YORK, Pa. - York College field hockey sophomore Ali Posey (Airville, Pa. / Red Lion) has been named a 2015 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Third Team All-American as announced by the NFHCA on Monday, making her the first All-American selection in the 48-year history of the Spartan field hockey program.
Posey has already solidified herself as one of the greatest players in York College field hockey history in just two seasons with the Green and White. She has led the team in both goals and points in each of her seasons in a Spartan uniform, and she has been among the top in both categories in the Capital Athletic Conference, which boasts some of the top players in the country each year.
Posey's 18 goals and 41 points this past season ranked as the fourth-highest goal total in the region and fifth-highest point total. She went 4-for-5 in penalty strokes while she notched a pair of game-winning goals. The four converted strokes are a single-season school record for York. Posey had a pair of three-goal games early in the year as she scored a goal in 12 of her 19 games and had at least a point in 13 contests. Her 18 goals is tied for second on the program's single-season list while her 41 points are tied for third.
"I am beyond excited for the phenomenal accomplishment Ali has achieved this season," said Spartan head coach Carly Zinn. "She has truly earned every accolade she has been awarded. Ali came to York with an amazing skill set, however remains one of the most coachable players I have ever had the opportunity to coach. Her coachability and the trust she has in our coaching staff and teammates combined with her work ethic and natural athleticism, will certainly carve out a bright future for her as she continues to grow as a player and a leader on our team."
In two seasons, Posey has totaled 69 points on 30 goals and nine assists. She has six game-winning goals and has recorded a .571 shot-on-goal percentage on 217 total shots. Posey ranks just outside the top-10 on the Spartan career points list, but sits seventh in goals, eighth in game-winning goals and first in goals-per-game average (0.77). Posey is averaging 1.77 points per game as she has played in all of the team's 39 games in the last two seasons with 38 starts.
"I cannot say enough about the positive impact Ali brings to our program both on and off the field," said Zinn. "I believe Ali holds characteristics of a true champion mentality as she is always calm under pressure, she is motivating and does not show any fear to her teammates when going into games against tough opponents, and above all, she is humble beyond belief. These are champion qualities, and as she becomes a leader on the team she will continue to provide these qualities and help to build other champion mentalities within her teammates, and in turn help to create a champion team."
For her career, Posey has been a two-time First Team All-CAC selection, the 2014 CAC Rookie of the Year and a two-time NFHCA All-South Region selection (Second Team-2014, First Team-2015).
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