PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The captain of the 1998 Plymouth State College field hockey team has been recognized as one of the best in the nation by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Senior Sarah Mello (Oak Bluffs, MA) has been selected to play in the annual NFHCA Division III North/South Senior All- Star Game. Mello was one of 37 Division III players in the country selected to play in the game, which is at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 21) at the University of Pennsylvania, site of the NCAA Division I National Championship.
Mello was the only Little East Conference player selected to the Senior All-Star game. In addition, she was named to the AstroTurf/NFCHA New England West Regional All-America Second Team.
Senior Sarah Dodge (Sanbornton, NH) and sophomore Tracy Noyes (Plymouth, NH) were also honored by the NFHCA by being named to the Division III National Academic Squad. Dodge is a physical education/athletic training major with a 3.55 grade point average, and Noyes is a physical education/exercise science major with a 3.62 gpa.
Mello has received regional and national honors the last two seasons for PSC, although she has played different roles. As a junior, she earned All-America honors as an outstanding defender on a powerful veteran Panther team that had 11 seniors and finished 16-5. This season, Mello moved to a midfield position on a Panther team that had eight new starters, an entirely new coaching staff, and finished 8-9 overall.
"Sarah was the best defensive player on the field in every game we played," said PSC head coach Abby Burbank, "but her leadership this year, with the young team we had, was even more valuable."
Mello started all 17 games for PSC this season, contributing a goal and three assists. A reserve as a freshman in 1995, Mello moved into the starting line-up as a sophomore and did not miss a start the last three years. She finishes her career with two goals and five assists in 67 games, and she played for PSC teams that finished with a combined 48-30 record.
She joins a list of past North-South All-Stars from PSC that includes Erin Murphy (1997), Jen Vinnitti and Shelley Hoar (1996), Heidi Fiske (1995), Tricia Boehner (1994).
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