Allyson Benz selected to NFHCA All-Region First Team for second straight season

Benz in Goal

Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania field hockey senior goalie Allyson Benz has completed her career with Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region First Team honors, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Wednesday.

Benz, a senior from Mason, Ohio (Mount Notre Dame HS), was named All-Region First Team for the second consecutive season as she set the standard for goalkeeping in the Great Lakes Region. Benz was the lone goalie selected to the first team for the Great Lakes Region, one of six regions in Division III, certifying Benz as one of the premier goalies in Division III field hockey.

In her final season with the Pioneers, Benz led the Southern Athletic Association in saves with 232, eclipsing her junior-year total of 135 saves. The senior produced a save percentage of .751, which ranked third in conference, and also posted one shutout for the Pioneers.

Benz's final run with Transylvania was full of new milestones and national standards. The goalie twice recorded a new career-high with two games of 28 saves apiece. Benz had 11 games of double-digit saves in the 2018 season and finished the year ranked second nationally in saves per game with 14.31. During her four-year career at Transylvania, Benz recorded 646 total saves.

The final signature performance of Benz's career occurred in a thrilling 2-1 victory against Sewanee in the SAA Tournament this past October; Benz stopped nine shots, placing the Pioneers in a position for a game-winning goal with no time left. In the final game of her career, Benz matched her career-high in saves with 28 against Rhodes College. Benz produced double-digit save totals in seven of her final nine career performances.

The All-Region First Team recognition is the latest award Benz adds to her mantle; for the second straight season, Benz was selected as the SAA Defensive Player of the Year along with her consecutive selection to the All-Region First Team.

197 players from Division III in total were named to NFHCA Division III All-Region teams for the 2018 season.

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