Field hockey places four on NFHCA All-Region teams

2019 NFHCA All-Region selection

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College field hockey placed an unprecedented four players on the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region team when the squad was unveiled on Tuesday.

Sophomore goalie Meg Murphy and junior forward/midfielder Sofia Salvatore were both First Team All-Great Lakes Region selections. Sophomore forward Denise Bergdolt and first-year midfielder Hannah Grushon were each tabbed with Second Team All-Great Lakes Region honors.

Murphy finished the 2019 season with a 1.39 goals against average after allowing 27 goals over 1163 minutes played. She recorded 81 saves over her 19 games, posting a .750 save percentage, with a season-best 12 saves against Ohio Wesleyan on September 21. Five of her nine victories this season were by shutout. Murphy was a First Team All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) selection, was fourth in the conference in both total saves and GAA, and fifth in both save percentage and goals against.

Salvatore charted three goals with six assists for 12 points in 2019, and she had a hand in a third of Earlham's 12 goals in NCAC play this season. She was tied for fourth in the conference in total assists, and was also tabbed for First Team All-NCAC honors.

Bergdolt recorded nine goals for 18 points in 2019, and was tied for fourth in the NCAC in total goals. She recorded four goals in the Quakers' 5-1 win over Oberlin College on October 13, which is believed to be the most goals ever scored by an Earlham player in a single game. Bergdolt was named to the All-NCAC Second Team.

Grushon tallied five goals for 10 points in her rookie campaign, with game-winning goals against Wilson (Sept. 7), Sewanee (Sept. 8), and Allegheny (Oct. 12). She was also selected as a Second Team All-NCAC honoree.

Earlham finished the 2019 season with a 9-10 overall record, 3-5 in the NCAC, and finished sixth in the conference standings. The Quakers finished with the most wins since the 1993 season.