Senior Rachel Strow of the Muhlenberg field hockey team added another impressive honor to her growing list when she was named South Region player of the year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Strow, one of six Division III athletes chosen as a regional player of the year, is the first Muhlenberg player ever to earn the honor.
Earlier this week, Strow was named to the All-South Region first team and the ECAC Division III South first team. The Centennial Conference player of the year and a unanimous All-CC first-team selection, she also earned a spot on the CC Academic Honor Roll and the ECAC Division III all-tournament team. Strow was CC player of the week three times during the season, once earning recognition from the NFHCA as Division III player of the week, and was selected to play in the Division III Senior All-Star Game.
Strow enjoyed a phenomenal senior campaign in which she set school records for points (49) and goals (21) in a season. She finished the year tied for 14th in Division III in goals and broke a 54-year-old school record by scoring a goal in 11 consecutive games. She tied another school record with three assists in one game and recorded at least one point in 16 of the Mules' 21 games.
Despite missing most of her junior year with injury, Strow finished in the top 10 in team history in points (ninth with 68) and goals (tied for 10th with 28).
Strow helped Muhlenberg to a banner season in which it set a school record with 18 wins, winning the ECAC championship for the first time. The Mules were ranked in the top 20 in Division III for most of the season (16th in the last poll before the NCAA Tournament) and also set school marks for goals scored (61) and shutouts (11) in a season.