Emma Russell and Roisin Upton were both named in the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-America honours list, effectively the line-up of the best 11 players in the NCAA college hockey season.Russell had one of the best years statistically in the Syracuse University program history, scoring 46 points – a tally for goals and assists – with 21 goals and four assists.
Her 21 goals in a single season ranks as the third in school history, while her 46 points ranks sixth. As a result, the Enniskerry native currently ranks second on the Syracuse career goals list with 42 goals in her first three seasons on campus.
Previously this year, Russell earned All-ACC and All-Mideast Region accolades for the second year in-a-row for her performances in the preliminary phases of the season.
The former Old Alex and Hermes player earned All-ACC Championship honours after setting tournament records with six goals in three games and four goals against Boston College in the quarter-finals.
Upton, meanwhile, was also an All-American selection and was put forward as a nominee for the Honda Sports Award, an annual award in the US, given to the best collegiate female athlete across the 12 eligible female university sports.
The Limerick woman earned this nominee along with her second nod for the All-America list as part of the Uconn Huskies squad which won its final 14 games en route to the NCAA National Championship.
The 2014 Big East Defensive Player of the Year tallied 24 points with 12 assists and six goals, serving as a central part of Connecticut’s penalty corner unit.
Speaking recently to Southern Fried Hockey about her side’s second successive title, Upton said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. Students get four years max to play college sport, so to win two National Championships really is incredible. It’s still sinking in.”
Both Russell and Upton will complete their college hockey careers next year in their respective final years.