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Four Big Red earn All-Region honors

(L-R) Lucy Pearsall, Michelle Kabaira, Abby Scully, Charlotte Godfrey
(L-R) Lucy Pearsall, Michelle Kabaira, Abby Scully, Charlotte Godfrey

GILBERT, Ariz. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)/Longstreth named four Denison field hockey players to their All-Great Lakes Region teams on Wednesday morning, including first-team selections for Michelle Kabaira, Lucy Pearsall, and Abby Scully.

Following her second-consecutive all-region first-team selection, Kabaira continues to rack up the off-season accolades after locking down a Big Red defense in 2018 that held opposing teams to only 100 shots over 21 matches, including holding the opposition to less than five shots in 12 contests. The two-time NCAC Defensive Player of the Year also finished with three goals and one assist during her sophomore season and was named an NFHCA second-team All-American in 2017.

Joining Kabaira on the all-region first-team was Pearsall, who makes her second appearance on the All-Great Lakes Region top squad. Also named the NCAC's Midfielder of the Year in 2018, Pearsall finished the season tied for second on the team with seven goals while adding two assists. Totaling 25 assists for her career, Pearsall is tied for second in program history for career assists with Keri Arnold (1997-00). A native of Cassopolis, Mich., Pearsall was named an NFHCA All-American back in 2016.

Scully rounded out Denison's first-team honorees after making her debut as an All-Great Lakes Region selection. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Scully tallied four goals and two assists during her sophomore season, while also connecting on three game-winning goals in 2018.

Also earning all-region honors for the Big Red was sophomore Charlotte Godfrey who landed on the second-team in back-to-back seasons. Also named to the All-NCAC second-team in 2018, Godfrey led the team in goals (9), assists (6), and total points (24). Scoring in six of Denison's final seven matches of the season, Godfrey also recorded three game-winning goals in her sophomore campaign, headlined by a game-winning goal against Wittenberg on Oct. 16.

Finishing the season at 18-3 overall, the Big Red went undefeated in conference play for the third time in program history at 14-0 and captured their second-straight NCAC Tournament Championship. DU also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, which is the first time that had happened since 1999-00.