Three Mountain Hawks Selected to NFHCA Division I Mideast All-Region Teams

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GENEVA, NY – Three members of the Lehigh field hockey program have been selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Region teams sponsored by The Lineup on Tuesday afternoon. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Kahn has been named to the All-Mideast first team with senior Sarah Bonthuis and junior Julia Gatelein earning spots on the second team.

Division I teams are separated into five regions: Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, Northeast, South and West — each region honors up to 16 student-athletes on a first team and up to 16 student-athletes on a second team.

Kahn was an All-Patriot League second team honoree and was named to the NFHCA Senior Game, the first goalkeeper from Lehigh to achieve this honor. She receives her second NFHCA All-Region honor (Second Team, Spring 2021). Playing in 61 career matches, Kahn has amassed over 3,700 minutes in goal while making 362 saves, nine total shutouts and a career save percentage of .749. During her senior season, she started all 21 games, making 132 saves for a .754 save percentage with a 13-8 record. She was also named Most Valuable Player of the Patriot League Tournament, where Lehigh won its first title since 1994.

Kahn was named as an Academic All-League recipient and is a three-time recipient of the NFHCA National Academic Squad, two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and numerous Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honoree. During her sophomore campaign, Kahn was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, a first team All-League honoree and selected as NFHCA second team All-Region.

Bonthuis earns her second NFHCA All-Region selection (2021) and was first team all-league honoree after tallying 11 goals and assists for a team-high 33 points, including breaking the single-season assist record (9) which was previously held by the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year, Lenke Havas. A two-time offensive player of the week, Bonthuis led the Patriot League in points, is tied for first in game-winning goals (4), and sits tied for second in goals scored and second in assists.

Bonthuis has started in 61 of 62 matches over her career, playing over 3,000 minutes and scored 26 goals with 18 assists for a total of 70 points.

Gatelein earns her first NFHCA All-Region accolade during a year that saw her record five points on two goals, one game-winning goal, and an assist while starting in all 21 games and earned her second all-league second team honor. Gatelein’s defense is what set her apart this season, the two-time Defensive Player of the Week has assisted the Mountain Hawks in three shutouts this season and caused challenges to the opponents getting the ball through the midfield.

The NFHCA Division I All-Region team announcement is the first in a list of postseason awards to come from the NFHCA over the next several weeks. Next to be announced are the NFHCA Regional Players of the Year on November 30, They will be followed by the NFHCA All-American teams on December 13 and the NFHCA National Player of the Year on December 15.

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The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the association is to champion, strengthen, and celebrate field hockey coaches and the game. The NFHCA strives to be the organization that every field hockey coach looks to for the resources to grow in the game and the inspiration to stay in the game.

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