Five AU Field Hockey Players Named to All-Patriot League Teams

Five AU Field Hockey Players Named to All-Patriot League Teams

Nov. 1, 2006

WASHINGTON - Five members of No.19 American University field hockey team earned All-Patriot League honors, league officials announced Wednesday.

First Team members include senior Camila Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College), junior Denise Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College) and sophomore Irene Schickhardt (Ludwigsburg, Germany/Schiller).

Camila Infante, former Rookie of the Year (2003) and two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year (2004, 2005), stands third on the team in points, with 22, tallying nine goals and four assists. In the 2006 season, she was named Patriot League Player of the Week on Oct. 30 for her two-goal performance against Holy Cross to clinch first place in regular season standings. The Santiago, Chile, native has achieved All-Patriot League First Team honors in each of her four seasons with American University.

Junior defender Denise Infante earns First Team for the first time in her career with AU. An impact player who leads the Eagles' to a 1.86 goals against average, Infante uses her explosive transition as an offensive threat. She currently has 27 points on nine goals and her team-leading nine assists. She stands second on the squad in points. Infante was named to the Second Team in her previous seasons, as well as being honored as the Patriot League Tournament MVP for two consecutive years (2004, 2005). She has achieved PL Player of the Week three times throughout the 2006 season.

Previous Rookie of the Year Irene Schickhardt leads American University offensively with 30 points, and stands third in Patriot League statistics. In 16 games played, Schickhardt has accumulated 11 goals and eight assists leading the Eagles' attack. In the 2006 season, she has been named Patriot League Player of the Week and ECAC Player of the Week.

Second Team All-League honors have been awarded to senior Heidi Hershberger (Davis, Calif./Davis) and junior Maggie Hall (Annville,Pa./Palmyra).

This is the first time Hershberger has been awarded this honor. Recording nine goals and one assist, Hershberger is fourth on the team in points with 19. Her four game-winning goals lead the Eagles and ties her for first in the Patriot League with Holy Cross forward Sara O'Coin.

This is Hall's third time earning Second Team All-Conference honors and was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year after posting a team-high 15 goals in 2004. Hall has two goals and one assist in the 2006 season, scoring the game-winner against Rutgers in the Temple Invitational.

The Eagles enter the Patriot League tournament with a 12-6 overall record and a 5-0 posting in the Patriot League. Top-seeded AU will face fourth-seeded Bucknell at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex. Following the game, Holy Cross will battle Lafayette at 1:30 p.m.