4 WCU Athletes Named All-Americans
Four members of the back-to-back National Championship field hockey team also named to the All-American team.
The following is a press release from the West Chester University Athletic Department.
Two-time national champion West Chester University landed four players on the 2012 Longstreth / National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Division II All-America squad it was announced Tuesday afternoon. Kristin Arnold, Kayla Gluchowski, Kelsi Lykens and Michele Schrift were all named to the top squad.
West Chester (20-2) earned its second straight NCAA Division II national championship with a 5-0 victory over host UMass-Lowell in the title game on Sunday. The Golden Rams also defeated the River Hawks for the national championship in 2011.
Senior midfielder Michele Schrift was named a first team All-American for the second straight year. She led the Golden Rams in scoring with 25 goals and 57 points. She finished third in the nation in scoring, averaging 1.14 goals per game and 2.59 points per game. Schrift was the only repeat first-teamer from the Golden Rams. However, classmate Kayla Gluchowski, who was a second-team selection a year ago, moved up to the first team this fall. Gluchowski finished third on the team in scoring with 13 goals and 32 points.
Junior back Kelsi Lykens made her first appearance on an All-America team. She placed second on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 45 points. Her 15 assists were tied for the most in Division II. Lykens was the striker on West Chester's penalty corners all fall while holding down duties as center back. She was a big reason that senior goalkeeper Kristin Arnold did not face as many shots as she could have throughout the year.
Arnold was named to the first team after backstopping West Chester to the national title in back-to-back campaigns. She was 20-2 overall in goal with an .833 save percentage and an 0.88 goals-against average. She posted 10 1/2 shutouts on the year, including 1/2 a shutout in the national championship game.