Although the field hockey season officially concluded three months ago, the 2019-2020 Hill field hockey team continues to make history. For the first time ever, a Hill field hockey player has been named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American – and, more impressively, two Hill players have earned All-American distinction, making Hill one of just eight schools in the United States to have multiple players chosen to the NFHCA All-American teams.
Josephine Palde ’21 earned First-Team All-American honors and Logan Clouser ’21 earned Second-Team distinction. Both players were named NFHCA First-Team All-Region; joining the duo on the All-Region team is Kennedy Cliggett ’21 on the Second Team. Being chosen to a NFHCA post-season team is the highest honor available to a high school field hockey player in the United States.
Additionally, all three players were named First-Team All-Region by MAX Field Hockey, and Palde and Clouser were both named MAX All-Americans. Palde and Cliggett are considered two of the top-10 Class of 2021 players in the MAX class rankings. Although MAX is not recognized by the national governing body for high school field hockey, it is the country’s primary source of high school field hockey news and rankings.
The accolades from the NFHCA and MAX conclude a decorated season for all three players, all of whom were on the pre-season All-American watch list. Palde led the team in scoring with 67 points, registering 24 goals and 19 assists. Clouser tied with Palde for the team lead in goals and added eight assists, while Cliggett scored 23 goals to go with eight assists for the season. After helping lead the team to a second-consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championship, the trio earned First-Team All-MAPL honors along with center back Rease Coleman ’21; the same four players also were named First-Team All-Area by the Pottstown Mercury as Hill had an area-leading nine players chosen to the All-Area teams. Hill finished the season with an overall record of 17-3 and came within a goal of winning the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association (PAISAA) state championship, falling to an Episcopal Academy team that finished the season ranked fourth nationally. Hill concluded the season ranked ninth in the country and will return all but three players from the 2019 team in 2020.
In the offseason, Cliggett and Palde will gain international experience as both players have been selected to the United States Under-18 National Team. Following four training camps, the team will travel to Lilleshall, England for a one-week tour from April 29 until May 4.