Brockport, NY --- WPI field hockey rookie forward Eliza Dutson (Woodstock, CT) was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Region I first team on Monday afternoon.
The NFHCA announced over 190 NCAA Division III student-athletes to the All-Region teams this afternoon. Division III teams are separated into six regions, each region honors up to 16 student-athletes on first and second teams. Since the turn of the century, Dutson is just the sixth different Engineer to earn all-region, only one of two to be recognized as a first-year and only one of just two to draw first team praise.
The freshman received the starting nod in every game of the 2021 campaign for the Crimson and Gray totaling 17 goals and an assist, accounting for 35 points. Dutson finished second in the NEWMAC rankings for goals and fourth in points while on the field for WPI. The goal scorer took a significant advantage of penalty-stroke opportunities as she scored on 5-of-6 throughout the year.
The first-year forward recorded a half-dozen games where she found the back of the net multiple times calculating 14-of-17 total goals within the shooting spree period. Dutson recorded her best performance at Bridgewater State on Sept. 16th, where she logged four goals on five shots. In the first year of wearing the Crimson and Gray, Dutson earned NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Weeks honors twice, leading to her first team honor this postseason.
The Connecticut-native continued re-writing the record books as she became the first rookie in WPI field hockey history to earn first team All-NEWMAC accolades since 2002 when the conference separated first and second teams.
Dutson joins Shannon Haynes '20 as the only other Engineer to garner first team NFHCA all-region accolades since the turn of the century. Haynes was first team in 2019 after bringing home second team honors in 2018. Other Crimson and Gray players to be named all region include Abby O'Sullivan '21 in 2019 and WPI Hall of Famers Kelly Johnson '10 in 2006 and 2009 and Nicole Maglione '09 in 2006.