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Penn-Trafford grad Siergiej receives All-Mideast All-American field hockey honors

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| Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 p.m.
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Cornell's Marisa Siergiej received first-team All-Mideast Region All American and All-Ivy League honors.

The postseason honors keep rolling in for Cornell field hockey player Marisa Siergiej.

In addition to being named to the All-Ivy League first team, the Penn-Trafford grad was the first Big Red player to receive first-team All-Mideast Region All-American honors since 2008.

“Receiving that title is an honor,” the back said. “It really reflects the dedication and work I have put into the game.

“It definitely reflects the team’s success. They motivated me to get better each year.”

Siergiej helped the defensive unit give up just eight shorts per game. The Big Red set a school record with just 3.9 penalty corners per game.

She also proved to be a scoring threat finishing with 13 goals, just one shy of the Cornell record.

Siergiej’s 0.81 goals per game average ranks second in the Ivy League and her 1.81 points per game ranks 26th in the country.

“It has been a work in progress since my freshman season,” Siergiej said. “I have been working towards being a consistent players every game and practice.”

Siergiej was named Ivy League Player of the Week twice this past fall, the first Big Red player to receive the honor twice in a season since 1996.

It was the third time Siergiej received All-Ivy honors, being named to the first team as a sophomore and second team as a freshman.

Cornell finished the season with an 11-5 overall record, tying the school record of most wins in the season set in 2008 and 2010. It was a record-breaking season for the Big Red as it set school records for points, points per game, goals and assists in a season.

“We definitely had more success this year than my first two years,” Siergiej said. “We had contributions from every girl at every position. We performed better as a unit.”

While the Ivy League often has a reputation of being more academic than athletic, Siergiej said the competition is good. Cornell also makes a point of playing some of the best competition out of conference.

“We played both Albany and Syracuse, who made the Final Four,” Siergiej said. “Playing teams like that outside

of the Ivy League really makes them matter.”

With one season left, Siergiej will look to continue the success she has found at Cornell. The year will have some added excitement as her younger sister Isabel, currently a senior at Penn-Trafford, signed her letter of intent this month to play for Cornell.

“I am excited for her to get here,” Siergiej said. “In high school, the program’s most successful season in history was the year I was a senior and she was a freshman. Hopefully we can have the same success here.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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