Grunza earns All-American field hockey honor
Mansfield University senior field hockey player Kristyn Grunza has picked up her third consecutive All-American nod, earning Longstreth/ NFHCA Division II 1st Team All-American honors for her outstanding play during the 2012 field hockey season.
It marks the third straight season in which Grunza has garnered 1st team All-American accolades.
In addition, Grunza has also been named to the Synapse Sports Second Team All-American squad. The All-American teams were selected by the Synapse Sports staff.
Grunza, 22, a Lackawanna Trail graduate, started 17 games for the Mountaineers where she led the team and ranked sixth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in assists with eight. She also recorded eight goals to earn 24 total points on the year.
She was also named to the first-team All-PSAC honors team for her performance with the Mounties this season.
Playing center mid, Grunza kept the pressure on opposing defenses throughout the season. She ranked third in the conference in shots taken with 90 while putting 48 shots on goal. The senior totaled a remarkable 15 shots in a game at Mercyhurst.
Grunza had a game-winning goal against Southern Connecticut State, tallied multi-goal games against Southern Connecticut State and at Mercyhurst, put up 15 total shots at Mercyhurst and averaged 5.29 shots and 0.47 goals and assists per game.
Grunza finishes her career ranking second in career points with 100, third in career assists with 24 and sixth in career goals with 38.
At Lackawanna Trail, Grunza was named a first-team All-State selection on defense as senior while also serving as team captain, helped lead team to District II championship while earning first-team all-conference and Defensive Player of the Year honors.
She is currently studying nursing in her final year at Mansfield.