Nov. 17, 2011
STANFORD, Calif.- Senior Stephanie Byrne and junior Becky Dru have been named 2011 Longstreth/NFHCA All-West Region First Team selections, as announced today by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
Freshman Alex McCawley was also tabbed a Second Team choice, giving Stanford three selections overall.
Byrne and McCawley are first-time recipients of the award, while Dru was honored for the second time in her career.
An All-NorPac selection and NorPac All-Tournament Team pick, Byrne led team in assists with 16, the most for a Cardinal player since Nora Soza dished out 17 in 2009. She also chipped in with four goals for a total of 24 points, ranking third on the club in that category. Byrne ranked fourth in shots (34) and registered at least two assists in a game three times.
Honored as the NorPac Defensive Player of the Year and NorPac Co-Player of the Year, Dru started all 21 games and finished with team-leading totals in goals (16), points (39), shots (91) and shots on goal (50). A NorPac All-Tournament Team selection, Dru's 16 goals represented a career-high total and her 39 points were the most for a Cardinal player since Sara Hallock's 52 in 1993. Additionally, Dru become Stanford's first leading goal scorer in back-to-back seasons since Jess Zutz accomplished the feat in 2006-07.
Putting together one of the most impressive rookie seasons in recent memory, McCawley was tabbed an All-NorPac selection and NorPac All-Tournament Team honoree. McCawley tied for second on the squad with eight goals and ranked second in shots (54) and shots on goal (35). She also contributed five assists, for a total of 21 points, to rank fourth on the team. McCawley notched two game-winning goals and was a five-time NorPac Rookie of the Week.