Four Wolverines receive NFHCA All-Region honors
11/22/2022 3:46:00 p.m
// Leah Howard
BROCKPORT, New York — The University of Michigan field hockey team placed four players on the 2022 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-West Region teams, the organization announced Tuesday (Nov. 22). UM has released four or more regional selections in each of the past five seasons.
Fifth year seniors Katie Anderson and Catherine Peterson and seniors Nina Apoa were called up to the first team in their second year Abby Tamer received the recognition of the second team. Peterson received awards for all regions for the fourth straight year, while Anderson received her third nod.
The NFHCA Division I All-Region team announcement is the first in a list of postseason awards to be presented by the NFHCA over the next few weeks. Regional Player of the Year will be announced on November 30th, while NFHCA All-America teams will be announced on December 13th.
Anderson, the Wolverines’ field general, has played 95 games so far in Michigan and has started all 61 games in midfield for the past three seasons. She has 10 career goals and 17 assists, mostly as a stopper in UM’s corner attack unit. Anderson, a two-time NFHCA All-West Region second-team honoree, was named to the All-Big Ten first team this fall and is a two-time selection for the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Apoola earned her first NFHCA All-Region nod after also making her first-team All-Big Ten second-team pick that season. She appeared in 70 career games, made 42 starts at midfield and recorded five career goals and 15 assists, mostly as a stick stopper in the Wolverine attacking corner.
Peterson, a two-time NFHCA Third Team All-American and four-time All-Big Ten Second Team Selection, has four goals and three assists this season — with 22 career goals and 25 assists — mostly as an inserter at Michigan attacking corner during her tenure. She was named the 2022 Big Ten Tournament MVP after scoring two penalty goals in the semifinals. She’s been a huge contributor to the Wolverines’ midfield over the past five seasons with 94 career appearances and 83 starts.
Tamer was named to the second team in the NFHCA All-West Region for the first time after a breakout season at forward this fall. She recorded a career-high nine goals, including three wins, and four assists while starting in 19 of 20 games.
Michigan set a 14-6 record in 2022 and earned the program’s eighth Big Ten tournament title — the highest in conference history — to qualify for the eighth consecutive NCAA tournament season.
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