Amelia Iacobucci Named All-American

amelia-iacobucci-all-americam-nfhca-webVilla field hockey midfielder Amelia Iacobucci has been named to the 1st team of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association 2014 High School All-American Team. The accolade caps a championship season in which Villa won the state title, and Iacobucci scored 22 goals and 28 assists.

Villa Maria coach Daan Polders praised the All-American’s skill and versatility. “Amelia is one of the most talented and versatile players in the state of PA and I have worked with,” Polders said. “Her skills, competitiveness and game understanding do not only make herself successful but also help to make other players better. In her role  as a central midfielder for Villa, she has been a tremendous value for our team.  Having scored 22 goals and 28 assists are great stats for Amelia in her position. She will be a tremendous asset for her college team. We will miss her at Villa Maria.”

Iacobucci was also named to the first teams of the Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association (PHSFHCA) All State Team, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region Team, the Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area Field Hockey Team, and’s Philadelphia-Area High School Senior All-Star team. Iacobucci also plays field hockey for the West Chester Eagles, and is a member of Villa Maria’s lacrosse team.

aiacobucci-wThe senior will attend the University of Connecticut next year, and has signed to play on their field hockey team. The UConn Huskies won the NCAA DI Field Hockey Championship in 2013 and 2014.

“The reason I chose UConn is because I really enjoyed being on the campus and could see myself there,” said Iacobucci. “I also think it is a school that will give me a lot of opportunities, including field hockey.”

The senior views her Villa field hockey experience as central to her high school years. “Villa field hockey has played a huge role in my high school career,” she said. “It’s where I met some of my best friends. I also learned a lot being on the team, both on the field and off. Villa field hockey taught me that I have to push myself in order to stretch my limits.”