SENIOR FORWARD GARNERS MERRIMACK'S FIRST-EVER NFHCA REGIONAL POTY HONOR
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After helping the Merrimack College field hockey team reach the NCAA Final Four for the third straight season and serving as the catalyst of one of the top-ranked offenses in the country, senior forward Jessica Otis (Pittsford, N.Y.) has been named the 2013 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II North Region Player of the Year, as announced Tuesday.
Otis, who was also named a 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA First-Team All-American and earned a spot on the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team, becomes the first player in school history to earn the prestigious honor, signifying her being ranked as one of the top two players in the entire country by the organizations and coaches across the country.
"I fell in love watching Jess play pickup at a field hockey camp and she has never ceased to amaze me throughout her career," head coach Anne Rounce said after the announcement. I've never seen a stick-handler as good as Jess, especially since I've been involved with our program, both as a player and a coach. She'll go down in school history as having the best stick skills thus far and was one of the key reasons for us being so successful over the past four years. I know I speak on behalf of our coaching staff, her teammates and our program in saying that we are so proud of her for this tremendous accomplishment."
Otis, who added to her impressive resume after being named a First-Team All-American for the second straight season yesterday, finished 2013 with 34 points (11 goals, 12 assists), ranking sixth nationally in assists per game and 13th in points per game. She became just the second player in school history to be named to an NE-10 All-Conference Team all four seasons after earning a spot on the all-league first team this fall. She tallied two game-winners and was the catalyst of Merrimack's offense, which finished the reason ranked seventh nationally.
Otis joins Brianna White from Shippensburg University in earning postseason regional recognition by the NFHCA. The National Player of the Year will be unveiled Thursday, Dec. 4.