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Dartmouth Has Three Named to NFHCA All-Northeast Region Teams

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By John and Matt Risley
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HANOVER, N.H. - Three Dartmouth field hockey players have been named to the 2012 Longstretch/NFHCA Division I All-Northeast Region team for their play this past fall.

Sophomore Ali Savage, junior Olivia Quaglia and senior Lisa Masini were each honored with spots on either the first or second team. No other Ivy League programs besides the Big Green were represented in the Northeast Region.

The three players selected to the all-region team marked the second time in program history that a trio were honored.

Savage was tabbed to the first team after an outstanding sophomore season that also earned her All-Ivy First Team recognition. Her first-team nod was one of just four unanimous selections this season. The Australian native led the team in scoring with 26 points in 2012 on the strength of her team-leading 10 goals.

Quaglia and Masini each were named to the organization's second team after both earned All-Ivy First Team honors as well this fall.

This is the second time the National Field Hockey Coaches Association has recognized Masini with a spot on the second team. As a junior in 2011, the Ann Arbor, Mich., native was also selected to the squad.

In 2012, Masini continued to develop her game, scoring a career-high nine goals, while finishing second on the team in scoring with 25 points. In addition to her Ivy League honors and now the NFHCA regional team announcement, Masini will also represent Dartmouth as one of just a handful of players from across the country selected to play in the 2012 Senior Game held at Old Dominion later this month.

Quaglia stepped up and filled the role of the team's defensive leader and anchor as a junior this year. With the Los Altos, Calif., native helping to lead the defense, Dartmouth ranked in the top half of the league in goals-against average and was just one of two teams to have a positive scoring margin this fall.

She also proved to be a valuable asset on the offensive end of the field when called upon, scoring twice at Columbia in late October to break a halftime tie and lead the Green to a 5-2 win over the Lions.

It was the first NFHCA Northeast Regional honor for both Quaglia and Savage.