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Jefferis Tabbed to All-South Region Second Team
The Liberty field hockey program has received its first-ever post-season honor, as junior goalkeeper Ann Jefferis has been named to the 2011 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-South Region second team.
"Having Ann receive regional recognition is very exciting and humbling for our young program," remarked Liberty head coach Jodi Murphy. "Ann was a vital part in our success this fall as she not only made game-altering saves but helped set the culture in place for seasons to come. Her work ethic and determination are second to none."
The Harleysville, Pa., native set the defensive tone for Liberty's inaugural season, beginning with a 13-save performance against Radford in the program's very first game. The transfer went on to start in all 17 of the Lady Flames' contests, accumulating nearly 1,200 minutes in the cage as the team's final line of defense.
Her season high of 15 saves was achieved twice, coming in contests against Rider (Sept. 5) and Wake Forest (Oct. 14). Jefferis completed the year with 118 saves and posted three shutouts en route to a 6-11 record.
With only one statistics update remaining, Jefferis currently ranks inside the top 20 in the nation in a pair of NCAA goalkeeper categories. Her .787 save percentage places her at No. 6, while an average of 6.94 saves per game ranks her No. 16 in the nation.
"I think this recognition will spur on future Lady Flames to excel and compete with the best in the region, if not the nation," Murphy added. "We are thankful to the committee for looking favorably upon us this season as we did not compete in a conference."
Joining Jefferis on the All- South Region teams are a bevy of players with national prominence, including a combined 11 student-athletes from North Carolina and Old Dominion, who are two teams vying for the NCAA National Championship this weekend.
In all, ACC student-athletes claimed 20 of the 32 spots, while CAA, NorPac and Atlantic 10 members rounded out the two 16-person teams with five, four and two representatives, respectively.