The Longwood field hockey team enjoyed tremendous success in 2016, capturing nine wins en route to their first Mid-American Conference Tournament berth. The Lancers finished the regular season with nine wins and a third-place finish in the MAC standings, and came within one double-overtime goal of advancing to the conference championship game.
Edel Nyland was tabbed All-MAC first team after a season in which she led the MAC in goals scored and broke Longwood's single season Division I goals record with 18. The junior finished her season with goals in 12 of Longwood's 18 games.
Longwood's team captain for the 2016 season, four-year starting midfielder Ellen Ross was named All-MAC first team and was also part of the MAC All-Tournament team. Throughout her four years as a Lancer, Ross steadied the Longwood back line and started every single game of her career.
An All-MAC second team selection, Leonie Verstraete broke out with 14 goals and seven assists to rank among the top-five in the MAC in each category. She teamed with Nyland to form the conference's only double-digit goal-scoring duo, combining for 31 goals.
Lil-Sophie Achterwinter earned her second straight All-MAC honor with second-team honors. The Lancers were 9-7 in games she played and outshot their opponents by more than five shots per game on those 16 contests.
Finnlay Wyatt became Longwood's first All-Big South first team representative in program history. He was the league's only player to rank among the top-eight in goals and assist during the season.
Carlos Canas was tabbed All-Big South second team for the second straight season. A three-year captain, Canas finished in the top-three of the league in saves (71) and save percentage (.755).
An All-Big South second team selection, Dan Campos led the NCAA in assists during the regular season with a total of 12 helpers. Campos was also named to the Big South All-Tournament team after recording a pair of goals and an assist in three games during the tournament.
Named Second Team All-Big South and Big South All-Freshman, Max Poelker led the Lancers in goals throughout the 2016 season with seven. It marked the second straight campaign that Longwood was led by a rookie in goals after Willy Miezan ranked among the top 10 in the nation a season ago.
Zach Corcoran was tabbed to the Big South All-Academic Team, his first honor of his career. Corcoran enjoyed a season in which he played all 21 of Longwood's games with 14 starts, while scoring two goals.
An All-Big South first team performer, Amanda Spencer ends her career as one of the top players in Big South history after gaining all-conference recognition in four consecutive seasons. She finishes third-place on Longwood's all-time goals list and first-place in the Division I era with 26 career goals and at least tied for the team lead in goals scored during all four years of competition.
An All-Big South first team performer along with Amanda Spencer, Sydney Wallace gave Longwood multiple All-Big South first team performers for the second straight season. Wallace became Longwood's first sophomore to earn All-Big South first team honors.
Maria Kirby was among the top goalkeepers in the Big South this season en route to being selected Big South honorable mention, logging seven shutouts and career-best 0.84 goals against average, 94 saves, and a .847 save percentage, all of which ranked among the top three in the Big South.
Longwood's second All-Big South honorable mention selection Janese Quick enjoyed a breakout season in which she scored a career-high four goals, two of which came on free kicks and the other on an unassisted corner kick that was among the biggest highlights of Longwood's 2016 season.
Taylor Alvey was voted among the top freshman in the Big South, earning a spot on the All-Freshman Team after a debut campaign in which she appeared in all 20 of Longwood's games and drew seven starts.
Gina D'Orazio was selected as one of the top student-athletes in Big South women's soccer, earning Big South All-Academic honors to cap a standout career in which she was a four-year starter with a 3.857 grade point average as a psychology major.