tufts finished the year with a 19-3 record, falling in the NCAA Championship game against Middlebury College.
Written by Athletic Communications intern Ryan Servant