Luces becomes only second Buckeye to earn multiple First Team All-America awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior midfielder Yesenia Luces was named to the Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-America Monday, becoming only the second Buckeye in Ohio State field hockey history to earn multiple first team All-America awards. She joins former Buckeye great Sue Marcellus, who collected three first-team awards during her prestigious career. Also recognized was junior midfielder Linda Haussener, who garnered Second Team All-America honors by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Luces added her first team nod to her 2005 award. She was named Second Team All-America last season. Luces is the fourth Buckeye to collect three All-America honors in her career. Haussener’s second-team selection follows her Third Team All-America award in 2006.

The two were both named Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-West Region, Nov. 14. It was the third first-team nod for Luces and the second for Haussener.

Luces concluded her career with her second-consecutive Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Year award, handed out Nov. 1. It was the first time a Buckeye had earned back-to-back conference player of the year honors. The native of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, totaled 27 points as a senior with 11 goals to lead the Buckeyes in both categories and she tied for the team lead in assists with five.

Luces also was a unanimous selection First Team All-Big Ten and the Ohio State winner of the conference’s Sportsmanship Award. It was the third-consecutive season she has been selected to the first team, becoming the fourth Buckeye to earn the award three times. She also was a unanimous pick to the first team last season.

Luces finished her Ohio State career with 123 points to stand fourth all-time and was just the sixth Buckeye in the 42-year history of Ohio State field hockey to reach the 100-point mark. She also is in the Top 5 in career assists (3rd, 35) and goals (5th, 44).

Haussener, from Baden, Switzerland, ranked second on Ohio State with 23 points and nine goals and tied for first with five assists. Ten of her points were scored against Big Ten opponents to tie for second in conference games scoring. Haussener adds the All-America selection to her 2007 First Team All-Big Ten award.