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UML's Hlebichuk top coach in region

By Used with permission from the Lowell Sun Online.

UMass Lowell third-year field hockey coach Shannon Hlebichuk has been named North Region Coach of the Year for the second time by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Hlebichuk is now in the running for Division 2 national Coach of the Year, which she received last season.

Earlier this fall she was named co-Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.

Hlebichuk led the River Hawks to their second straight NE-10 title, UML defeating Bentley 4-3 in the championship game to finish at 19-3 for the best record in program history.

The River Hawks also earned their second consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Bentley 3-0 in the semifinal round.

Hlebichuk's squad broke several records this past season, including wins (19), consecutive wins (15), goals scored (80) and goals against average (1.08). The three losses tied the school mark.

Hlebichuk's squad also produced a record five All-Americans, senior midfielder Jacklyn Driscoll and junior forward Courtney Hill both first teamers, along with senior forward Alysia Morgan, senior defender Abby Dennehy and junior midfielder Joanna DeLuze, who were second-team selections.

UML also placed six players on the All-Conference Team, including Northeast-10 Player of the Year Driscoll and co-Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Staiti.