Gilbert, Ariz. - Transylvania Field Hockey senior goalkeeper Allyson Benz has been selected as an alternate to play in the Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Senior game, the NFHCA announced Wednesday.
Benz, a senior from Mason, Ohio (Mount Notre Dame HS) is one of 72 student-athletes to be selected as either a participant or alternate for the contest, which is set to be played on Saturday, November 17 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
The Division III Senior Game will begin at 5:00 p.m. to be played in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Championship.
The Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game features the top senior players in the nation and is traditionally played on the weekend of the NCAA Division III national semifinals and championship. 70 total athletes are chosen- 52 field players, eight goalies and 10 alternates. The game is an opportunity to honor outstanding seniors with strong leadership qualities and a positive four-year career.
Transylvania field hockey head coach Sarah Humphries was thrilled with Benz’s opportunity to play in the game. “Being recognized nationally is a tremendous honor, and I am very proud of Ally for this accomplishment,” commented Humphries. “She has had an incredible four years with both Transy and within our region. Her dedication and work ethic has been continuous throughout her career. Transy greatly appreciates all she has done for our program and we will miss her dearly.”
This season, Benz was named a team captain for the second straight year. The senior leads the Southern Athletic Association with 157 saves and ranks third with a save percentage of .737%.
Over her career, Benz has started in 60 games and appeared in 64 for the Pioneers. Benz has tallied 551 saves and recorded 15 victories in goal for Transylvania. During her junior season, Benz led the Pioneers to a record of 7-11, a third-place finish in conference, and an appearance in the SAA Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.
In addition to being a three-time SAA All-Conference selection and a four-time SAA Defensive Player of the Week award recipient, Benz also garnered First Team All-Region honors during her junior year.
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