Valerie van Kuijck tabbed as NFHCA Division II National Player of the Year

Dec 20, 2022 | 2022-2023, Division II, News

GENEVA, N.Y. — Valerie van Kuijck, a sophomore midfielder from West Chester University, has been named the NFHCA Division II National Player of the Year.

  • Named to the NFHCA Division II All-American First Team
  • Named NFHCA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year
  • Finished the year with 19 goals, 15 assists, and 53 points in 20 games while notching four game-winning goals
  • Ranked first in the nation in assists per game (.75)
  • Tied for second in the nation in goals per game (.95) and ranked second in points per game (2.65)
  • Led a West Chester offense that had the nation’s best in points per game (12.5) and goals per game (4.4)
  • In just two seasons, ranks fourth in West Chester Division II history in career goals (40), career assists (23), career points (103)
  • Led West Chester to an NCAA tournament semifinal appearance
  • This is West Chester’s second NFHCA Division II National Player of the Year honor and first since 2016

The NFHCA National Player of the Year announcement is the final announcement in a list of postseason, athletic awards from the NFHCA. The NFHCA will announce academic awards in February.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to champion, strengthen, and celebrate field hockey coaches and the game. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.