GILBERT, Ariz. – Simmons University field hockey player Lucy McNamara (Brewster, Mass.) was named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association New England East Region Second Team, it was announced today by the NFHCA.
The Sharks have had seven players earn All-Region status, including four to the First Team, in the past six seasons and nine All-Region honorees since 2003.
McNamara is one of just two goalies to earn All-Region status for New England East and becomes the first Simmons goalkeeper to earn All-Region status in school history. The junior was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and earned a spot on the GNAC All-Conference First Team last month. The accolade caps a banner year for the Cape Cod native, who was also the first Shark to earn the GNAC's top goalie award and the second keeper to earn First Team honors since Brianna Rastello (2013-16) was named in 2014. She was consistently one of the highest-regarded goalies in the conference, earning GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week honors five times to tie Rastello for the most times the award has been handed out during a season and was also an All-Tournament Team selection. McNamara was the league's stingiest goalie all season, posting a .830 save percentage to lead the GNAC by a healthy margin, while standing ninth among the nation's leaders. Her percentage was the highest at the Fenway school in at least the last 15 years and is even more impressive considering she averaged 8.55 saves per game to rank 20th in NCAA Division III. Her save total of 171 stops ranked second among GNAC leaders, while placing her third on the Sharks all-time single-season list. A graduate of Nauset Regional High School, she logged the most minutes in the conference with 1237:53 and ranked third in the GNAC with a 1.70 goals against mark and five shutouts. McNamara tightened up even more in GNAC contests, posting a 1.18 GAA, while owning a .844 save percentage. She recorded an 8-12 record for the second-most wins for any goalie in the league and started all 20 matches for Simmons. The Public Relations & Marketing Communications major registered double-digit save totals on 10 occasions, including a season-high of 17 in a 1-0 loss at Smith College on October 1.
For her career, McNamara has started all 57 matches she's appeared in, while playing 3746:54 minutes. She ranks third on the Sharks career list with 384 saves and 10 shutouts, while posting a 1.86 goals against average and a .785 save mark. The Cape Cod native was named the GNAC Rookie of the Year in 2017 and was also tapped to the All-Conference Second Team. Following each of her first two seasons, she was tabbed to the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III National Academic Squad and earned a spot on the GNAC Academic All-Conference Team a year ago.
Simmons finished the season with an 8-12 record, including 4-4 in GNAC play. The Sharks earned the number three seed in the GNAC Championship Tournament, before their season came to an end in the Semifinals.