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    Three Field Hockey Standouts Named All-Americans

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Sarah Mansfield was honored as a Third Team All-American.
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    BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Sarah Mansfield was honored as a Third Team All-American.
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    Nov. 22, 2010

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    STORRS, Conn. - Three Connecticut field hockey stars have been honored as All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as announced by the NFHCA on Monday, November 22. Senior midfielder Melissa Gonzalez earned First Team honors, junior back Rayell Heistand was recognized as a Second Team pick and freshman goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield was voted onto the Third Team.

    All three standouts were selected to the All-Mideast Region Team last week and Gonzalez was named Mideast Regional Player of the Year.

    Gonzalez was also a First Team All-American in 2009 and was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons.

    Heistand was honored as the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and anchored one of the top defensive units in the country as the Huskies sported the second-lowest goals against average nationally in 2010. Heistand was selected as a BIG EAST First Team pick earlier this season and converted on the clinching penalty stroke in the Huskies NCAA first round triumph over No. 9 American.

    Mansfield enjoyed an outstanding rookie campaign, which saw her named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and selected to the First Team. Mansfield boasted the third-lowest goals against average in the country and won all 16 of UConn's games.

    The trio helped UConn to a 16-6 overall record and a top-five spot in the national rankings for all but one week this season. The Huskies fell to eventual national champion Maryland in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.