GILBERT, Ariz. – Senior Sarah Wells and sophomore Gabriella Hunt of the Castleton University field hockey team have been named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III New England West-All Region Second Team, as released by the entity on Wednesday.
Following the Spartans' impressive inaugural season in the Little East Conference (LEC) that featured an 11-1 conference record and a playoff run reaching the conference title game, the duo was also named All-LEC First-Team honorees for their impressive individual campaigns.
Wells was recently named the team's Most Valuable Player as she completed her stellar collegiate career ranked fifth all-time in Castleton field hockey history in goals (43) and points (111), and finished tied for third all-time in assists (25). She finished her career with a bang, scoring 18 goals and eight assists for 44 total points, setting a career-high in each category.
The Bellows Falls, Vermont native, and team captain was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week twice (Sept. 17-23, Oct. 22-28). On Oct. 26 at Keene State in the final game of the regular season, Wells scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime to clinch the squad's regular-season crown and top-seed in the LEC playoffs. Wells' season also featured a pair of hat tricks (Sept. 25 at Plymouth State, Oct. 5 at Salem State) and 27 points throughout the Spartans' 11-game winning streak.
Hunt's signature performance of the season came in Castleton's 7-0 rout over Eastern Connecticut State in the LEC quarterfinals, where she scored four goals. Hunt capped her impressive sophomore campaign with 13 goals and 11 assists for 37 points. The Granville, New York native has garnered all-conference recognition in each of her first two collegiate seasons after being named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Year in her freshman season in 2017.
Castleton was 14-0 on the season when Hunt registered at least one point, including a nine-game point streak in the midst of the Spartans' best-ever 11-game winning streak. Her point streak was highlighted by eight consecutive contests in which she registered at least one assist. In the LEC semifinals, Hunt scored the game-winning goal against Worcester State to propel the squad to the championship game. She also scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Fitchburg State on Oct. 9.
For the full list of honorees from all-six NCAA Division III regions, click here.