Nov. 13, 2006
WASHINGTON - American University's field hockey team placed five players on the 2006 NFHCA Division I All-Region Team, NFHCA officials announced on Monday.
Senior Heidi Hershberger joined teammates Camila Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago), Denise Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago), Irene Schickhardt (Ludwigsburg, Germany/Schiller) and Maggie Hall (Annville, Pa./Palmyra) as an All-Region selection.
Hershberger earns the honors for the first time in her collegiate career. In the 2006 season, Hershberger recorded 11 goals, one assist and led both the Eagles and the Patriot League in game-winning goals with five. She ends her career as an Eagle with 72 points, coming off of 33 goals and six assists. She is ranked 11th in American University's all-time career point leaders. Hershberger was also a Second Team All-Patriot League member.
Camila Infante, a Second Team All-American selection in 2004 and 2005, finishes an impressive career at American ranking third among the Eagles' career goal scorers with 49. She also tallied 40 assists, combining for 138 career points, a feat that places her second in the record books. In 2006, Infante registered a team-high 12 goals and ended the season with 29 points. Infante was named to the First Team All-Patriot League for the fourth consecutive season and ended the conference tournament as the MVP.
Denise Infante was the backbone of the Eagles' defense this season and was honored as the 2006 PL Defensive Player of the Year. With her quick transition play she was tied with her sister for second on the team in points with 29, tallying 10 goals and nine assists. The Santiago, Chile, native is currently ranked 13th among AU's all-time career point leaders and still has another year to go. Infante was a 2006 First Team All-Patriot League selection and earned MVP of the PL Tournament back-to-back in 2004 and 2005.
Finishing out American's First Team All-Region selections is Shickhardt, a sophomore attacker. The Ludwigsburg, Germany, native earns First Team All-Region after leading the Eagles offensively with 32 points, recording 11 goals and 10 assists, an achievement that also ranked her third in the Patriot League in points for the 2006 season. After earning Patriot League Co-Rookie of the Year in 2005, Schickhardt was named to the First-Team this season. After just her second season, Schickhardt is ranked 12th in all-time career point leaders, tallying 69 in only 38 games played.
Hall earned her third consecutive Second Team All-Region honor after ending the season with 17 points. Hall was also named to the Second Team All-Conference Team for the third straight season. Along with teammates Camila Infante and Schickhardt, Hall 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 NFHCA will announce the 2006 All-Americans after the National championship is played this weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C., at Wake Forest University. American University remained in the top-20 in national rankings throughout the entire 2006 season.
The Eagles clinched their fourth-straight Patriot League Championship, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. AU lost to Wake Forest in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.