Five Tigers Named To All-NorPac Conference Teams

Laura Pujade with Appalachian State head coach Brandi Alexander Kist
Laura Pujade with Appalachian State head coach Brandi Alexander Kist

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific Field Hockey program received various all-conference awards at the NorPac Championships banquet on Wednesday night, the official kickoff of the NorPac Championships. Sophomore Ali Campos (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Cristina Castella (Terrassa, Spain) were named to the All-Conference First Team while sophomores Nicole Laskosky (Camrose, Alberta) and Laura Pujade (Matadepera, Spain) took home second-team honors. Junior Hannah Bettencourt was named to the NorPac All-Academic team, the second straight selection for the junior mechanical engineering major.

Campos sits in second in the NorPac in goals (14) and is first in goals per game (14 in 16 games), establishing herself as one of the conference's strongest scoring threats. She has four multi-goal games on the season, including four against Appalachian State on September 5 and three against the Mountaineers on October 25.  She has also fired 70 shots to lead the conference in the category.

Castella has been a vital part of the defense for Pacific all season, starting all 18 contests. The freshman was recognized by the conference coaches for her efforts which include four assists, including the assist on the game winner against UC Davis on October 18.

Laskosky picked up second-team honors after a fifth-place finish in points (21) and goals (9). Laskosky recorded multi-goal games against Vermont on September 4 and then No. 5 Stanford on October 3. Her two goals against the Cardinal single-handedly represent the most given up by Stanford in a single contest this season.

Pujade garnered honors after leading the NorPac in saves (110) and saves per game (6.47) and picking up NorPac Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions during the regular season for her efforts. She was second in save percentage (.724) and recorded her first career shutout on September 18th against Central Michigan, a 5-0 win for Pacific.

The four all-conference team selections represent the most for the program since the 2006 season, when Vianney Campos, Jennifer Chaney, Katie Fixsen and Katy McDonough all took home NorPac honors in Radford, Va.

Pujade also received the Julie Nagel Extraordinary Teammate award, given to the NorPac sophomore that most demonstrates their genuine love for the sport and academic institution. The award was established in 2005 by Appalachian State University in memory of former Mountaineer Julie Nagel.

The NorPac Tournament will begin on Thursday and Pacific will kick off its first round action against UC Davis at 1:30 pm. Visit the tournament central page here for video and live stats links for the entire tournament.