Haverford senior duo named 1st-team all-region

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Seniors Bridget Gibbons and Mary Hobbs of the Haverford College field hockey team have been voted First-Team 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-South Region players as announced by the NFHCA Thursday morning.

The senior duo helped lead 19th-ranked Haverford to its best finish in the Centennial Conference regular season standings finishing second with an 8-2 mark. After earning a first-round bye in the conference tournament, the Fords downed Gettysburg College in the semifinals before falling to fifth-ranked Franklin & Marshall College on its home turf in the tournament final.

Haverford finished the year with a 14-5 record which equaled the high-water mark of the program set two seasons ago when the Fords also played their way into the Centennial championship game.

Thursday's all-region nods add to the postseason honors the pair have already received. The NFHCA included both on the roster for the NFHCA 2012 Division III Senior Game which will be held Saturday, Nov. 17  at William Smith (N.Y.) College.

Hobbs (pictured, left), a forward, earned first-team all-conference honors in 2012 after being named to the second team her first three seasons. The program's leader in points (171), goals (65), game-winning goals (12) and assists (41) also completes her career as one of the league's best offensive players. She ranks fourth all-time in points and goals on the Centennial's records list, is fifth in assists and tied for 11th in game-winners.

Gibbons (pictured, right) posted single-season career highs this year with nine goals, seven assists and 25 points. For her career, the midfielder is sixth in the program with 18 assists, tied for seventh in points (68) and eighth in goals (25). Gibbons also earned first-team honors in 2011 following a sophomore year when she was tabbed an honorable mention all-conference player.

Hobbs and Gibbons were two of the 2012 all-conference squad's five unanimous first-team selections.

The all-South region squad included 15 players from the Centennial including eight on the first team and seven earning second-team selections. Hobbs' and Gibbons' selections for first-team honorees from Haverford matched F&M and Gettysburg. Franklin & Marshall led the league with four players overall voted to the all-region team. 

2012 Longstreth/NFHCA D-III all-region teams (PDF)