Three Middlebury College field hockey players were honored when the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its 2017 Division III All-American teams. Junior forward Grace Jennings (Ghent, N.Y.) and senior defender Lauren Schweppe (Chester Springs, Pa.) were both selected to the first team, while senior forward Annie Leonard (Darien, Conn.) earned third-team accolades. The All-American nod is the second-straight accolade for Jennings, while Schweppe and Leonard tally their first. The trio helped lead the Panthers to the program's second NCAA Championship in the last three years and third overall with a school-record tying 20 wins (20-2).
A 2016 NFHCA Third-Team All-American, Jennings is also a three-time all-region selection. A two-time All-NESCAC honoree, the forward led the conference and tied for third nationally with 15 assists go along with 13 goals for 41 points. She enters her final year with 39 career helpers, placing her third on the program's all-time list. The 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year recorded at least two points in 13 of her last 17 games, including a season-best six points (2-2-6) in a road win at Bates. Jennings scored a goal in the national semifinal win, while recording a goal and a helper in the championship victory. For her efforts, she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. A three-year starter, she goes into her senior season with 93 points on 27 goals and 39 assists.
Schweppe records her first All-American laurel after tallying her initial all-region nod last week. The 2017 NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player was also a First-Team All-NESCAC selection. She started every game over the last two seasons and also played much of the field as a defensive midfielder. Schweppe ended the season with five goals, many of them on penalty corners, to go along with seven assists this season for 17 points. She tallied two assists in the league title win over Trinity. The defender was also part of a Middlebury defensive unit that gave up just one goal during its four NCAA victories, all coming against top-20 nationally-ranked opponents.
Leonard concluded her career with Third-Team All-American honors after earning her third all-region accolade. A two-time Second-Team All-NESCAC honoree, she produced team-best totals in goals (17) and points (42) this fall. Leonard scored at least one point in 16 games and two or more on 14 occasions, including game-winning tally in overtime during the NCAA Semifinal victory over Franklin & Marshall. Leonard was also selected to the NCAA All-Tournament team for her efforts. The forward ends her career second all-time at Middlebury with 74 goals as well as 172 points.