Nealon and Helmke Lead UAlbany's NFHCA All-Northeast Region Honors
ALBANY, N.Y.— Four UAlbany players were honored with Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Region Team selections. UAlbany’s primary goalkeeper, Melissa Nealon and core defender, Frederike Helmke were named to the All-Northeast Region First Team, while sophomore Dana Bozek and freshman Katie MacCallum boasted Second Team accolades.
The All-Region teams include 160 student-athletes: 63 seniors, 49 juniors, 25 sophomores, and 23 freshmen. UAlbany was one of 17 schools who had at least four student-athletes make the All-Region squad.
Frederike Helmke earns her second-consecutive NFHCA All-Northeast Region First Team honor. The junior captain from Berlin, Germany was honored as the 2017 America East Defensive Player of the Year and earned an East Division All-Conference spot. Helmke started all 17 games on UAlbany’s backline recording five goals, she was also a key component of the Great Danes’ penalty corner unit.
Melissa Nealon was the only goalkeeper honored in the All-Northeast Region First Team. This is Nealon’s first NFHCA All-Region honor. Nealon stands 10th in the nation in save percentage with .759 and 15th for goals against average (1.4). The redshirt sophomore from Mechanicville, NY, was named to the 2017 America East East Division All-Conference squad.
Dana Bozek earned her first NFHCA honor on the All-Northeast Region Second Team. This season Bozek claimed her spot on the America East East Division All-Conference team. The sophomore from Cortlandt, NY was a key piece of UAlbany’s midfield. Bozek finished third on the team with 23 points, including eight goals and seven assists.
Katie MacCallum is one of five freshman honored in the NFHCA All-Northeast Region. MacCallum picked up second team honors leading the Great Danes in points (29) and is tied for first in goals (12). The freshman from Edinburgh, Scotland, was honored on the America East All-Rookie team.
The Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional Players of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, with the All-America squad coming out on Dec. 5 and the National Player of the Year on Dec. 14.