RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Field Hockey's Emily McNamara, Maite Sturm and Shannon Pereira were all named to Longstreth/NFHCA South All-Region teams as announced by the organization on Monday.

McNamara, previously a two-time NFHCA All-South Region Second Team selection, was named to the NFHCA All-South Region First Team this season.  Sturm and Pereira were named to the NFHCA All-South Region Second Team.  Sturm earned Second Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Pereira earned the honor for the first time as a Ram. in 2018, the trio helped lead VCU to its first Atlantic 10 Championship game appearance and the most conference wins in school history after posting a 7-1 record in the A-10.

"The South Region is an incredibly competitive region nationally, boasting two NCAA Final Four teams this year. For us to have three of our student-athletes recognized as All-South Region is a tremendous honor for our program," said head coach Stacey Bean. 

McNamara finished the season as the NCAA leader in both goals scored (27) and goals per game (1.42), while finishing ranked second nationally in points per game (3.00).  An All-Atlantic 10 First Team honoree for the third time, McNamara was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in goals scored and in total points with 53. In addition to her 27 goals, she also had three assists. She finishes her VCU career at the top of the list in virtually every statistical category, including ranking first in total points in a career (177), goals in a career (75), goals in a season (27) and points in a season (57). She finishes second at VCU in assists in a career (27).

Sturm and Pereira were anchors in the midfield and backfield for the Rams this season, playing critical roles on both sides of the ball.  As a team, the Rams gave up an average of fewer than 5.0 shots on goal per game and ranked in the top 25 in a number of key statistical areas. VCU ranked 14th in goals per game (2.89), 15th in goals against average (1.44), 15th in scoring average (2.73), 16th in points per game (7.89), 17th in scoring margin (1.29), 20th in winning percentage (.632) and 21st in assists per game (2.11)

Sturm led VCU with 11 assists, a mark that ranked her 3rd in the A-10 and 17th in the NCAA.  She also scored seven goals to give her 25 total points on the season, earning All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors. 

Pereira earns this honor after her lone season at VCU as a graduate student. She finished the season tied for second on the team with seven goals and also added five assists. After registering a total of 19 total points on the season Pereira was also named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team.

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