Virginia field hockey | Five Cavaliers receive All-South Region Honors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— Five field hockey players from Virginia have been named to the 2022 NFHCA Division I All-South Region teams, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday (Nov. 22).

Graduate student Annie McDonough, senior Adele Iacobucci and freshman Daniela Mendez-Trendler were named to the first team, while senior Laura Janssen and freshman Jet Trimborn were named to the second team. Each of the five regions nominated 16 student-athletes for their first team and 16 student-athletes for their second team.

McDonough was a first-team All-ACC honoree this season after being called up to the second-team last year. She scored two of her three goals this season in the ACC tournament, including the opening goal in the game against Wake Forest and the assist to the overtime winner. She played in 97 games during her UVA career and made 96 starts with 15 goals and 21 assists. This is her first time being named to an all-region team.

Iacobucci started the season with a berth on the preseason All-ACC team and finished the year with a sport on the conference second team. All three of her goals that season were winning goals, including the goal in overtime in the ACC semifinals game against Wake Forest. This is her third honor for the All-South region first team.

Mendez-Trendler has 19 points with eight goals and three assists this season. She was named First Team All-ACC and received a weekly award from the conference and was named Synapse Sports National Rookie of the Week. She is the first Virginia freshman to receive All Region honors since Rachel Robinson was named to the second team in her rookie year. She joins Tara Vittese, Elly Buckley, Paige Selenski and Meredith Thorpe on the list of Virginia freshmen to be named First-Team All-Region.

Janssen led the team with 12 goals and two assists, making the roster for the second time in her four seasons. She finished her career with 33 goals and five assists. This is her second All-Region selection and her second season as a second-team honor.

Midway through the sixth game of the season, Trimborn took over goaltending duties and remained in the cage for the remainder of the year. She posted a 1.15 goals-against average, a 10-5 record with five shutouts. She was named to the second All-ACC team and received two ACC Defensive Player of the Week awards.

The NFHCA Division I All-Region team announcement is the first in a list of postseason awards to be presented by the NFHCA over the next few weeks. Next, the NFHCA Regional Players of the Year will be announced on November 30th, followed by the NFHCA All-American Teams on December 13th and the NFHCA National Player of the Year on December 15th.