Heuser, Primus Garner NFHCA All-American Accolades
ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany field hockey standouts Paula Heuser and Maxi Primus were named 2014 NFHCA All-Americans, the coaches association announced Monday. Primus earned a spot on the third team, while Heuser was the first Great Dane to be selected to the first team in the Division I era.
Heuser has garnered a number of postseason honors, and is a second-year All-American. The sophomore was named to the second team in 2013. The midfielder is the NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year, and earned NCAA All-Tournament honors following UAlbany’s run to the NCAA Semifinals. She is a two-time NFHCA All-Region first team pick, as well as the two-time America East Midfielder of the Year.
Heuser was the America East Tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer after recording an all-time tournament record nine points in two games. The sophomore led the league in points per game and goals per game throughout the regular season, and topped the nation in both categories entering the NCAA First and Second Rounds. The midfielder broke the 15 year-old record in UAlbany all-time single-season points against Yale on Oct. 26. Heuser also ranks third all-time in career points with 114, in just her sophomore season. She concluded 2014 with 29 goals and 69 points to her credit.
Primus was an NFHCA All-Region first team selection, after posting 20 wins in her sophomore season. She was the America East Goalkeeper of the Year after ranking top-10 in the nation throughout the season in goals against average and save percentage. She shutout two nationally ranked opponents in No. 8 Stanford (Sept. 14) and No. 20 Maine (Oct. 25). The sophomore was a four-time America East Defensive Player of the Week awardee and has garnered the weekly honor six times in her career. Primus was also an America East All-Tournament team selection.
With 20 wins and 10 shutouts to her credit this season, she is the all-time winningest single-season goalkeeper in UAlbany program history, and tops the UAlbany Division I ranks in single-season shutouts.
This is the second consecutive season Phil Sykes has had two players named NFHCA All-Americans. Heuser is the second Division I Great Dane to earn All-American honors in consecutive seasons.