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|Traci Anselmo was named first|
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., November 20, 2000 - Three Lady Lions were named to the 2000 AstroTurf/NFHCA All-America team which was announced today by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Senior Traci Anselmo (Selinsgove, Pa./Selinsgrove) caps an excellent career with first team all-America honors, while junior Kiley Kulina (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and sophomore Jill Martz (Dalmatia, Pa./Line Mountain) were selected second and third team, respectively.
Anselmo, who has been named first team Mideast Regional All-America, as well as, Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, earns first team all-America honors for the second time. She ended the season leading the Big Ten in scoring with 47 points, while leading the team in goals (16) and assists (13). Anselmo ends her Lady Lion career as one of the best field hockey players in Penn State history, ranking fifth in goals (58), 10th in assists (25) and seventh in points (141). Co-captain of the 2000 team, she led the Lions to a 17-6 record, an NCAA Tournament appearance, and to a second-place showing in the Big Ten.
|Jill Martz and Kiley Kulina were also named to|
Kulina earns all-America honors for the first time. A two-time Mideast Regional All-American, Kulina posted a career-high 31 points with career bests of 13 goals and five assists on her way to second team all-America honors. Third on the team in scoring, she was named first team all-Big Ten, despite missing two weeks of the regular season because of an injury to her foot. Kulina was also selected the Big Ten's Player of the Week on October 17.
Sophomore defender Martz also earns her first all-America honor as she was named to the third team. A major force on the Lion defense, she scored four goals and 10 assists while starting every game. She also contributed to a defense that is ranked 13th in the nation as of November 7, allowing just 1.16 goals per game. The Penn State defense also gave up zero shot attempts to four opponents, and three times did not allow a penalty corner. Martz, a second-team all-Big Ten member and an all-tournament selection, was voted the conference's Defensive Player of the Week twice.
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