Long Tagged as Defensive Player of the Year
Dec. 2, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Jen Long was named Division I Defensive Player of the Year for the 2008 field hockey campaign by womensfieldhockey.com. The Web site named three players to its All-American list.
Long is the nation's top defender after leading the Penn State defense to rank fourth nationally, despite facing the eighth-toughest schedule in the nation. A two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Long helped the Nittany Lions win the regular season Big Ten title. Her first-team All-American billing by womensfieldhockey.com is the second of her career.
For Scola, it is her first time as the Web site's first-team All-American. She is a returning second-team All-American from 2007. Scola was among the top scorers in the Big Ten during conference play. The Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Year led the Nittany Lions with 27 points and her aggressive play within the circle gave way to the nation's third-most penalty corner opportunities.
Scola, along with Beaumont, was named National Player of the Week by womensfieldhockey.com during the season.
Beaumont makes her first appearance on the site's All-American list. The first Penn State goalkeeper to make first-team all-conference, the senior goalkeeper led the nation in save percentage (81.6 percent) and combined saves (nine) during the regular season. She was among the Division I leaders with a resounding 1.06 goals-against average.
Long, Scola and Beaumont were all named All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's Web site, as well.