COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For just the third time in program history, the Dickinson field hockey team has had a member selected as an All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as senior defender Hannah Spiri garnered the honor.
Spiri, a native of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, became the first Devil since Merrit Davis (2015) and Kim Monteferante (2016) to earn the honor and the first DC player ever to be chosen for the Second Team after the other two were selected for the Third Team. Spiri was a major contributor to the Dickinson attack this season leading the way in points with 15 on a team-high six goals with three assists while posting four defensive saves. The Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year also was named to the All-Region team by the NFHCA this season. One of her most memorable performances of the campaign came on October 20th in a 2-1 win over conference foe Gettysburg where she scored a pair of penalty strokes, including the game-winner less than a minute into overtime.
When asked about Hannah and the impact she has had on the program in her time in Carlisle Head Coach Carly Zinn said "on her first visit in December of 2017 I saw the passion, fire, and hunger in Hannah's eyes. It was at that moment I knew that our program would be changed forever." She went on to add "to best describe the impact that she has had it can be described in one keyword glue. On the field, off the field, during the season, and in the off-season, her impact is felt constantly. Hannah is surrounded by amazing teammates and strong culture, but she is one who holds everyone's strengths together in good times and bad. If you have seen her play, you have seen the passion and relentless work ethic that she displays. Hannah has pushed every single player on our team to work harder and she has motivated her teammates to play with untapped passion."
Coach Zinn added one last thought about the senior class as a whole "they were exactly what our program needed at exactly the right time. This entire class has led with passion, trust, and a work ethic that has set a new standard and expectation for our program that will be felt for years to come."
The Devils put together one of their best seasons in program history in 2021 finishing the season at 9-10 overall with a 7-3 mark in Centennial action. Dickinson earned four victories against nationally-ranked competition downing Lynchburg (2-1), Franklin & Marshall (2-1), and Ursinus (2-0) in the regular season prior to dropping the Bears again in the postseason 2-1 for the first-ever postseason win over Ursinus. The Red and Black advanced to their first Centennial Conference championship game where they suffered a setback to top-seed and second-ranked Johns Hopkins.
Dickinson will now look ahead to the 2022 season where they will return a solid core from 2021 that will try to build on what Head Coach Carly Zinn and her staff put on the pitch this year.