Lafayette's DiCroce, Griffiths Receive National Field Hockey Honors

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Lafayette's Deanna DiCroce
Lafayette's Deanna DiCroce

Nov. 28, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Lafayette's Andrew Griffiths was named the Division I Field Hockey Coach of the Year by Synapse Sports while senior forward Deanna DiCrce was selected as an All-American by two organizations following the 2012 season.

Griffiths led his team to the first NCAA Tournament at-large bid in school and Patriot League history, falling to Maryland in the first round, 2-0, on Nov. 10. This year's team notched a seven-win improvement from a year ago, featuring two wins over ranked teams and conference champions Drexel and Albany. The Leopards completed a perfect Patriot League season and won the League Tournament at home on Nov. 2-3.

DiCroce was honored as a Second Team All-American by Synapse and a Third Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). DiCroce finished the year in seventh nationally in points per game (2.55) and assists per game (0.75). She was also top-ten in goals per game in the eighth spot with 0.9 per contest. DiCroce led all Patriot League players in points and goals with 51 and 18, respectively. She finishes her career second in League history in points and third in assists and goals. DiCroce is the first Patriot Leaguer to earn NFHCA All-America honors since 2010.

Lafayette finished the year with a 17-3 record, and had a 15-game win streak after claiming the Patriot League title.